Why should I join crescent choirs?
There are so many reasons. We offer vocal training and teach choral excellence all while having fun. Our team of artistic directors are experienced choral specialists, trained in conducting, voice, piano, composition, music history and theory, and music education. Most importantly, Crescent Choirs is a like a family. Our singers build meaningful friendships and connections with one another in a respectful and loving community. They develop teamwork and leadership skills, as well as discipline. We believe that singing is a joy that is meant to be shared with the world; our goal is to share with as many people in the White Rock + South Surrey community as possible.
I've never sung before. Can I still join?
Yes! We have choirs for singers of all musical backgrounds. All that is necessary is a positive attitude and a love for music.
Can I Join in January?
Yes, we often welcome new singers for January - June. Please get in touch with us.
Do I have to know how to read music?
No. Many members of Crescent Women's Choir do not read music (though many are learning!). You can learn by ear. Our Children's Choirs, Youth Choir, and Women's Choir rehearsals all incorporate teaching basic music literacy skills. If you want to improve your music reading abilities, you can sign up for our Musicianship class.
What styles of music will I sing?
We select a wide variety of music across different languages and styles: classical, folk, spirituals, pop, show tunes, world music, and newly commissioned compositions. Here are a few examples that the Youth Choir performed in the 2017/2018 season:
Ave Verum Corpus, by Mozart
All Too Soon, a folk-song by Canadian composer Stephen Hatfield
Muusika, by Estonian composer Pärt Uusberg
White Winter Hymnal, an arrangement of the Fleet Foxes song
City of Stars, from La La Land
Amavolovolo, a South African protest song
Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel, an arrangement of the African-American spiritual
And So It Goes, an arrangement of the Billy Joel song
What can i expect at my audition?
The Youth Choir audition is an opportunity for the director to get to know your voice, and hear the range in which you are most comfortable singing. You can expect to sing some vocal exercises and maybe a short song.
Prospective Luna Vocal Ensemble singers may be asked to vocalize, sing a short song, and do ear-training and sight-singing exercises.
How long does the season run?
Rehearsals begin at the start of September. We take a break for the winter holidays and start again in January. The season ends in mid-June.
Where do you rehearse?
Women’s Choir, Youth Choir, Luna, & Children’s Choirs rehearse at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in White Rock
Aurora Chamber Choir rehearses at Knox Presbyterian Church in New Westminister
What do registration and tuition fees cover?
Fees cover the costs of purchasing music, rehearsal space, paying our dedicated accompanists and artistic team, concert costs, and workshops and retreat costs.
Are there Any extra fees?
Singers are required to cover uniform costs. Any trips or tours are also at the expense of the singer. Fundraising opportunities are often provided. We do our best to subsidize individual workshop, retreat, and trip costs, when possible.
I'm interested in singing. Can i come observe a rehearsal?
Absolutely! We encourage prospective singers to check-out a rehearsal to see how the artistic team works and the dynamic of the choir.
How many performances are in a season?
It varies between the different choirs. Somewhere between 2 and 5.
Are there travel opportunities?
We are in the process of planning trips for the Women's Choir and Youth Choir for the 2019/2020 season. In the past, the Women's Choir has travelled to the Sunshine Coast and the Youth Choir to Loon Lake Lodge and Whistler.
Do you offer discounts for friends and family members?
We offer family discounts for (see the fees page).
What kind of commitment is expected?
Singers are expected to be at all rehearsals and concerts. The choir is a team and only works if every member is committed. Singers will be given a list of season dates at the end of August to mark their calendars. Youth Choir and Luna Vocal Ensemble members will be asked to sign a commitment letter at the start of the season.
the season has already started. Can i still join choir?
We often welcome new members after the start of the season, or for the second term, beginning in January.
Do you offer private voice lessons?
Our artistic team often have studios of private students. We still have spots available for the 2019/2020 season. You can learn more here.
Do you offer choral clinics?
Samara and Andrew are happy to be clinicians for your choir. We would love to collaborate. Send us a message.
More questions? Please get in touch with us.