The Elora Festival Singers' professional chorister auditions take place each year in January, in both Elora and Toronto. For January 2014 auditions will be held in Elora at St. John's Anglican Church on Saturday January 18 between 12:30 & 4:15pm and then in Toronto at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church on Monday January 20 between 2:00pm and 6:00pm.
A positive personality, strong musicianship skills, excellent sight reading skills and previous choral experience are a must. These positions are part-time and as such most choristers also have day jobs.
For the audition, singers are asked to prepare one or two pieces, preferably art song or oratorio in contrasting style, to demonstrate your musicianship and reflect your vocal range (an accompanist will be provided for you at no cost to you). Applicants may also bring an accompanist at their own expense.
Those wishing to audition should contact Esther Farrell, Artistic Coordinator, at auditions(at)elorafestival.com or 519-846-0331. The deadline for an audition request is December 31st.
Noel Edison is well established as one of the most versatile and charismatic conductors in the world today. As conductor and artistic director of two world-class Canadian ensembles, the large-scale Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the chamber-sized Elora Festival Singers, Edison is widely recognized and appreciated for his skillful, interpretive work with both choir and orchestra.
A native of Toronto, Edison moved to the scenic village of Elora, where, in 1979, he co-founded the Elora Festival and, a year later, the Elora Festival Singers as its choir-in-residence. Since 1984, Edison has served as Artistic Director of the Elora Festival as well as Organist and Choirmaster of one of the few all-professional church choirs in Canada at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Elora. In 1988, he established the Elora Festival Orchestra.
In 2002 the University of Guelph conferred upon Noel the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music, and on January 22, 2009, he was appointed to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour.
Board of Directors:
Chris Houston, Chair
Jean Prichard, Treasurer
Kate Stanley, Secretary
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