Each Spring Cantiamo launches its registration process with an Open House. We encourage you to attend this event as you will have an opportunity to meet the conductors, hear the choirs rehearse, and speak to other parents and choristers about Cantiamo.
Our choir season runs from September through June, and we close registration for each season by the second rehearsal (2nd week of September). Contact us early, register early and do not be disappointed.
Cantiamo Primary Choir We welcome girls and boys who are 5 – 7 years old (as of September 1st). This is an open registration and welcome all young singers! Registration for the season may close on the 2nd Monday of September.
Cantiamo Training Choir We welcome girls and boys who are 8 – 11 years old (as of September 1st). This is an open registration, previous experience is not required, and you do not need to audition. Registration for the season CLOSES the 2nd Monday of September, we do not accept choristers mid-season.
Cantiamo Girls Apprentice Choir We welcome girls who are between the ages of 10 – 13 years old.
This is a preparatory choir for the Cantiamo Girls Choir of Ottawa therefore an audition or vocal assessment is required prior to acceptance and registration. We ask that you Contact us with your name/daughter’s name, age, and best way to reach you. We will invite you to one of our rehearsals, or set up a time for you to meet with our choir director and to do an audition/vocal assessment.
Cantiamo Girls Choir of Ottawa We welcome girls who are between the ages of 13 – 18 years old.
The Cantiamo Girls Choir does require previous choral experience, music experience and/or vocal training. The choral repertoire at this level requires musical literacy, and more developed choral and vocal technique. Girls perform in concert at an advanced level, and act as leaders and role models to the younger or less experienced members of the Cantiamo Choirs of Ottawa organization.
Contact us with your name/daughter’s name, age, and best way to reach you. We will invite you to one of our rehearsals, or set up a time for you to meet with our choir director. We will also take a moment to ask you about your music experience and to do an audition/vocal assessment.
To Join Cantiamo Is Previous Experience Required? Our choristers range in music knowledge, training, and performance experience. We provide ongoing instruction of the fundamentals, resources for learning the music and for practice, and have a supportive chorister- mentor model. Do you sing in another choir? Glee club? Have had vocal lessons? Maybe you play a musical instrument? Perhaps you love musical theatre? Maybe you just sing in the shower? Contact us, we will help to determine which choir would fit you best.
What is the Audition/Vocal Assessment? In the Cantiamo Choirs of Ottawa our goal is to offer each chorister an experience that is accessible but also educationally challenging. Vocal assessments allow us to determine which choir level will be the best fit for both the potential chorister and the organization. During the audition/vocal assessment potential choristers will sing some vocal exercises to determine vocal quality, tuning, range, resonance and production. There is also a sight reading component to assess the level of music literacy but more importantly, the willingness to take a risk and step outside of one’s comfort zone.
For Returning Choristers, Which Choir do You Register With? For all of our choristers who will continue to sing with us next season, you will be offered an opportunity to register early (Spring of the current year). Prior to this, you will be contacted by Cantiamo to discuss which choir would be the most appropriate to sing with in the upcoming season.
When are New Choristers Informed of Acceptance Into Cantiamo? Immediately or within a few days of your audition/vocal assessment, you will be informed by the choral Director of acceptance into the choir. You will then be ready to complete the registration package.
When Does Registration Start? We invite you to contact us at any time if you are interested in joining one of our Cantiamo choirs. We can send you our information and registration form(s) and set up a vocal assessment if necessary. Registration tables are set up during the first two weeks of rehearsals in September, and this is when payment, uniform fitting and other details are finalized.
When Does Registration End? For all choirs except the Primary Choir (ages 5-7); Registration closes for the season on the 2nd Monday in September. We do not accept new choristers mid-season. If the deadline for registration is missed, or we have a full roster, your name may be put on a waiting list for the following season.
How Does Someone Get More Involved With Cantiamo? We are an organization of volunteers, and we rely on Cantiamo families, and friends of the choir to help with our activities, events and concerts throughout the year. We also welcome individuals and businesses to consider supporting Cantiamo through our Music Library Sponsorship Program, and our Concert Sponsorship Program.