The University of Ottawa Choir is a bilingual adult choir which is affiliated with the School of Music at the University. The choir offers the opportunity for singers to expand their knowledge by performing a wide variety of vocal styles and repertoire and aims to improve their sight-reading, linguistic and vocal/choral ensemble skills. Instruction is in both official languages. Part of its mandate is to act as an ambassador for the University, to demonstrate its commitment to the community and excellence in choral music.
The choir performs at least 2 major concerts during its regular season - one in the Fall semester, and the other at the end of the Winter semester, in early April. The choir also performs additional concerts with other ensembles outside of its regular schedule.
Admission and membership of the Choir is open to all students of the University, and members of the community who are at least 18 years old. Membership is by audition by the Music Director. Members are re-auditioned every 4 years. The auditions occur at the beginning of the choir season in September. The call for auditions is normally made in August of each year, and will appear here and elsewhere.
(with Notre-Dame Basilica Choir)
The choir is run by an elected Executive Committee, and supported by other volunteers. Although it receives considerable in-kind assistance from the University it still needs to generate its own revenue through fundraising. Such activities include concert program advertising and ticket sales, membership dues, grants as well as Christmas Caroling in Shopping centres. The choir also has a Friends of the Choir program to solicit and accept tax-deductable donations
The choir rehearsals occur on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9.45 pm, in the School of Music. A few rehearsals may also occur at weekends if they are necessary. Members are expected to attend all the rehearsals.
The choir is grateful for the generous in-kind support from the University's School of Music and a grant from the Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost.