If you love to sing, come join one of the Westben Choirs! Everyone is welcome and you are even invited to come and sing with us for a couple of weeks before you commit to the entire session.
Do you have a cookie at home that likes to sing? Donna Bennett and Brian Finley at Westben are pleased to welcome you to the Westben “Cookie Choir” for children ages 5, 6 and 7. The children will learn simple action songs with a focus on fun and love of music. 4:30 pm to 5 pm at the Clock Tower Cultural Centre in Campbellford. Tuition: $15 for the 6 sessions in total.
Spring session dates: Wednesday, May 2nd - Wednesday, June 6th
To register, please contact Donna Bennett at the Westben Box Office.
Phone: 705-653-5508 or toll free 1-877-883-5777
Visit: 36 Front Street South, Campbellford, ON, K0L 1L0 - open daily 10 am to 4 pm.
The Westben Arts Festival Chorus and Westben Youth and Teen Choruses are singing ensembles committed to artistic excellence through the preparation and presentation of both dramatic and concert-style choral projects. They seek to involve dedicated, able and committed singers in a rigorous and stimulating atmosphere. Members study vocal production, music-reading, musical styles and languages, and perform a wide range of sacred and secular repertoire. Designed to be a self-sustaining entity, the WFC, YC and TC perform independently and with professional guest artists.
Auditions are held annually in September or by special request throughout the season. All prospective Chorus Members must pass an entry-level audition. Current Members may also be asked to audition yearly at the discretion of the directors. In addition to assessing musical proficiency, the audition is instrumental in the placement of new or returning Chorus Members within the ensemble.
All Chorus Members are required to pay an annual Chorus Tuition which helps cover tuition and operational costs: rental of rehearsal space, musical scores, personnel (including the Assistant Conductor, accompanist and visiting conductors and guest coaches) and out-of-town transportation (if required). Some bursaries are available by application.
The Westben Festival Chorus meets most Monday evenings from early September to early December and from mid February to mid June. The Westben Youth and Teen and Cookie Choruses meet on Wednesdays. Additional rehearsals may be scheduled prior to performances.
The Chorus has been performing at The Barn since 2002. The repertoire has included: Vivaldi’s Gloria, Franz Schubert’s Mass in G Major, J.S. Bach's Magnificat, selections from Handel’s Messiah, selections from Gilbert & Sullivan, Broadway classics, traditional Christmas fare as well as original music by Brian Finley. Season 2008/09 included the new musical written by Brian Finley and Michael Nitsch called The Magic Ornament and Wind in the Willows with Tom McCamus and the new musical by Brian Finley and Ken Tizzard, The Selfish Giant. In 2016 the choir performed in the world premiere of Brian Finley's opera, The Pencil Salesman. The choir also joined the four youth choirs on July 2, 2017 at the free concert called Canada Dreams at The Barn. Most recently, in the Fall 2017 a new narrated concert production called Upper Canada Christmas was performed based on the writings of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr-Traill. It featured original music, winter songs and traditional Christmas favourites. The Choruses now look forward to performing in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in June 2018.
If you would like more information on the chorus including audition requirements, rehearsal and/or fee details, please contact Donna at the Box Office by phone at 705-653-5508 x 203 or 1-877-883-5777 or by email at email@example.com requesting chorus information.