Curious to know if the chorus is a right fit for you? We invite you to come and sing with us for a couple of weeks before you commit to the entire session!
Westben Festival Chorus - STARTING SEPTEMBER 9, 2019
(16 years and over)
Mondays, 7 pm - 9 pm at The Clock Tower
Youth and Teen Choruses - STARTING SEPTEMBER 11, 2019 at The Barn (ages 8 to 18)
Both YOUTH and TEEN Choruses will meet on Wednesday, September 11, 6 pm to 7 pm at The Barn. Following rehearsals take place at the Clock Tower
YOUTH Wednesdays, 6 pm - 7 pm
(ages 8 to 11)
TEENS Wednesdays, 7 pm - 8 pm
(ages 12 to 18)
Westben B Natural Chorus (by audition only)
Wednesdays, 8 pm - 8:30 pm at The Clock Tower
Cookie Choir - STARTING October 2, 2019
(ages 5, 6, 7)
Wednesdays for 6 weeks, 4:30 pm - 5 pm at The Clock Tower
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6.
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!
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.
All Westben choruses rehearse at The Clock Tower Cultural Centre, located at 36 Front Street South, Campbellford, ON, K0L 1L0 and at The Barn in Fall and Spring weather permitting.
Westben Festival Chorus:
$140 per person, per session (2 sessions per year - Fall and Spring)
$90 for 2nd family member, per session
Westben Youth & Teen Choruses:
$95 per person, per session (2 sessions per year - Fall and Spring)
$45 for 2nd family member, per session
$20 per person, for 6 sessions (2 sessions per year - Fall and Spring)
All Chorus Members are required to pay a Chorus Tuition which helps cover tuition and operational costs: rental of rehearsal space, musical scores, personnel (including the Assistant Conductors, accompanist and visiting conductors and guest coaches) and out-of-town transportation (if required). Some bursaries are available by application. Please inquire by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 705-653-5508 or toll free 1-877-883-5777
Visit: The Box Office, 36 Front Street South, Campbellford
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. 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. In 2018 the Choruses performed a fully staged version of the musical Joseph & the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat at The Barn. The spring of 2019 the choruses help celebrate 20 years of Concerts at The Barn with a performance at The Barn June 2 (and Dress Rehearsal Preview Performance June 1). The Cookie, Youth, Teen and B Natural choruses perform on June 9, 2019 a program of classical, broadway, and rock choral music. In the Fall session the Westben choruses will be working on a new Christmas Carol narrated concert production with some new and favourite arrangements of seasonal and original music.
The Westben 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. These are very informal and supportive. 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.