Contact Pauline McKenzie: 416-223-7690
Sing with Us!

Singing in the time of COVID!

In 2020-21, Jubilate is holding virtual rehearsals over Zoom. How do you sing over Zoom, you may ask?

Because of the lag time over Zoom, we keep our microphones off. But you're not singing completely alone: often you will hear a full-choir recording, so that you're singing along with other voices in harmony.

We also practice in sectional rehearsals, when you might hear the section leader playing the piano and singing your part. It may sound scary, but it works!

We sometimes have guest vocal clinicians, mini-sessions on the International Phonetic Alphabet and other musical skills, and occasional presentations by members in a feature called "Singers' Corner."

There is built-in time for socializing and chatting in smaller groups -- we're a very social choir, and we even manage to hold virtual potlucks!

Sounds great! Can I join?

Yes! This year we've welcomed several new members who miss singing in their regular choir. You don't have to make a long-term commitment, though we'd love to have you stick with us when this is all over. And there are no auditions!

See the contact info at the top of this page.

In a normal season, pre-COVID:

We usually give three concerts a year: late November, late February/early March, and late May/early June. The dress rehearsals take place the evening before each concert.

There are typically two community concerts a year. In past years we have sung for retirement homes, community groups and a rehabilitation hospital.

What Do Chorus and Chamber Choir Mean?
  • Chorus: No experience necessary, just a desire to sing music from around the world! Prospective members will have a brief interview with the music director to determine voice placement. At any time, singers may demonstrate their readiness to join the chamber choir.
  • Chamber choir: Auditions for the chamber choir are held in June, September, and throughout the year. Prospective singers are invited to sit in on a rehearsal before scheduling an audition with the music director.
  • The annual dues are $225, waived for university students. A sliding scale is available upon request.
Rehearsals and Preparation
  • We meet each Tuesday evening at St Leonard's Anglican Church, 25 Wanless Ave., just north of Lawrence Ave. off Yonge St., close to the Yonge/Lawrence subway station.
  • Sectional rehearsals for the chorus begin at 6:45. Chamber choir members arrive at 7:30; the whole group rehearses together for an hour and shares a break time together. Then the chamber choir continues until 9:45.
  • We are expected to practise the music at home and attend at least one sectional before each concert.
  • Help with the pronunciation and meaning of the different languages is provided by the conductor, by experts brought into rehearsals, and on the website by pronunciation files, YouTube videos, and other recordings.
  • Each year there is at least one all-day retreat in the city where we focus on vocal technique and practise the most demanding pieces in more depth. It is expected that everyone attend. Often an outside coach is invited to work with us. We break up the day with a potluck lunch. This takes place on a Saturday, from 9 to 4:30 p.m.
What Else Do I Need to Know?
  • We are a friendly group with a lot of socializing at the breaks; we take turns bringing refreshments for everyone.
  • We have several fabulous potluck dinners during the year for further socializing.