Young Voices Toronto offers different choir sections based on age/level. At each step of a chorister’s musical journey with the choir, music theory will be taught at the appropriate levels using theory books tailored especially for our choir divisions. Theory is an important component for developing each chorister’s skill and each child will be responsible for completing their theory homework.
Primo and Dolce
Primo and Dolce are designed for children ages 4-7 to nurture age appropriate musical and social capacities in the early years. The program focuses on singing, movement, and music creation, as well as cooperation and care in our musical community. Rehearsals are on Thursdays with Primo meeting from 4:30 pm-5:10 pm, and Dolce meeting from 5:20-6:05 PM during the choir season (September to June).
Cantabile provides new challenges for choristers who have demonstrated commitment to their musical growth. Choristers sing increasingly challenging repertoire in a variety of styles, languages, and involves more complex part singing. Theory and sight singing continue in rehearsals, along with the expectation that some theory homework will be required. Intermediate meets Thursdays from 5:30-6:45 PM from September to June.
Encore choristers work toward advanced vocal and choral technique and continue to develop independence through sight singing and aural skills. Repertoire is diverse and complex, often requiring singing in up to six parts. These choristers are offered exciting opportunities to perform and may include tours and recordings, depending on the year. Choristers are expected to take part in the overnight choir retreat in the Fall and participate in all tours. Senior Thursdays from 7:00-9:30 PM.
In addition to the refinements made to the choir divisions, the choirs are embarking on new and exciting partnerships with both musical and non-musical organizations to raise our profile across the GTA and the country, and to ensure excellent opportunities for our choristers.