Primo is the youngest entrance level ensemble. The choristers are introduced to music in an entertaining and interactive manner, blending movement, singing, speech, dance and drama, laying the foundations for a life-long love for music. Choristers will discover and develop their singing voice and establish an understanding of choral etiquette and deportment for learning and performing. This program offers open rehearsals where parents and friends are invited to observe their child’s learning experience. The Primo Choir has their own performance within the year; however, it is up to the discretion of the conductor to decide if the Primo Choir is ready to perform at the spring concert.
Cantabile is our intermediate ensemble for choristers who are comfortable matching pitches and holding harmonized melodies. In addition to solidifying the foundations of proper vocal technique, Cantabile choristers explore more challenging two and three-part music, and more advanced music theory. This choir performs up to five times per season. This ensemble participates in a two-day retreat and various community performances, in addition to an annual multi-junior-choir workshop, where they learn from and listen to other choirs, build friendships, and work with international guest conductors.
Encore is an SATB ensemble for choristers of a higher skill level and maturity. This ensemble allows choristers to explore mixed voice repertoire and develop leadership skills within our organization. Encore regularly collaborates with other musical organizations and will have the opportunity for touring, in addition to our choir retreat in August.
Camerata is a new treble ensemble consisting of select choristers from both Cantabile and Encore who have achieved a high level of vocal skill, artistry and musicianship. Camerata is the primary performing ensemble of YVT and will tour regularly. These choristers regularly represent our community through musical collaborations in the GTA and act as role models within our community. Camerata has a more rigorous rehearsal schedule. Choristers are expected to attend a weekly rehearsal in addition to one Encore or Cantabile rehearsal per week. In Camerata, choristers challenge themselves musically and create captivating, powerful performances.
Every year, YVT choristers elect representatives to represent the choristers and provide an important youth voice in the running of YVT. Chorister council plans special events, retreat days, and work with administration, faculty, and volunteers to build community, promote socialization, and friendships among choristers. Chorister council representatives also take on a leadership role, ensuring they set a positive example for other choristers in all aspects of chorister life. Taking on a leadership role, and setting a good example for choristers with regard to behaviour, attitude, and musicianship.