Collier Street Choir School
Offered as part of Collier Street United Church’s community outreach endeavors, Collier Street Choir School is a free choir school for children ages 6-11 taking place on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 pm. This is a group music education class in which children learn music theory and history through fun and games, while also participating in traditional choral training. Children practice and learn skills of basic note and rhythm reading, leadership and sharing, deductive reasoning and emotional awareness. Wishing to provide to the community at large, the program is secular in its teaching. The church supports the cost of running this program in exchange for the children performing as a group in church approximately one Sunday per month, also providing the children with regular performance opportunities. Enrollment is limited but latecomers are welcome if there is space.
Collier Street Choral Scholar Program
Taught by Collier’s Music Director, Sarah Svendsen, Collier Street Choir School is a free choir school for children aged 4-11. This is a secular group music-education class in which children learn music theory and history through fun and games, while also participating in traditional choral training. Children practice and learn skills of note and rhythm reading, leadership and sharing, deductive reasoning and emotional awareness.
Wednesdays during school term
Collier Street Choral Scholars
Offered to youth aged 12 to 18 during school-term, this program offers training in leadership, teamwork, professionalism and musicianship skills. A three-tiered system, students audition and are placed at the levels of “junior,” “intermediate” or “senior” with the expectation of ‘singing up’ through the ranks as their abilities develop. All levels and experiences are welcome. Remuneration ranges from volunteer hours, to private coaching, to a chance to be awarded a scholarship from the Collier Street United Church congregation at the end of each semester. Choral Scholars work under Music Director Sarah Svendsen and alongside the Senior Choir.
Thursdays 7:00-9:00 PM; Sundays 9:30-11:30 AM
Our Senior Choir meets weekly (Thursday nights, 7:00 pm) to prepare musical numbers for presentation in regular Sunday worship. Special music is prepared for our Good Friday Service, and on Christmas Eve they present a glorious service of Lessons and Carols. Music is a beautiful vehicle through which the Christian faith is expressed.
New-comers are welcome. Give Sarah a heads up at email@example.com or just show up at the first rehearsal!
Thursday, September 7th; 7:00pm-9:00pm: First choir rehearsal; Chapel
Sunday, September 10th; 9:30-11:30am: First Sunday; warmup in downstairs; choir room
Collier Street Brass Ensemble
New to the Collier Street Music Program, we are excited to introduce the Collier Street Brass Ensemble (CSBE). The CSBE features members of the community and is led by Rita Arendz. It offers opportunity for people to experience a rehearsal (Open Rehearsal Program) as well as performances in concerts throughout the community. For more information or to book a space in the Open Rehearsal Program (Wednesday evenings), please contact Rita through firstname.lastname@example.org
For all musical inquires, please contact Sarah at email@example.com
Collier Street Concert Series
Collier Street Concerts is a community based concert series offering a broad range of music. Be it the annual “Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long” with Brass, Organ and Choir, a Ceilidh, a swing dance, or a bluegrass concert, Collier Street Concerts connects our audiences with talented local musicians. Largely offered as freewill offering, Collier Street Concerts seeks to provide completely accessible, all-ages entertainment as part of its mission to engage with and provide for the community.
Masters in Music
Collier Street Music’s “Masters in Music” recital series provides performance opportunities for “up and coming” young artists. Seeking to create a deeper connection between audience and performer, the varied musical styles (ranging from opera and early music to jazz) are presented using a relaxed coffee shop lecture approach. The artists are invited to treat the space as a laboratory of sorts, through which they test new ideas of their own, alongside the best of those in their field, all while talking the audience through their decisions and musical interpretations. Free-will offering.
For a list of upcoming concerts, please click here