Founded in 1980 as the PSBGM Children’s Chorus by Fine Arts Consultant Georgie Crawford, the EMSB Chorale has a proud history of providing exceptional music and vocal training at a modest cost to students from Grade 4 to Secondary V. Over the years, the choir has performed in all of Montreal’s top concert venues, including Place des Arts, Notre-Dame Basilica, Pollack Hall, Salle Claude-Champagne and Oscar Peterson Hall, as well as on radio and television broadcasts. Its concert tours and exchanges have included trips to Quebec City, Boston, Vancouver, St. John’s, NL, Des Moines, Belgium, The Netherlands and England.
The choir performs the best music from a wide range of standard choral repertoire, including works from all major periods of music (from Renaissance to contemporary), Canadian music, folk music from around the world, spirituals, pop standards and music from the lyric theatre (opera and Broadway). Over the years, the choir has commissioned several works which have now become standards in the treble voice repertoire throughout North America.
The EMSB Chorale welcomes motivated students who show musical aptitude and vocal potential. Students with unchanged voices from Grade 4 to Secondary V and who attend EMSB schools may audition. Students from outside the EMSB are also considered for membership.
Do you like to sing?
Auditions are held in May of each year for the following season and throughout September. For more information please contact:
Patricia Abbott, Executive & Artistic Director
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200, ext. 7234
Visit the EMSB Chorale website for more information on upcoming concerts.Visit the EMSB Chorale Website
Conditions of Membership
- A vocal audition is required. The conductor’s decision is final in this matter.
- Choristers must commit to attending all rehearsals and performances, except in the case of illness or emergencies.
- Parental involvement and support is strongly encouraged (participation on the parents’ executive committee, chaperoning, fundraising, committee work, camp help, etc.).