Why sing with CCS?
As our members and guest singers will tell you, singing with the CCS is great fun! We sing a wide range of delicious and challenging music, work with inspiring musicians who are passionate about choral music, and go home from rehearsals feeling uplifted and re-energised. Not to mention the buzz of the concerts themselves!
In return, we learn and practise our parts at home (with the support of resources in our Members Zone), commit to continually improving our skills, and give our full energy and focus to rehearsals and performances. And we love it! If that sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, there are various ways to become involved.
Audition to join the CCS Chorus
The ongoing CCS Chorus is an auditioned choir and will be holding several audition days each year. Thirty minute auditions are being held with groups of four to six people auditioning together. The audition will begin with a group warm-up song and the Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah. Following this the Audition Panel will individually check vocal range, sight-singing and listening (aural) skills. The Artistic Director decides which voice part each chorister should sing.
We’ve all been through auditions ourselves, so we understand that you will probably be feeling stressed, and may not sing as well in the audition as you do at home! We are not expecting perfection, but we will be listening to the potential of your voice and your current musical skills. In the sight reading component we are looking for whether you are willing to ‘have a go’ at something unfamiliar, and whether you keep going even if you make mistakes. In rehearsals we expect choir members to ‘keep singing’ and take responsibility for learning the notes at home – the audition helps us determine if this will be too much pressure for you.
A singer who is given an ‘on probation’ grading at audition may participate in all activities but will be re-auditioned after six months. ‘On probation’ singers pay only half their membership fee until they re-audition, and applicants may only audition twice. The whole membership of the choir is re-auditioned approximately every two years. Book a time now, or register your interest for a future audition by completing your details on our Contact form.
Our annual membership fee for 2018 is $350, with concession rates for full-time students, Health Care card holders and pensioners of $175. Membership fees for new members under 27 are $175 (first year only) and either concession rates or full fees as applicable.
Download the Messiah Hallelujah Chorus for your audition, and use the learning resources listed below.
Try us first in a ‘Come and Sing’ program
Since 2011 we have held highly successful 'Come and Sing' events in which we invite the broader community to rehearse and perform with us in a full-scale concert with professional musicians.
If you haven’t been in a choir, or want to find out what’s special about CCS, our non-auditioned Come and Sing program is a great option. As a guest chorister you’ll join us for a full rehearsal period and sing in the final concert, giving you a real experience of what it is like to be a member of the CCS Chorus. You’ll have the chance to talk to choir members about the choir, expectations, commitments and how rewarding it is to sing with us!
Sing in our Symphonic Chorus
Our Symphonic Chorus enables experienced singers to join us for a short and intensive rehearsal period leading up to a concert with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. This is a perfect opportunity for busy singers, and singers from other genres who would like to try something different for a few weeks and see what it’s like to sing with a large choir and professional orchestra.