Elliott Chorale | Mount Allison

Course number: MUSC 1659-4659
Credit: 1 credit, full-year course [Fall & Winter]
Rehearsal time: Tuesday and Thursday, 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Additional sectional rehearsals added as needed
Location: MYB Conservatory Room 204 (Choral Room)

The Elliott Chorale is named to honour professor emeritus Carleton Elliott (1928-2003), who taught at Mount Allison 1951-1993 and founded and led the original Conservatory Chorale for several decades. 

The Elliott Chorale is an auditioned chamber choir. Our singers have strength in sight-reading, are generally experienced singers, and have an avid interest in and enthusiasm for choral singing. 

In addition to performing 1-2 concerts each term on campus, the Chorale sings at university and community events, at concert venues in the Maritimes, and sometimes tours in the spring. Non-musical social events, such as pot-luck suppers and hikes, enhance our ability to work together, fostering mutual respect and understanding. 

The highlights of the choir include becoming semifinalists and quarter finalists in the chamber choir and university choir divisions of the CBC National Radio Competition for Amateur Choirs. Also, they have performed with the Amadeus Choir, directed by Lydia Adams, for a concert at Podium. 

The ensemble's repertoire is challenging and diverse, with emphasis on early and new music. Examples of music performed in past years include Jonathan Dove’s Ring Out Wild Bells! and works by Canadian composers Bevan, Somers, Quick, Daunais and Emery.

Performances

2022

Thursday, October 13, late morning, Convocation Hall
Friday, October 14, 7:30 p.m., Convocation Hall
Sunday, October 30, 3:00 p.m., Brunton Auditorium
Sunday, December 4, 3:00 p.m., University Chapel

2023

Sunday, February 12, 3:00 p.m., Brunton Auditorium
Sunday, April 3, 3:00 p.m., University Chapel


Auditions

Audition Dates: Thursday Sept 8 and Friday Sept 9

Please sign up for an audition HERE

Audition Requirements: 

  • Solo piece of your choice (no accompanist needed) - voice majors may choose to sing an artsong or other piece from your repertoire. Non-voice majors may choose a folksong or hymn tune.  
  • A chromatic scale: ascending from Do to Sol and then descending from Sol to Do. You may sing this on any syllable you choose, e.g. ta or doo.
  • Sing major/minor scales and major/minor/diminished/augmented triads – starting pitch will be given
  • You may be asked to sing back a short melody; or to repeat melodic intervals. 
  • Sight-singing will be provided at the audition. Arrive 5 minutes early to your audition if you would like an opportunity to view the excerpts in advance.

For more information about Elliott Chorale, please contact Dr. Kiera Galway