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photo of CCLT in session

in session, 2007 (photo by Andrew Kielbowicz)

the Program

“If you have a chance to learn about the Community Choir experience from Siobhan and Denis, run, don’t walk, to sign up. As a member of the Gettin’ Higher Choir and as a life long scholar in the area of adult education and community development, I assure you that Siobhan and Denis are not just good, they are gifted. The experience of singing with them and others in the Gettin’ Higher Choir is a highlight for me every week.”

— Budd Hall, Past Dean
Faculty of Education, University of Victoria

Who should consider Community Choir
Leadership Training?

The program is open to anyone who feels drawn to form, and/or to lead, this style of community choir. We are looking for participants who have:

If this sounds like you, you may want to explore this course. It will provide you with a solid underpinning for your musical work in the world.

Note that a strong background in formal music training, while certainly useful, is not essential.

Please note that in some cases, in the application process, the directors may advise that applicants involve themselves in some up-grading of certain aspects of their qualifications in order that they are able to fully benefit from the program.

Part One :: The Training

Applications are now being accepted for the 2024 Training:
Sunday, September 22 through Saturday, October 5, 2024.

Classes will be held each day from 9am–3pm. Some of the topics covered will be:

In addition, participants will be invited to attend our various choirs, both daytime and evening.

Part Two :: Ongoing Mentorship

The program also includes a year of mentorship, which will allow participants to contact Denis, Cathy and Dick for support and advice by phone or e-mail. Participants will be provided with a body of repertoire to take home for use in their own groups.

It is strongly recommended that applicants lead a group of singers in their home communities throughout the year of the training in order to achieve the maximum benefits from the course through actual application of the teaching.

It is also strongly recommended that participants bring a way to record audio (digital voice recorder, smartphone, etc) to record songs, sessions, and talks as this is a valuable way to collect repertoire, ideas, and techniques.

Financial requirements

The cost of the Program is CDN $3,000. All necessary course materials, including core choral arrangements, will be provided. The course is limited to 14 participants. A deposit of $300 will hold your space. If an applicant needs to withdraw an application for any reason, a deposit is refundable only if another applicant is available to fill the spot. If another applicant is not available, the deposit will not be refundable.

We will assist in finding room and board lodgings with local choir members, however we cannot guarantee such accommodation. The course fee also includes carefully catered meals for two evening group events and six lunches at the program location.

To apply

If you are interested, please complete the on-line application form.