Elliott Chorale | Mount Allison

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

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 of mixed (SATB) voices. 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 one concert each term on campus, the Chorale sings at various church services, at concert venues in the Maritimes, and 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 Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb and works by Canadian composers Bevan, Somers, and Burritt’s We Move Homeward.

Performances

2021
Sunday, October 31, 3:00 p.m., University Chapel
Sunday, December 5, 3:00 p.m., University Chapel

2022
Sunday, February 13, 3:00 p.m., University Chapel
Sunday, April 3, 3:00 p.m., University Chapel

Auditions

Auditions will take place September 6-8 (specific times to be confirmed via email with Dr. Galway). Please fill out the audition form here and prepare: 

  • A solo piece of your choice (anything you feel demonstrates your voice well) 
  • Rhythmic and melodic sight-singing (Excerpts to be provided via email when audition is scheduled) 
  • A chromatic scale: ascending from Do to Sol and then descending from Sol to Do. You may sing this on any syllable you choose (ta, doo, la etc) 
  • Major/minor scales and major/minor/diminished/augmented triads – starting pitch will be given
  • You may be asked to sing intervals up or down from a given starting pitch