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Frequently Asked Questions

The music we sing

The Choir sings a wide variety of music styles, although the music is set for four parts (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) in the traditional style. Anyone who has had experience of a traditional church choir, or is able to read music at a modest level would be able to read and enjoy singing our music. The styles are from the music of the Church, Classical, traditional Choral Music, Folk songs from all over the world, occasionally Opera and of course the music of Movies and Broadway. At any time there are as many as 25 pieces of music in the folder.

A large part of the music we sing of course is at Christmas time. The Choir is usually booked a year ahead to go out and sing out Christmas Program – this music of course is the music of Advent and Christmas in keeping with the church styles and also some more contemporary stylings from Broadway and Film – including of course music where the audience is encouraged to join in.

Who can join?

Hard to believe, but there is an age restriction! You must be (should be) over 55 to join this group, and of course there is no upper limit. We do have a few who are in their 90’s and sing very well!

This is not a “Sing-A-Long” Choir – rather it is a conventional Choral Group who sing SATB music – and therefore it is desirable that the singer is able to read their part in the music – or have a pretty good audio capability. We do have a number of folks who do not “read” the music, but pick it up very quickly by listening.

There is an annual membership fee, currently $125. This is payable in two installments – Sept. and Jan. if desired.

Where does the Choir sing?

This is a busy choir which performs at least 12 times a year and includes a fundraising Spring Concert, usually in May.

During the year we sing at Retirement Residences and some Personal Care homes. Audiences are large, varied and enthusiastic. Christmas Concerts are in demand and we may sing five concerts from mid-November to the week before Christmas. Our more conventional/varied repertoire is performed January to June. Concerts are almost always Wednesday afternoons beginning at 2 p.m.

The Seniors’ Choral Society is always open to being a featured group or guest choir. Last season we were invited to sing at the “Bison Men’s Chorus” annual concert.

Another hi-light for our year is competing in the Winnipeg Music Festival. In 2015 and 2016 we received the “Helga Anderson Trophy” which is awarded for “best adult community choir.”

When and where are the rehearsals?

The Senior’s Choral Society meets on Monday mornings at 10 a.m. til’ 12 noon, beginning in September (first Monday after Labour Day).

The place: McClure United Church, 533 Greenwood Place

This is just behind the CNIB on POrtage Ave. Parking is available on the street.

We do break for a couple of weeks at Christmas.

Rehearsals always include “laugh time,” coffee break, and much socializing.

What the Choir sings

The repertoire is varied including Classical and Sacred music; Broadway Show Tunes and folk music from around the world.

The Seniors’ Choral Society intends to be “the best it can be” – Some of the music is challenging but we work to try to get it right.

Our Director chooses selections with the group’s abilities in mind.

How are we supported?

At present, funding of the choir is largely through Membership fees and Honoraria paid by the hosts of the venues the Choir performs at.

The Choir also received funding from the Manitoba Community Services Council, Inc. and Manitoba Lotteries.

Donations in support of the Choir are welcomed and tax receipts will be issued for all donations over $10.

Who to call?

For membership information:

  • (204) 256-9843 – Pat Johnson (President) – patjohnson@mymts.net
  • (204) 254-0628 – Jackie Soble (Membership) – villagegreentroupe@yahoo.ca

To Book a Performance:

  • (204) 774-0345 – Belle Meiklejohn – kris1@mymts.net

Or feel free to reach out using our Contact page.