A Year in the Life of CYC

Interested in knowing what kinds of things CYC does through the year? Read on! Please note that there is variation from one year to the next.

*performances in blue
*special guests in red

September / October
  • begin rehearsals
  • singers help to plan songs for the year
  • mentor new singers as they learn to sing with the group
  • deepen old friendships and make new ones
  • sing Remembrance Day Service in Chelsea
  • give mini-concert for family and friends
  • special guests (one example):  the parents of two of our singers came in to teach us a song from their family’s community - Ardoch Algonquin First Nation 

  • sing at Magical Christmas in Chelsea
  • some years sing at Angel Share
  • begin rehearsing with some of our parents, grandparents and siblings who will join us for some of the songs in our concert
  • give our own community concert and Christmas sing-along – a family favourite
  • celebrate our year to date and together discuss any changes or new directions for the balance of the year
  • continue working on some of our before-Christmas songs and start to learn new ones
  • special guest (another example): Stephanie’s friend Carolyn, a wildlife biologist, come in to teach us how to use our voices differently – to make animal sounds! We will use these sounds in one of our songs
  • welcome a few new members into the choir 
February / March
  • the choir is really working well together now; we know each other and we love to sing together
  • between our two choirs, we have a repertoire of approximately 15 unison and two-part songs that most of which we all know by heart
  • special guest (another example): Wanda, a sign language interpreter, comes in to teach us about sign language. This helps us in the song we sing which uses sign language, and it was fascinating to learn about how she interprets for those who don’t hear 
  • we join 4 other choirs in Ottawa for Together in Song, and afternoon combined choir workshop and concert
  • we have our own spring concert and sing-along 
  • Chorus for Chorus:  we are invited to Carolyn’s farm to sing by the pond – with a chorus of frogs in the background!