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From September to April, the Kingston Choral Society rehearses Tuesday evenings from 7:30-9:30 pm. The choir gathers in the upstairs hall of The Spire (Sydenham Street United Church) at the corner of Sydenham and William streets. The KCS annual membership fee is $135 which includes cost of music for the season.
For admission to the Kingston Choral Society, you will have an audition with Ian Juby, Artistic Director. You will be required to sing short phrases on vowel sounds. There will be no sight-reading test nor preparation of a song. This will take approximately 10 minutes. 
To arrange an audition, please contact the Membership & Recruiting Coordinator.


Rosalynd Smith, in her article entitled "Professional for a Day: The Experience of Singing in an Amateur Symphonic Choir," summarizes the benefits of choral singing.

Here are a few of the comments—probably typical of the kinds of things that KCS members might say too—reported by the members of a choir in Australia:

  • A fantastic creative and spiritual outlet that occurs on a regular basis--quite addictive! Adds meaning to life.
  • Singing and performing … is a very enriching and nurturing aspect to my well-being. 
  • I have sung since I could talk and will continue to sing until I die. I enjoy the performance opportunities provided…. I get a real buzz out of coming to grips with unfamiliar works and 'conquering' them.
  • [Singing] has been for me the most important continuing activity of the last 20 years. It was my lifeline after the accident, at times even my raison d'être. My social life, my continuing musical education and a great privilege to have worked with so many fabulous conductors over that time.
  • Singing has helped me relearn coordination in my speech and thought patterns. Apart from the physical improvement, my sense of importance in myself and as a member cannot be measured.

Rosalynd Smith's article setting out her important clarifications about the roles of "amateur" choristers and "professional" musicians can be found in pdf form by clicking here.


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