When choristers can confidently sing their own part, and apply their music theory knowledge to more complex music, they can now place more attention on how to “express” themselves through more sophisticated performance opportunities. Esprimas members attend a season kick-off camp in August, where they grow as a team and focus on individual skill development. During the season, Esprimas also participates in several collaborative opportunities with other HCC choirs and joins with Ontario’s finest treble choirs for a multi-choir workshop. When circumstances permit, Esprimas adds a weekend-long touring component to better prepare singers for the highly demanding schedule of Ilumini.
Esprimas meets twice per week, but members may join for once-weekly rehearsals only.
Please note: Some performances and other opportunities will remain for all Esprimas members, while others will involve only those members attending twice weekly.
Optional once-weekly option: only Wednesdays 6:15PM-8:00PM
Ethan Lacey, Collaborative Pianist
Jamie Drake, Collaborative Percussionist
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I feel so honoured to be a chorister with the HCC. It has opened up my learning capabilities and allowed me to express myself artistically in an amazing environment.
I credit being part of the choir assisting me in my career path, giving me confidence in front of groups of people and giving me the ability to be successful and grow quickly in my roles.
What the HCC does best is give people who are feeling like they don’t belong a place to express themselves, and as a young artist… that’s truly invaluable.
Through the HCC, I’ve made so many strong friendships and advanced musically to a level I never thought I could. The HCC is a safe learning environment in which choristers and director learn more than just music, which is brought together by a common goal.
The ways in which my years as part of the HCC have affected my life and who I am today are too manifold to count. HCC was the most influential experience of my teenage years and I am incredibly grateful for it.
There’s a perfect balance of discipline, work ethic, fun, and creativity that’s encouraged within this group. You learn how to pull together as a team: both musically and intellectually. You succeed alongside one another. You encourage each other’s highs and are there for one another for the lows. You literally learn how to breathe together: what could be more magical than that?
When I joined the HCC, suddenly there was a whole room of people who felt the exact same way I did when I was singing.