Frequently Asked Questions

Registration & Participation

1How do I register my child in the choir?

If your child is between the ages of 4 and 6, you can register by contacting the Choir Office here. If your child is older than 6, please contact us for a Vocal Assessment. See below for more questions about Vocal Assessments.

2It is the middle of the year, can I still register my child in HCC?

It is possible to register mid-year for our programs. To find out more on how to register, contact the Choir Office here.

3My child has never had formal vocal training before. Is that required to be able to join?

No formal training is required to join the choir. We welcome all singers regardless of experience or musical background.

4How many children are in each program?

For our In-Person programs, our Kolibro classes are generally limited to 10 choristers. We typically have 35 to 50 children in each of our performance choirs. Our Virtual Vocal Studios have 5-8 singers in each group.

5What age do you need to be to join?

Our Kolibro Classes are for children aged 4 to 6. If your child is older, they are eligible to join one of our more senior performance choirs. If you are between the ages of 4 – 24 years, have a passion for singing, are eager to learn more about music, enjoy performing, and want to broaden your musical horizons – then come SING with us! You can sign up for a vocal assessment here.

6When/where are the rehearsals?

All In-Person rehearsals take place at Hillfield Strathallan College (299 Fennell Ave W, Hamilton). Our Virtual Vocal Studios take place via Zoom.

7Are other rehearsal times available?

At this time, we have an established schedule of rehearsal times for each choir. For more information about registration and schedules, please contact us for more information.

8Will we be rehearsing in-person during the 2021/22 season?

Yes! We are excited to say we have re-launched our in-person programming for the upcoming year. Of course, we will be following all public health guidelines and will pause in-person rehearsals if necessary to do so. If the convenience, comfort, and ease of learning from home appeal to your family, we provide high-quality music education classes online that brings the same HCC energy and culture to individual singers via our Virtual Vocal Studios.

9Will we be performing in-person during the 2021/22 season?

Until we have clarity around a safe return to in-person singing, performances will be held online.

10What equipment or materials do you need to participate in a program?

For in-person singing, we provide all hard copy materials required for learning. For all programs, participating members will need to have access to a device with internet capability to manage homework and online performances. For those participating in our Virtual Vocal Studios, a reasonably quiet space that allows them to move freely and engage with their ensemble, and a reliable internet connection. Personal computers are recommended; tablets and mobile phones may be used, but often limit success and engagement.

11How long is the choir season?
Kolibro rehearsals generally run from September to the end of April. Komenci and Esplori rehearse until mid-May, and our most senior choirs, Esprimas and Ilumini, rehearse until June.

Financial Information

1Is there a cost to participate in the program?

Yes, there is a cost to participate in the program. Our fees are available here. We are proud to offer a Financial Award program to ensure that no child is unable to participate due to financial reasons. For more information, please contact us.

2Why is there a program fee when it is a community program?

The individual program fee paid by members only covers approximately 60% of the actual program costs. Community funding is used to help with program affordability.

3Is there a discount for registering more than one child?

A 50% discount on Program Fees is available to families registering more than two children.

4I haven't received a bill yet, how do I pay my fees?

HCC fee payments are processed using an online billing & payment system called TUIO. TUIO accepts payments via eCheck (electronic cheque, similar to preauthorized debit/withdrawal) or credit card. You will be issued an invoice within 10 days of registering for the HCC.

5I applied for Financial Award but haven't had a response. What do I do?

The length of time it takes to confirm Financial Award varies depending on the time of year. For those that apply during our regular registration period (summer), applicants are typically notified before September. Throughout the year, applications are processed as they are received and can take up to one month to process. Other than the Registration Fee, no further invoices will be issued until your application has been approved. Any further questions can be forwarded to our office.

6What is the non-refundable registration fee for?

The non-refundable Registration Fee is used to offset the cost of administration necessary to prepare for each members' program participation.

7Do members have to fundraise?

Most fundraising efforts members are asked to participate in are usually in support of touring. Since program fees only cover approximately 60% of the actual program costs, the Hamilton Children's Choir engages in a number of different fundraising efforts and sometimes this requires assistance by members. Families are informed at the beginning of each season what role they will be asked to play in support of specific program goals.

Vocal Assessments

1Why does a new member joining the program have to participate in a vocal assessment?

The main objective during a vocal assessment is to get to know the young singer and make a confident recommendation about which HCC choir will best bring out their passion. This is accomplished by creating a safe and comfortable environment where young singers can share their musical talents, interact with our artistic staff, and learn about HCC.

2How do I sign up for an assessment?

You can sign up for a vocal assessment here.

3How/what should I prepare for an assessment?

Please come prepared to: sing a song of your choice (ideally it’s a common folk song - Twinkle Twinkle, Happy Birthday, O Canada), but we’ll happily listen to whatever the young singer feels excited to perform; take part in some ear-training and music reading activities (rhythm clapbacks, melody echos, note reading); chat a bit about your musical background (even if the answer is very short!) and your interests.

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Testimonials
  • Ashley Carpenter, Alumna
    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.
    Ashley Carpenter, Alumna
  • Sarah Davis, Alumna
    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.
    Sarah Davis, Alumna
  • Alyssa LeClair, Alumna
    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.
    Alyssa LeClair, Alumna
  • Nathan Fledderus, Chorister
    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.
    Nathan Fledderus, Chorister
  • Ardra Shephard, Alumna
    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.
    Ardra Shephard, Alumna
  • Erica Charles, Alumna
    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?
    Erica Charles, Alumna
  • Sophia Brohman, Chorister
    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.
    Sophia Brohman, Chorister
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