The Saskatoon Children’s Choir is composed of the Concert Choir and two training choirs.
Preparatory Choir: ages 7 – 9
The Preparatory choir performs at our two home concerts, has appeared in concert with the Barenaked Ladies, and has been invited to perform at Meewasin “Plant-A-Tree” ceremony with the Lieutenant Governor in attendance. In October 2012, the Preparatory choir has been invited to perform O Canada at the swearing-in ceremony of the new Saskatoon City Council. This choir is accompanied by Darcy Hildebrandt. They can be heard on the SCC recording “Cantus Populi.”
Apprentice Choir: ages 8 – 13
The Apprentice choir is a four-time recipient of the Isabelle Mills Award for outstanding children’s choir and has represented Saskatchewan at the Kiwanis National Music Festival. In addition to their home concerts, they have accepted invitations to perform in Moose Jaw, North Battleford and Prince Albert, as well as performances for the Meewasin Valley Peace Assembly, at the Lieutenant Governor’s Centennial Gala, with the Saskatoon Chamber Singers and with The Nylons. In 2009, they recorded the theme song for the national “Yellow Fish Road” project. In June 2013, they performed in the Saskatoon Opera’s production of Bizet’s opera Carmen. They can be heard on the choir’s CD “On Prairie Wings” and the latest choir CD “Cantus Populi”. They are accompanied by the SCC principal accompanist, Michelle Aalders.
Concert Choir: ages 12 – 17
The Concert choir is the principal performing/recording/touring group of the Saskatoon Children’s Choir. Choristers in this advanced ensemble study a variety of choral works, with a particular emphasis on classic choral literature, world folk music and Canadian compositions.
Their performances are influenced by the conviction that when people come together from across the world with the common goal of artistic expression, there is, in that experience, potential for true understanding. Through an international repertoire, with imagination and courage, their concerts and associated humanitarian projects draw attention to issues of global concern.
Well respected at home and internationally, they have appeared on choral stages in Europe, Asia, the United States, South Africa and across Canada. The Concert choir collaborates frequently with other artistic ensembles. They have performed as guest artists with the Canadian Chamber Choir, Prairie Virtuosi and the Saskatoon Opera Society, and perform regularly with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. They have also accepted invitations to appear in the pre-concert performance in the National Arts Centre Orchestra Western Canada tour and at the 2007 Juno Awards.
Recording credits include four compact discs, a DVD, and performances on national and international radio and television broadcasts. They are accompanied by the SCC principal accompanist, Michelle Aalders.