Aella Choir

Power Through Voice


Going into the audition I felt nervous, but as soon as I arrived I was made to feel very welcome, and I felt surprisingly comfortable right away.
— Ellen Badcock, current Aella member

Auditions for Aella’s 2018-19 season will take place in August 2018. Stay tuned for more details, and don't hesitate to get in touch with us early to express interest!



What do our auditions involve? Aella's auditions consist of:

  • Blending exercises with Aella singers

  • Singing two choral excerpts in 4-part harmony with Aella singers; the excerpts will be sent to you in advance so that you can prepare

  • Sightreading exercises

  • A brief conversation with the Aella singers present at your audition


When do we rehearse? Sundays from 2 - 5 pm. Every month, we get one Sunday off -- usually the Sunday during a long weekend, if the month has a statutory holiday.


How many concerts a year do we do? We perform two full concerts per year, usually in late winter & early summer. In addition, Aella makes a few (shorter) appearances on other programs: during choral festivals, church services, or special events. We generally sing already-learned repertoire (i.e. taken from our full programs) during these extra performances.


What is the time commitment outside of normal rehearsals? Each season, Aella holds two Ottawa-based "retreats," during which we spend one weekend together introducing ourselves to new repertoire and, if possible, doing a session with a clinician. (Retreats are usually scheduled for late September / early April.) Apart from these retreats (and dress rehearsals) we rarely schedule extra rehearsal time. Members do occasionally get together outside of rehearsal to practice together, but they organize these sessions themselves (mostly for fun!)


What's the fee for the year? Do singers buy their own scores? Aella members aren't required to pay membership fees or purchase scores. We are committed to making our choir accessible to all potential singers (and our performances accessible to all audience members!) regardless of their financial situation.