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 2017-18 season took place in June 2017. If you would be interested in auditioning in the future, please send an email to Aella's artistic director Jennifer Berntson at

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? Sunday afternoons. 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 programs a year, usually in February and June. We may repeat one or both of these performances outside of Ottawa in a nearby community.  Aella occasionally makes a few (shorter) appearances on other programs: during choral festivals, church services, or special events. We will generally sing already-learned repertoire (i.e. taken from our full programs) during these performances.

What is the time commitment outside of normal rehearsals? Each season usually begins with an Ottawa-based "retreat" during which we spend one weekend together (usually in late August / late February) introducing ourselves to the season's new repertoire and, if possible, doing a session with a clinician. Apart from this retreat (and dress rehearsals prior to our full concerts) we rarely schedule extra rehearsals. 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 choristers 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.