Teiya Kasahara leading Nightwood's Community Choir
Teiya Kasahara leading Nightwood's Community Choir. Photo by Amanda Lin

Nightwood’s choir is a community choir for all genders, experience levels, and ages, and will take place on Tuesday nights from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm starting January 28 until March 31 at the Ernest Balmer Studio in the Distillery. These 10 sessions will culminate in a relaxed concert for your friends and guests on March 31.

Commitment Requirement: 10 sessions, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm every Tuesday from January 28 – March 31, 2020. Drop-ins welcome! Join us when you can!*

*Please note: As the majority of participants will be attending on a regular basis, songs will be taught once and then reviewed on an ongoing basis, working toward the final concert on March 31st.  PDF’s and in-house recordings of parts will be shared with the choir when available for those who missed a session. Although it is our hope to have the full choir participation at the final concert, it is not compulsory. 

Fee: participation is $50-$200 by sliding scale, or by PWYC to drop in.

Click the button below to make your payment and register. (We are happy to process payments outside of those amounts available to select online. Please call our office directly to speak with Naz Afsahi at 416.944.1740 extension 8). If you wish to pay at the door, please email Teiya with your registration details at teiya@nightwoodtheatre.net.

A rehearsal will typically look like this:

  • Welcome, general admin, check-in
  • Group warm-up
  • Learning new repertoire—at least 1 new song will be taught per session
  • Examples of methods of teaching: sheet music, sight-reading, call-and-response, by ear, etc
  • Rehearsing parts of songs learned in previous sessions
  • A brief break in the middle of the session
  • Check-out
  • Bring a water bottle. Hydration is great for your voice and overall health.
  • Bring what you need to be able to sit for a while (ie. a cushion), and shoes you’re comfortable standing in.
  • Wear loose clothing if you can; we’ll be moving… Singing is a WHOLE body experience, not just your mouth and throat.
  • Bring a pencil, your device to read the music off of, a notepad/surface for your handout, something to record (ie. your phone).

The repertoire will be announced at our first rehearsal on Jan 28. We’ll be learning songs that center Nightwood’s values:
provocation, empowerment, feminism, inclusivity, integrity, opportunity, respect and bringing community together to elevate women’s voices*

*Our definition expressly includes trans women

We’d like to celebrate with you all and your invited friends and family on March 31 to enjoy the songs we will have worked on for the past 10 weeks in a relaxed concert. Don’t worry, you don’t have to memorize anything if you don’t want to! PWYC Tickets.

The Ernest Balmer Studio is located at 9 Trinity St #315, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4. All sessions will take place here unless otherwise communicated.

There is an accessible ramp along 15 Case Good Lanes. Once through the doors, take the elevator (on your left) to the third floor and take 2 rights, a left down a long hallway and then a right and another left (or follow the signs) to the Ernest Balmer Studio #315.

No childcare will be provided, however babies and/or kids are welcome to accompany you to the rehearsal. We will have a small area in the studio where they are welcome to hang out. We won’t turn anyone away and don’t want child-minding to be a deterrent for attending.

All-gendered washrooms will be made available.

If there are any other accessibility needs that we can support, please email teiya@nightwoodtheatre.net.

Materials will be emailed out in advance to reduce printing. Participants are encouraged to use a personal device to read the lyrics/sheet music. A number of printed lyric sheets will be available for sharing on each choir evening.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Choir Leader, Teiya Kasahara at teiya@nightwoodtheatre.net.

We’re really excited to meet you all and make music together. Don’t worry if you haven’t sung for years, or if you only sing in the shower, or if you’ve never sung at all. We want to make this a fun, communal experience for everybody.

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