Welcome to A Joyful Noise!
We believe that everyone can sing and should have a chance to do so. We provide safe, encouraging and supportive learning opportunities for everyone who wants to sing.
A Joyful Noise offers you three different choirs to choose from depending on what you are looking for in a choir, how much experience in choral singing you have, and what kind of commitment you feel you can bring. If you click on About the Choirs you can read a description of each choir and decide which one most suits your needs and expectations and will give you the best choral experience. As you read about the choirs you will see that they all have an emphasis on learning and they will all give you the opportunity to work to the edge of your ability.
Besides weekly rehearsals, the members of all three choirs have the opportunity to participate in additional learning opportunities such as workshops in music theory, drumming, improvisation, and movement. You will find yourself capable of doing things you never thought you could, and you will have fun. As we learn and have fun together, we find we grow into a choral community.
Marc A. Hafso
Who is A Joyful Noise?
We started out in 2004 as one choir for people who believe they can’t sing. In fact, our members thought they couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket! Under the guidance and leadership of Artistic Director and A Joyful Noise founder Eva Bostrand, those 30 brave souls who signed up the first year soon found their voice. By the end of the first year, they were able to perform a concert for their friends and family. By the next year the membership in that choir had doubled and the numbers continued to grow each year. By 2008, so many people wanted to join A Joyful Noise that we had to start a second choir. Over the years members of both choirs continued to learn and to improve their confidence and skill. As the choir members became more advanced, it became difficult for those with no background in choral singing to join. So in 2014 we started a third choir to make sure there is a welcoming environment for everyone who wants to sing.
Who joins A Joyful Noise?
All kinds of people belong to our choirs - people of all ages from twenty somethings to senior citizens:
Each one of them finds a place in one of our choirs.
What do we ask of our choir members?
As in all important things in life, you get out of choir what you put into it. We therefore ask you to read the descriptions of the three choirs and choose the one that best suits you. Once you are in choir, we ask you to make your own personal commitment to the choir, in the best way you can. Think about what you want to get out of choir and what you will need to do to achieve your goals.
Discuss your objectives with Artistic Director Eva Bostrand and she can help you figure out what you might need to do to reach your personal goal.
What are the three choirs?
More information is available if you click on About the Choirs but here is a quick overview:
A Joyful Noise - wednesday choir
Rehearsals for Wednesday choir are structured like a choral class. No previous choral experience is necessary and members learn the building blocks of choral singing and have a chance to try out your new knowledge by singing fun and interesting repertoire. Wednesday choir does not perform in any formal public concerts. The first rehearsal this season is Wednesday, October 7, 2015 starting at 7:30 pm.
A Joyful Noise – monday choir
Monday choir is the place for you if you want to develop your confidence as a choral singer. No previous choral or music experience is required. During the choral year the choir will typically learn two different concert programs which it will perform to audiences in concerts. The first rehearsal this season is Monday, September 21, 2015 starting at 7:30 pm.
A Joyful Noise – thursday choir
During the choral season the choir will typically prepare three concert programs of more challenging repertoire to be presented in concerts. As with the other choirs, no audition is required. However, to feel comfortable with the level of difficulty and amount of repertoire, some musical knowledge is recommended. The first rehearsal this season is Thursday, September 24, 2015 starting at 7:30 pm. (There is a social gathering open to all new and returning members with our Iceland Tour travellers, too, on Thursday, September 17 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm.)
How do I choose which choir is right for me?
No audition is required and membership is by self selection. We ask you to read the descriptions of the choirs and carefully consider which one will best suit your learning and singing goals.
To find out more about the choirs, please click on About Us and then click on About the Choirs. For more information about how to decide which choir might be right for you, click on How to Join. If you are still uncertain please email us with your questions and Eva Bostrand will help you decide.
A good way to find out about what singing in a choir is like is to check out the Summer Sampler that Eva will be offering for four evenings from August 24 – August 27. This is a drop in workshop that gives prospective singers a chance to explore their singing voice and returning members the opportunity to get ready for the upcoming choral season. The Summer Sampler is also a good opportunity to learn about what community choirs are available in the Edmonton area. Further information about the Summer Sampler is available if you click on the Summer Sampler link.
If evenings don't work for you, or you can't regularly attend choir on a weekly basis, you might be interested in Eva Bostrand's daytime drop in choir. This choir is starting up again in October 2015. It meets on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. For more information on this choir please visit www.storefrontstudio.ca and click on Daytime Choir or email Eva at email@example.com.
We welcome your questions. Please contact us at:
Phone: (780) 438-9080
Mail: A Joyful Noise Choir
P.O. Box 52182