Frequently Asked Questions
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Who is A Joyful Noise?
We’ve come along way since we started out in 2004! We began with one choir for people who believed they couldn’t sing. In fact, our members thought they couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket! Under the guidance and leadership of 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.
Now under the direction of Artistic Director and CEO Roderick Bryce, A Joyful Noise is looking forward to an exciting season ahead!
Who Joins A Joyful Noise?
All kinds of people belong to our choirs – people of all ages from twenty somethings to senior citizens:
- Some have sung in choirs their whole lives and want to continue to develop their musicianship in a challenging and inspiring environment.
- Others haven’t sung since they were in school and want to rediscover the joys of choral singing.
- And some have never had the opportunity to sing in a choir before and honestly believe they cannot carry a tune in the proverbial bucket.
- Each one of them finds a place in one of our choirs.
What are the three AJN choirs?
Here is a quick overview of our choirs. For more in-depth information, please visit About the Choirs.
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 the new knowledge by singing fun and interesting repertoire. Wednesday choir does not perform in any formal public concerts.
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 in a variety of settings, from formal concerts to outreach performances in seniors’ homes and hospitals. From time to time Monday Choir also enjoys going on a road trip and participating in out of town workshops. To cap off their year, singers tell us one of the highlights is the annual Talent Night when they get a chance to perform for each other in a fun and relaxed setting.
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 or choral experience is necessary. Travel is sometimes a part of Thursday Choir’s choral year. Some years the road trips are within western Canada but other years the choir goes on an international tour to such wonderful destinations as Iceland, Malta, and Sardinia.
How do I know which choir is right for me?
The choice is yours! You don’t have to audition and you can pick which choir would be the best fit for you. To help you in your choice we suggest you read the descriptions of the choirs and think about which one best suits your experience and learning goals. If you would like some help with your decision, send us an email at email@example.com and we will help you decide.
Some questions to consider:
- Have you ever sung in a choir before?
- Have you sung in a choir before but do not feel confident in your abilities?
- Have you sung before and feel somewhat confident in your singing ability and would like to develop your musicianship?
- Have you had music lessons or did you play an instrument (maybe years ago) which has given you some understanding of music theory and/or the ability to read music?
- Do you boldly take on new challenges or do you prefer to take your time and assess the situation before jumping in?
Another option is to come to a rehearsal in September. Prospective members are invited to attend a rehearsal free of charge at the beginning of the choral season to see if A Joyful Noise choir is a good fit for them. Please note: this offer is available only until the choirs reach their maximum capacity.
When does choir start?
Our 2023 – 2024 Season begins in September.
Where do rehearsals take place?
Regular rehearsals take place at storefrontstudio – 6324 106 Street, Edmonton.
What time do rehearsals run?
Monday choir rehearsals run from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Wednesday and thursday choirs run from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
How much does it cost to join?
The registration fee is $435.75 for the choral year. Because we know that not all members are able to afford this amount we offer an optional reduced registration fee of $409.50 for those who cannot manage the higher amount. When joining in January, the registration fee is reduced. Some bursaries are also available.