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Elementary Auditions

Please Note:

Our Audition booking form is live for our 2019 Auditions. If you are interested in booking an early audition date please contact Wanda Thorne at thorne@smcs.on.ca for more information. We welcome your inquiries.

Before Your Audition

In advance of an in-person audition, all students must provide the following documents (scanned pdf copies):

  • A Roman Catholic baptismal certificate for the student or at least one parent
  • A copy of his birth certificate
  • His two most recent report cards
  • A teacher reference form
  • A non-refundable audition fee of $30
  • A reference from music teacher or choir conductor

These documents are required to be submitted electronically a minimum of two weeks prior to the date of audition. Audition dates will not be confirmed until all documents have been submitted and fees have been paid.

On The Day Of Your Audition

Please arrive at least ten minutes ahead of your scheduled audition time. Students will be seen one-on-one by an auditioner, where they will go through a vocal assessment designed not only to assess a student’s vocal and musical ability, but also their listening skills and teachability.

Below are some grade-specific audition requirements.

Grades 3 and 4

For Grade 3 and 4 auditions, students will be asked to:

  • Sing O Canada or a song of their choice
  • Sing back melodies and various vocal exercises led by the auditioner
  • Play a piece of their choice on the piano or other instrument (if they are currently studying an instrument)

Grades 5 and 6

For Grades 5 and up, students will be asked to:

  • Sing a song of their choice
  • Sing back melodies and various vocal exercises led by the auditioner
  • Sight sing a very short melody

Ideally, candidates for grades 5 and up are in a choir and/or currently studying an instrument. Students should be prepared to play a piece on their chosen instrument.

After Your Audition

Following academic assessments, offers of admission will be sent out by email in May. Offer emails are followed by an admissions package sent to your home by mail. Your son’s place at the school will be held pending payment of a choral program fee deposit. Details on the amount and due date for the deposit will be included in the admissions package. If you have not submitted your deposit by the due date, your son may be moved on to a waiting list.


You will receive an email in the week following your son’s audition letting you know his results. If auditioners think your son is a good candidate for St. Michael’s Choir School, you will be invited to make an appointment for an academic assessment. This normally takes place two weeks after the vocal audition.

Admissions packages will include:

Please note that starting in Grade 5, the program offered is in Extended French.

  • A welcome letter
  • An invitation to our annual welcome Mass for new families
  • An invitation to our annual new families summer BBQ
  • Information about your son’s uniform
  • Information about the typical schedule for your son’s grade
  • A look at the year ahead including special events, concerts, tours and Mass schedules
  • A letter from his conductor telling you what to expect in choral this year
  • For grades 5 and up, detailed information about the coming year’s tour
Secondary Auditions

Our Audition booking form is live for our 2019 Auditions. If you are interested in booking an early audition date please contact Wanda Thorne at thorne@smcs.on.ca for more information. We welcome your inquiries.

Before Your Audition

Singing: Candidate should be able to sing in at least a 1.5 octave range comfortably in either his changed (lower) voice or falsetto (higher) voice

Sight Reading: Candidate should be able and prepared to sing a piece of unison (one line) music on sight and, as successful, a short piece of four part music in his preferred voicing (SATB)

Ear Training: Candidate should be prepared for melody sing backs of at least 4 bars and rhythmic clap backs of 4 bars

Piano: Candidate should have at least 3 years of piano lesson experience and preferably at least 5 years. Ideally, the candidate has completed Grade 5 RCM or equivalent

Music Theory: Candidate should be prepared to complete a brief theory assessment (at least an RCM Level 8 - 2018 designation - or above)

Candidates parents can send an email request to our Admissions Coordinator, Wanda Thorne at thorne@smcs.on.ca to request an audition date with one of our conductors. Candidate should also be prepared to sing 'O Canada' and one piece of his own choosing (preferably but not necessarily, in a sacred, choral or classical style) If the candidate plays the piano, or another instrument, he should be prepared to play a piece on that instrument as well.

In addition, audition candidates will need to send pdf copies of the following prior to their audition (scanned pdf copies):

- Baptismal Certificate
- Birth Certificate
- Most recent report card
- Choir conductor, private instrument or music teacher reference
- Student information sheet (sent to you via email)
- Classroom teacher reference form (sent to you via email)
- $30.00 application fee (sent via e-transfer to accounts@smcs.on.ca Please make security answer: auditions)

**Please note that all students in high school are enrolled in the Extended French Program and should already have a strong French background.

On The Day Of Your Audition

Please arrive at least ten minutes ahead of your scheduled audition time. Students will been seen one-on-one by an auditioner, where they will go through a vocal assessment designed not only to assess a student’s vocal and musical ability, but also their listening skills and teachability. In their audition, students will be asked to sing a song of their choice, and will then follow the auditioner through exercises designed to test his sight singing, musicality, listening skills and teachability.

After Your Audition

You will receive an email in the week following your son’s audition letting you know his results. If auditioners think your son is a good candidate for St. Michael’s Choir School, you will be invited to make an appointment for an academic assessment. This normally takes place two weeks after the vocal audition.

Following academic assessments, offers of admission will be sent out by email in May. Offer emails are followed by an admissions package sent to your home by mail. Your son’s place at the school will be held pending payment of a choral program fee deposit. Details on amount and due date for the deposit will be included in the admissions package. If you have not submitted your deposit by the due date, your son may be moved on to a waiting list.

Admissions packages will include:

  • A welcome letter
  • An invitation to our annual welcome Mass for new families
  • An invitation to our annual new families summer BBQ
  • Information about your son’s uniform
  • Information about the typical schedule for your son’s grade
  • A look at the year ahead including special events, concerts, tours and Mass schedules
  • A letter from his conductor telling you what to expect in choral this year
  • Detailed information about the coming year’s tour

If you are eligible, please complete an Audition Booking Request

**Please Note: If you are interested in booking an early audition date please contact Wanda Thorne at thorne@smcs.on.ca for more information. We welcome your inquiries!