The Ottawa Choral Society

Join a great tradition and experience the possibilities of Ottawa’s premier symphonic chorus.

We are a member driven, member governed, and member supported non-profit organization, open to member choristers from the Ottawa region and beyond. Joining the chorus offers numerous benefits including development and mentorship from our artistic team as well as the extraordinary experience of performing exciting and challenging repertoire during our concert season.

Choristers experience the thrill of performing the masterworks of the choral literature with Jean-Sébastien Vallée, our new OCS Music Director and choral pedagogy clinician, along with world-class concert artists, distinguished NACO guest conductors, and Ottawa’s leading instrumentalists.

Auditions are closed for the 2019-2020 Season,  however, we would still  welcome basses to audition.


Entrance into the choir is dependent on an audition to determine placement and readiness for the choir.

Please see the Audition Materials document for audition requirements. An accompanist will be provided. 

To arrange an audition, contact our CHOIR MANAGER.

Requirements of Members

Membership in the chorus requires a certain level of music and vocal capability:

  • Ability to read music.
  • Previous choral singing experience.
  • A basic knowledge of music theory (key signatures, intervals, rhythms, etc.)
  • Knowledge of scales.
  • Ability to sight read a vocal music score.
  • Must be 18 years or older.

Membership Fees

We are a member supported chorus which relies partially on the financial commitment of our member choristers to sustain our organization and concert season.

  • Membership Fees are $375 per season ($275 for singers 30 and under). Financial assistance may be available. 
  • Students: Membership fees are $100 per season for full-time students.
  • We have several bursaries available to support our singers. 


The choir holds rehearsals on Wednesday nights from 7:00-9:30 in a central location, and occasionally on weekends.

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