Cedar Park United has one of English Quebec’s largest volunteer church choirs with 20 singers.
The CPU Adult Church Choir sings at all Sunday morning services from September to June, and is renowned in the community for its annual Christmas service of sacred music “Christmas Choir Celebration” (poster) with anthems, readings and sing along carols, complete with a very hospitable reception. For this event, our regular church choir is augmented with singers from beyond our walls and have indeed become part of our extended family. We have a choir of over 40 singers this year! Our “Celebration 2018” is on Sunday evening, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. A free-will offering will be collected at the celebration service to assist the work of Montreal City Mission and Saint Columba House. Do mark it on your calendar as “a must attend event”!
In our Sunday morning services throughout the year, we sing mostly the music of contemporary composers, and on occasion works by composers from as early as the Renaissance period. Regardless of style, we sing music with words that are relevant in today’s world.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced singer there is a place for you in the choir. Many of our choir members are also active in other choral ensembles while others focus on church music; Their training may range from highly trained to those who have never taken a voice lesson, but generally speaking they have had choir singing experience and already have basic music theory skills. Our singers are always ready to help out the less experienced, yet eager-to-learn newcomer.
Rehearsals are not only a time of musical learning, but of fellowship as well. Practices are held every Thursday evening 7:30-9:30 PM and Sunday morning at 9 AM before Sunday service. Although no one is obliged to sing at all Sunday services, as understandably there are times in everyone’s life when one has to see to other matters or illness interferes, it is however understood that to sing in the choir is to attend as many Sunday services as one can. (Just attending rehearsals is not an option!) Each rehearsal begins with a vocal warm-up. New choristers may join the choir at anytime during the year, but must first get in touch with the music director. Whether you would first like to observe a rehearsal, or if you have already made the decision that you want to sing in the Cedar Park Adult Choir, contact the director. Either speak with Douglas Knight after any church service in the community hall or write to him directly on the “Contact Us” page. He will want to hear your voice to be sure you are able to sing in tune and be able to blend with the other voices. He will also see that you are placed in the correct section of the choir depending on your range of notes.