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Choral Art: Choirs

Performing Arts - Music

Program Information

Program Overview

Choral Art: Choirs is an intensive weekend workshop that explores the creation and presentation of choral music in the 21st century. 

Choirs will explore movement and improvisation as well as refine their sound as an ensemble through workshops, vocal coaching, and masterclasses. Choirs will work closely with the faculty, the participants, and members of Pro Coro Canada to explore new work and techniques. 

What does the program offer?

Choirs in this program will become immersed in the world of choral art. They will have the opportunity to collaborate with award-winning, international composition and conductor faculty, and work with ensemble-in-residence Pro Coro Canada.

The weekend aims to create exchange between a circle of creators, leaders, and performers active in the choral music milieu. Theworkshop also aims to support and bring visibility to the Canadian choral community, and encourage collaboration within the Canadian network.

Choirs will explore new approaches to the performance of choral music, and will work on pre-existing repertoire, explore new works, and further refine their craft through coaching and lectures.

Who should apply?

This program has two streams: Choirs and Conductors/Composers. To apply as a conductor or composer, visit the program page

Choirs will attend from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon on each of the three weekends of the program. Choirs can choose to apply for one or multiple weekends:

  • February 14-16, 2020
  • February 21-23, 2020
  • February 28 - March 1, 2020

Ensembles of 20-40 members are encouraged to apply. These ensembles should be curious about new works and new ways of presenting choral music. 


What's Included

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Your program fee includes a shared bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.

Single rooms may be available upon request for an additional fee. Please contact the Office of the Registrar. 

Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.

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Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay.

The Full Flex meal plan includes $40 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.

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This program offers opportunities to showcase your work-in-progress in one of our performance venues.

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Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym, and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

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Access a wide range of publications, books, music, and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open six days a week.

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Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

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Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program fee (per choir member, per weekend; includes accommodation and meals)

Application fee: $65 per ensemble. Ensemble members must pay an additional registration fee of $35 upon acceptance.

Help fund your experience at Banff Centre. View a compiled list of national and international opportunities here.

How to Apply

Learn more about the steps to Complete Your Application.

Cover Letter

A one-page cover letter explaining why the ensemble is interested in this program and stating its perspective on choral music in the 21st century. 

Sample of Work

Three links to recent performances (YouTube, Soundcloud, etc.)

Repertoire List

Please list in one document the repertoire list of the choir.

Bio + Headshot

A recent biography and digital photograph of the choir with name in the file title.


Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist's work will benefit from the program.

Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete.

All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Contact the Registrar

For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar:

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