Sing at Brock!

Niagara Choral Workshop 2022

Spend three days this summer in the beautiful Niagara region!

AUGUST 24 TO 27, 2022

Workshops, Discussion Groups, Conducting Masterclasses
Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts Brock University
Downtown Campus, 
15 Artists’ Common | St. Catharines, Ontario


Choir Rehearsal Times

University Choir (SATB)

Mondays 2:30-4:20 pm

Thursdays 2:30-3:20 (Sopranos & Altos)

Thursdays 3:30-4:20 (Tenors & Basses)

Sora Singers (SSAA)

Thursdays 6:30 – 9:20 pm

Audition Information

The Audition will include the following:

Singing of The Salley Gardens (Verse 1 only) Link to Sheet Music

Sight-singing of two short melodies

Clapping a rhythmic excerpt

Sing-backs of several melodies played for you

A short discussion about your musical background and experience

*Please arrive at your audition early to complete an audition form. Auditions are held in MIW 208.

Sign Up for your Audition

Please Sign Up for your Audition here.

Audition Location
Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts Brock University
Downtown Campus, 
15 Artists’ Common (MIW Room 208) | St. Catharines, Ontario

Important Information

Our choirs are open to ALL Brock University students, staff, faculty and community members.

All students are welcome to register in choir as a course (but are not required to do so). Permission to register for non-music students will be given after a successful audition (music students can register prior to auditions).

ALL SINGERS accepted into the choir are expected to attend all rehearsals and performances throughout the year (whether or not you are taking the course for credit). Dates for the entire year will be provided at your audition.

Rehearsals begin the week of September 12.

For More Information

For more information please contact

Dr. Rachel Rensink-Hoff

Office: MIW 208
905 688 5550 x3823

Brock Choral Ensembles 2021-2022

Open by audition to all students, faculty, staff & members of the Niagara community.

CONTACT Dr. Rachel Rensink-Hoff at

FACEBOOK Brock University Choral Activities

Please complete this form prior to your audition and then follow the steps below.


PRIOR to your Audition: 

  • PREPARE A RECORDING and send to our conductor at at least 12 hours prior to your scheduled hearing. For this recording (audio or video file, your choice), please sing along with this accompaniment, carefully follow these instructions:
    • Sing The Ash Grove along with the accompaniment. Please note that it is played in the key of F major even though the pdf score is in G major. Please just sing along with the F major accompaniment. When you record yourself, please wear headphones so that the accompaniment cannot be heard in the recording. I suggest plugging the headphones into your computer to hear the accompaniment and recording yourself singing with a phone device. Please state your name at the beginning of the recording.
    • Sing along with the range exercises that follow (using the same procedure—headphones on). When the range gets too high or too low, stop singing and wait for the next exercise. Try this a few times as it will help warm up your voice!            

It is recommended that you practice with the entire recording more than once before preparing your final submission. is recommended for easy transfer of audio files by email.

Dr. Rachel Rensink-Hoff will be in touch to schedule a ZOOM AUDITION which will include:

  • Sight-singing two short melodies
  • Clapping a rhythmic excerpt
  • Sing-backs of several melodies played for you
  • Short discussion about your musical background and experience


University Choir

Mixed voice ensemble for soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices
Open to students, staff & faculty of Brock University 

Mondays – 2:30 pm – 4:20 pm
Wednesdays – 2:30 pm – 3:20 pm (Sopranos & Altos only)
Wednesday – 3:30 pm – 4:20 pm (Tenors & Basses only)

Sora Singers

Upper voice ensemble for soprano & alto voices
Open to all members of the Brock AND wider Niagara community

Thursdays – 6:00 pm – 8:50 pm

Special Events



Online Workshop & Interview Series 2021-2022

Hosted by Rachel Rensink-Hoff

Email to register

Diana Saez | Monday Oct. 25, 3:30 p.m.
Choral Music Inspired by Traditional Songs from Latin America

Sarah Quartel | Tuesday, Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.
A Conversation with Composer Sarah Quartel

Jace Saplan | Friday, Nov. 5, 2:30 p.m.
E Hīmeni Kākou: The Place of Communal Singing in Actionable Equity

Andrew Withington | Tuesday, Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Communal Tuning: Singing Together As One

Santiago Veros | Thursday, Jan. 27, 7:00 p.m.
Choral Music: A Collective Creation

Shireen Abu-Khader | Tuesday, Feb. 1, 8:00 p.m.
Performing Levantine Choral Repertoire

Carmen Braden | Monday, March 7, 2:30 p.m.
Songwriting to Symphonies and Back Again

Shared Perspectives is generously supported by the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation of Brock University (Teaching and Learning Innovation Grant-Experiential Education Stream) and the Walker Cultural Leaders program of the MIWSFPA.

We invite you to view the workshops below. For more presentations in this virtual series, please visit our MIWSFPA YouTube channel.