Please Note: As with choirs around the world, the Choristers are not currently rehearsing or singing together.
However, our Music Director is working with the Choristers to plan a recording project of some choral music by Florence Price. Plans are also being made for how we can transform our Lessons and Carols service into an online project featuring carols sung by the Choristers, perhaps also with recorded readings by a variety of parishioners, and many of the favourite congregational carols that we are unable to sing together in person this year.
In "non-COVID times", each month during term time, the Choristers sing three Sunday morning Parish Eucharists and the monthly Choral Evensong.
The Choristers have a membership of around 20 singers, many of whom are students at the University of Victoria or the Victoria Conservatory, and are supported by the four MacRae Choral Scholars, the Sutton Organ Scholar, and numerous bursaries for students.
The repertoire - anthems, motets, mass and evening canticle settings - is drawn from the best of Anglican and Western church music of the last five centuries, including music by John Tavener, Mozart, William Byrd, Durufle, Finzi, Howells, Michael Finnissy, and Tallis, amongst others. The Choristers also sing for special events such as the Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas, and as the St John's Chamber Choir, in highly-regarded concerts with the Victoria Baroque, with whom they have presented many significant 18th-century works, such as Handel’s Dixit Dominus, various Bach cantatas and motets, and Bach’s St John Passion.
The Choristers rehearse Thursday evenings, and at a number of dedicated rehearsals before each Baroque concert.
If you are interested, contact the Music Director, David Stratkauskas to arrange an informal audition/interview.
Requirements for membership include decent sight-reading skills, as well as a good sense of choral sound and musical style.