The Covid 19 pandemic has had a profound impact on A Joyful Noise. We can no longer sing together in person as a choir. We cannot share the joy of song with a live audience. Our financial future is in doubt as our usual revenue sources, registrations and public funding, have been impacted.
“The choral community has taken a huge hit. Uncertainty is rampant, and we have all experienced confusion and doubts about the future. But a ray of light still shines. Our hearts still beat in our chests. Our love of things that matter to us is still there. Our love of music and of joining our voices in song has not changed.”
A Joyful Noise Choir Association Board President
A Joyful Noise wants to survive the pandemic and go on to thrive in the future. Friends of A Joyful Noise is our endeavor to do just that! We invite everyone who cares about A Joyful Noise and community music making, to become a Friend of A Joyful Noise, to share our message, and to support us in any way possible. Learn more by watching our video.
Welcome to A Joyful Noise!
We believe that everyone can sing and should have the chance to do so. We provide safe, encouraging and supportive learning opportunities for everyone who wants to sing.
A Joyful Noise is an inclusive organization. To make sure there is an opportunity to sing for everyone we offer three non-auditioned choirs and everyone is welcome. You can choose which choir you wish to join depending on what you are looking for in a choir, how much experience in choral singing you have, and what kind of commitment you will bring. To make sure you find the choir that is the best fit, we encourage you to read about the choirs by clicking on About the Choirs. As you read about the choirs you will see that they all have an emphasis on learning and experiencing the joy of singing.
Before you continue reading, we want you to know that A Joyful Noise choirs are continuing to adapt to the changing COVID 19 situation. Rehearsals for the 2020-21 season are being held online, with each choir maintaining its unique identity. We will move to in person rehearsals and concerts when Alberta Health guidelines allow, and when singers are comfortable. Online options will be available all season.
Besides weekly rehearsals, A Joyful Noise offers members of all three choirs additional learning opportunities such as small group rehearsals and workshops in music theory and improvisation. You will find yourself capable of doing things you never thought you could, while having fun and enjoying the company of others in our choral community.
“When a group comes together for a single purpose and creates true ensemble (whether it is at work, in the community, in church, or in music), powerful things happen and lives are changed.”
Marc A. Hafso
Who is A Joyful Noise?
We’ve come along way since we started out in 2004! We began with one choir for people who believed they couldn’t sing. In fact, our members thought they couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket! Under the guidance and leadership of Artistic Director and A Joyful Noise founder Eva Bostrand, those 30 brave souls who signed up the first year soon found their voice. By the end of the first year, they were able to perform a concert for their friends and family. By the next year the membership in that choir had doubled and the numbers continued to grow each year. By 2008, so many people wanted to join A Joyful Noise that we had to start a second choir. Over the years members of both choirs continued to learn and to improve their confidence and skill. As the choir members became more advanced, it became difficult for those with no background in choral singing to join. So in 2014 we started a third choir to make sure there is a welcoming environment for everyone who wants to sing.
Who joins A Joyful Noise?
All kinds of people belong to our choirs – people of all ages from twenty somethings to senior citizens:
- Some have sung in choirs their whole lives and want to continue to develop their musicianship in a challenging and inspiring environment.
- Others haven’t sung since they were in school and want to rediscover the joys of choral singing.
- And some have never had the opportunity to sing in a choir before and honestly believe they cannot carry a tune in the proverbial bucket.
Each one of them finds a place in one of our choirs.
When does choir start?
Our rehearsals will begin again for the 2020-2021 season as follows: Monday Choir Sept 21/20, Thursday Choir Sept 24/20, and Wednesday Choir Oct 7/20.
What are the three choirs?
Here is a quick overview of our choirs. For more information please click on About the Choirs.
A Joyful Noise – wednesday choir
Rehearsals for Wednesday choir are structured like a choral class. No previous choral experience is necessary and members learn the building blocks of choral singing and have a chance to try out the new knowledge by singing fun and interesting repertoire. Wednesday choir does not perform in any formal public concerts.
A Joyful Noise – monday choir
Monday choir is the place for you if you want to develop your confidence as a choral singer. No previous choral or music experience is required. During the choral year the choir will typically learn two different concert programs which it will perform in a variety of settings, from formal concerts to outreach performances in seniors’ homes and hospitals. From time to time Monday Choir also enjoys going on a road trip and participating in out of town workshops. To cap off their year, singers tell us one of the highlights is the annual Talent Night when they get a chance to perform for each other in a fun and relaxed setting.
A Joyful Noise – thursday choir
During the choral season the choir will typically prepare three concert programs of more challenging repertoire to be presented in concerts. As with the other choirs, no audition is required. However, to feel comfortable with the level of difficulty and amount of repertoire, some musical knowledge or choral experience is necessary. New members are invited to attend a voice placement session with our conductor, Eva Bostrand, after registration. Travel is also a part of Thursday Choir’s choral year. Some years the road trips are within western Canada but other years the choir goes on an international tour to such wonderful destinations as Iceland, Malta, and Sardinia.
How do I choose which choir is right for me?
The choice is yours! You don’t have to audition and you can pick which choir would be the best fit for you. To help you in your choice we suggest you read the descriptions of the choirs and think about which one best suits your experience and learning goals. If you would like some help with your decision, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you decide.
We welcome your questions. Please contact us at:
Phone: (780) 438-9080
Mail: A Joyful Noise Choir
P.O. Box 52182