The Cathedral Girls’ Choir is growing

Choir processing out at the end of a service at Christ Church Cathedral.
A seasonal procession in Christ Church Cathedral. Photo: Doug Morris
By on June 1, 2022

Do you know a young person who, because of pandemic restrictions, has missed the company of friends and the enrichment of team sports and group activities?

Do you know a girl aged 8-18 who loves to SING?

Coming out of two years of pandemic disruptions to our operations we are excited to be actively recruiting for the next generation of girl choristers to take the Cathedral Girls’ Choir into its third decade!

Founded in 2001, Christ Church Cathedral Girls’ Choir is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary and remains the only all-girl cathedral choir in Canada. We are a welcoming community where friendships and camaraderie flourish. We train complete musicians and develop confident leaders. While our home base is the beautiful, inspiring and historic Christ Church Cathedral, we have a rich history of outreach and concert work alongside participation in high-profile civic and state events. We have also toured extensively including to the UK, Germany, France, Hong Kong and Japan.

Who can join?
We are looking for girls aged 8-18 who love to sing and who want to be part of a dynamic, friendly and welcoming community.

When do you meet?
Our season runs from September-June with weekly rehearsals on Thursday evenings. Our schedule of performances and other events is published twice a year (at the end of August and in late December).

Do I have to be Anglican to join?
No. We accept choristers from any and no religious background.

Do I have to read music or have sung in a choir before?
No. We provide professional-level training alongside mentorships with some of the city’s best professional musicians.

What type of music is sung?
We sing music of all kinds (not just church music). Together with loads of beautiful classical repertoire you can expect to encounter jazz, Broadway showtunes and Disney songs along the way.

How much does it cost?
Nothing. In fact, choristers receive a small stipend from us to recognize their service and commitment.

What protocols are in place to manage COVID-19?
As of Spring 2022 we are rehearsing and performing in-person and masked with a mandatory vaccination policy. Throughout the pandemic we have closely followed and will always adhere to the latest guidance from the province, Diocese and the professional performing arts industry.


An informal conversation with James Calkin (Cathedral Director of Music) is the ideal first step! He can be reached anytime at [email protected]



  • James Calkin

    Director of Music and Organist at Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa

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