CUC LogoIn existence for over forty years, the Carleton University Choir is a large choral ensemble of as many as 90 voices. In addition to students in the BMus program for whom choral singing is a requirement, the choir is open by audition to all Carleton students, members of the university community and the general public. The choir presents two major public concerts during the academic year. These concerts showcase a variety of large and small scale choral works and frequently feature orchestra and soloists.

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The Carleton University Choir is directed by Laurie Hamilton, with accompanist Joanne Moorcroft.  See Laurie and Joanne’s bio page.

The Carleton University Choir invites all students, faculty, staff, and community members to sing with us. This large choir performs a variety of repertoire across a broad range of stylistic periods, genres, and cultures. An audition is required for admission to the choir. See the information below regarding auditions.

For Carleton Music students required to take the course for compulsory credit, please note that participation in the choir is not guaranteed. If a student is not able to meet the audition requirements, they may re-audition the following year, or they may participate in another approved choir, particularly the Ottawa Celtic Choir or the Ottawa Atlantic Voices and receive the same ensemble credit (subject to Music department approval and after fulfilling the choir’s attendance and concert policies).

The choir meets on Wednesdays from 11:30 until 2:20 in Studio A on the 9th floor of the Loeb Building. During the first half hour a rehearsal for individual sections is usually held. All members pay a music fee of approximately $25-30 per semester to cover the cost of music. Non student Community members pay an annual fee of $100.00.


Auditions will be held in late August and early September. You can watch for dates to be posted or you can send an email to for more information or to set up an audition.

The ability to read music at least at an elementary level is required. Auditions will include assessment of range and ear ability as well as a short sight reading passage.


Carleton Chamber Singers (CCS)

Rehearsal schedule – tba
CCS is a Chamber Choir of about 18 singers. It is for singers with choral experience and strong choral reading and musicianship skills. All students in Music and in other faculties are welcome to audition. To schedule an audition please email

Auditions for CCS

Who is eligible: Auditions are open to all Department of Music students, Carleton University students from other faculties and community members. Please indicate your interest in participating in this ensemble on your information sheet. After your initial audition a call back audition may be scheduled. Rehearsals for this group currently run on Fridays from 10-11:30a.m in Studio C (Loeb 9 Tower A). We are still accepting new members who have some choral experience for this term. If you are interested please contact the director, Laurie Hamilton, at to set up a short audition. Here are links to some of the music we are working on this term.


Previous Concerts

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