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O'Neill Collegiate and Vocational Institute
Let Talent Flourish

Students learn healthy vocal technique through various styles of music such as folk, classical, musical theatre and jazz. In addition to singing repertoire, students learn music theory, music history and develop sight singing and ear training skills. Class work is based on the Ministry of Ontario Curriculum Documents. In addition to the regular vocal music classes, students may, at the grade 11 level, audition to be in a Musical Theatre class or in the Senior Chamber Choir class.

All vocal students are required to perform in a choir at the appropriate level. The more active a student becomes, the more they will get out of the program. Students involved in the instrumental, dance and drama program are also invited to participate in the choir program. At

every level many challenges and possibilities are available to further develop musical skills and techniques.



 Choir Ensembles

The O’Neill Junior Choir is a vocal ensemble open to all music and performing arts students in grade nine and ten. This ensemble rehearses twice a week.

Students in grades nine through twelve can audition to sing with The O’Neill Women’s or Men’s Choir. This ensemble rehearses
twice a week, as well.

Students at the grade eleven and twelve level are eligible to take the chamber choir credit course upon completion of a successful audition. The Senior Chamber Choir rehearses during class time and before school. This ensemble performs university level repertoire and is highly regarded nationally.


 Vocal Jazz Ensembles

​Students are very fortunate to have access to a vocal jazz sound system complete with eighteen high calibre microphones. Our ensembles have auditioned singers and rhythm sections.

Grade nine and ten students audition for Jazz Express, while grades ten through twelve audition for The Jazz Disciples, the most senior group in terms of ability. The choirs attend the Ontario Vocal Festival annually where they perform, are exposed to other ensembles and have the opportunity to work with experienced clinicians who bring a wealth of choral knowledge to the students.