Welcome to the O Canada Choir

The O Canada Choir invites Canadians of all ages and skill levels to help perform our national anthem for Canada's 150th anniversary. All the information you will need to participate in this project can be found on this website. You can also follow @ocanadachoir on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest developments.

What is a Virtual Choir?

When you think about a choir, you probably picture a group of singers performing together for a live audience. The advent of broadcast and recording technology allowed the choir and the audience to be separated by both space and time. Now, thanks to the internet, not even the choir members need to be in the same place at the same time.

In a virtual choir, members record themselves performing their own parts without leaving home! They submit their recordings to the conductor, who combines the audio and video into a combined performance.

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Virtual Choir

What will we be performing?

In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, we will be recording a brand new arrangement for choir and concert band, called simply O Canada 150. It combines the official bilingual version of O Canada with an original instrumental piece by David Wesley Francois that captures both the energy and sweeping beauty of our nation and its people.

Right from its inception, O Canada 150 was written with amateur singers and musicians in mind. The vocal melody parts are in a comfortable range for men, women, and children, and the instrumental parts are appropriate for players at the high school level and just below. We want to see as many Canadians as possible participate in the O Canada Choir project, representing all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life.

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Sheet Music

How can you get involved?

There are a few ways you can participate in the O Canada Choir. Most importantly, we are looking for virtual performers. If you enjoy singing, or play a concert band instrument, we need your help to build the biggest and best version of O Canada ever recorded. All you need is your voice / instrument, an mp3 player with headphones, a video camera, and a quiet place to record.

If you like the idea of this project, but don't want to get in front of a camera, we are also looking for some behind-the-scenes help with promotion and technical support. Find out how you can really help get this project off the ground as a crew member or ambassador.

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