Many thanks fo our sponsors: The United Church of Canada Seeds of Hope Program;
The Montreal Presbytery Erskine & American Fund; The Greater Montreal Foundation
Come and Sing!
Learn musical skills, work on your posture and breathing, meet new people and most of all, have fun!!
The Every Senior Choir is looking for new members.
We rehearse Sunday afternoons at St. James United Church, from 1:30 to 2:30. Our calendar is divided in semesters:
- Fall 2013: from September 22 until December 8
- Winter 2014: from January 19 until June 1
Even if it is better to join the choir at the beginning of a Semester, we accept singers at all time.
Our musical program
Our musical director is Thierry Jacques-Soudin, who is working with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada and attended Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. He is a hornist and was trained in musical direction. In addition to discovering songs from many cultures and in various languages, we learn to read notes and some rhythmic notions. We also welcome on occasion guest artists for special workshops. Rehearsals are in English and in French, as needed.
Our choir is open to any adult interested, especially the 55 years old and older. There is no fee.
- Discover languages and music from other cultures.
- Offer a good musical training.
- Work on voice, posture, breathing, and enjoy ourselves.
- Create bonds between singers.
- Develop French and English comprehension.
- Open doors to Montreal’s diverse music scene.
Main Informations for singers:
St. James United Church is located at 1440 St-Alexander, at the corner St. Catherine street (metro Place-des-arts).
The Every Senior Choir is a joint project of Montreal City Mission and St. James United Church. As a child my parents thought I was going deaf. A visit to the doctor showed nothing abnormal physically. I was always the one in my high school choir who pretended to sing, as I knew I was tone deaf. It turned out, that I had developed psychological deafness having experienced trauma as a child. I longed to sing, but did not dare. A piano teacher who threw her hands up in a fit and a sister who sang like an angel did not help. After 70 years of not being able to sing, I dared to join the Seniors Choir. Alison assured me that I was in tune in the higher ranges. When I do not quite make the note in the lower registers, she cheerily gives the note, along with helpful, caring advice, “If you make a mistake, carry on as if you didn’t”. I love you Alison! I enjoy everything about the choir: the wonderful women and men (all two of them). Thank you Alison, for not ever throwing a fit and for being supportive. Thank you Melanie, for your generosity in sharing your exercises for confidence building and lovely piano playing.
Bless you and the Seniors Choir. Maureen
The formation of the Senior's Choir, an expansion of the Outreach Program of Montreal City Mission and St. James United Church is an added bonus especially to the Seniors in the community and the city.Good music relaxes each person...and what more if we participate and get involved by singing, there's a tremendous amount of sharing and blessings to both the singers and the audience. With the leadership of our choir director Alison and pianist Melanie we also have a lot of fun learning new songs of peace, joy and love which this choir like to convey. We also learn multi-language music pieces which are challenging but rewarding.It is a pleasure to be a part of this choir.
Thank you, MCM and SJUC!
Joining the senior's choir at St-James Church fulfilled a deep personal need of mine to find a path where I could be part of a group, or even more, be part of a community. Learning to sing in a choir and, what's more important at a church, gave me the help, the hand I was looking for, namely to find a way to express the joy within my heart and eventually to share it with others.Going to the choir is a special moment for me in my life and it was possible because of your great kindness, Alison, dedication and talent as well as Melanie’s.At the very beginning of the choir, I thought I would never be able to sing anything. Your kindness along with Melanie's gave me as well as the other members of the choir, the courage to go beyond my expectations.Being part of a choir enabled me to regain my faith in spirituality. My loneliness is fading away, as I keep going to the church and singing. Improving my singing will, I hope, open my soul more to the beauty of music.I would like to thank you both and the church for being there for me.
As soon as I heard about the Seniors’ Choir led by Alison Carpenter, I felt sure it was the choir I had been looking for, for years, and I couldn’t wait to join. I’ve had to drop out temporarily because of a broken leg, but I will return as soon as I can.First of all, the leaders – Alison and Melanie – are an amazing team. They work together beautifully, each bringing their own strengths and making the experience fun and enjoyable for everyone. There is absolutely no judgment or criticism - everyone is made to feel welcome and encouraged to participate, no matter what their musical knowledge or ability. We do warm-up exercises and learn skills to improve our singing, so we feel proud of what we are able to accomplish, and everyone supports everyone else. I was looking for a choir where I would feel comfortable and able to gain confidence and participate in the joy of singing, and I have found it with this choir. For me, the time slot of Sunday afternoon is perfect. I also love the idea that we will be able to give back to the community and perhaps bring a little happiness to others by sharing our music with people in hospitals.I sincerely hope that funding continues, and Alison and Melanie are able to continue their excellent work.