APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2019-2020 MAHA SEASON ARE NOW OPEN! THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST IN OUR ENGAGED, FEMINIST, MUSICAL COMMUNITY OF FRIENDS.
Auditions for Chœur Maha are held at the beginning of the new season. This is usually at the end of August and/or the beginning of September. For the 2019/20 season, auditions will be held the evenings of Tuesday September 3rd and wednesday September 4th. Location and exact times to be confirmed closer to the time.
If you are interested in adding your voice to the music of Maha, please click on this link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJAXqclr7rGOowSAUFE_CDGWZuJHmErz17S4w0-pYIQtcD4g/viewform?usp=pp_url Please note: Maha Community is a less demanding way to be a part of our community. It is currently open to former Maha singers. Auditions are for potential new members of the Chœur Maha and Maha Community. You may read more about Maha Community by scrolling down.
A Maha audition usually takes between 15 and 20 min. We look at this as a mutual process where you are also determining whether you feel comfortable with us. There are usually 2 or more Maha members to welcome you, and 2 or 3 Maha members with the artistic director to run the audition part. You will have time to ask questions of us. You will do a vocal warmup with others, and individually you will:
- sight-sing a simple melody (with piano guidance)
- learn one part of a simple choral piece (with Maha members)
- sing at least one verse of a song of your choice a capella (you can have fun with this one, and use it to show us your favourite style of music)
Since this is a choral experience, you are not being judged on having a "solo" voice, but more on ability to blend musically, follow a score and instructions, and be part of a group experience. We look forward to meeting you.
The cost for regular Maha is $200 a year. Maha Community is $50 a year.
Maha values inclusion of all and believes that the fee should not be an obstacle in trying the audition. Each year, we have a few bursaries to help those who cannot pay the full fee.
Maha also welcomes gender non-binary folks and trans women into our midst--keeping in mind that our repertoire is for soprano and altos voices.
(Maha council will be re-visioning how we do Maha community for the coming season. Stay tuned for more details.)
Since 1991, Choeur Maha has been so much more than an innovative, skilled and devoted choir of women. Maha is an amazing community of friends, activists and artists who support and inspire one another. Maha is also a feminist force for change in this city—bringing our special brand of performance to protests, marches and other gatherings around Montreal and beyond.
Maha Community is a way for former Maha members to stay more closely connected.