The Big Sing 2020

The Bruneau Centre for Excellence in Choral Music would like to extend to you an invitation to participate in "The Big Sing 2020!” - a choral experience designed for elementary aged students throughout the province.

In a half day workshop, Melanie Tellez from the internationally renowned Hamilton Children’s Choir will lead the students through three pieces of music (to be shared soon). We ask that you prepare these pieces with your choir prior to your arrival (scores will be provided); the majority of the rehearsal time will be spent on choral singing techniques and development via the performance of the above pieces. At the end of our rehearsal time, there will be a short showcase concert of the pieces in their entirety.

The BCECM’s desire is to bring young singers together and elevate their choral experience as they join with students all across the area. Using the same pieces, this workshop will be held across the province, uniting roughly 750 students in song.

There is no cost to participate, but we require registration for an accurate headcount. Schools are responsible for arranging their own transportation. We are offering a $300 bursary to help cover the cost of bussing. Teachers are expected to attend the workshop, with chaperones available to assist their choir members, should the need arise. Registration deadline is Thursday, April 9, 2020.

For your planning purposes, our schedule will be as follows:
East Coast: Monday, May 25th, 2020, Wesley United Church, Patrick Street, St. John’s
Central: Wednesday, May 27th, 2020, Arts and Culture Centre, Gander
West Coast: Friday, May 29th, 2020, Location TBA

St. John’s (Wesley United Church)
9:15 Schools arrive onsite
9:30 Greeting & Warm Up
9:45 Rehearsal
10:30 Break
10:50 Rehearsal
11:15 Run through / Recording
11:30 Finished Work Performance
(public invited to attend)
11:50 Board Busses & Depart

Gander (Arts and Culture Centre)
West Coast (Location TBA)
10:30 Schools arrive onsite
10:45 Greeting & Warm Up
11:00 Rehearsal
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Run through/Recording
1:00 Showcase Performance
(public invited to attend)
1:15 Pack up/Board Busses
1:30 Depart

Please submit registration on-line through the link below (see instructions for downloading and completing the form). You may also print and mail the form. Acceptance will be based on a first-come-first-served basis, with choirs accepted until workshop capacity is reached.

Please join us as we bring the young singing community of the province together and unite them in song. We hope you can join us for this experience!

Click here for the East Coast registration form.
Click here for the Central registration form.
Click here for the West Coast registration form.

To complete your registration:
1. Download the form to your computer and open with Adobe Reader.
2. After filling out the form, make sure to save your file.
3. Click on the “Send form by email” button, or print a copy to send by mail.

Questions? Call the BCECM office at 709.864.2058 or e-mail us at


Choral Centre

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000