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Coastal Sound’s premiere treble voice, touring concert choir

Coastal Sound Children’s Choir inspires each young singer to be their best–as musicians and as contributing, engaged citizens–through choral singing. The choir is full of creative youth from diverse cultural heritages, ages 11-16 years old.  The group began as the Coquitlam District Honour Choir under the direction of Donna Otto in 1989.

Over the choir’s 30 year history, singers’ lives have been transformed by memorable adventures: from studio recording sessions for TV soundtracks to singing at esteemed ceremonies like the Olympics; from formal concerts to dressing as heritage characters to entertain festival crowds; from working with Canadian composers and respected conductors, to accompanying Michael Bublé on his 2013 Holiday TV special. Every new experience brings a chance to learn and grow as artists and to connect with others through song.

Sharing and learning about their world through the lens of choral music is very important to these singers and is a principal value of the choir. They have recently exchanged with choirs in Guelph, Glen Ellyn Illinois, Annapolis Valley Nova Scotia and the Acadian Jeunes Chanteurs from Dieppe, New Brunswick.

Grades 6 and older; youth treble voices; unchanged male voices

  • For singers with much prior music experience at CSMA or instrumental lessons; those who can read music, match pitch confidently and hold a harmony part.
  • Focus on healthy vocal technique and musicianship, advanced-level stage performance skills, choral choreography.
  • More advanced music reading and sight-singing skills as a focus, learning to sing in 3 or more parts harmony with other singers
  • Leadership, solo singing on mic and public speaking opportunities
  • Team building, nurturing friendships and self confidence
  • Learning how to use a professional choral folder (these folders can be used throughout one’s life)
  • Learning to be an independent musician and thoughtful choral artist



Artistic Team

Diana Clark, Director
Barry Yamanouchi, Accompanist

Learn more about the Artistic Team here.

Rehearsal Schedule

Day Time
Thursdays 4:15-6:30 pm
1-2 Saturdays per month 3:00-5:00 pm
Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

Performances & Tours

Formal Performances: At least 6 per year, plus other community concerts, gigs and recordings

Timberline Retreat: overnight two nights/ weekend of choral workshops and leadership camp: Friday night, September 27- Sunday afternoon, September 29. Registration fee includes this mandatory retreat and all activities.

Festival Tour: We are planning a tour to Yellowknife, NWT, around February 27- March 2, 2020

2019/2020 Fees

Annual Payment in Full Monthly Payment (10 months)
$1050.00 $115.00 per month

Fees include:

  • Top-notch choral music instruction from September to June
  • Theory materials as needed
  • Music and binders
  • CSMA t-shirt for new singers
  • Membership in the Coastal Sound Music Academy Society (non-profit society)
  • 2 night retreat at Timberline Ranch including all activities (September 2019)

Additional Fees

  • Formal uniform tunic to keep: $45, or free option to wear “classic” vest
  • Jacket, worn as part of our uniform: $65
  • Folder (one-time) if singers don’t already have one: $45
  • Garment Bag (one-time fee) if singers don’t already have one: $30
  • Tour Fees: TBA depending on tour
  • Theory and sight-singing materials are included in tuition fees.

All fees are payable at the first rehearsal, by cash, cheque or Visa/Mastercard.

*Families with 2 or more singers enrolled at Coastal Sound receive our special family discount. Contact us for more information!

Uniform: Singers will be issued CSMA formal uniform pieces. Singers must supply their own plain black nylons and simple plain black, flat or low-heeled dress shoes. Denim jeans, black pants and blue plaid shirt may also be needed for some concerts.


Required fundraising:

  • “In Lieu of fundraising” a tax-deductible donation of $150 required per CSMA family OR $150 minimum in pledges or fundraising collected by our fundraising event in October.
  • a minimum of TWO volunteer tree-lot shifts at our IKEA tree lot, November- December

Optional fundraising:

May include Purdy’s chocolates, bedding plants, Neufeld farms, Pub nights. These are optional, if you’d like to participate. All proceeds benefit Children’s Choir singers’ tour accounts.

Vocal Assessment for Choir Placement

First of all, relax! It’s going to be friendly and welcoming! These music placement evaluations are to make sure that singers are placed where they will have the most success in our choirs. We guarantee that you will find the process positive and affirming, whatever your level of experience.

For Children’s Choir, commitment is an essential part of participation. All singers receive a draft calendar of events for the full year in September, and members will be required to attend all performances, workshops and rehearsals throughout the year. This is a professional level children’s group- like an elite sports team- so full commitment is expected.

Here is an outline of our audition process:

  1. Applicants sing a short a cappella song of their choice (a portion of a song is fine). There is no accompanist at the audition.
  2. Applicants sight-sing a short, simple musical passage (note: the ability to read music is valued in this ensemble, but not required. This part of the audition will help us to determine where you are in your growth as a musician.)
  3. Our Artistic Team performs an aural skills evaluation (echo back short melodies)
  4. We invite you for a short interview: our conductors looks for many things in your audition including a positive attitude, a flexible and open learning style, and a willingness to grow and develop as a musician.

We will be accepting new singers to start in September, 2018.  We look forward to meeting you!