Youth Singers




Choir Poster 2 (1)

SEPTEMBER 2015 to April 2016


On behalf of the Woodstock Fanshawe Singers, I would again like to invite Oxford area students with some singing experience to be a part of the Woodstock Fanshawe Youth Singers, formerly known as the Honour Choir. Choir members will be rehearsing under the direction of Sammy Hayes and accompanist Carol Harrison.

                             Singers in grades four to nine are eligible for the Youth Singers.

Auditions are necessary for new choir members, but not for returning choir members. Auditions will take place in June, September and December.

The choir was created in honour of the five year anniversary of the Kaleid Choral Festival in May of 2010. We are now entering our sixth season. This year, the WFYS will continue to share the joy of choral singing with local youth. We will offer a unique opportunity for growth and friendship with other students who love to sing. In rehearsals, we will become a team through our work on vocal technique, ear training and the blending of all of our voices into one voice as a choir!

Membership in the WFYS is free thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, the Woodstock Fanshawe Singers.


The rehearsals will take place each week over the Fall, Winter and Spring terms until the end of April. Our goal this year will be to sing as guests of the Woodstock Fanshawe Singers at their Christmas and Spring Concerts, to sing at several community events and to enter the Woodstock Rotary Music Festival.


Please read this over carefully before asking for an audition. All singers are expected to perform at all concerts.


Rehearsal Location: Music Room  B College Avenue Secondary School,

700 College Avenue, Woodstock

Time: 6:30pm  – 8:15pm – Wednesday, September 16 to Wednesday May 4th

(no rehearsals after the concert in December

no rehearsal during March Break.)

NOTE: choir members must be available for extra rehearsals with WFS closer to each concert time.

Concerts with Woodstock Fanshawe Singers

Christmas – 3 concerts: Friday Dec.4th,  7:30pm

Saturday Dec 5th, 3:00pm AND 7:30pm

Spring – Saturday May 7th  2:00pm AND 7:30pm    


To find out more, visit our website at

To request an audition or obtain more information, please email Sammy at


FB_IMG_1435697483796-3Sammy Hayes, Artistic Director

Sammy Hayes received her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from The University of Western Ontario. She is a
member of the Woodstock Fanshawe Singers as well as the Bach Festival Chamber Choir. Sammy is a choral enthusiast who has been singing in choirs since elementary school including the Amabile Youth Singers, and continues to pursue her passion for choral conducting.

Carol Harrison, Accompanist

Carol graduated from the WLU majoring in psychology and music. AfterScreen Shot 2015-07-19 at 2.43.07 PM earning a master’s equivalent from the University of Toronto she began her first job as a Speech Language Pathologist in 1975. She has an associate degree ( ARCT) in piano and voice. Having been a member of St. David’s church, she enjoyed directing a youth choir in for several years. From 1982 to 1988 she taught piano using the Suzuki method. She has sung with London Pro Musica, Fanshawe Symphonic chorus and the Fanshawe Singers except for some time off when their two sons were small.

Carol retired in 2013 and now enjoys hobby farming close to Embro with husband Jim. Other pastimes include weaving, spinning, working with Big Brothers, Big Sisters and gardening.