"The Canadian Staff Songsters will endeavour, by its example, to set the standard for all aspects of Salvation Army vocal ministry, including worship, evangelism and integrated mission, in the Canada and Bermuda Territory."
The Music and Gospel Arts Department are pleased to support the formation of the Canadian Staff Songsters.
Here is a video of the official announcement from the Commissioning and Ordination weekend in London, Ontario by Chief Secretary Colonel Mark Tillsley. Embedded Content This announcement has generated a lot of excitement across the territory! You might also have some questions about the group, so we hope the information below will provide answers and insight.
Who is eligible?
All members of the staff songsters must be Salvation Army soldiers in good standing. Furthermore, they are expected to be examples of good conduct, attendance and general support, and to be an active, exemplary songster member in their own corps. Do I have to be in my own Songster Brigade?
Yes. If your corps has a songster brigade, you will be expected to be an active and exemplary songster member of that brigade. What if my Corps doesn’t have a Songster Brigade?
In situations where there is no songster brigade, it is expected that a staff songster member supports, participates actively and fully contributes to the ongoing corps program, especially the music/worship ministries wherever possible. Who is involved in the approval process?
Each prospective member must have submitted an Endorsement Form completed and signed by both their music leader and corps officer in order to obtain an audition. Following a successful audition and interview, determination that the prospective member is a suitable candidate will include contact by the Executive Officer with the person’s Divisional Commander for their approval. This will be done in the strictest confidence. Where will the CSS rehearse?
Rehearsals will be at Territorial Headquarters (2 Overlea Blvd., Toronto, ON, M4H 1P4). When will the CSS rehearse?
Rehearsals will be held weekly on Wednesday evenings. When will auditions be?
Audition details will be forthcoming shortly. What kind of music will you sing?
Traditional, Modern, Classical, Gospel, A cappella, worship, solos, duets, trios etc. What will the CSS wear?
Traditional SA uniform (winter & summer) will be worn. Should you have any questions, require further information, or to request an Endorsement Form please contact:
May God richly bless the ministry of the Canadian Staff Songsters!
Territorial Secretary for Music and Gospel Arts
2 Overlea Boulevard
Toronto ON M4H 1P4
416.422.6154 or Craig_Lewis@can.salvationarmy.org