In all vocal music courses, students study theory, history, listening, dictation, ear training, sight singing/solfège and prepare for performance of choral repertoire, vocalises, and solos. There are opportunities to compose-arrange music and attend performances throughout the city. Senior students plan and perform their own solo recitals.
Every year several performance opportunities arise which range from regularly featured concert events to special community events. Students participate in the schools annual Christmas and Spring Music Concerts as well as the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, held at various churches in the Greater Toronto Area.
Students performances in various community venues have included the Duruflé Requiem with the Brampton Symphony Orchestra, sacred concerts with Elmer Iseler Singers, several performances of the Missa Gaia, Music Canada participation at the CBC for nationally broadcast performances, participants in Canada Day performances with the National Arts Orchestra in Ottawa and nationally televised Parliament Hill ceremonies.
In the past twenty years the choirs of Cardinal Carter have earned an enviable place of distinction in local festivals such as the Kiwanis Music Festival, Heritage Music Festival and the Ontario Vocal Festival establishing a standard of consistent excellence in performance.
CCAA has been proud to have many students continue in music excelling in opera and popular music.