Music Extension

Catholic Central High School, located in downtown London, Ontario, Canada is the only London Catholic high school to offer string, vocal and instrumental music.

The string and band programs began in the early 1960’s, vocal music began in 1987.  The string and vocal programs are designed to meet the needs of the graduate of St. Mary’s Choir and Orchestra Program.  The “extension program” provides the opportunity for students to continue their studies in string and vocal music at the secondary level.  Very important to the mission of the Catholic Central Vocal and String Program is Liturgical Leadership Development and Music Ministry. The CCH choir and orchestra perform a varied repertoire.  Selections include works from the Baroque to Broadway hits.  The choral works the Concert Choir has sung include Mozart’s and Brahm’s Requiem, Handle’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria.

The Band, Orchestra and Concert Choir have performed in such locations such as Washington, DC (1990, 2004), Austria (1992, 2001), Boston (2002), Italy (1992, 1997, 2011), Montreal (1999, 2009), Germany and Czech Republic (2001), France (2005, 2011), Spain (2005), Chicago (2007), New York City (1998, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2018) and recently Ireland, Scotland and England (2013).

The CCH music program maintains a high profile in London and Southwestern Ontario.  The orchestra and choir have a proud tradition of excellence and are known for their high-caliber performances.

Catholic Central is home to the Board's Music Extension Program. Students are able to choose a focus of string and/or vocal courses in their studies. The program is open to students graduating from St. Mary Choir and Orchestra School, however all students who have had vocal and/or string music training are encouraged to audition for the program. At CCH students participate in the 4-year program beginning in grade 9.

2021 Music Extension Application - Available until March 1, 2021 Subject to availability
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Please submit Reference Form(see below) and video to:
String Lead - Ms. Martinelli
Vocal Lead - Mr. Sills
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String and Vocal Auditions will be different this year due to Covid restrictions. It will include two parts: a virtual interview and a recorded audition. Each student is asked to submit a recorded video of their audition pieces;

  • 2 acapella selections


  • Scales – 1 major, 1 minor
  • Two brief, contrasting pieces (or excerpts), demonstrating confidence and abilities
Videos should be submitted no later than February 1, 2021 so that advanced preparation can be done for interviews on February 3, 2021.

If you have any questions, please email Ms. Carolyn Martinelli for String auditions at and Mr. Don Sills for Vocal auditions at We at CCH are looking forward to working with you!