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Volume 10 Issue 8 - May 2005

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VICTORIA CoLLEGE CHOIR The Vic Chorus is a mixed-voice, non-auditioned choir at Victoria College, U of T, made up of students, alumni, faculty and staff. The fall concert, one of two the choir presents each year, is in the Victoria college chapel and features classical choral works. The spring concert is held in the new Isabel Bader Theatre and features an eclectic range of choral music from Bach to folksongs from around the world and a Broadway medley. The choir also provides musical leadership at numerous college events, including Charter Day, Christmas dinners and graduation. The choir has become an integral part of campus life. Taylor Sullivan: 416-585-4521 x3101 VICTORIA ScHOLARS MEN'S CHORAL ENSEMBLE Vicchor.htm The essence of the Victoria Scholars' music is the clarity and balance of sound characteristic of renaissance music. The ensemble's repertoire encompasses medieval plainchant, works from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras, and contemporary and newly commissioned works. The choir rehearses weekly in preparation for their concert series, consisting of three performances annually. If you are an experienced musician with excellent sight reading abilities and you are looking to join one of Canada's finest male ensembles, please call or email to set up an audition appointment. Dr. Jerzy Cichocki: 416-761-7776 VILLAGE VOICES Village Voices was founded in 1989 as a not-for-profit, mixed-voice community choir of 45 + members. While maintaining a community outreach program, and performing public concerts at Christmas and in the spring, the choir continues, under the direction of Joan Andrews, to expand its repertire and artistic level, often accompanied by professional soloists and musicians. The choir has twice taken part in the Music Alive festival in Newmarket and is a member of Choirs Ontario and SOCAN. Rehearsals are held VOICES on Wednesday evenings, 7:30pm at This 20-voice chamber choir, now Unionville Presbyterian Church, in its ninth season, has won several 600 Village Parkway, Markham. awards, from the Kiwanis Music New members are always we!- Festival to International Choral come. Margaret Bagnall: 905-881-0769 Kathaumixw, and has received numerous invitations to perform across Canada. Under the artistic direction of Ron Ka Ming Cheung, Voices' repertoire includes music from the l 4th to the 21 st century, VIVA! YoUTH SINGERS OF TORONTO including premiers of original works VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto, comprised of three choirs, was founded in 2000 at a time of wide- spread cuts to public school arts Kodaly, Gorecki, Piirt, and Rachprograms. The Preparatory Chorus (ages 5-7) engages ·young singers in Wednesday evenings from Septemfun, age-appropriate musical activ- ities. Singers in two older choirs- Main Chorus I (ages 7-12) and Main Chorus II (ages 12-18) receive reg- ular instruction in vocal technique, by Canadian composers. Voices' 2004-2005 season finale will be held on June 11, 2005 with music by maninoff. The choir rehearses ber to June and concerts are held at St. Thomas's Church. New mem­ bers are accepted as vacancies be­ come available. theory, sight-singing, and private Ron Ka Ming Cheung: 416-924-0753 vocal coaching. Three annual concerts feature repertoire varying in musical style and languages. VIVA! gives young singers the opportunity to participate in artistically excellent endeavours with an integrated arts approach. Rehearsals are Monday nights at Trinity-St. Paul's United Church. Laura Menard; 416-788-8482 VocALPOINT CHAMBER CHOIR Founded in 1997 by musical director Ian Grundy, Voca!Point is one of the country's finest chamber choirs. The choir received national attention by reaching the semi-finals in the past three CBC Radio competitions. In addition to an annual subscription series of concerts presented in the acoustically-superb Grace Church on-the-Hill, Vocal­ Point has also performed on Roy Thomson Hall's noon-hour series for Organ and Choir, at the Glenn Gould Studio on CBC Radio Two's "Music Around Us'', and at the Sharon Temple. Members of the choir are experienced soloists, teachers, or conductors and come from the top church choirs in Toronto. Auditions are held Wednesday nights during June. Carol Grundy: 416-461-8301 Hugh Tracy: 416-484-0185 Vox HURONIA Vox Huronia is a community-based non-auditioned choir based in Midland, Ontario. Highlights from this, our 5th year, included Britten's Ceremony of Carols (with harp), a Mostly Mozart spring concert, a recital by local professional baritone Steven Pitkanen, and the premier of a new commission by Nancy Telfer. We welcome singers of all ages and skill levels. We encourage other musicians in the community to be involved in our activities and we are always interested in being involved in community events. Roger Priddle: 705-533-2052 WAYNE GILPIN SINGERS The Wayne Gilpin Singers is an auditioned 40-voice chamber choir that presents an annual series of public concerts and performs on request at social and charitable functions. The 'choir performs a wide variety of music ranging from choral repertoire classics to excellent modern works. A recent review raved that the Singers' "diction was crystal clear. Especially enjoyable was the mellow feeling of relaxed tempos and the rich blending of the parts." The choir rehearses on Monday evenings from 7:30- 9:30pm at Luther Village Chapel in Waterloo from September to June. Wayne Gilpin: 1-800-867-3281 WINDSOR CLASSIC CHORALE Founded in 1977 by Professor Richard Householder, Director of Choral Activities at the University of Windsor, the Windsor Classic Chorale is an auditioned mixed choir. Over its 28-year history, the choir has appeared on nationally televised programs including a performance of Messiah, and was selected to perform in both the 1989 and 1993 Toronto International Choral Festivals. Repertoire includes Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Brahms' Neue-Liebeslieder Waltzer, and Pinkham's Christmas Cantata. wee performs two series concerts per year in November and May with some smaller events during the year. Rehearsals are held on Monday evening 7-9.30pm September to May. Patricia Mclaughlin: 519-736-5761 YORKMINSTRELS SHOW CHOIR The Show Choir is a mixed-voice community choir specializing in Broadway music. It was founded in 1974 as a spin-off of the Yorkminstrels Musical Theatre company. With its costumes and choreography, the choir has evolved into one of Metro's most unique performing groups. The Show Choir performs at private, corporate and community events. We rehearse on Wednesdays from 7:30-10:30pm at Cummer Lodge, Cummer Ave, North York, from September to the end of June. We currently have openings available in our tenor and bass/baritone sections. Wendy Fraser: 416-225-5810 Sarah Liis Jones: 905-944-8470 UNARY PAGES WWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COM MAY 2005

CATEGORIES OF CHOIRS Just as every canary's song is slightly different, every chorister is unique. Following is a listing of the choirs in the Canary Pages by category to aid in the search for a singing group that matches a prospective choir member's age, interest, ability, music preferences, and location. Categories include Adult Community Choirs; Non-Auditioned Choirs; Men's; Children's and Youth; Women's; Sacred Music and Church Choirs; Large Adult Choirs over JOO voices; University Choirs; Professional and Semi-professional Choirs; Chamber Choirs under 25 voices; World, Jazz and Folk; and Communities of Interest. Choirs are also listed by region if outside Toronto, with the breakdown being by area code: 705, 905 (East, North, West, and South), 519, and 613. Choirs frequently appear in more than one category. A word of caution: these categories are not comprehensive. Deciding which categories to place a choir in was a subjective exercise, based on careful reading of the description sent in by the choir. We apologize to choirs for any misinterpretations or oversights. And we urge readers not to treat these categories as definitive. Happy searching and singing! ADULT MIXED-VOICE COMMUNITY CHOIRS Achill Choral Society Alexander Singers and Players All the King's Voices Amadeus Choir Annex Singers of Toronto Bach Elgar Choir of Hamilton Bell' Arte Singers Blessed Trinity Choir Bloor Street Gospel Chorus Brampton Festival Singers Burlington Civic Chorale Cantabile Chorale of York Region Caribbean Chorale of Toronto Cellar Singers Chorus Niagara Common Thread Community Chorus of Toronto Coro San Marco Counterpoint Chorale County Town Singers DCAT Chorus Durham Community Choir East York Choir Ensemble TrypTych Etobicoke Centennial Choir Fanshawe Chorus London I Gerald Fagan Singers Hamilton Chamber Choir Harlequin Singers Humber Valley United Church Irish Choral Society of Canada Jubilate Singers Jubilee Chorale King Edward Choir Kitchener Waterloo Philharmonic Choir Komitas Choir Lachlan Jewish Chamber Choir Les Voix du Coeur Menna Singers Milton Choristers MAY 2005 Mississauga Choral Society MNJCC Community Choir Oakville Choral Society Ontario Presbyterian Chorus Open Voices Community Choir Orpheus Choir of Toronto Pax Christi Chorale Peel Choral Society Peterborough Singers Rainbow Chorus Rainbow Voices of Toronto Renaissance Singers Scarborough Choralaires Serenata Choir Serenata Singers Shevchenko Choir Society of Singers Sound Investment Community Choir St. James' Cathedral Choirs Tapestry Chamber Choir Tempus Choral Society Toronto Camerata Toronto Chamber Choir Toronto Choral Society Community Choir Toronto Choristers Toronto Classical Singers Toronto Jewish Folk Choir Toronto Swedish Singers Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir University of Toronto at Scarborough Concert Choir University of Toronto Gospel Choir University of Waterloo Choirs University Settlement Community Choirs Upper Canada Choristers Victoria College Choir Village Voices Vox Huronia Wayne Gilpin Singers Windsor Classic Chorale Yorkminstrels Show Choir NON-AUDITIONED CHOIRS Annex Singers of Toronto Bloor Street Gospel Chorus Bramp!On Festival Singers Common Thread Community Chorus of Toronto DCAT Chorus Durham Community Choir Echo Women's Choir Harmony Singers of Etobicoke Hart House Singers Humber Valley United Church Irish Choral Society of Canada Les Voix du Coeur Milton Choristers MNJCC Women's Chorus MNJCC Youth Choirs Oakville Choral Society Ontario Presbyterian Chorus Open Voices Community Choir Peel Choral Society Rainbow Chorus Rainbow Voices of Toronto Serenata Choir Society of Singers St. Andrew's Anglican Church Choir Tempus Choral Society Toronto Choral Society Community Choir Toronto Choristers Toronto Swedish Singers University of Toronto Gospel Choir University Settlement Community Choirs Upper Canada Choristers Victoria College Choir Village Voices Vox Huronia MEN' s CHOIRS Canadian Orpheus Male Choir Darbazi Forte-The Toronto Men's Chorus Grace Church on-the-Hill Choirs Hamilton Harbourtown Sound MegaCity Chorus Men of Note Queensmen of Toronto Male Chorus Schneider Male Chorus St. James' Cathedral Choirs Toronto Northern Lights Chorus Toronto Police Association Male Chorus Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir Vesnivka Choir Victoria Scholars Men's Choral Ensemble WWW. THEWHOlENOTE.COM CHILDREN' s & YoUTH Amabile Choirs of London Bach Children's Chorus & Bach Chamber Youth Choir Brantford Children's Chorus Canadian Boys' Choir Canadian Children's Opera Chorus Cantabile Choirs of Kingston Centenary Choir of Hamilton Choirs of the Church of St. Mary Magdalene Christ Church Deer Park Etobicoke Youth Choir Georgian Bay Children's Choir Grace Church on-the-Hill Choirs Healey Willan Singers High Park Choirs of Toronto Humber Valley United Church Inter-Mennonite Children's Choir Kitchener Waterloo Philharmonic Choir Metropolitan United Church Choir & Festival Choir Mississauga Children's Choir Mississauga Festival Youth Choir MNJCC Youth Choirs Oakville Children's Choir Ontario Youth Choir Oro Medonte Children's and Youth Choirs Orpheus Choir of Toronto Owen Sound Children's Chorus Peterborough Children's Chorus Riverdale Youth Singers Sacred Music Society St. Clement's Anglican Church Choirs St. James' Cathedral Choirs St. Marys Children's Choir St. Michael's Choir School St. Simon-the-Apostle Choir Toronto Children's Chorus Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir University Settlement Community Choirs Upper Canada Children's Chorus VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto WoMEN1S CHOIRS Cantabile Choirs of Kingston Cantores Celestes Women's Choir Echo Women's Choir Grace Church on-the-Hill Choirs Harmony Singers of Etobicoke MNJCC Women's Chorus Monday Morning Singers Oriana Women's Choir Penthelia Singers Scarborough Sweet Adelines Vesnivka Choir Continued on next page CANARY PAGES

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