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Volume 11 Issue 8 - May 2006

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,-~ ACHILL CHORAL

,-~ ACHILL CHORAL SOCIETY This mixed 85-voice community choir of accomplished amateur singers, under the direction of A. Dale Wood, delights local audiences in Alliston, Beeton, Caledon, Orangeville, Shelburne and Tottenham. Founded in 1982, the choir has attracted many guests and accompanists of the highest calibre. Our extensive library of classical and contemporary repertoire is available to other choirs through our website. Having toured in England, Holland, and Ireland, we plan to celebrate our 25th anniversary with a Canadian tour. Concert series are performed in November and April, in addition to community events. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings in Hockley. Auditions are held twice annually. ca thy.whitcombe@sympatico.ca Cathy Whitcombe 519-941-9966 www.achillchoral .on.ca ALAWYN Alawyn (adapted from Welsh Alawn, "Harmony") is a newlyformed professional male vocal quintet dedicated to European vocal literature predating A.D. 1600, and also to the study and performance of contemporary Canadian student compositions inspired by early literature. The mandate of Alawyn is to explore and promote continuity between composers of the past and future, to heighten public awareness of infrequently-performed early vocal repertoire, and to give voice to young Canadian composers who may not have access to resources ensuring their works will be performed. Alawyn is affiliated with the Studio of Early Music Toronto, founded and directed by Kevin Komisaruk. office@alawyn.com Kevin Komisaruk 416-559-2586 www.alawyn.com ALEXANDER SINGERS AND PLAYERS The Alexander Singers started in 1987 as a summer choir. Under the enthusiastic direction of Angela Hawaleshka, Alexander Singers has evolved to enjoy near-professional status. With a strong educational mandate, members grow in their ability to sing and in performance skills. Indeed, many have gone on to enjoy successful professional careers. The choir's annual spring productions have included Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus, Sweeney Todd, Fiddler on the Roof, The Most Happy Fella and several G&S operettas. Each December a choral concert is presented, with rehearsals commencing in September. All are welcome to join this Festival Choir. hawaleshka@sympatico.ca Angela Hawaleshka 416-324-1259 www.alexandersingers.com ALL THE KING 1 S VOICES A TKV is a mixed-voice community choir dedicated to enabling amateur singers to experience the joy of singing works from a wide variety of choral genres. Founder and conductor David J. King, assisted by a highly trained accompanist and 6 section leads, provides professional leadership. Annual sight singing courses help choristers improve their musical skills. Next season's concerts include Mozart's Requiem (a special Remembrance Day concert) November 11, A Global Christmas December 16, and A Musical Collage (from madrigals to jazz) May 5. ATKV rehearses September to May on Tuesdays 7:30- !0pm at Willowdale United Church, 349 Kenneth Avenue, Toronto. al ltheki ngsvoices@canada.com David King 416-225-2255 www.allthekingsvoices.ca AMABILE CHOIRS OF LONDON The Amabile Choirs of London, Canada is a not-for-profit organization that brings together young singers from London and area. Our mandate is to develop the musical talents of our singers and provide high calibre musical experiences while singing a wide repertoire. This family of choirs began in 1985 with the Amabile Youth Singers and has since grown to seven choirs under the direction of eight conductors, including the Junior Amabile Singers, the Amabile Boys Choirs and the Amabile Chamber Choir ( oldest tenors and basses from the ABCs and the oldest singers in the A YS). For more information, check out the website. www.amabile.com AMADEUS CHOIR Founded 31 years ago, the Amadeus Choir is the 100-voice, semiprofessional choir-in-residence at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. During artistic director Lydia Adams' 21 years as conductor, the choir has grown significantly to become one of Canada's pre-eminent choral groups. The choir rehearses Tuesday evenings in the Church of the Ascension, 33 Overland Drive, Don Mills. Membership is by audition, held in May/June each year. The 2006/07 season includes the Choir's annual four-concert series, single performances, run-outs and recording sessions, and will feature performances by such composers as Daley, Mozart, Rossini, Vaughan Williams, Watson Henderson and Willan. amachoir@idirect.com Judith Young 416-446-0188 www.amadeuschoir.com ANNEX SINGERS OF TORONTO The Annex Singers is a vibrant community choir with a growing reputation for performing diverse and exciting music. We present formal concerts in December and early spring, and a light-hearted, themed cabaret at the end of May, in addition to community appearances. We welcome new members with a broad range of vocal experience. Weekly rehearsals are held on Monday evenings at7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas's Anglican Church Hall, 383 Huron Street, Toronto, beginning the second Monday in September. Director Maria Case's leadership brings a dynamic approach to all of our repertoire. margaret.rice@sympatico.ca Richard Partington 416-968-7747 ARCA DY Arcady is an ensemble dedicated to the recording and performance of the music of Ronald Beckett. The choir has established a reputation for its energetic and imaginative performances of early music. It combines outstanding young Canadian performers, mostly performance majors or recent graduates, with established professional instrumentalists and singers. Arcady offers between 20 and 30 performances in Toronto and southwestern Ontario each year, with programs ranging from flute and piano duos to full choral-orchestral performances. The choir has appeared on TVO's On Stage at Studio 2 and is heard frequently on classical radio. Audition inquiries are welcome. info @a rcady.ca Ronald Beckett 519-428-3185 www.arcady.ca BACH CHILDREN'S CHORUS AND BACH YOUTH CHOIR BCC is an auditioned choir of 180 singers, celebrating its 20th anniversary under the direction of Linda Beaupre, a well-known Toronto conductor and clinician. BCC has four choirs at differing levels - three treble choirs for ages 6-16 and an SATB choir for changed voices and girls aged 16 and up. All choirs rehearse weekly in east Scarborough, perform twice yearly at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, and appear regularly at Toronto events. Each choir participates in weekend festivals, workshops and concerts with other youth choirs and worldrenowned clinicians. BCC has released four solo CDs and has won provincial and national choral awards. bachchildrenschorus@bellnet.ca Jane Greenwood 416-431-0790 www.bachorus.org BACH CONSORT CHORUS The Bach Consort is a group of instrumentalists, vocal soloists and choristers who perform together twice a year to in aid of charity. The Bach Consort involves some of Canada's finest instrumentalists and singers, many hailing from celebrated groups like the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and Exultate Chamber Singers. Contact us to book an audition for the sixth annual presentation of Bach's Christmas Oratorio (complete with intermission meal) under the direction of the English conductor Jane Glover on December 8th, 2006. We also will be performing Bach's B minor Mass under the direction of Yannick Nezet Seguin in February or March, 2007. timojo58 @hotmail.com Timothy Dawson www.geocities.com/bach_consort/ BACH ELGAR CHOIR OF HAMILTON The Elgar Choir, first formed in 1905, amalgamated with the Bach Choir, formed in 1932, following WWII. The Bach Elgar Choir has been performing for Hamilton and Canadian audiences ever since. The Bach Elgar Choir which is the premiere symphonic oratorio chorus in

the Hamilton Region and the second-oldest choral organization in Canada, regularly features the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. The choir has performed many premieres including Verdi's Requiem, Henry Gorecki's Miserere and Ruth Watson Henderson's The Magic of God's World. The choir enters its 102nd four-concert season with a new conductor as their present conductor Ian Sadler has resigned. bachelgar@bellnet.ca Sharon Jarvis 905 527-5995 www.bachelgar.com BELL' ARTE SINGERS The Bell' Arte Singers was founded in February 1988 by Dr. Lee Willingham and a group of enthusiastic colleagues. The season generally consists of a three-concert subscription series together with guest appearances with other ensembles. The choir has established itself in all genres of repertoire and styles through concerts, recordings, and broadcasts. The Bell' Arte Singers participate in special benefit concerts for charity and church outreach organizations as well as donating a portion of their concert proceedings to a charity. Rehearsals are held on Saturday mornings in Toronto's east end. Auditions take place as required to fill vacancies in the group. manager@bellartesingers.com Jim Service 416-699-5879 www.bellartesingers.com BLOOR STREET GOSPEL CHORUS The Bloor Street Gospel Chorus is a non-denominational, non-auditioned community choir, directed by Paul Wisniewski. Our repertoire is based on gospel songs and soulful popular music, including original songs and arrangements by choir members. Rehearsals are Monday evenings 7:00-9:00pm at Bloor Street United Church, 300 Bloor St. West. We are active from September to May, and perform two concerts each year, along with other occasional performances. Founded in 1997, the choir is a project of the Worship Committee at Bloor Street United Church, but choir members need not be church members, and we welcome a variety of spiritual perspectives. bloorgospel@rogers.com 416-536-3076 BRAMPTON FESTIVAL SINGERS BFS is a mixed voice community choral ensemble, serving Brampton since 1985, striving for excellence in music from classical to pop. We are always looking for new voices, especially tenors and basses, for the 30-person choir. Rehearsals are every Tuesday evening at Grace United Church, 156 Main Street North in Brampton. We perform three concerts a year with often more than one performance per concert. The music director of the choir is Robert Hennig. info@ bramptonfestivalsinge rsinc.org Carol Barber 905 450-5659 www.bramptonfestivalsingersinc.org BURLINGTON CIVIC CHORALE Founded in 1994, this 25-30 voice SA TB community choir presents an exciting variety of classical, baroque and operatic concerts throughout the year under the musical direction of Dr. Gary Fisher. The choir's repertoire is often accompanied by professional soloists and a chamber ensemble of area musicians. There are three main concerts each year. Auditions are held in September and January and are open to men and women 18 years and over who have some sight-reading ability. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings from 7: 15pm to 9:30pm at St. Christopher's Anglican Church, Guelph Line, Burlington. fisher63@interlog.com Gary Fisher 905-855-2995 CANADIAN CHILDREN 1 S OPERA CHORUS In its 38th season, the CCOC consists of five choruses: Principal (ages 10-16), Youth (ages 14-19), Intermediate (ages 9-11), Apprentice (ages 7-9), and Ruby (ages 5- 7). It is the only permanent children's opera chorus in Canada to regularly commission and produce operas for children. The programme prepares young people for the complex, vibrant world of opera, while offering excellent musical and dramatic training. Members regularly perform with the Canadian Opera Company, and throughout the GTA. Rehearsals take place weekdays after school in the downtown area. Auditions are held in May/June. Artistic director: Ann Cooper Gay. info@canadianchildrensopera.com Ken Hall, company manager 416-366-0467 www.canadianchildrensopera.com CANADIAN SINGERS, THE The Canadian Singers, under music director Harvey Patterson, have performed in Roy Thomson Hall, Scarborough Civic Centre, Hart House, Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts and Markham Theatre with Mark DuBois, Peter Appleyard, Dave Broadfoot, Liona Boyd and Natalie McMaster. The Singers have an exciting year in 2006 - they are recording a CD of Songs of Faith, and will present concerts at St. Andrew's United Church in Markham and Church of the Holy Trinity in Toronto as part of the Music Mondays series; as well they will appear at Performing Arts Lodge, Markham Street Festival and Montgomery's Inn in Etobicoke. thecanadiansi nge rs @ca.inter.net Music Director, Harvey Patterson 416-239-5821 www.thecanadiansingers.com CANTABILE CHORALE OF YORK REGION Cantabile Chorale is a 40-voice mixed adult choir founded in 1973 by Robert Richardson, performing 8-10 times a year, mainly in the southern York Region and frequently for charity. The choir has a broad repertoire embracing classical and contemporary, sacred and secular, and often performs with other musical ensembles. Membership is by audition and new choristers are always welcome. Applicants should have good sight reading ability and a commitment to the joy and discipline of choral singing. Rehearsals take place Monday evenings in Thornhill from September to June. The choir also holds an annual weekend retreat in September, and occasionally arranges weekend tours. cantabile@primus.ca Robert Richardson 905-731-8318 www.cantabile.ca CANTORES CELESTES WoMEN 1 S CHOIR Founded in 1989 this highly-trained 40-voice women's choir, whose motto is 'Share Your Song', has produced four CDs to rave reviews, plans are underway for a 5th and they performed live on CBC Radio. They have a very large and enthusiastic audience attendance and ALWAYS donate some concert proceeds to local charities. Directed by Kelly Galbraith, the choir's repertoire includes von Bingen, Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Faure, Holst, contemporary composers, gospel, bluegrass, and Celtic music. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings 7-9 pm at Runnymede United Church in Bloor West Village, September to May. They will be auditioning for new members from May to August. sing@cantorescelestes.com Kelly Galbraith 416-236-1522 www.cantorescelestes.com CARIBBEAN CHORALE OF TORONTO From Palm trees to Maple trees ... from white-sand beaches to snowfilled lanes. This describes the range of music that the Caribbean Chorale of Toronto, Inc. performs. Under the leadership of Music Director, David Murelle, this choir's wide repertoire includes classical, gospel, folk music from the Caribbean. Members of the Caribbean islands and those who share the spirit of the Caribbean formed the Caribbean Chorale of Toronto Inc. in 1993. This non-profit organization was incorporated in 1995. cctmembership@hotmail.com Pauline Goodman 416-493-3251 CELLAR SINGERS The Cellar Singers, directed by Albert Greer with Blair Bailey as accompanist, are in their 38th year. They present four major concerts each season in the Huronia­ Muskoka area. As well this coming season the Cellar Singers will be performing two concerts in the Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville. Performances include complete traditional oratorios, with professional vocal soloists and orchestras, shorter works, and Canadian compositions. The 80-member, auditioned choir rehearses weekly for three hours, has participated in many special performances, and toured internationally. They have two Christmas CDs available through their web site. All choristers volunteer for some organizational duties and partic ipate in fundraising.

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