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Volume 11 Issue 8 - May 2006

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noble82802@rogers.com Wayne Noble 705-327-8280 www.thecellarsingers.com CENTENARY CHOIR OF HAMILTON This 25-member auditioned choir sings weekly services and presents regular concerts from September to June. The choir has four paid professional leads and four student scholars studying at university and college level. The choir has collaborated in the past with the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra presenting world premiere works for chorus and orchestra. In 2005 the choir performed an Ontario premiere of Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace with chamber orchestra and this June presents Musical Explosion a concert of Broadway Music (June 17). The choir with orchestra will present Karl Jenkins' Requiem November 11. shawn.grenke@utoronto.ca Shawn Grenke 905-522-6843 x26 www.centenaryunited.com CHOIRS OF THE CHURCH OF Sr. MARY MAGDALENE The choirs of the Church of St. Mary Magdalene are composed of two separate ensembles: the Ritual Choir, which sings plainchant, and the Gallery Choir, which sings unaccompanied polyphony, and is especially known for its interpretation of the compositions of Dr. Healey Willan. The choirs rehearse on Thursday evenings for the hymns, masses and motets sung at the 1 lam Sunday Mass, and occasional concerts. The choirs welcome new members. Please contact director of music Dr. Willis Noble or assistant conductor Judith Young to arrange an audition. smmsingers@hotmail.com Willis Noble : 416-978-3611 Judith Young: 416-446-0188 www.stmarymagdalene.ca CHOIRS ONTARIO Connect Chorally - Make Life Sing! Choirs Ontario is an arts organization that promotes and celebrates choral music making in Ontario. Our members, both organizations and individuals, believe that choral music is a vital component of our lives and an enrichment to society. We provide services to choirs, conductors, choristers, composers, administrators, and educators as well as anyone who enjoys listening to choral music. Choirs Ontario provides its members with a variety of services that include information resources, publications, and a choral music I ibrary. info@choirsontario.org 416-923-1144 www.choirsontario.org CHORAL DE LITES Choral de Lites is a communitybased organization from the Port Perry area. It was founded in 2001 and is led by music director Cathy Pavlik. It consists of two groups, intermediate group from grade 3 up and a fledgling group 6-8 years old. As well as meeting each Friday after school for rehearsal, workshops, vocal coaching and musical theatre are offered. They perform at community events and festivals in addition to their regular concert series. Auditions are held for the intermediate group. thestones@powergate.ca Judy Anderson 905-985-4257 CHORUS NIAGARA Chorus Niagara is Niagara's premier choral organization. We will be entering our 44th season. Under the direction of Robert Cooper, we are a 100-voice adult choir. We perform 4 concerts per season, which begins in September until the first of June. We perform mainly classical works. Our performances take place mainly in St. Catharines. We are always looking for new singers. Please visit our website for details of our upcoming season and how to get tickets. cnadmin@becon.org Johanna Cotte, administrative director 905-371-1518 Pam Gilmore, auditions: 905-357-1616 www.chorusniagara.ca CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK At this dynamic Anglican parish in mid-town Toronto there are three choirs, all under the direction of Bruce Kirkpatrick Hill. The Senior Choir, led by eight professionals, sings the best of Anglican liturgical music every Sunday morning at 1 lam, with concerts and other special events, September to June. They rehearse Thursday nights at 7:30pm. A less ambitious adult choir, led by four professional singers, rehearses Thursdays, 6:45- 7: 15pm and sings twice a month at the 9: 15am Sunday service. The Junior Choir learns music theory and the fundamentals of singing; they rehearse Wednesday afternoons 4-5pm, and sing two Sundays a month. bkhill@ch ristchurchdeerpark.org Bruce K. Hill 416-920-5211 x28 www.christchurchdeerpark.org COMMON THREAD COMMUNITY CHORUS OF TORONTO Common Thread is a 70-voice, nonauditioned choir conducted by Isabel Bernaus, promoting community and social justice through a repertoire based in multicultural folk traditions. We welcome singers with a wide range of musical experience and cultural backgrounds. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays 6:45-9:30 at Cecil Community Centre (Spadina and College) September through May. Our season includes two small concerts plus two performances of a full-length concert at the end of May. Orientation and vocal placement sessions for those on our waiting list are held in March and June with intake of new members in September. info@commonthreadchorus.ca Samantha Clarke, chorus manager: 416-410-5022 www.commonthreadchorus.ca Coro San Marco COUNTERPOINT CHORALE " ... dedicated to the community and to the performing arts" CC is a 35-voice auditioned choir based in downtown Toronto. Founded in 2001, by current artistic director, William Woloschuk, the choir is known for their wide interpretation, and multi-lingual performance range. Annual auditions are held in August, and through special arrangements in January. Weekly rehearsals are held on Tuesdays from 7 - 9:30 p.m. in St Vlad's Institute - 620 Spadina at Harbord (parking available) info@counte rpoi ntchorale .com Wm Woloschuk 416-253-467 4 www.counterpointchorale.com COUNTY TOWN SINGERS CTS started as a small community choir to celebrate Canada's centennial year. Under the direction of Barbara Ouellette, we are still "singing for the love of it" 38 years later. We are a 60-70 voice auditioned choir with a varied repertoire: show tunes to spirituals, folk to classical. We hold two major concerts per year, December and May, and concerts at smaller venues such as nursing homes or special functions like the final game of the Kia Cup Curling Championships in Whitby, Feb 2005 . Rehearsals are Wednesdays 7:30-lOpm at the Whitby Seniors Centre. Auditions are the first three Wednesdays of September and January. jonesone@rogers.com Linda Jones 905-668-0083 www.countytownsingers.com DARBAZI Darbazi is currently an elevenmember Toronto-based vocal ensemble specializing in the rich harmonies of the Republic of Georgia, sublimely sacred to uproarious­ I y secular. Formed in 1995, Darbazi has performed around southern Ontario, in Montreal, in New York and in St John's. In October 2002, Darbazi sang at the First International Symposium on Georgian Polyphony in Tbilisi, Georgia and plans to attend the third biennial Symposium in September 2006. A cappella or accompanied on traditional instruments, there are generally three parts: two tenor voices and bani (baritone line). We are actively seeking bass/baritones. Formal vocal training not a prerequisite, but dedicated attendance is. Weekly rehearsals. baniquest @sympatico.ca Ray Kinoshita 416-917-8571 www.darbazi.com DCAT CHORUS DCA T (Drum Corps Alumni Toronto) is a non-audition chorus consisting of more than sixty women and men, performing a broad repertoire of songs ranging from Broadway favourites to folk, from pop to traditional, all in six-part harmony. The chorus is under the professional direction of Mr. Wyatt Gill and has been entertaining audiences for the past eleven years. The chorus has a performance schedule of twelve to fifteen shows per year. Rehearsals are 7 :30- lOpm Wednesday evenings at Estonian House, 958 Broadview Avenue, Toronto. Our goals are to provide a great activity for our members and wonderful performances for our audiences.

johnnye@rogers.com, nortonl@sympatico.ca John Jones: 416-291-2989 Linda Norton: 416-234-8138 www.dcatchorus.ca DURHAM COMMUNITY CHOIR J.-C. Coolen directs this mixedvoice community concert choir based at Durham College-University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa. As a non-audition choir, it welcomes all people 16 years of age and older who love and wish to sing, and aims to provide them with a joyous, educational and enjoyable music-making experience. In collaboration with professional guest musicians, it performs two concerts each year: Handel's Messiah in late November and a secular program in late April. In advance of each concert, weekly rehearsals occur Mondays, 7:30- 9:30pm, in Room C-113oftheDurham College-UOIT Main Campus in north Oshawa. non-auditioned choir co-led by Becca Whitla and Alan Gasser, aims to build a strong, varied and vibrant culture and community through song. There is currently a year-long waiting list. Repertoire includes music from village singing traditions around the world and newly-commissioned music. Membership fees and concert tickets are sliding scale. Echo' s spring concert, Bread and Roses, is May 14 2006 at 3pm at Holy Trinity. 416-588-9050 x3 www.echowomenschoir.ca ELMER ISELER SINGERS EIS is a twenty-voice professional chamber choir based in Toronto. Founded in 1979 by the late Dr. Elmer lseler and now under the artistic direction of the acclaimed Lydia Adams, the Singers are known for their beauty of tone and wide interpretive range. They are highly valued for their contributions to master classes and workshops for schools and community choirs. jccoolen@hotmail.com The Singers are the professional Carolyn Johnston 905-668-0998 Choir-In-Residence at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music. Annual auditions are held in April/ J-~ May ( call 905-880-1889). Weekly rehearsals, a Toronto concert series, touring and recording make EAST YORK CHOIR the Elmer lseler Singers one of The EYC, founded in 1988 is an Canada's most illustrious choral auditioned ensemble which per- ensembles. forms choral selections from a wide range of musical genres, often in collaboration with other artists. The artistic director is Jenny Crober, info@el merisele rsinge rs.com Jessie lseler 416-217-0537 www.elmeriselersingers.com and our accompanist is Elizabeth ELORA FESTIVAL SINGERS Acker. Our season consists of two concerts, as well as perfo rmances The Elora Festival Singers, founded by Noel Edison in 1980, is the at a variety of community events, including benefit concerts. On May principal vocal ensemble for the 27, Celtic Song & Dance will feature choral, instrumental and vocal fessional choir performs regularly Elora Festival. The 24-voice pro­ music, Irish dancing and narration, in Elora and Toronto and choristers with some of Canada's finest Celtic performers, including the Reid­ EFS is also the core of the Toronto rehearse weekly near Guelph. The Tahe ny Band. Re hearsals are Mendelssohn Choir and the Mendelssohn Singers. Next season will Monday evenings at Leaside Presbyterian Church, 670 Eglinton Ave., highlight the Singers touring the E. of Bayview. Maritimes in the Spring of2007. eastyorkchoir@sympatico.ca Jenny Grober 416-463-8225 www.eastyork.org/eychoir.html ECHO WOMEN'S CHOIR Echo is a 70-voice community choir open to women from all walks of life. Echo sings each Tuesday night at Holy Trinity (beside the Eaton Centre), performs at city-wide grass-roots events, and holds December and May concerts. Echo, a info@elorafestivalsingers.org 519-846-0331 www.elorafestivalsingers.org ENSEMBLE TRYPTYCH CHAMBER CHOIR E nsemble TrypTych C hambe r Choir, a mixed choir of 30 singers under the inspired direction of Lenard Whiting, is now entering its 6th season. ETCC performs 4 main concerts each year with music from renaissance to contemporary. The choir is open to all: auditions by appointment in September. Weekly rehearsals on Tuesday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 PM at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2737 Bayview A venue (just south of the 401) from September to May. ETCC repertoire includes oratorios, opera and smaller works including compositions by 20th century composers. ETCC collaborated with three choirs to perform the St. John Passion in Toronto and London, ON. info@tryptych Lenard Whiting 416-762-6007 www.tryptych.org ENSEMBLE VOCAL LES VOIX DU COEUR L'ensemble vocal Les voix du coeur was founded in 1994 and is the only French choir in Toronto. Under the artistic direction of Manon Cote, the volunteer 50-member choir rehearses weekly on Wednesday evenings at Ecole Etienne-Brule (Bayview and York Mills) from September to June and once a month on Saturday afternoons. Les voix du coeur presents several concerts including a "cabaret-style" dinnerconcert in March, an "end of year" concert and Christmas concerts. Repertoire includes mostly French popular songs. Music reading ability is helpful. Auditions take place in September. The rehearsals are held in French. Please, for auditions/information contact: jnc@rogers.com Claire Benezra 905 883-7951 www.lesvoixducoeur.com ETOBICOKE CENTENNIAL CHOIR Etobicoke Centennial Choir, a 60- voice mixed choir, enters its 40th season in 2006/07 under the skilled direction of Dr. Harris Loewen. The three-concert season encompasses a varied repertoire of classical and contemporary works, both sacred and secular, and has included works written for the choir. The choir shares great camaraderie and welcomes new singers. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays 7:30 -10:00 p.m. from September through May at Islington United Church (Islington subway station). Interested singers are invited to attend our open rehearsals. Membership is by audition. methornton @sympatico.ca Mary Thornton 416-620-1855 www.etobicokesings.com ETDBICOKE YOUTH CHOIR Louise Jardine, music director of this community choir since 1995 , provides excellent musical tutelage and inspires artistic performance. Choristers gain life skills while sharing talents and developing musical abilities. Repertoire includes contemporary, theatre, classical, and sacred music. Rehearsals Tuesday evenings at Humbervale United Church, 1447 Royal York Road, from September to early June, with two main concerts, various community performances, and a cabaret featuring individual choristers. Fall and Spring workshop weekends provide intensive rehearsing and bonding. Entry in January or September by simple audition in December or May. Etobicoke Youth Choir enjoys singing - New members 7-17 we!- come. eyc.secretary@sympatico.ca George 416-231-9120 EXULTATE CHAMBER SINGERS Over a 25-year history, Exultate has garnered praise as a precise, passionate ensemble with a wide-ranging repertoire. Established by conductor John Tuttle, Exultate is enriched by the musicianship and varied backgrounds of its 22 members. Exultate launched its fourth CD, All around the Circle: a collection of Canadian f olk songs, in 2005. In 2004, Exultate wasawarded both the First Place Prize in the Chamber Choir category and the Healey Willan Grand Prize in the CBC Radio Competition for Amateur Choirs. Exultate presents a four-concert subscription series in Toronto and makes guest appearances in various Ontario communities. Auditions are held as required to fill vacancies. exultate@exultate.net Alexandra D'arcy 416-971-9229 www.exultate.net FANSHAWE CHORUS LONDON/ GERALD FAGAN SINGERS Founded in 1979 by Gerald Fagan, artistic director, and Marlene Fagan, accompanist and general manage r , FCL is a world-class, community-based ensemble of 110 with a sister organization, the Ger-

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