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Volume 11 Issue 8 - May 2006

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  • Choir
  • Toronto
  • Choral
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aid Fagan Singers, a chamber choir of 28. Both are accompanied by the Concert Players Orchestra in a variety of concerts every year. Four CDs have been released recently, and the Chorus has twice earned a Lieutenant Governor's Award for the Arts. Repertoire includes all the major choral works and more contemporary works with a particular focus on Canadian composers. Singers who audition to join must read music and assist in some aspect of the organization's operation. info@choruslondon.com Marlene Fagan 519-433-9650 www.choruslondon.com FORTE: THE TORONTO MEN'S CHORUS Forte, founded in 1997, is a nonprofit, auditioned group of individuals dedicated to highlighting the talents of the gay community and building bridges to other communities through performance of a diverse repertoire of music and theatrical presentation. Under the musical direction of Edward Connell, the 30-member TTBB chorus mounts annual holiday and spring productions as well as performing at many community events. The choral season runs from the first week of September until after the annual Toronto Pride Week activities. Auditions are held in September and January. Rehearsals are held every Monday from 6:45- 9:30pm at St. Andrew's United Church, 117 Bloor Street East. forte-chorus@rogers.com Terry Thompson 416-961 -5708 www.forte-chorus.com GEORGETOWN BACH CHORALE Started in 1999, this non-profit chamber choir has a membership of 16 voices. Whilst emphasising J.S.Bach, other classical composers' works are performed as well. Concerts include four to five in the fall, Advent/Christmas, and spring concerts featuring choral and orchestral works, solo and instrumental items, and local and international artists. The choir performed in the Advent Festival in 2000 in Prague. Artistic director Ronald Greidanus has an established career as a concert pianist in Canada and abroad, and has performed for the Rachmaninoff Societies of England, USA, and Austria, and given recitals in France, Germany and Spain. shuttleworthw@hotmail.com William Shuttleworth 905-877-8321 GEORGIAN BAY CHILDREN'S CHOIR The Georgian Bay Children's Choir, conducted by Linda Hawkins, is a community treble choir for children and youth 6-18, from the southern Georgian Bay region of Ontario, centred on Owen Sound. Now in our 20th year, there are three GBCC choirs: The Little Jewels, The Middle C's and the Touring Ensemble, with a vocal assessment upon joining, to place choristers appropriately. Concerts are twice a year - December and May, as well as numerous singing engagements in the community, and annual choral festivals. Every other year, the Touring Ensemble travels internationally. Fees vary according to choir level. Rehearsals are Mondays, September to June. info@gbcc.ca Aly Bollman, General Manager www.gbcc.ca GRACE CHURCH ON-THE-HILL CHOIRS There is no sound like the soaring tone of trebles, boys and girls, trained in the British cathedral tradition and singing in the superb acoustics of Grace Church. The Choirs of Gentlemen and Boys and the St. Cecilia Choir of Women and Girls sing the best of British and Canadian repertoire each week in service, concert, and on tour. The choirs will travel to the UK in the summer of 2007 under conductor Melva Graham, M.Mus. Professional music training in a family setting of fellowship and nurturing. Girls and boys accepted upon audition when they read English well. No upper age limit, no membership fee. gracemusic2@rogers.com Melva Treffi nger Graham 416-488-7884 ext 117 www.gracechurchonthehill .ca cred Music (October 23, 2006), Handel's Messiah (December 23), Love is a Many Splendored Thing (February 11 , 2007), and Great Masses on May 6. Our chorus sings the works of the great masters and contemporary composers. The Grand River Chorus also sings at various community events and at concerts hosted by others - e.g. the Memorial Concert Band and the Brantford Symphony Orchestra. Chorus rehearsals are held Monday evenings starting at 7:30. ctenor@rogers.com, grandriverchorus@rogers.com Richard Cunningham, artistic director 519-622-9708 www.grandriverchorus.com HARBOURFRONT CHORUS Harbourfront Chorus is a non-auditioned community chorus for the GT A, performing diverse repertoire for a diverse city. Rehearsals are Tuesday, 7:45-9: 15 pm at the Harbourfront Community Centre on Queen's Quay at Bathurst. Joseph Dudzinski is the artistic director. The Chorus was founded February 2006 with 22 members. jdudzinski@hotmail.com Joseph Dudzinski 647-400-3087 www.jmdmusic.info HARLEQUIN SINGERS Founded in 1967 to support Hamilton Theatre Inc., the 35-member choir was incorporated as The Harlequin Singers in the mid seventies. Choristers live in the Hamilton and Halton region. Repertoire comes from Broadway musicals, films, pop charts, jazz and big band. Two major cabaret concerts, Christmas and spring, are mounted. The 2006 spring concert cabaret, June 2 and 3, is called Memories, featuring the best Broadway shows, films and pop charts. The choir performs at fundraisers and celebrations, for service organizations, charities, seniors, churches, retirement and nursing homes. Singers interested in auditioning should be able to read music and be willing to commit all GRAND RIVER CHORUS The Grand River Chorus is a Brant- music to memory. ford based, auditioned, mixed voice community choir offering four concerts per year. Our eighth season features Monuments of Slavic Sa- HARMONY SINGERS OF ETOBICOKE In 2005 the Harmony Singers celebrated their 40th anniversary, making this one of the area's longest established community choirs. Under director Harvey Patterson, the 30-voice, non-audition ladies choir continues the tradition, begun in 1965, of singing and entertaining in their community. We perform music in a lighter vein; repertoire includes popular, folk, show, and semi-classical music. The choir entertains at community events and seniors' residences and presents two annual concerts. New members are always welcome. Rehearsals are Mondays, 7:30-10 pm at Martin Grove United Church. Join us for our Spring Concert, A Touch of Latin, on June 2 and 3 at Martin Grove United. theharmonysingers@ca.inter.net Harvey Patterson 416 239 5821 www.harmonysingers.ca HEALEY WILLAN SINGERS The choir was formed to honour the !25th anniversary of the birth of the dean of Canadian choral music, the late Dr. Healey Willan in 2005. This unique auditioned mixed-voice chamber youth's choir provides singers between the ages of 18-29, to experience the art of choral singing at the highest level with intense rehearsal schedule and challenging repertoires, in order to prepare them for their professional future. The choir also provides great opportunity in solo work and conducting. The choir will perform a four-concert series from September to April. Rehearsals are in downtown Toronto. The choir is a registered charitable organization. healeywillansingers@yahoo.ca Ron Ka Ming Cheung, artistic director, Channing Huang, director of operations 416-519-0528 www.healeywillansingers.ca HIGH PARK CHOIRS OF TORONTO Something wonderful happens when children join hands and sing, especially when artistic director Zimfira Poloz, a voice/choral specialist with a great love for her choristers and an incredible ability to make their sound shimmer, leads the choirs. 2006-07 will be our 20th John (Jack) Packer, Musical Director Anniversary Season of magical 905-575-9360 music making. We offer 6 divisions: www.harlequinsingers.com Early Bird Choir (ages 5 - 7), Train-

WWW.THEWHOLENOTE . COM ing Choir (ages 6-11), Children's Choir (ages 9 - 13), Senior Choir (ages 12 through university) and Senior Chamber Choir (selected from the Senior Choir). Our program comprises weekly rehearsals in Bloor West Village (including music theory and ear training), two annual concerts, workshops, community engagements, and an annual tour (for the Senior Division). Auditions are held in April/May and January. info@ highparkchoi rs.org Mary Bella, Choir Manager 416-762-0657 www.highparkchoirs.org INTER-MENNONITE CHILDREN'S CHOIR The Inter-Mennonite Children's Choir is a Waterloo Region community choir providing opportunities for musical excellence, and stimulating a life-long appreciation for the music of Christian heritage and culture. Averaging 40-55 singers, ages 8 to 15, the choir performs annual Christmas and Spring Concerts, and at various functions, festivals and competitions throughout the region. Current conductors are Carolyn Neumann and Judith Bean. In May 2007, a 40th anniversary celebration concert will feature the lnter­ Mennonite Children's Choir and Training Choir, Menno Youth Singers, and an alumni choir of choristers throughout the 40 years. To be part of the alumni choir, please inquire by email. an ever increasing audience since its inception and is delighted to begin its fifth anniversary season commencing in September 2006. The choir is looking for experienced singers to join the organization in its time of great growth. All voices are needed. Tenors and basses are particularly welcomed! icsoc@canada.com Karen D'Aoust, director 416-653-9102 www.icsoc.ca JUBILATE SINGERS Jubilate Singers is a chamber choir of25-35 members that rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7.30-9.45 pm at St Leonard Church on Wanless Av. (l block from Yonge and Lawrence). The conductor, Isabel Bernaus, is energetic, talented and a joy to work with. The choir performs a three-concert season plus three community events annually. The latter concerts feature spiritual and gospel music. Repertoire is wide ranging, interesting, challenging, multi-lingual, and often features works from Spain and Latin America. Good blend, pitch and sight reading required. The next audition is Tuesday, June 6. join@jubilatesingers.ca Diane Knowler 416-385-1502 www.jubilatesingers.ca KAMMERMUSIK TORONTO Established in 1997, Kammermusik Toronto is a not-for-profit chamber singing.diva@sympatico.ca choir and orchestra dedicated to cneumann@golden.net promoting and performing eclectic Judith Bean 519-742-7410 music. This small SA TB ensemble www.mennosingers.com of 22 dedicated and enthusiastic IRISH CHORAL SOCIETY OF CANADA ICS is a community adult SA TB choir performing sacred, secular and folk works that centre around Irish and other Celtic themes and includes genres such as Baroque, Classical and Canadian Folk. The choir performs three times a year; often with special guest artists including Toronto's finest Irish traditional musicians. The choir has had singers rehearses Wednesday evenings at Riverdale Presbyterian Church (Pape and Danforth). The choir performs a wide range of music from medieval to modern in concerts held in December, March and May/June each year. Auditions for all sections will be held in April/ May 2006 for the fall term starting September 2006. Please contact the Artistic Director for more information. keithmuller@rogers.com Chamber Choir forms the core of Keith MOiler, artistic director this group. The Philharmonic Choir 416-778-1898 has grown dramatically under the www.kammermusiktoronto.com dynamic leadership of Howard KAREN SCHUESSLER SINGERS Founded in 1993 by noted London musician and conductor, Karen Ann Schuessler to explore the wealth of choral music, the Karen Schuessler Singers is one of London's premier concert choirs, well known for quality performances and widely varied, accessible and innovative programming. This 40-voice choir performs a three-concert subscription series and several special performances with repertoire ranging from the classics to Broadway and from Medieval to the 21st century. Rehearsals are Tuesdays 7:30-9:30 pm. Auditions are by appointment anytime, but most take place prior to the concert season. contact@kssingers. isp. ca Karen Schuessler 519-473-1668 www.kssingers.isp.ca KING EDWARD CHOIR, BARRIE The King Edward Choir (1952) performs three classical concerts annually; Christmas, March and Spring. Regular practices are Monday, 7pm-9:30pm, at Grace United Church, Grove Street, Barrie. Our current director Barbara Mccann has conducted the choir for 17 years. She is a multi-talented musician: concert pianist, former music consultant with the Simcoe County District School Board, and a widely respected conductor. The quality of music and fine leadership provide the incentive for some of the area's best choristers, soloists and some outstanding accompanists to be a part of the choir. Jim Leonard, organist, jazz pianist and guitarist, and keyboard virtuoso is our regular accompanist. janet.beattie@sympatico.ca Jane Beattie 705-726-1916 Barbara Mccann, artistic director 705-726-1095 www.kingedwardchoir.org KITCHENER WATERLOO PHILHARMONIC CHOIR The Kitchener Waterloo Philharmonic Choir was founded in 1883 . Over the years the choir has maintained a commitment to music education, establishing a Children's Choir in 1985 and a Youth Choir in 1998. There are now 135 members in the Adult Choir. The 25-voice Dyck, conductor and artistic director. Howard has brought a direction and focus that has allowed the choir to stretch to new heights in choral music, earning its reputation as one of Canada's leading choral organizations. kwpc@kwphilharmonic.com gcurrie@kwphilharmonic.com Dr. Howard Dyck 519-578-6885 www.kwphilharmon ic.com LACHAN JEWISH CHAMBER CHOIR Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner created Lachan (meaning melody in Hebrew) eleven years ago with a group of enthusiastic Toronto-based musicians who shared a love of music. The choir's primary purpose was to showcase the best of Jewish music sung by the best of Toronto's voices. The choir is known internationally for its musical virtuosity and its comprehensive repertoire spanning thousands of years. Lachan has performed in Canada and Europe, appeared on television, and recently produced a CD. The 30-member auditioned volunteer choir rehearses Mondays 8-10:30pm September to June at Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street, Toronto. A good level of sight-reading is expected. Aaron He rm ant 416-787-0393 www.lachan.org LEASIDE UNITED CHURCH CHOIR This church choir, under director Sharon Beckstead, has four paid section leads who help the choir sing an eclectic variety of anthems for Sunday worship services and other choral events during the year. The choral highlight is the Festival of l.Rssons and Carols each December. Rehearsals are Thursdays, 7:30-9:30pm, September to May. Sunday services are at 10:30am and the choir sings September to June. sharon. beckstead@sympatico.ca Sharon Beckstead 416-425-125 x23 www.leaside.org

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