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Volume 11 Issue 8 - May 2006

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LYRICA CHOIR OF BARRIE Lyrica Choir was founded in September 2000 by Nataliya Gurin. It draws its members from Barrie and the surrounding area. The mixed SA TB chamber choir performs sacred and secular music including Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th century choral works. Lyrica Choir recently appointed a new conductor, Steve Winfield and accompanist, Brent Mayhew for the 2005-2006 season. The choir rehearses on Monday evening from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in downtown Barrie. Steve Winfield 705-722-0271 MEGACITY CHORUS An all-male a cappella group formed in 1997 with a current membership of 65, this chorus has entertained all over Ontario, including Hamilton Place, Casino Rama and Mississauga Living Arts Centre. They have appeared on Canada's Walk of Fame gala as well as Mix 99. 9 and have competed intemationall y, placing 13th in the world in 2003. Rehearsals take place every Monday from 7:30 to 10:00pm at Harmony Hall, 2 Gower Street, Toronto. Extra rehearsals may be necessary around shows and competitions. Potential members do not have to read music but must pass an audition. Jonathan Foster 416-702-1112 MEN OF NOTE MALE VOICE CHOIR This 46-member choir rehearses Monday nights in Christ Church, Stouffville, Ontario. Founded in 1999 with 16 members, the Choir travels throughout Ontario and has performed concert series in France, England, Wales and Germany. Men of all ages who love to sing are most welcome and will enjoy performing a repertoire of sacred, secular, classical and modern music in concerts, on CDs and video. The Choir averages 12 concerts annually. Dr. Margot Rejskind is the Choir's music director, John Mole is the accompanist. Come join us or visit our website. Dick Bird: Bill Killough: MENNO SINGERS Menno Singers has been part of the Kitchener-Waterloo choral community since 1955, when Abner Martin founded the choir with the intent of providing Mennonite choristers with opportunities to study and perform sacred choral music. The 55- voice choir has since expanded its repertoire to include secular works, a cappella and accompanied texts, hymns and oratorios. The choir sponsors the Mennonite Mass Choir, giving choristers the opportunity to perform larger works such as Handel's Messiah. Peter Nikiforuk, artistic director since 1998, is an active organ recitalist and clinician, co-owner and editor of Kelman Hall Publishing. Peter Nikiforuk: 519-571-8113 Linda Janzen: 519-576-9853 METROPOLITAN UNITED CHURCH CHOIR AND FESTIVAL CHOIR The auditioned, 32-member Church Choir has eight lead singers, rehearses Thursday evenings, and sings Sunday mornings and on special occasions, September to June. Repertoire is medieval through 21st century. Singers must have some sight-singing ability. A waiting list exists; contact the director late spring or early fall. The Festival Choir adds 10-15 singers to the core choir, and rehearses Sunday afternoons for six weeks prior to Good Friday. Past concerts featured works by Bach, Mozart, Faure, Durufle, Gilles, Schutz, and Distler. The Metropolitan United Cherub Choir (ages 4-6), Metropolitan Choristers (7-11), CIC Ensemble ( vocal and instrumental, ages 12 + ), and Metropolitan Handbells are groups open to all. Patricia Wright 416-363-0331 x26 MILES NADAL JCC COMMUNITY CHOIRS The Community Choir is a dynamic 70 member community of singers entering our 10th anniversary year. Founded by director/conductor Harriet Wichin, the choir is known for high energy performances and varied repertoire including world, gospel, Canadian, folk,jazz, Celtic, classical and Jewish Music. The choir is an auditioned SA TB group with members of varying abilities. Rehearsals are on Wednesday from 7:30-9:30 and run from September to June. The Women's Chorus: No experience, No audition, No pressure, No kidding! Meets every 2nd Monday from 8-9:30 Sept-June. A great group with widely varied repertoire to help women put music back in their lives. Harriet Wichin 416-924-6211 ex.133 MILES NADAL JCC YOUTH CHOIR The MNjcc Youth Choir, directed by Samantha Clarke is for singers in grades 2-6. The choir was founded in 2004 with the ideals of diverse music and a fun inclusive atmosphere. There is no audition or experience required for these groups. Our rehearsals prepare for performances throughout the year and raise the musical skills of our singers. We rehearse from September to May on Thursdays from 4:30- 5:30. We also offer a mentorship program for our experienced singers. Samantha Clarke 416-924-6211 x277 MILTON CHORISTERS The Milton Choristers are currently celebrating their 37th year of continuous song with a series of concerts entitled Evenings of Enchantment. This group is a vital component of the Milton community, providing the Halton region with excellence in choral music with a minimum three-concert series annually. We also participate regularly in various community events. The repertoire presented varies from the classical to the contemporary and from the sacred to the secular. This non-auditioned choir is looking for new singers. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings 7:30- lOpm at Knox Presbyterian Church, 170 Main Street, Milton. inquiries Sonja van de Hoel 905-876-3203 MISSISSAUGA CHILDREN'S CHOIR The Mississauga Children's Choir promotes the musical education of young singers through performances of the highest calibre, touring, and service to the community. Under the leadership of Thomas Bell, the MCC has grown to 115 members in three graded choirs. Following a successful tour of England, the MCC was awarded the Mississauga Arts Council A ward and has reached the semi-finals of the CBC Choral Competition. The 25th Anniversary Gala Concert on June 3rd concludes the season. Performances with the Mississauga Symphony, Choral Society, and Opera in the 06/ 07 season precede a summer tour. Auditions are being held now for children 6 - 17 years old. Kathryn Brisley, choir manager 905-624-9704 MISSISSAUGA CHORAL SOCIETY The Mississauga Choral Society was founded in 1975 by a group of enthusiastic amateur musicians at the University ofToronto's Erindale College campus. Under the artistic direction of Chrys A. Bentley, the Choir has blossomed into an 80 voice semi-professional ensemble which has become both recognizable and celebrated. The choir rehearses in Port Credit, from September to June, Tuesday evenings 7:15- 10:15 and presents at concerts at the Living Arts Centre and in engagements with many other acclaimed groups throughout the golden horseshoe. 2006-2007 will be the MCS's 32nd season of choral music-making. Auditions: 905-278-7059 MISSISSAUGA FESTIVAL YOUTH CHOIR (MFYC) The MFYC, Tara Nadal, artistic director, is open by audition to youth ages 9- 19, tre ble and changed voices. Rehearsals are held on Monday or Wednesday nights September to June by age and choir level. The 85-member choir offers a developmental program at three levels, a training level, ages 9- 11, intermediate, and advanced singers ages 12- 19. There is also the chamber choir, a 16-voice advanced ensemble . Our diverse repertoire includes classical, contempora ry, jazz, and gospel, with special emphasis on world music. Tuition assistance is available to students with financ ial need. T he advanced choir tours yearly. NEWTONBROOK UNITED Tara Nadal: 905-495-8643 CHURCH CHOIR Helene Green: 905-608-9186 The chancel choir ofNewtonbrook United Church consists of volunteer singers supported by a number of professional section-leads. The choir sings a wide variety of classical and contemporary repertoire and provides strong musical leadership each Sunday morning, twelve months of the year. In addition to full choir anthems, various ensembles and solos are presented by members of the choir. On selected Sundays, the choir presents extra choral music (carols at Christmas, a cantata at Easter). Choral music from all parts of the globe is regularly featured. Rehearsals are held Sunday morning before the service and on selected Thursday evenings through the year. MONDAY MORNING SINGERS The Monday Morning Singers is a group of25 women who meet to sing every Monday at 9:30 am at Goodwood United Church, Uxbridge, Ontario. Now in its sixth year under the direction of Anne Mizen, (also organist, composer and director of music at Pickering Village United Church). Repertoire includes music written for women's voices, from Bach and Mozart to folk songs and contemporary pieces. The choir performs a Christmas concert and a spring concert, as well as several run-outs to other communities and last fall visited the south of France as guests of the women's choir Rozsam. New singers are welcomed. There are no auditions, but an ability to read music is an asset. Lynda Baird 905-852-7507 NATHANIEL DETT CHORALE Brainerd Blyden-Taylor is founder and artistic director of The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Canada's first professional choral group created to perform Afrocentric music both in its Toronto home and on tour. The Chorale is comprised of 21 classically trained musicians mandated to promote public awareness of, and interest in works of Afrocentric composers past, present and future. The Chorale has an ongoing commissioning program, and an education program which includes lecture/demonstrations, master classes and curriculum extensions for use in schools. Auditions by appointment only; one piece each of classical, jazz and gospel/R&B. Sight reading necessary. info Brainerd Blyden-Taylor 416-340-7000 Taylor Sullivan 416-222-5417 www. newton brookunitedchurch .ca NORTH 44° ENSEMBLE North 44 ° Ensemble was founded in the year 2000 by artistic director Geoffrey Butler. An affiliate of the Toronto Choral Society, the ensemble consists of20 auditioned members who are dedicated to excellence and eclecticism in choral music. North 44 ° was featured on the Juno-nominated CD The Children of Ur by Loretto Reid. Performances include their annual fundraising event with proceeds to Street Haven Women' s Choir as well as special engagements. North 44 ° rehearses once a week on Wednesday evenings in the Toronto core. 905-764-5140 OAKVILLE CHILDREN'S CHOIR The Oakville Children's Choir, formed in 1994 by music director Glenda Crawford, has achieved tremendous success in twelve years. With the mission of bringing worldclass choral and performance training to young people in Halton, it has become a comprehensive music education programme for over 140 auditioned choristers ages 7-17. The choir presents four annual concerts and also performs at workshops, appears at community functions, and collaborates with other Ontario choirs. To develop each chorister as an all-round musician, the choral programme includes theory, musicianship, vocal coaching, workshops, competitions, and touring. Auditions for next season will take place May 5-6 and June 16- 17. 905-337-7104 OAKVILLE CHORAL SOCIETY The Oakville Choral Society has been an integral part of the Oakville community since 1960. We are a community choir of80 to 100 members who love music, possess a true passion for singing and enjoy contributing culturally to the community. There are no auditions required; however, a love of music and a willingness to learn are important. Rehearsals are Tuesday evening from 7:45-lOpm at Sheridan College, Trafalgar Campus, and registration is held in September and January. We hold two performances annually, in early May and early December. Our artistic director is J. Bev Stainton. Anthony Ward-Smith, president 905-845-6300 ONTARIO PRESBYTERIAN CHORUS The Ontario Presbyterian Chorus was formed in 1989 as a non-auditioning chorus seeking to promote sacred choral music from the 1600s to the present. Using voice and instruments, our repertoire includes classics, anthems, hymn arrangements and gospel songs. Ministering mainly in southern Ontario, we average two programs per month September-May and tour approximately every three years. Although Presbyterian in origin, we are transdenominational in membership and concert schedule. Directed by Alastair McCallum, we rehearse bi-weekly on Tuesdays in a North Central location on the subway line. New members warmly welcomed. Sheila Bailey 905-731-0136 ORANGEVILLE CHORUS OF SWEET ADE LINES Sweet Adelines International is a worldwide organization committed to advancing the musical art fo rm of 4-part harmony, barbershop style, through education and performances. The Orangeville chorus has been spreading harmony since 1981 and has a current membership of 60. At the 2005 Regional competition in Syracuse, Orangeville chorus, under the direction of Pat Vipond, was awarded Most Improved Chorus for the third time, placing 8th out of23 choruses from the U.S. and Canada. Let us entertain you with performances to fit your needs - weddings, anniversaries, company parties or concerts. Rehearsals are every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at St. John's Anglican Church, Caledon. ORIANA SINGERS Pat Vipond 519-941-5655 orangevillechorus (NORTHUMBERLAND) Under the direction of Marie Anderson and accompanist/composer Robert Grandy, Northumberland County's Oriana Singers offer a yearly concert series that includes the best choral music of all styles, from gospel to jazz, classical to avant-garde. Guest artists perform regularly and creative staging adds to the richness of each concert experience. The more than 50-voice choir rehearses on Wednesdays from Sept to June in Cobourg. If you love to sing, enjoy the camaraderie of other choristers and are up to being challenged musically, contact Marie Anderson to ask about joining us. Marie Anderson 905-372-2609 ORIANA WOMEN'S CHOIR Oriana Women's Choir, one of the finest choirs in Canada, was formed in 1972. This 40-voice auditioned choir is committed to choral excellence that provokes a passionate response to the power, beauty, and joy of song. The choir received "Best Performance of a Canadian Work" in the 2004 CBC National Choral Competition. Our final concert of the 2005-2006 season is Saturday, May 13 , 2006; see our website for details . The choir presents subscription concerts in November, March, and May each year. Concerts are held at Grace Church on-the-Hill. Auditions are held August 30 for the fall term starting September 13. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings 7:30- 9:45pm.

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