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Volume 11 Issue 8 - May 2006

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vides choral experience to those desiring a mix of liturgical and non­ I i tu rg ica l repertoire. The St. James' Singers is an auditioned semi-professional mixed-voice chamber choir performing sacred music of every age. For information on lead opportunities please contact Michael Bloss for application details. music@stjamescathedral.on.ca Michael Bloss 416-364-7865 x 231 www.stjamescathedral.on.ca Sr. MICHAEL'S CHOIR SCHOOL Since 1937, this Catholic boys school has become the most renowned choir school in Canada. Its auditioned students (grades 3-12), provide choirs for the Saturday evening and Sunday morning Masses at St. Michael's Cathedral. Almost 100 % of these students go on to higher education, with Michael Burgess, Matt Dusk, John McDermott and Michael Schade among the school's distinguished alumni. Recent performances include the International Choral Festival of Sacred Music (Italy), Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music (Rome), Queen Elizabeth's Canadian visit, and the 2002 World Youth Day Papal Mass. SMCS's 67th annual Christmas concert runs December 15-16, 2006 at Massey Hall. Fr. J.M. Missio 416-393-5518 Mr. D. Malina: 416-393-5518 www.smcs.on.ca STUDIO SIXTEEN Studio Sixteen is a sixteen-voice, eight-part professional ensemble dedicated exclusively to sacred music of the European Renaissance, and is the principal choral ensemble of the Studio of Early Music Toronto (SEMT). Founded and directed by Kevin Komisaruk in 2004, the ensemble's repertoire spans Josquin to Victoria; texture minimum is six parts. Rehearsals are unaccompanied and take place on Wednesday nights. Entrance is by ongoing audition; associate positions are also available for rehearsal T AFELMUSIK CHAMBER CHOIR Celebrating its 25th anniversary next season, the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, specializing in baroque and classical performance practice and vocal technique, was formed in 1981 as a complement to the Tafelmusik Orchestra. Under the direction of its founder, I vars Taurins, the choir has been praised for its clarity, nuance and brilliance. The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir performs and rehearses out ofTrinity­ St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor Street West, as well as the George Weston Recital Hall. Chamber Choir auditions are normally held between July and September for the upcoming season. If you are interested in auditioning please visit our website for more information. jjurychuk@tafelmusik.org Joanna Jurychuk, Production Manager 416-964-9562 x226 TALLIS CHOIR The Tallis Choir, under the direction of Peter Mahon, enters its 29th year in 2006-07 with a four-concert season featuring a broad range of music. This semi-professional chamber choir which specializes in Renaissance chamber music begins the new season with a presentation of the Victoria Requiem in October. This is followed by Midnight Mass in San Marco, featuring the music of Monteverdi in December, Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes and To Dreams Return by Andrew Ager in February, and the Six Bach Motets in May. Rehearsals are held at Trinity College on the U of T campus on Wednesday evenings. General auditions are held in late May/June but can be arranged at other times. 416-286-9798 www.tallischoir.com or performance call on a standby TAPESTRY CHAMBER CHOIR basis. Please contact the director for Founded in 1988, Tapestry Chammore information, or visit the stu- ber Choir offers a varied choral repdio's website for more information. ertoire to an ever-widening into@studiosixteen.ca audience in the Newmarket-Aurora area. Under the direction of An­ Kevin Komisaruk 416-559-2586 www.studiosixteen.ca drew Slonetsky B.Mus. B.Ed. ARCT and accompanist Sheila Vandikas B.Mus. ARCT, Tapestry aspires to create "weavings of song" with rich colours and tex- tures, while remaining free to explore the artistry of any composer of any period. Although most of the repertoire is a cappella, Tapestry welcomes opportunities to perform with instrumentalists. If you would like to become one of the threads in our choral tapestry, please contact us. tapestrychoi r@sympatico.ca Choir information: 905-836-8589 www. tapestrychoi r. ca TEMPUS CHORAL SOCIETY A youth choir in the 1970s, Tempus reformed in 1999 as an SA TB community choir with over 60 voices. Directed by Brian Turnbull (Mus. Bae. (Hons), B.Ed.), an accomplished musician with several published works, our repertoire includes swing, Broadway, inspirational and contemporary music. Members are 18 years and over and we rehearse Tuesday evenings from 7:30-9: 15pm September to June at 262 Randall Street, Oakville. We conduct voice assessment for section placement only, and there is a one-time membership fee of to help defray the cost of music. i nfo@tempuschoralsociety.com 905-845-0551 x3 www.ternpuschoralsociety.com TORONTO CHAMBER CHOIR David Fallis, well-known expert in early music, is the director of the Toronto Chamber Choir. The choir's season includes four concerts of authentically performed baroque and renaissance works, often paired thematically with music from later periods. In 2006-7, the season features the Charpentier Messe de Minuit and the Cavalli Requiem. The 40-voice choir rehearses in the church hall of St. Patrick's church at Dundas and McCaul streets on Monday nights from 7:30 to 10:00, with additional rehearsals prior to concerts. Singers with good sight reading ability may request an audition at any time during the season. wfound@yorku.ca Bill Found 416-730-9731 www.geocities.com /torontochamberchoir TORONTO CHILDREN'S CHORUS Founded and directed by Jean Ashworth Bartle, the TCC, for children ages 7-15 , is one of the world's leading choirs. Entering its 27th season, the Chorus has more than a dozen CDs and has toured widely, nationally and internationally. The Chorus recently recorded Mahler's Symphony No. 8 with Sir Simon Rattle in Birmingham; the CD is now available on EMI Classics. The TCC (Main Chorus and four Training Choirs) presents an annual Subscription Series; the Chamber Choir and Choral Scholars, subsections of the Main Chorus, perform additional concerts and record. The Chorus also offers a West End Training Choir for children in grades 3-6.. . ~ee revised profi le info@torontochildrenschorus.com Heather Wood 416-932-8666 x223 Margaret Lam: 416-932-8666 x221 www. torontochi ldrenscho rus. com TORONTO CHORAL SocIETY COMMUNITY CHOIR The Toronto Choral Society was founded in 1845. The 120-member community choir is a non-auditioned choral group dedicated to enhancing the community by providing an opportunity for enthusiastic choristers to perform contemporary and traditional repertoire for Toronto audiences. The choir is currently working on their upcoming concert, Haydn's choral masterpiece, The Creation. This will be performed Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge Street (north of St. Clair) at 7:30pm. The choir rehearses once a week on Wednesday evenings at Eastminster United Church. 416-410-3509 www.torontochoralsociety.org TORONTO CHORISTERS James Maben directs this large, non-auditioned 105-voice choir which is now completing its 14th season. The choir consists mostly but not entirely of retired teachers from Boards of Education in the Toronto area. Community applicants are welcome. Repertoire is varied, from classical to pop to modern. Rehearsals are on Thursday afternoons from October through May. Because the choir is so large, women wishing to join may be placed on a waiting list, but men will be accepted immediately. This year's spring concert is on Wednesday, May 31st, 7.30 pm, at Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate, Pharmacy Ave, Scarborough. brucesnell @rogers.com Bruce Snell 416-487-2742

TORONTO CLASSICAL SINGERS The Toronto Classical Singers are 100 people who love the choral/orchestral classics. Each season we present three concerts featuring guest soloists and the Talisker Players orchestra. Our conductor is CBC Radio 2's Jurgen Petrenko, who brings an infectious enthusiasm to the proceedings. In the past twelve years, we have presented major works by, among others, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Gounod, Saint­ Saens, and Vaughan Williams. Our 2006-7 season will feature Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, and Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony. We rehearse Monday evenings 7:30-9:30pm, September through April at Christ Church Deer Park (Yonge Street, two blocks north of St. Clair). We welcome new members. To set up an audition or for ticket information, please contact us. torontoclassicalsingers @sympatico.ca 416-443-1490 www.torontoclassicalsingers.org TORONTO JEWISH FOLK CHOIR Started in 1925 by immigrant needle-trade workers, the SATB choir performs beloved Yiddish folk songs, Jewish-themed excerpts from the classics, contemporary music in Yiddish, Hebrew, Judeo­ Spanish, Russian and English, and music from other cultures. Its 80th spring concert features excellent soloists and Beyond the Pale klezmer band in the premiere of Sid Robinovitch's In Amerike - Leah Posluns Theatre, June 4. Season includes Chanukah and other concerts around Toronto, and the annual Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Commemoration. Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 7:30-10 p.m., Winchevsky Centre, 585 Cranbrooke Avenue (Bathurst-Lawrence). The choir's conductor is Alexander Veprinsky and the accompanist is Lina Zemelman. 416-593-0750 www.winchevskycentre.org /institutions TORONTO MENDELSSOHN CHOIR The TMC family has three choirs: The TMC, The Mendelssohn Singers and Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir. The 160-voice volunteer TMC is Canada's world-renowned large vocal ensemble, maintaining a tradition, since 1894, ofrepertoire from early Baroque to premieres of commissioned works. With the Elora Festival Singers as its professional core, the TMC presents its own subscription series. Under the artistic direction of Noel Edison, the TMC's 2006-2007 season includes Mozart's Requiem, Festival of Carols, Arvo Part's Passio, Mendelssohn's Lobgesang, choruses from Brahms and more! Rehearsals are Monday evenings at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church from 7: 15-9:30pm. Auditions are June and September. admin@tmchoir.org Kimber Jonah 416-598-0422 x24 www.tmchoir.org TORONTO MENDELSSOHN YOUTH CHOIR The Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir (founded 1977) provides training and performance opportunities for singers aged 15-23 . Annually, the TMYC presents a three-concert series. Past highlights include: a performance in Italy (1997), joining the TMC at the National Arts Centre for the opening of Festival Canada (July 1998), performing in the rotunda of Ottawa's Parliament Buildings (spring 2004), being fea~ tured with the Toronto Philharmonia (2005), joining the TMC to sing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (2006), and the release of a recording of seasonal music under the direction of composer/conductor John Rutter. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings 7-9:30pm. Auditions for the 2006/2007 season begin in June. tmyc@tmchoir.org Christy DiFelice 416-598-0422 x27 www.tmchoir.org TORONTO SWEDISH SINGERS The Toronto Swedish Singers perform in Swedish and English under the direction of Lloyd Thompson, who arranges much of the choir's repertoire. The choir presents annual spring and Christmas concerts, performs at local Swedish cultural events and serves as the choir for the Swedish Lutheran Church in Toronto at major celebrations. Short tours are arranged periodically. Membership is open to anyone interested in Swedish culture who enjoys choral singing and preferably has some facility with the Swedish language. Ability to read music is desirable but not essential. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings from September to June at Agricola Lutheran Church, Yonge and York Mills. play88@sympatico.ca choir was started 8 years ago. Teo­ Lloyd Thompson 416-229-4489 dora Georgieva leads the choir in a www.tsfs.ca wide variety of repertoire from Toronto Welsh Male Voice madrigals to show tunes. Rehears- Ch · , .. ~.!) als are on Thursday nights from oir .. 7:30- 9:30 p.m. University Settlement Children's Choir began in Sep- U UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO AT SCARBOROUGH CONCERT CHOIR University of Toronto at Scarborough Concert Choir is a 40-voice auditioned choir open to students, faculty and guests. Auditions are held the first week of classes each term. The choir meets on Wednesdays from 4-7pm in the new Arts Administration Building, suite AA303 (The Music Studio) at the college located at 1265 Military Trail in Scarborough ( 401 and Morningside). Repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to the present. Performances take place on campus and in the greater GT A from September to April. Recent performances of Mozart's Requiem, Handel's Messiah and Bach's St. John Passion were presented in collaboration with Ensemble TrypTych Chamber Choir. lwhiting@utsc.utoronto.ca Lenard Whiting 416-287-7179 www.utsc.utoronto.ca UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO GOSPEL CHOIR Founded February 1995, Black History month, the UTGC's weekly rehearsals became a meeting place for students interested in singing praises to the Lord, and for those looking for an empowering environment. UTGC has sung in a Barbados Gospel Festival, in Stockholm, and four concerts in Japan. For seven years the choir had been featured in The Colours of Christmas as guest of international recording artists such as Peabo Bryson, Roberta Flack, and Jon Secada. Never forgetting their purpose, the choir still sings at numerous churches, corporate and campus events. Lisa Toussaint directs the choir's repertoire of Christian contemporary, traditional gospel, praise and worship, and spirituals. info @utgc.org 416-614-4872 www.utgc.org UNIVERSITY SETTLEMENT COMMU­ NITY CHOIR AND CHILDREN'S CHOIR The 30-member adult mixed voice tember of2003. This growing group meets on Thursdays from 5:30- 6:45 p.m .. The choir, for ages 8- 13 (unchanged voices) is led by Teodora Georgieva in singing songs from a wide variety of musical styles. Both groups are non-auditioned, and no experience is necessary. They perform several times a year at different venues but rehearse at University Settlement, 23 Grange Rd., Toronto. anne.yardley@ usrc.ca Anne Yardley 416-598-3444 x243 www.usrc.ca UNIVOX CHOIR Univox is a new and exciting mixed voice community choir for young adults that focuses on creating wonderful music in a fun and uplifting environment with relationship building, social responsibility and musical excellence at its core. The choir is open to young adults age 15 through their 30s. We sing music spanning five centuries including contemporary works, spirituals and folksongs from around the world. Univox rehearses on Mondays, 4:30-6:30pm at New Horizons Tower, 1140 Bloor St. W (NW corner at Dufferin-Dufferin Station); season runs September to May. Please contact Dallas Bergen, founder and artistic director, for more information. conductor@univoxchoir.com Dallas Bergen 416 697-9561 www.univoxchoir.com UPPER CANADA CHILDREN 1 S CHORUS 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

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