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Volume 11 Issue 8 - May 2006

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102nd four-concert season with a new conductor as their present conductor Ian Sadler has resigned. admin@uppercanadachorus.com 416-733-0615 www.uppercanadachorus.com UPPER CANADA CHORISTERS The Upper Canada Choristers is a non-auditioned SATB community choir of about 50 voices, under the direction of Laurie Evan Fraser, founding artistic director. The choir, now in its 13th season, is a vibrant, growing organization with a commitment to excellence. Weekly rehearsals are Monday at the Salvation Army Community Church, Eglinton A venue just east ofYongeStreet, 7:30-9:30pm. The choir prepares 2 programmes annually, performing in a variety of community venues - hospitals, nursing homes, seniors' residences, schools, churches - as well as singing at special events and other pub­ I i c concerts. The members' diversity is reflected in a wide range of choral repertoire. Laurie Evan Fraser, conductor/artistic director 416-256-0510 www.chorister.org UXBRIDGE COMMUNITY CHOIR "One Voice" was founded in 1997 by director, Angela Wakeford. It is an un-auditioned SA TB choir of fifty voices presenting two annual concerts, Christmas and Spring. The choir also performs in surrounding communities, supporting local events and fund-raising. The repertoire is drawn from both sacred and secular works including spirituals, folk music and Canadian compositions. The choir supports and encourages young musicians through a scholarship program, frequently including them in concert programs. The choir's accompanist is Debra Thompson. around the world with its rich repertoire of Ukrainian liturgical, classical, contemporary and traditional folk music, often accompanied by professional soloists and/or a chamber ensemble. There are three major concerts per season, as well as Christmas and Easter Liturgies. Tuesday rehearsals, 7:30pm to 9:30pm are at 4 Bellwoods Ave. Toronto. The new season commences September 2006. Contact the artistic director to arrange an audition. Male singers are welcome to audition for The Toronto Ukrainian Male Chamber Choir, in partnership with Vesnivka Choir. nykola@vesnivka.com Halyna Kvitka Kondracki, artistic director Nykola Parzei, administrator: 416-763-2197 www.vesnivka.com Vic CHORUS This non-auditioned mixed voice choir at Victoria College, U of T, presents two concerts annually, fall and spring. The fall concert is held in the lovely, gothic setting of the Victoria college chapel and features classical choral works, augmented by numerous guest instrumentalists. The spring concert is held in the Isabel Bader Theatre - an eclectic range of choral music, from classical works to folk songs from around the world, a medley of a Broadway musical , and some quirkier material. The choir also provides musical leadership at numerous college events. The choir has become an integral part of campus life, continuing its strong musical tradition. taylorsullivan@yahoo.com Taylor Sullivan, di rector 416-585-4521 x3101 www.vicu.utoronto.ca/dean/ Vicchor.htm VICTORIA SCHOLARS MEN 1 S onevoice@onevoicesingers.ca CHORAL ENSEMBLE Georgette Morris 905-852-0084 The essence of the Victoria Scholwww.onevoicesingers.ca ars' music is the clarity and balance VESNIVKA CHOIR Founding director Halyna Kvitka Kondracki established Vesnivka in 1965. This award-winning women's ensemble has delighted audiences of sound characteristic of renaissance music. The ensemble's repertoire encompasses medieval plainchant, works from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras, and contemporary and newly commissioned works. The choir rehearses weekly in preparation for their concert series, consisting of three performances annually. If you are an experienced musician with excellent sight reading abilities and you are looking to join one of Cana- VoCALPOINT CHAMBER CHOIR da's finest male ensembles, please Founded in 1997 by musical direccall or email to set up an audition tor Ian Grundy, Voca!Point has esappointment. tablished itself as one of the info@victoriascholars.ca country's finest chamber choirs, Dr. Jerzy Cichocki 416-761-?776 reaching the semi-finals in the past three CBC Radio competitions. In addition to an annual subscription series in the superb acoustics of Grace Church-on-the-Hill, Voca!Point has performed on Roy Thomson Hall's noon-hour series for Organ and Choir, at the Glenn Gould Studio for live broadcast on CBC Radio Two, and at the Sharon Temple. Members are auditioned from many top church choirs in Toronto; most are experienced soloists, teachers, or conductors. Auditions: Wednesday nights during June. Please contact Carol Grundy at ( 416) 461-8301. VILLAGE VOICES Village Voices was founded in 1989 as a not-for-profit, mixed-voice community choir of 45 + members. They perform two major concerts each year, and at seniors' residences, group homes and community events. The choir, under Joan Andrews, continues to expand its repertoire and artistic level. They have taken part in various music festivals and performed as guest artists with other choirs, as well as with the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra. Village Voices is a member of Choirs Ontario, SOCAN and the Markham Arts Council. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings, 7:30 pm at Unionville Presbyterian Church, 600 Village Parkway, Unionville. New members are always welcome. info@villagevoices.ca Margaret Bagnall 905-881-0769 www.villagevoices.ca VIVA! YOUTH SINGERS OF TORONTO VIV A! Youth Singers of Toronto, founded by Carol Woodward Ratzlaff in 2000 at a time of widespread cuts to public school arts programs, is comprised of four choirs. The Preparatory Chorus (ages 4-6) engages young singers in fun, age-app ro pr i ate musical activities. Singers in Main Chorus I (ages 7- 10) and Main Chorus II (ages 10- 16) receive weekly instruction in vocal technique, theory, and sightsinging, and regular private vocal coaching. The S.A .T.B. Youth Choir is for experienced singers dedicated to performing major choral works. All choirs participate in three annual concerts featuring repertoire varying in musical style and languages. VIVA! is dedicated to giving young singers opportunities to participate in artistically excellent endeavours with an integrated arts approach. Bursaries available. Rehearsals are Monday nights at Trinity-St. Paul's United Church. info@vivayouthsingers.com Laura Menard 416-788-8482 www.vivayouthsingers.com vocalpoint_choir@ lycos.com Hugh Tracy 416-484-0185 vocalpoint_choir.tripod.com VOXWORKS Founded in 2005 by artistic director James Wells, voxworks explores lesser. known, rarely performed vocal music, and offers an insightful approach to the firmly estab­ I ished literature. The core of repertoire is secular music of the twentieth century, complemented by works from other style periods. Because the programs include solo as well as choral repertoire, some of which the composers stipulate one singer per part, the twelve singers must be accomplished solo performers who also have an affinity for and a commitment to ensemble work. Auditions are held as required to fill vacancies. voxworks@voxworks.ca James Wells 416-769-0111 www.voxworks.ca ~~ WAYNE GILPIN SINGERS The Wayne Gilpin Singers is an auditioned 40-voice chamber choir that presents an annual series of public concerts and performs on request at social and charitable functions. The choir performs a wide variety of music ranging from choral repertoire classics to excellent modern works. A recent review raved that the Singers' "diction was crystal clear. Especially enjoyable was the mellow feeling of relaxed tempos and the rich blending

WWW. THEWHO LENOTE.COM of the parts." The choir rehearses on Monday evenings from 7:30- 9:30pm at Luther Village Chapel in Waterloo from September to June. mail@gilpin.ca Wayne Gilpin 1-800-867-3281 www.gilpin.ca WINDSOR CLASSIC CHORALE Founded in 1977 by Professor Richard Householder, Director of Choral Activities at the University of Windsor, and currently under the direction of Tim Shantz, the Windsor Classic Chorale is an auditioned mixed choir. Over its 29-year history, the choir has appeared on nat i o na II y televised programs including a performance of Messiah, and was selected to perform in both the 1989 and 1993 Toronto International Choral Festivals. Repertoire includes Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Brahms' Neue­ Liebeslieder Waltzer, and Pinkham's Christmas Cantata. wee performs two series concerts per year in November and May with some smaller events during the year. Rehearsals are held on Monday evening 7-9.30pm September to May. mclaughlinpc@cogeco.ca Patricia Mclaughlin, President 519-736-5761 www.windsorclassic.org WOODSTOCK FANSHAWE SINGERS The Woodstock Fanshawe Singers, Woodstock, ON, under the direction of Jennifer Moir, is an auditioned SATB choir who perform a varied repertoire featuring Canadian composers. Composer in residence, Jeff Smallman has written several pieces commissioned by the group. The international Kaleid Choral Festival, now in its second season, is one of the organization's innovative projects. 519-539-3428 www. woodstockfansha wesinge rs. ca YORK REGION CHILDREN 1 S CHORUS The York Region Children's Chorus is an auditioned treble chorus open to children and youth ages 10- 17. In its twenty-second season, this 70-voice choir has become a highprofile representative of the region, performing in many parts of Canada, USA and abroad. In 2004 the choir sang in Paris, Milan, Venice, and in the Salzburg International Choir and Orchestra Festival. In 2005 the choir represented Ontario in the Unisong Festival for Canada Day in the National Arts Centre. Auditions for the 2006/2007 season will be held Wednesday June 7 and Wednesday June 14, 2006 from 6pm. Rehearsals: Wednesday evenings, 6: 15-8:30pm, September to June. YORK UNIVERSITY 905-727-0022 x2977 or 905-727-3107 x427 www.yrcc.ca DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC York University's Music Department is home to ten choral ensembles, all open by audition to the wider York community (incl. faculty, staff and alumni). Lisette Canton directs Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Male Chorus and Women's Chorus performing western classical repertoire. There are four Jazz Choirs directed by Bob Hamper and Mim Adams. Karen Burke directs the Gospel Choir. The World Music Chorus (traditional music of Africa, Europe (folk and medieval) and Asia (especially Georgia) is led by Judith Cohen. Each ensemble gives public concerts during the season. Auditions are held the first week of September. Participants who are not registered students pay an audit fee. musicprg@yorku.ca 416. 736.5242 www.yorku.ca/music YoRKMINSTRELS SHOW CHOIR The YSC is a mixed voice community choir specializing in Broadway music, founded in 1974 as a spinoff of the Yorkminstrels Musical Theatre Company. With its costumes and choreography, the choir has evolved into a unique group, performing at 15-20 private, corporate and community events per year. We rehearse Wednesdays, from 7:30-10:30pm at Cummer Lodge, North York, from September to the end of June. Our director is Cathy Whiteside. We do simple choreography and there is a simple audition to join the group. We have openings available in our tenor and bass/baritone sections. If you love to sing, come sing with us! dfraser@rogers.com Wendy Fraser 416-225-5810 www.yorkminstrels.com 4th Annual WholeNote O\ N RY B·' GES .. ~ ~ .. A Directory of Choirs May 2006 Go to our Website and click on this image for a complete Online Canary Pages Choir Index Goto www.thewholenote.com Just as every canary's song is slightly different, every choir is unique. The Online Canary Pages contain listings of the categories into which our listed choirs fall, to aid in the search for a singing group that matches a prospective choir member's age, interest, ability, musical preferences, and location. Categories include: Adult Community Choirs Non-Auditioned Choirs Men's Children and Youth; Women's Sacred Music and Church Choirs Large Adult Choirs over 100 voices University Choirs Professional and Semi-professional Choirs Chamber Choirs under 25 voices World, Jazz and Folk Cultural Interest. Choirs are also listed by region, if outside Toronto, with the breakdown being by area code: 705, 905 (East, North, West, and South), 519, and 613. Choirs frequently appear in more than one category. Happy searching and singing! Free Delivery of WholeNote Attention All Choirs Spoon feed your choir members by arranging for regular free delivery of Whole Note directly to your rehearsal venue, office, or concert location. Simply contact circulation@thewholenote.com or telephone 416-406-5055.

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