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Volume 12 - Issue 8 - May 2007

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EAST YoRK CHomEYC, an auditioned ensemblefounded in 1988, performs choralselections from a range of genres,often in collaboration with other artists.The artistic director is JennyCrober and our accompanist is ElizabethAcker. Our season consists oftwo concerts, as well as performancesat a variety of communityevents, including benefit concerts.On Sunday May 27, at 3:00pm, atEastminster United Church, ourSpring Soul concert will feature folksongs, spirituals, and African musicwith guest percussionists, Fule Ba·doe and Larry Graves, and storyteller/dancer,Adwoa Badoe. Rehearsalsare Monday evenings atLeaside Presbyterian Church, 670Eglinton Ave. East of Bayview Ave.Jenny Crober WOMEN'S CHOIREcho is a 70-voice community choiropen to women from all walks oflife. Echo sings each Tuesday nightat Holy Trinity (beside the EatonCentre), performs at city-widegrass-roots events, and holdsDecember and May concerts. Echo,a non-auditioned choir co-led byBecca Whitla and Alan Gasser, aimsto build a strong, varied and vibrantculture and community. throughsong. Repertoire includes musicfrom village singing traditions aroundthe world and newly-commissionedmusic. Echo aims to keepmembership fees and concerttickets accessible to all. Whilemembership is open, there issometimes a short waiting list.Spring '07 concert: Working inHarmony, May 6, 3 pm at HolyTrinity.Becca Whitla 416-588-9050 x3info.echo@gmail.comwww.echowomenschoir.ca1ELMER ISELER SINGERSEIS is a 20-voice professional chamberchoir based in Toronto. Foundedin 1979 by Dr. Elmer Iseler andnow directed by the acclaimed LydiaAdams, the Singers are known fortonal beauty and interpretive range,and valued for their contributi,ons toWholeNote CANARY PAGESmasterclasses and workshops byschools and community choirs. InSpring 2007, the Get Music educationaloutreach, initiative will belaunched. In salute to the CanadianComposer, EIS has recorded eightCD's in eight years with Lydia Adams!Annual auditions are in May.Weekly rehearsals, a Toronto concertseries, touring and recording put theElmer Iseler Singers among Canada'sillustrious choral ensembles.Jessie lseler 416-217-0537info@elmeriselersingers.comwww.elmeriselersingers.comELORA FESTIVAL SINGERSEFS is a 24-singer professionalchoir founded in 1980 by ArtisticDirector Noel Edison. EFS has beenhailed as Canada's top chamberchoir by the Canada Arts Counciland by reviewers and patrons alike.For twenty years EFS has been thechoir-in-residence at the renownedElora Festival; from September toMay presents a regular concert seriesin Elora, Guelph and Toronto;and in 1997 became the professionalcore of the Toronto MendelssohnChoir. Through their many recordingsand touring the Singers continueto reach audiences around theworld. Annual auditions are held inJanuary.Marilyn van Wyck; Robin VaillancourtAuditions 519-846-0331coordinator@info@elorafestival.comwww.elorafestival.comENSEMBLE TRYPTYCH CHAMBERCHOIREnsemble TrypTych Chamber Choir(ETCC) is a mixed voice choir of30 singers under the inspired directionof Lenard Whiting with accompanistLawrence Green. Four annualconcerts present renaissance tocontemporary music including oratorio,opera, smaller. works, and Canadiancompositions. The choir isopen to all. New choristers are welcome,especially tenors! Auditionsby appointment in September. Rehearsalsare on Tuesdays 7:30-9:30pm at Trinity PresbyterianChurch, 2737 Bayview Ave. fromSeptember to May.Lenard Whiting 416-763-5066 x3etcc@tryptych.orgwww.tryptych.orgETOBICOKE CENTENNIAL CHOIRECC, a mixed-voiced choir of approximately60 singers, entered its41 st season in 2006/07 under theskilled direction of Dr. Harris Loewen.The choir's three-concert seasonencompasses a varied repertoireof Classical and contemporaryworks, both sacred and secular, andhas included works written for thechoir. The choir shares great camaraderieand welcomes new singers.Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays7 :30-1 O:OOpm, September throughMay, at Islington United Church inEtobicoke (Islington subway station).Interested singers are invitedto attend our open rehearsals. Membershipis by audition.Mary Thornton 416-620-1855methornion@sympatico.cawww.etobicokesings.comFORTE-THE TORONTO MEN 1 SCHORUSForte, now in its 10th season, is anon-profit, auditioned group dedicatedto highlighting the talents ofthe gay community and buildingbridges to other communitiesthrough performance of diversemusical and theatrical repertoire.Under the musical direction of EdwardConnell, the 24-memberTTBB chorus mounts annual holidayand spring productions andETOBICOKE YOUTH CHom · performs at many communityLouise Jardine, music director of this events. The season runs from thecommunity choir since 1995, pro- first week of September until aftervides excellent mµsical tutelage and the annual Toronto Pride Week acinspiresartistic performance. Chor- tivities. Auditions are in Septemberisters gain life skills while sharing and January. Rehearsals are Mondaystalents and developing musical abil- 6:30-9:30pm at St. Andrew's Unitedities. Repertoire includes contempo- Church, 117 Bloor Street East.rary, theatre, classical, and sacredVince Ciarlo, presidentmusic. Rehearsals are Tuesday eve- 416-763-3783nings at Humbervale United Church,forte-chorus@rogers.com1447 Royal York Road, from Septemberto early June, with two mainwww.forte-chorus.comconcerts, various community performances,and a cabaret featuringindividual choristers. Fall and Springworkshop weekends provide intensiverehearsing and bonding. Entryin January or September by simpleaudition in December or May. Weenjoy singing. New members 7-17are welcome.George Jardine 416-231-9120eyc.secretary@sympatico.cawww.etobicokeyouthchoir.caEXULTATE CHAMBER SINGERSFor more than 25 years, Exultate hasgarnered praise as a precise, passionateensemble with a wide-rangingrepertoire. Established by conductorJohn Tuttle, Exultate is enrichedby the musicianship and variedbackgrounds of its 22 members.Exultate launched its fourth CD, Allaround the Circle: a collection ofCanadian folk songs, in 2005. Exultateis a 3-time winner of the HealeyWillan Prize, awarded by theCanada Council for the Arts. Exultatepresents a four-concert subscriptionseries in Toronto andmakes guest appearances in variousOntario communities. Auditions areheld as required to fill vacancies.Brian Wismath BACH CHORALEA non-profit chamber choir, GBChas an auditioned membership of21 voices. Founded in 1999, wespecialize in baroque repertoire, theworks of J. S. Bach and other composers,often accompanied by musicianson period instruments. Concertsfeature a combination of choraland orchestral works; solo andinstrumental items. We have sixconcerts next year, three in Fall andthree in Winter/Spring, two of whichtake place in private homes. TheChristmas house concert will featureCharpentier's Midnight Mass.In April, we will perform Mozart'sRequiem. Artistic Director RonaldGreidanus has an established careeras a concert pianist in Canada andabroad.Bill Shuttleworth 905-877-8321www.georgetownbachchorale.comGEORGIAN BAY CHILDREN'S CHomGeorgian Bay Children's Choir is acommunity treble choir for ages 5-18. Choristers hail from the southernGeorgian Bay region and re-WWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COM MAY 2007

hearse in Owen Sound. Now in our20th year, the GBCC encompassesthree choirs: The Little Jewels, TheMiddle C's and the Touring Ensemble.Vocal assessments place choristersappropriately. Concerts aretwice a year in December and May,along with numerous engagementsin community and regional choralfestivals. Every other year, the TouringEnsemble competes or participatesin an international festival.Fees vary according to choir level.Choir rehearsals are Mondays, Septemberto M11y. Director/Conductor:Linda M. Hawkins.Aly Bollman, General Manager519-371-3222 info@gbcc.cawww.gbcc.caGRACE CHURCH ON-THE-HII.LCHOIRSThere is no sound like the soaringtone of trebles, boys and girls,trained in the British cathedral tradition,heard in the superb acousticsof Grace Church. The Choirs ofGentlemen and Boys and the St.Cecilia Choir of Women and Girlssing this repertoire each week inservice, concert, and on tour, whichtakes them to the UK this summer.Professional music training in a familysetting of fellowship and nurturing.Girls and boys accepted uponaudition when they read English well.Adults must read music. No upperage limit, no membership fee, just areal commitment to strive for excellence.Melva Treffinger Graham, M.Mus.Conductor 416-488-7884 x117gracemusic2@rogers.comwww.gracechurchonthehill.caGRAND RlvER CHORUSGRC is a Brantford-based, auditioned,mixed-voice communitychoir offering four concerts per year.Our ninth season starts with our firstever CD launch cpncert, A GrandChristmas (December I). Next isour ever-popular sing-along Messiahconcert (December 22), followedby Haydn's Creation in partnershipwiththe Brantford SymphonyOrchestra (April 13), concludingwith Double Choir Splendor (June8). Our chorus sings the works ofthe great masters and contemporarycomposers. We also perform at variouscommunity events and at concertshosted by other organizations.Rehearsals are Monday e~enings at7:30 in the Music Room at AssumptionCollege School.Richard Cunningham, artistic director519-841-9708 CHORUSYou're invited to join the HarbourfrontChorus, a non-auditionedchoir performing diverse repertoirefor a diverse city. Under DirectorDallas Bergen, we rehearse Tuesdays,7:45-9: 15pm, at HarbourfrontCommunity Centre, 627 QueensQuay W., in the Dance Studio. Ourseason runs September throughJUne. All levels of experience welcome.Come try us on! Observe arehearsal, any Tuesday eveningthrough the end of June.tions, for service organizations, charities,churches and retirementhomes. Singers interested in auditioningmust read music and be willingto commit all music to memory.John (Jack) Packer 905-575-9360www.harlequinsingers.comHARMONY SINGERS OF ETOBICOKE'One of the longest establishedcommunity choirs in the Etobicokecommunity making music for over40 years. Under director HarveyPatterson, the 30-voice, non-auditionladies choir continues the traditionof combining the joy of singing andthe pleasure of entertaining in theircommunity. We perform music in alighter vein; repertoire includespopular, folk, show, and semiclassicalmusic. We entertain atcommunity events and seniors'residences and present two annualconcerts. New members are alwayswelcome. Rehearsals are Mondays,7:30-10 pm at Martin Grove UnitedChurch. Join us for our Spring ConcertSwing Time, on May 25 and 26.Harvey Patterson 416 230 5821theharmonysingers@ca.inter.netwww.harmonysingers.caHART HOUSE SINGERSAt the University of Toronto, HHSis a non-auditioned 110-voice SATBchoir that provides an opportunity forfirst-time and experienced singers toshare in the joy of choral singing, tolearn the art of song, and to singculturally and historically diverserepertoire. From SeptembertoApril,we rehearse Mondays 7: 15-9:30pm;late May to the end of July, we rehearseWednesdays, 7:15-9:30pm.Under the energetic direction ofDavid Arnot-Johnston, all rehearsalsare at Hart House, 7 Hart HouseCircle, Uoff. Our performances arein the magnificent Great Hall of the ·same building.Emily Doukogiannis,Program Advisor, 416-978-6315GRAND PHILHARMONIC CHOIRThe Grand Philhannonic Choir (formerlythe Kitchener Waterloo PhilharmonicJack 416-264-0855Choir) has grown underKim 416-392-1509the leadership of Conductor and harbourfrontchorus@yahoo.caArtistic Director Howard Dyck.Howard has brought a direction andfocus which has allowed the choir llruu.EQUIN SINGERSto stretch to new heights in choral Founded in 1967 as a support tomusic, earning its reputation as one · Hamilton Theatre Inc. and incorpoofCanada's leading choral organi- rated in the mid-70s as the Harle- HIGH PARK CHOIRS OF TORONTOzations. Along with its dedication to quin Singers, the choir performs rep- Wonders happen when children singfine choral music the choir maintains ertoire from Broadway musicals, hand-in-hand, especially when led bya commitment to music education, films, pop charts, jazz, big band. Two Zimfira Pol oz, a voice/choral speestablishinga Children's Choir in major cabaret concerts are mount- cialist who loves her choristers and1985 and a Youth Choir in 1998. ed at Christmas and in Spring. The makes their sound shimmer. ForourChildren and youth are offered com- 40th Anniversary concert takes 20th anniversary of magical musicprehensivemusic education while place June 1-2 at Drury Lane The- making, we celebrate with a tour,they learn the love of music. atre, Burlington, featuring the best commissioned work by James Rol-Howard Dyck 519 _ 578 _ 6885 Broadway show tunes. Christmas phe, and gala alumni events. Wecabaret takes place November 29, have five divisions: Early Bird ChoirMAY 30 and December I. The choir per- . (ages 5-7), Training Choir ( 6-11 ), forms at fundraisers and celebra- Children'sChoir(9-13), Senior ChoirWWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COM(12 through university) and SeniorChamber Choir. Weekly rehearsalsin Bloor West Village (includingmusic theory and ear training), twoannual concerts, workshops, communityengagements, and an annualSenior Choir tour. Auditions are heldApril-May and January.416-762-0657info@highparkchoirs.orgwww.highparkchoirs.orgHILARITERHilariter is a 25-voice group of singersand players directed by AndrewDonaldson. We specialize in sacredmusic from around the globe. Hilariterperforms concerts a couple oftimes a year and is also involved inworkshops and worship services.Rehearsals are every second Sunday7-9:30pm at Glebe PresbyterianChurch.seraph@pathcom.comwww.hilariter.caIMPULSE CHOIRImpulse is a newly formed mixedcommunity choir in the St. Catharinesregion, founded by ArtisticDirector Rachel Rensink-Hoff, anddedicated to exploring a diverserange of choral repertoire from allgenres. Our goal is to enrich anddiversify the choral traditions of Niagara,offering amateur singers theopportunity to develop their vocaltechnique and choral artistry, and wewish to engage in regular collaborationswith local artists and communityorganizations in the Niagara region.Currently looking to expand ourmembership. Make contact if youare interested in pursuing quality repertoireand vocal excellence (especiallytenors and basses). Strongmusic reading skills are required.Rachel R. Hoff 905-685-6624rrensink@uwo.caINTER-MENNONITE CmLDREN'sCHOIRThe Inter-Mennonite Children'sChoir is a Waterloo Region communitychoir providing opportunities formusical excellence, and stimulatinga life-long appreciation for music andChristian heritage and culture. Averaging'50+singers, ages 9-15, thechoir performs annual Christmasand Spring Concerts, and at variousfunctions, festivals and competitionsWholeNote CANARY PAGES

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