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Volume 12 - Issue 8 - May 2007

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'gram for over 120 auditioned chor- worldwide organization of women hearsals are Wednesdays 7:30- prised mostly oflocal Mennonites,isters ages 7-18. The OCC presents committed to advancing the musi- 9:45pm. but also includes singers from otherfour annual concerts, performs at cal art form of 4-part harmony, bar- William Brown 416-923-3123 faith traditions and cultures. Artisworkshops,appears at community bershop style, through tic Director Stephanie Martin is dedfunctions,and collaborates with oth- and performance. The Orangeville icated to performing the great workser Ontario artists. With Cherub, In- Chorus, chartered in 1981, has a of choral literature, with a view totermediate, Senior, Chamber and current membership of 60, and isachieving musical excellence andBoy Choirs, the choral program in- thrilled to bring their award winning ORPHEUS CHom OF TORONTO sustaining a supportive choir com-eludes theory, musicianship, vocal sound to the community. We would Founded in 1964, this 60-member munity. The 2007 /08 season will incoaching,workshops, competitions, be pleased to create a programme mixed-voice choir aims to offer elude a concert and recording ofand touring. Auditions for next sea- to suit your needs with the full Cho- something different to concert-goers many of Buxtehude's works, Hansoncan be booked for May 11-12 rus or a quartet. Performances are and singers alike. The choir has a del 's Messiah, and a concert ofand June 8-9.available for most any occasion. four-concert season, plus occasional German and Austrian masterworks,905-337-7104 New for 2008 will be Singing Val- guest performances, including including Bruckner's Mass in entines and Singing Telegrams . collaborations outside the Toronto Minor. Several choral Rehearsals are held Wednesdays at area. Under the energetic leadership are offered each year. Rehearsals7:30 pm at St. John's Anglican of Robert Cooper, repertoire is both are each Monday night.Church, Caledon. sacred and secular, from a cappella Laura Adlers 416-467-0634OAKVILLE CHORAL SOCIETYAnne Richardson 519-941-4490 to full orchestral accompaniment, paxchristichorale@hotmail.comThe Oakville Choral Society and includes many new or less wellwww.paxchristichorale.orgbeen an integral part of the works. The choir alsocommunity since 1960. We are aprovides opportunities for youngcommunity choir of80-100 membersorangevillechorussingers to gain experience as soloistswho love music, possess a true pas-through its Sidgwick Scholarshipsion for singing and enjoy contribut- ORIANA SINGERSPEEL CHORAL SOCIETYpositions. Rehearsals are Tuesdaying culturally to the community. Founded in 1970, OS performs four evenings at Yorkminster Park Baptist Peel Choral Society was founded inThere are no auditions required, yearly concerts featuring gospel, Church near Yonge and St. Clair. 1971 to provide the people ofhowever, a love of music and a will- jazz, classical, avant-garde, and Admission is by audition in May/ Brampton with an opportunity toingness to learn are important. Re- more. Guest artists and creative June, and periodically throughout the share the experience of performinghearsals are Tuesdays 7 :45-1 Opm at staging enrich each concert experi- season.a wiae range of choral music. To-Sheridan College, Trafalgar Cam- ence. An active participant in Relayday the choir is a four-part mixedHelen Coxon 416 530-4428pus, and registration is held in Sep- for Life, Woodstock's Kaleid Festi- ensemble under the direction oforpheuschoir@sympatico.catember and January. We hold two val and singing at free band-shellMervin Fick. Two main concerts areperformances annually, in early May concerts in the summer, the the focus of each season, the popuandearly December. Our artistic than 50-voice, auditioned choir re-lar Christmas Concert and a Springdirector is J. Bev Stainton. hearses on Wednesdays from Sep- concert. For several years now theAnthony Ward-Smith, President tember to June in Cobourg. We arechoir has also sung a Valentine's'905-845-6300currently in leadership transition asDay concert, as well as communityour much-loved director Marie Ander-fundraising concerts and concerts inwww.oakvillechoral.comson is moving on. A new Musical Di-retirement homes. We welcomerector will be in place by August 1.both singers and audience to sharep ARKDALE SINGERSFortunately our amazing accompa-in our music.ONTARIO YoUTH CHomnist and composer-in-residence Rob-PS is a mixed voice communityElaine Dunk 416-496-9870Each summer, 40 talented young ert Grandy remains with us!choir, serving the Parkdale Commuerdunk@rogers.comsingers come together from acrossnity in Toronto. We are always looktheprovince to take part in the David Bryson, Choir President ing for new voices, especially tenwww.peelchoral.caOntario Youth Choir's exciting pro-905-372-8078 ors and basses, to help this 15-voicegramme ofrehearsals, choir sing many different kinds of PENTHELIA SINGERSes and voice lessons. OYC provides music, from pop to modern contem- A dynamic ensemble of women peranunforgettable experience: friend- porary. There are no auditions re- forming a diverse and musically soshipand fun, and extraordinary train- ORIANA WoMEN's CHOIR quired, and singers of any age and phisticated repertoire in several Ianingwith some of Canada's finest cho- 'Formed in 1972, is one of Canada'slevel of experience are welcome. guages, spanning the Renaissanceral leaders. This year, the choir willfinest women's choirs. This 40-Rehearsals are every Friday after- to the 21st century. Noted for its inspendten memorable days togethervoice auditioned choir is commitnoonfrom l-2:30pm at the Parkdale novative programming, the choir hasat the University of Ottawa underted to provoking passionate re-Community Health Centre, 1229 been a semi-finalist in the CBC Chotheinspired leadership of conductorQueen St. We perform at least threesponses to the power, beauty, andral Competition and participated inRobert Cooper. There are now over joy of song. The choir received Bestconcerts per year, often with multi- choral festivals throughout Ontario1,300 OYC alumni who continue topie performances per concert. ThePerformance of a Canadian Workand Quebec. In addition to giving twoenrich their communities as chorisinthe 2004 CBC Choral Competimusicdirector for this group is Eric major concerts, we perform in colters,conductors, accompanists, comtion. Final concert of the 2006/07Schwindt.laboration with other choirs, at fesposers,educators and soloists.season takes place May 12 (seeLeslie Parker tivals and community events as a416-923-1144 website). Subscription concerts are part of their concert season. Reinfo@choirsontario.orgpresented each year in November,hearsals are at Rosedale Presbytewww.choirsontario.orgMarch, and May. Concerts are held rian Church, Wednesdays. MematGrace Church on-the-Hill andbership in this welcoming group isp A}{ CHRISTI CHORALE -Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence TORONTO'S MENNONITE CHom by audition in August and January.ORANGEVILLE CHORUS OF SWEET Centre for the Arts. Auditions are Celebrating its 20th anniversary this Mary Legge 416-229-0522AnELINES June 6 and August 29 for the fall season, Pax Christi Chorale is an 80- m.legge@rogers.comS~eet Adelines International is a term starting September 12. Re- voice auditioned oratorio choir com- www.penthelia.comWholeNote CANARY PAGES WWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COM M AY 2007r'

QUEENSMEN OF TORONTO MAIJ:CHORUSPerformer, conductor and organistMichael Morgan directs theQueensmen. Established for over 50years, this 30-voice chorus hasgained an international reputation for. choral excellence and a well-blendedsound. The chorus also placesmuch emphasis on community out­. reach and fellowship. We give 15performances annually of a broadrepertoire of popular, spiritual andsacred song at community eventsand Big Sings in Ontario and theUSA. A registered non-profit organization,we award an annual scholarshipto a deserving student. Rehearsalsare Tuesday, 7:30pm atWestway United Church, 8 TemplarDrive, Etobicoke.Michael Morgan 647-436-8730mickeyblue73@yahoo.comQuoDLIBETQuodlibet is a _ 16-voice semi-professionalchoir founded in 2001 byArthur Wenk with the goal of sharingthe joy of singing with each otherand audiences. The spirit of Quodlibetengenders thematic programmingthat brings together familiarand lesser-known choral music, thehallmark of our largely a cappellaconcerts. We seek experiencedsingers with clear blending voicesand superior reading skills. We performtwo main concerts a year, Decemberand April, at the Church ofSt. Leonard (Anglican) at Yonge andLawrence. Rehearsals and performancesare on Friday evenings.Samples can be heard on the website.Auditions are by appointmentin September.Marcus Reinkeluers 416-255-67 49marcus.reinkeluers@rogers.comwww.quodlibet.caChorus (folk music), Repertory Chorus(classic choral repertoire),Chamber Choir (by audition), VoxContinental (20 voices), Silver Singers(ages 50 and older), Lyric Singers(light repertoire), RCM JazzChoir (if swing's your thing), SummerChorale or Women's Chorus(for summer singing). Most choirsdo not require an audition, althoughan initial meeting with the conductoris standard. Weekly rehearsalsSeptember-May with regular performances.All singers REPERTORY CHORUS &CHAMBER CHOIRDirected by Dr. Margot Rejskind,these ensembles meet at The RoyalConservatory of Music from Septemberto May. Two performanceseach year are dedicated to raisingmoney for local charities. The RepertoryChorus is a large vocal ensembleof approximately 80 voiceswhich performs a variety of Jargescalechoral masterworks. No auditionis necessary to join. TheChamber Choir is a smaller groupof 30 singers, dedicated to exploringmore challenging repertoire.Membership is by audition, and sightsingingskills are required. All singersand voice types are very welcome! Woru.n Music CHORUSDirected by Alan Gasser, this chorussings in true village style, learningfolk songs from many global cultures,and open-throated folk-singingstyles from the Georgian Republic,South Africa, Balkans, and NorthAmerica. No sight-reading is necessary,as choristers learn all musicby ear according to folk-singing traditions.Weekly rehearsals at TheRoyal Conservatory of Music runfrom September to May, and includesome dancing, vocal warm-ups, andpronunciation practice. All singersand voice types are welcome to jointhis enthusiastic, globally-mindedensemble! 2007RCMCHOIRSThe Royal Conservatory of Musicprovides an array of opportunities for RENAISSANCE SINGERSchoristers of all ages. Choose fromRCM Children and Youth Choirs The Renaissance Singers were ·(children and teens), World Music founded in 1972 by Raymond Daniels,and the choir's early reputationwas based on its polished performancesof Renaissance a cappellaliterature. Today, the choir singsmusic from the masters of all centuries,and has commissioned andpremiered works by leading Canadiancomposers. Each year, the RenaissanceSingers.perform four Saturdayand Sunday concerts in theWaterloo Region. They have touredin England four times, and have fourCD recordings to their credit.Katherine Lees, Press and Publicity519-725-4387RlvERDALE YOUTH SINGERSThe Riverdale Youth Singers (RYS)prides itself on providing exceptionalchoral music education while fosteringartistic excellence, self-esteemand personal growth for eachchorister. Since 1999, RYS has engagedin an active performance calendar,staging popular winter andspring concerts within its home Riverdalecommunity, and participatingin various festivals and concertsthroughout the GTA. RYS has twodivisions: Youth Singers(ages 10-16)and Young Singers (ages 7-9) as wellas a Boys' Choir. Membership isopen to all children who love to sing.Melissa Drinkwater 416,....__ .. ,,,,~~.•'"_r•. . ..·~:::.:8 >.x···,,SCARBOROUGH BEL CANTO CHOIRScarborough Bel Canto is a 40-voice, community-based SATBchoir, founded in 1993. Repertoireis varied and includes folk, movies,swing, spirituals, Broadway, andclassical selections. We welcomenew members; candidates are auditionedin September and Januaryto determine voice range and suitability.We perform two concerts peryear, in early December and earlyMay, as well as occasionally singingfor senior residences and at otherspecial events. Rehearsals are7:30-1 Opm, Tuesdays, at St. NicholasAnglican Church, Birchcliff(nearWarden and Kingston Roads).WWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COMLuciano Silva, Musical DirectorFaith Joel, President CHORALAIRESThe Choralaires were formed in1993 and are Jed by Andrew Chung.The choir is a SATB communitychoir which rehearses on Tuesdayevenings at Knob Hill UnitedChurch, 23 Gage Avenue, Scarborough.The choir presents two formalconcerts each year, Christmasand spring-time, in addition to performingat seniors' residences andfundraisers for community organizations.Repertoire ranges from lightclassical to show tunes, and includesspirituals and folk songs. Membershiprequirements include: a simpleaudition, sight reading ability, somechoral experience, and a desire tospend time with others who enjoythe magic of singing.Brian R Coker 416-498-8993brian.coker@sympatico.cawww.choralaires.caScoLA CANTORUMThe Scola is the Hungarian choir inToronto, founded by George Zaduban,now under the direction of conductorImre Olah. Knowledge ofHungarian and sight reading arenecessary. The 18-voice mixed choirrehearses at St. Elizabeth Church,Bayview and Sheppard on Thursdays8- lOpm, September to June.Scola presents annual spring andChristmas concerts with soloists andinstrumentalists; also performs atlocal Hungarian cultural eventsthroughout the year. Repertoire fromRenaissance to Romantic and Hungarianfolk songs; a Jot of a cappella.Languages: Hungarian, Latin,German, English. Emphasis on styleand genre. We are looking for newmembers. Audition by appointment.416-971-9754scolacantorum@yahoo.cawww.scolacantorum.caSERENATA CHOIRUnder conductor Gary Heard, wewelcome new members in all sections.The 2007 /08 season is a specialcelebration of the choir's 20thanniversary. We will present Handel'sMessiah with full orchestraand, in the Fall, will participate in theColours of Music Festival with theElora Festival Singers. We performall styles of music. Auditions areused to determine in which sectiona singer should be placed. RehearsalsMonday nights from Septemberto June and performances of two tothree concerts a year and at variouscommunity events.WholeNote CANARY PAGES

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