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Volume 12 - Issue 8 - May 2007

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TORONTO ME,NDELSSOHN

TORONTO ME,NDELSSOHN YOUTHCHOIRSince 1977, the Youth Choir hasbeen providing performance andtraining opportunities to singers 15-23. Led by Lynn Janes, a singer andeducator inspiring young people forover 20 years, we perform threeyear I y concerts. Highlights from the2006/07 season included Mozart'sMass in C Major, and a celebrationof African music, drumming anddance. In 2007/08 we will performinternational Christmas carols, collaboratewith the Toronto MassChoir, and celebrate our 30th anniversary.Choristers also participatein a retreat, festivals, artistic collaborations,and performances with theToronto Mendelssohn Choir. Rehearsalsare Tuesday evenings atChrist Church Deer Park. Auditionsare in June and September.Jennifer Collins 416-598-0422 x27tmyc@tmchoir.orgwww.tmcho_ir.orgTORONTO SWEDISH SINGERSPerforms in Swedish and Englishunder new director Brigitte Bogar.The choir presents annual springand Christmas concerts, performs atlocal Swedish cultural events andserves as the choir for the SwedishLutheran Church in Toronto at majorchurch celebrations. Short toursare also arranged periodically. Familiaritywith the Swedish language,interest in Swedish culture and abilityto read music are desirable. Rehearsalsare held on Wednesdayevenings from September to June atAgricola Lutheran Church, Yongeand York Mills. Members also havethe opportunity to learn and performSwedish folk dancing.Solveig Lalla 416-483-3921sol an_ 46@hotmail.comwww.tsfs.caTORONTO WELSH MAU: VOICECHOIR I CoR MEmmN CYMRvTORONTOTWMVC is a 50-member chorusestablished by a group of individualsof Welsh heritage living in Toronto.The choir draws on the greatWelsh tradition of singing hymnsand songs born of the mountainsand valleys of Wales, but its repertoirealso includes spirituals, opera,contemporary songs, and Canadianand U.S. traditional melodies. Thechoir has toured Ontario, New YorkState, the Maritimes and, in 2002,WholeNote CANARY PAGESenjoyed a warm welcome from hostchoirs and audiences on a tour ofWales. Auditions will be held alongsideour regular Wednesday practicesin June. All are welcome!UNIVERSITY SETTLEMENT MusicAND ARTS SCHOOL CHOIRSThe 25-member adult mixed-voicechoir, in its ninth successful year,performs a variety of repertoire416-410-2254from madrigals to show tunes. Rehearsalsare on Thursday evenings.info@twmvc.comwww.twmvc.comThe children's choir is now in itsfourth year and meets on Thursdays.The children's choir for ages~ u--I.I8-13 (unchanged voices) sing songsfrom a wide variety of musical.styles. Part of the Music and ArtsSchool which, after 86 years, is oneof the oldest community musicUNIVERSITY OF TORONTO GOSPEL schools in North America. ChoirsCHOIRare non-auditioned and no experienceFounded in February 1995 (Black is necessary. Performances at UniversitySettlement, 23 Grange Rd.History Month), UTGC weekly rehearsalsbecame a meeting place for Anne Yardley 416- 598-3444 x243students interested in singing praisesto the Lord, and for those lookingwww.usrc.caanne.yardley@usrc.cafor an empowering environment.UTGC sang in a Barbados GospelFestival, in Stockholm, and four con- UNIVOX CHOIRcerts in Japan. For seven years, the UC is a mixed-voice communitychoir has been featured in The Col- choir for young adults that focusesours of Christmas as guest of in- on creating wonderful music in aternational artists such as Peabo fun and uplifting environment. TheBryson, Roberta Flack and Jon Sec- organization holds relationship buildada.Never forgetting their purpose, ing, social responsibility and musithechoir still sings at churches, cor- . cal excellence as its core principles.porate and campus events. Lisa Open to young adults aged 16Toussaint directs a repertoire of through their 30s. Selected reper­Christian contemporary, traditional toire spans five centuries and ingospel,praise and worship, and spirituals.UNIVERSITY OF TORONTOMACMILLAN SINGERSFounded in 1994 by Prof. DoreenRao, the MacMillan Singers representthe Faculty of Music in festivals,concerts and recordings, performingculturally diverse repertoirewith a commitment to contemporarychoral music. In 2004, thechoir won first prize in the CBCChoral Competition. In October of2006, the MacMillan Singers performedunder Helmuth Rilling aspart of the International Bach Festivalat the University of Toronto,subsequently singing Robert Levin'sreconstruction ofMozart's C MinorMass with the TSO. The choir rejoinedthe TSO in January 2007 toperform Mozart's Requiem underPeter Oundjian.Vera Broekhuysen 416-978-0463choral.music@utoronto.caeludes choral classics, contempo­rary works, spirituals and interna-416-614-4872 tional folksongs. Rehearsals Moninfo@utgc.orgdays 4:30-6:30pm at New Horiwww.utgc.orgzons Tower, 1140 Bloor St. WestWWW. THEWHOLEN OTE.COM(NW corner, by Dufferin Station).The season runs September to May.Dallas Bergen 416 697-9561conductor@univoxchoir.comwww.univoxchoir.comUPPER CANADA CHORISTERS INC.UCC Inc. is a non-auditioned mixedvoicecommunity choir founded in1994 by Artistic Director LaurieEvan Fraser and Choir PresidentJacqui Atkin. The choir performstwo choral programmes annually,working with a variety of guest artists.The spring concert often featurescollaborations with youth/children'sensembles. Rehearsals areMonday evenings at the SalvationArmy Community Church on EglintonAvenue East of Yonge from7:30-9:30pm. The choir performsregularly in a variety of communityvenues, hospitals, nursing homes,seniors' residences, schools, churches,as well as special events and otherpublic concerts."'Laurie Evan Fraser,Conductor, Artistic Director416-256-0510 (phone & fax)www.chorister.orgUXBRIDGE CHAMBER CHOIRUCC was founded in September1983 by Thomas Baker and AnneMizen Baker. Since that time thechoir has presented a three-concertseries annually. The choir has a wideand varied repertoire includingmany major works such as Bach'sMass in B minor, Orff's CarminaBurana, Requiems by Mozart, Durufle,and Faure, Haydn's Creation,and others. Rehearsals are Mondayevenings 7:30-9:30pm at St. Paul'sAnglican Church, 65 Toronto St. S.,Uxbridge. Singers in all voices arewelcomed within the area of Uxbridge.Hilary Balmer, President905-852-2676canrainet@sympatico.cainfo@uxbridgechamberchoir.caJ.-~">'fA '"'=VESNIVKA CHOIRFounding director Halyna K vitkaKondracki established VesnivkaChoir in 1965. This award-winningwomen's ensemble delights audiencesaround the world with richrepertoire of Ukrainian liturgical,classical, contemporary and traditionalfolk music. The choir is oftenaccompanied by professional soloistsand/or chamber ensembles ofarea musicians. There are threemajor concerts per season. Thechoir also sings at Christmas andEaster Liturgies. Rehearsals areTuesdays 7:30-9:30pm at 4 BellwoodsAve. The new season commencesSeptember 2007. Contactus to arrange an audition. Men arewelcome to audition for our partnerchoir, The Toronto Ukrainian MaleChamber Choir.Nykola Parzei 416-763-2197nykola@vesnivka.comwww.vesnivka.comVESPERAVespera is an auditioned choir ofwomen's voices led by conductorSarah John. We are seeking accomplishedsingers with an interest incontemporary music for our 2007/08 season. We perform two mainconcerts per year of works of the~w 2006

20th and 21st centuries. Rehearsalsare Wednesday evenings 7:30-9:30in downtown Toronto. We will beauditioning for the fall season September5th, 2007. For more info.please visit our website.Sarah John 647-267-0750sarah@vesperaensemble.comwww.vesperaensemble.comVICTORIA SCHOLARS MEN'SCHORAL ENSEMBLEThe essence of the Victoria Scholars'music is the clarity and balanceof sound characteristic of renaissancemusic. The ensemble's repertoireencompasses medieval plainchant, works from the Baroque,Classical and Romantic eras, andcontemporary and newly commissionedworks. The choir rehearsesweekly in preparation for their concertseries, consisting of three performancesannually. If you are anexperienced musician with excellentsight reading abilities and are lookingto join one of Canada's finestmale ensembles, please call or emailto set up an audition.Dr. Jerzy Cichocki 416-761-7776info@victoriascholars.cawww.victoriascholars.caVILLAGE VOICESVC is a mixed-voice communitychoir of 60+ members, now in its18th season, and continuing to growboth artistically and physically.Under the direction of Joan Andrews,the choir performs two majorpublic concerts per year as we!!as at seniors' residences, grouphomes and community events. Ourprograms offer a wide variety ofrepertoire, frequently including instrumentalaccompaniment andguest soloists. We have taken partin several music festivals and enjoyperforming as guest artists with otherchoirs and community orchestras.Rehearsals are held Wednesdayevenings in Unionville. New mem~bers are always welcome.Margaret Bagnall 905-881-0769info@villagevoices.cawww.villagevoices.caVIVA! YOUTH SINGERS OF TORONTOA leading innovator in choral education,VIVA! Youth Singers ofTorontois a vibrant choral organizationfor children and youth aged 4-25. 2007 /08 marks VIVA! 's seventhseason as an Annex-based non-profitgroup of choirs whose mission isto provide children and youth withartistically excellent musical oppor-M AY 2007tunities in a supportive, inclusive environmentFounded by Carol WoodwardRatzlaff and co-directed byBrad Ratzlaff, VIVA! 's diverse programmingfeatures fun, age-appropriatechoral training through weeklyinstruction in vocal technique, regularprivate vocal instruction, andcomprehensive theory. Our uniqueMentoring Program provides opportunitiesfor young singers to learnfrom university and high school .students.VOXWORKSF~unded in 2005 by artistic directorJames Wells, voxworks exploresless familiar, rarely performedvocal music, and offers aninsightful approach to literaturefirmly established in the canon.Core repertoire is secular and 20thcentury, complemented by otherstyles and periods. Although someprograms are entirely choral, manyinclude solo music and ensemble416-788-8 482 repertoire wherein the composerinfo@vivayouthsingers.com stipulates one singer per part. Towww.vivayouthsingers.com meet the demands of such broadrepertoire, the singers must be ac­VocALPOINT CHAMBER CHom2007 marks VocalPoint's 10th anniversary.Founded by its musical directorIan Grundy, VocalPoint quicklyestablished itself as one of thecountry's finest c!;iamber choirs,reaching the semi-finals in the CBCChoral Competition on four consecutiveoccasions. The choir performsan annual series of concerts in thesuperb acoustics of Grace Churchon-the-Hill focusing on works fromthe 16th, 17th and 20th centuries.Members are auditioned and musthave a strong church choir background;new singers are welcome.Rehearsals are Wednesday eveningsstarting in September. Auditionsfor our 2007 /08 season will bein late August - please contact usto arrange an appointment.Hugh Tracy 416-484-0185vocalpoint_choir@lycos.comvocalpoint_choir.tripod.comVox FINLANDIAEThe Toronto Finnish Chamber Choir,Vox Finlandiae, founded in January1993, appeals to both Finnish andnon-Finnish audiences, with musicranging from traditional Finnish folktunes and popular songs to sacredand secular works by the Finnishmasters and Canadian and internationalcomposers. Vox appears regularlyat Agricola Church, at Suomi-Koti,and at Finnish culturalevents and diplomatic functions bothin Toronto and further afield. Jointconcerts with other choirs havehelped Vox expand both repertoireand audience. Rehearsals are Mondayevenings at Agricola LutheranChurch, 25 Old York Mills Rd. Contactus if you are interested in Finnishchoral music.Paul Hietala 416-222-2972phietala@rogers.comwww.voxfinlandiae.cacomplished solo performers whohave an affinity for and a commitmentto ensemble work. Experiencedsolo/choral singers with goodsight-reading skills are welcome toaudition at any time.Nancy Reynolds 416-769-0111 x3voxworks@voxworks.cawww.voxworks.caWAYNE GILPIN SINGERSThe Wayne Gilpin Singers is an auditioned40-voice chamber choir thatpresents an annual series of publicconcerts and performs on requestat social and charitable functions.The choir performs a wide varietyof music ranging from choral repertoireclassics to excellent modernworks. A recent review raved thatthe Singers' "diction was crystalclear. Especially enjoyable was themellow feeling of relaxed tempos andthe rich blending of the parts." Thechoir rehearses on Mondays 7:30-9:30pm at Luther Village Chapel inWaterloo from September to June.Wayne Gilpin 1-800-867-3281mail@gilpin.caWINDSOR CLASSIC CHORALEFounded in 1977 by Professor RichardHouseholder, Director, ChoralActivities at the University ofWindsor, and currently directed byTim Shantz, we are an auditionedmixed choir. Over 30 years, we haveappeared on nationally televisedprograms including a performanceof Messiah, and were selected toperform in both the 1989 and 1993Toronto International Choral Festivals.Repertoire includes Haydn'sWWW. THEWHOLENOTE. COMLord Nelson Mass, Brahms' NeueLiebeslieder Waltzer and Pinkham 'sChristmas Cantata. We performtwo series concerts per year in Novemberand May with smallerevents during the year. Rehearsalsare Monday evenings, Septemberto May.Patricia Mclaughlin, President519-736-5761mclaughlinpc@cogeco.cawww.windsorclassic.orgYoRK REGION C111LDREN 1 s CHORUSYRCC is an auditioned treble chorusopen to l 0-17 year olds. In its23rd season, this 70-voice choir is ahigh-profile representative of the region,performing in many parts ofCanada, USA and Europe. In 2004,the choir sang in Paris, Milan, Venice,and in the Salzburg InternationalChoir and Orchestra Festival. In2005, the choir represented Ontarioin the Unisong Festival for CanadaDay in the National Arts Centre inOttawa. In 2007, the choir performedin Chicago. Auditions for2007 /08 are on June 6 and 13 at6pm. Rehearsals are Wednesdays6:15-8:30pm atAuroraHigh School,September to June.YoRK UNIVERSITY MusicTeri Fowler Ciszkowski,Artistic Director905-727-0022 x2977www.yrcc.caDEPARTMENTHome to ten choral ensembles, allopen by audition to the wider Yorkcommunity (including faculty, staffand alumni). Lisette Canton directsConcert Choir, Chamber Choir,· Male Chorus and Women's Chorus,performing western classical repertoire.There are four Jazz Choirsdirected by Bob Hamper and MimAdams. Karen Burke directs theGospel Choir. There is also a WorldMusic Chorus. Each ensemble givespublic concerts during the season.Auditions are held the first week ofSeptember. Participants who are notregistered students pay an audit fee.416.736.5242musicprg@yorku.cawww.yorku.ca/finearts/musicWholeNote CANARY PAGES

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