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Volume 16 Issue 8 - May 2011

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Canary PagestheWholeNote CHOIR LISTINGS | 2011-20122006 and 2010 Coro San Marco participated inle Mondial Choral Loto-Quebec in Montrealwith acclaimed success. The choir has also performedwith many community orchestras. CoroSan Marco is the founder of the annual multiculturalconcert Singing Together. The grouphas released two CDs, Va’ Pensiero/LongingSpirit in 2001 and Addio Patria Mia/FarewellMy Homeland, in• County Town SingersCTS started as a small community choir tocelebrate Canada’s centennial year. Underthe direction of Barbara Ouellette, we are still“singing for the love of it” 40 years later. Weare a 60–70-voice auditioned choir with a variedrepertoire: show tunes to spirituals, folkto classical. We hold two major concerts peryear, December and May, as well as concertsat smaller venues such as nursing homes, andspecial functions such as the Men’s ProvincialCurling Championship, the Whitby Libraryopening, Heritage Day events etc. Rehearsalsare on Wednesdays 7:30–10pm at the WhitbySeniors Centre. Auditions are the first two/threeWednesdays of September and January.Doreen Dean• Da Capo Chamber ChoirThe twenty-four voice DaCapo Chamber Choirwas founded in 1998 in Kitchener-Waterloo,Ontario, under the direction of Leonard Enns.The mission of the choir is to identify, study,rehearse, and present the outstanding choralchamber works of the past 100 years and tochampion music of Canadian and local composers.In 2010, DaCapo received the Associationof Canadian Communities’ national choral recordingof the year award for its Shadowlandrecording. The choir’s 2011-2012 season is centredaround the theme of Home. DaCapo alsoannually presents NewWorks, a national choralcomposition competition, including the youngcomposers reading sessions.Leonard Enns, director,• DCAT ChorusThe DCAT Chorus is an amateur performingvocal ensemble of more than 40 men andwomen singing a cappella in six- and eightpartharmony. Our broad repertoire of songsranges from broadway favourites to folk, popto traditional and patriotic to devotional. Musicis delivered with showmanship and a passionfor entertaining. We perform with no musicbooks, no programmed accompaniments to tieus down and no set musical form or style. Forsome of our pieces we add brass and percussionelements (all performed live), choreography,and dance elements. The chorus is under theenergetic direction of Wyatt Gill. Rehearsals areWednesdays 7:30–10pm at Estonian House, 958Broadview Ave. Do you love music and like tosing? Come join us, no auditions. On October 22the DCAT Chorus presents the sixth annual Forthe Love of Music concert at the City PlayhouseTheatre in the City of Vaughan.Linda Carscadden, membership information416-266-4002John Fox, business manager,• East York ChoirEYC, an auditioned ensemble founded in 1986,performs selections from several genres (includingpremieres of arrangements by our artisticdirector) in collaboration with artistsfrom many musical traditions. Artistic director:Jenny Crober; accompanist: ElizabethAcker. Our season consists of two concerts,and performances at community and benefitevents. To celebrate our 25th Anniversary, onSunday, June 5, 2011 at 3:30pm, we will presentCarl Or≠’s Carmina Burana, with soloists Eve-Lyn de la Haye, Alexander Dobson and JamesMcLennan; guest pianist Shawn Grenke; andseveral percussionists including Ray Dillard andAndrew Morris. Rehearsals: Monday eveningsat Eastminster United Church, 310 DanforthAve, near Chester subway.Jenny Crober• ECHO Women’s ChoirECHO is a 80-voice community choir opento women from all walks of life. ECHO singseach Tuesday night at Holy Trinity (beside theEaton Centre), performs at city-wide grassrootsevents, and holds December and Mayconcerts. ECHO, a non-auditioned choir coledby Becca Whitla and Alan Gasser, aims tobuild a strong, varied and vibrant culture andcommunity through song. Repertoire includesmusic from village singing traditions aroundthe world and newly commissioned music.ECHO aims to keep membership fees and concerttickets accessible to all. While membershipis open, there is a one year waiting list.Spring 2011 concert: Women at Work, May 1st,3pm at Holy Trinity.Becca Whitla 416-588-9050 ext• Elmer Iseler SingersEIS is a 20-voice professional chamber choirbased in Toronto. Directed by the acclaimedLydia Adams and founded in 1979 by Dr ElmerIseler, the Singers are known for tonal beautyand interpretive range, and valued for their contributionsto master classes and workshops byschools and community choirs. The unique GetMusic! Educational Outreach Initiative mentorsconductors, music educators and students. Insalute to the Canadian composer, EIS has recorded10 CDs in 10 years with Lydia Adams,one of 50 CMC Ambassadors! Annual auditionsare in May/June. Weekly rehearsals, a Torontoconcert series, touring and recording put theElmer Iseler Singers among Canada’s most illustriouschoral ensembles.Jessie Iseler, General Manager,• Elora Festival SingersThe Elora Festival Singers (EFS), a Grammy- andJuno-nominated chamber choir, was founded in1980 by Noel Edison as principal choral ensembleof the Elora Festival. Since 1997, the choirhas been the core of the Toronto MendelssohnChoir and the Toronto Mendelssohn Singers,and is the choral ensemble-in-residence of theElora Festival. Through regular concerts andrecordings, EIS has established a reputationas one of the finest chamber choirs in Canadaand beyond, contributing to the musical life notonly of the community but on an internationalstage. With twelve releases on the Naxos label,the EFS is known for rich, warm sound andclarity of texture. EIS is renowned for diversestyles, from early music to spirituals to contemporary,commitment to Canadian repertoire,and collaborations with other Canadian artists.Three recordings were released in 2010.Esther Farrell, artistic• Ensemble TrypTych Chamber ChoirEnsemble TrypTych Chamber Choir (ETCC)is an auditioned amateur mixed-voice choir.Four annual concerts present diverse, uniqueand challenging repertoire, including oratorio,opera, smaller works and Canadian compositions.Recent productions performed wereHandel’s Messiah, Dvorak’s Stabat Materand The Glory of Scotland. Rehearsals areheld on Tuesdays from 7:30–9:45pm at TrinityPresbyterian Church, 2737 Bayview Ave (justsouth of 401) from September to May. If youenjoy learning and performing beautiful andinteresting music, contact ETCC to set up anappointment for an audition.Lenard Whiting, artistic director416-763-5066 ext• Etobicoke Centennial ChoirFounded for Canada’s centennial celebration in1967, the Etobicoke Centennial Choir has a traditionof choral excellence. Under music directorHenry Renglich, the choir is committed toinnovative programming and fostering collaborationwith other arts groups. A three-concertseason encompasses a varied repertoire ofclassical and contemporary works, both sacred

and secular. The 2011-2012 season opens withMessiah (excerpts from Handel’s Messiahand traditional carols.) Requiem features thePoulenc Gloria and Mozart Requiem. ComedyTonight will take on a lighter tone, as we playfullyexplore music with a sense of humour.Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 7:30–10:00pm atHumber Valley United Church in Etobicoke.Membership is by audition. Interested singersare invited to attend any rehearsal and ouropen house in early September.Susan LeTendre• Etobicoke Youth ChoirLouise Jardine, music director since 1995, providesexcellent tutelage and artistic inspiration.Choristers enjoy singing, gaining lifeskills, sharing talents and developing musicalabilities. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings atHumbervale United Church, 1447 Royal YorkRoad, September through May. Auditions aresimple for potential members 7–17 and fees arereasonable. Repertoire includes contemporary,theatre, classical and sacred music. Season featurestwo main concerts, various communityperformances, a cabaret featuring individualchoristers, and fall and spring workshop weekends.Special events include participation in asold-out, 2009 concert at Carnegie Hall, and inthe 2011 Festival of the Aegean.George• Exultate Chamber SingersFor more than 30 years, Exultate has garneredpraise as a precise, passionate ensemblewith a wide-ranging repertoire. Establishedby conductor John Tuttle, and now under theleadership of Dr Karen Grylls, a chamber choirspecialist and international clinician from NewZealand, Exultate is enriched by the musicianshipand varied backgrounds of its members.Exultate presents a four-concert subscriptionseries in Toronto and contributes to the developmentof the choral community throughoutreach initiatives. Auditions are held as requiredto fill vacancies. Rehearsals are typicallyon Tuesday nights from 5:30–• Fanshawe Chorus LondonFanshawe Chorus London is a world class communitybased choir of 110 with a sister organization,the Gerald Fagan Singers, a chamberchoir of 24. Gerald Fagan, recent recipient ofthe Order of Ontario, is artistic director/conductorfor both. They are accompanied by theirown dedicated orchestra, the Concert Players,in a variety of programming every concert season.Repertoire includes major choral worksAUDITION THE CHOIRThinking about joining? Visit well as more contemporary works with aparticular emphasis on Canadian composers.A 3 CD set was recently released to critical acclaim.Singers who audition must read musicand must assist with some aspect of the organization’soperation.Marlene Fagan, business• Georgetown Bach ChoraleSince its inception in 2000, The GeorgetownBach Chorale has been enthralling audiences inthe Halton Hills area with outstanding choralconcerts. The Chorale consists of approximately20 singers devoted largely to the performanceof Baroque music. Under the direction of RonGreidanus, conductor and artistic director, thegroup is committed to musical excellence and isrecognized by many Toronto musicians as a verydiscerning group with outstanding authenticsound. Audiences have been astounded by thelevel of performance achieved by the Chorale,but it is not this musical prowess alone that hasmany citizens admiring the group; the choir hasmaintained a high commitment to positive involvementwithin the community.Ron Greidanus• Grace Church on-the-HillThere is no sound like the soaring tone oftrebles, boys and girls, trained in the Britishcathedral tradition and singing in the superbacoustics of Grace Church. The Choir ofGentlemen and Boys and the St Cecilia Choirof Women and Girls sing the best of Britishand Canadian repertoire each week in service,in annual concerts and on tour. Girls and boysaccepted upon voice check when they readEnglish well, usually age 7 and up. Prior musicaltraining is an asset, but not required for boysand girls. Adults must read music. No upperage limit, no membership fee (we actually givethe kids choir pay!), just a love of sacred musicand a real commitment to strive for excellence.Melva Tre≠inger Graham 416-488-7884 ext• Grand Philharmonic ChoirThe Grand Philharmonic Choir (GPC) organizationis one of this country’s leading choral institutions.The GPC consists of four choirs: a100-voice main choir; a 35-voice chamber choir;a youth choir; and, a children’s choir. Underthe artistic direction of Mark Vuorinen, thechoirs o≠er 20+ concerts a year and are oftenjoined by the Kitchener Waterloo Symphonyand established and rising stars in the Canadianand worldwide music scene. The choirs singin Kitchener’s acoustically superb Centre InThe Square and in local church buildings.Repertoire is a rich blend of traditional masterworksas well as new works by Canadian andinternational composers. Auditions are held inMay and• Grand River ChorusThe Grand River Chorus, a Brantford-based,auditioned, 70-voice, SATB communitychoir, presents four main concerts per year.Our 2011/2012 season opens October 20 withAncient & Modern Requiems, followed bya sing-along version of Handel’s Messiah onDecember 16. We then present an afternoon ofGospel Glory on April 1, 2012, concluding withSummertime on June 1 and 2, 2012. Our chorussings works of the great masters and contemporarycomposers. We also perform at variouscommunity events and at concerts hosted byetobicoke youth choirtheWholeNote CHOIR LISTINGS | 2011-2012

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