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Volume 17 Issue 8 - May 2012

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Canary PagestheWholeNote CHOIR LISTINGS | 2012-2013●●Cantemus SingersCantemus Singers, conducted by MichaelErdman, perform mainly renaissance and earlybaroque repertoire. Our 16-voice group givesequal time to religious and secular compositionsof the period in a variety of languages.We present three programs a year, in March,June and late November. Although we are primarilyan a cappella ensemble, we occasionallyjoin forces with ensembles/players of periodinstruments. Our choristers are a mix of enthusiastic,well-trained amateurs and semi-professionals,all sharing a common interest inearly music. Rehearsals are Wednesday eveningsthrough the season at Morningside-HighPark Presbyterian Church in the west end.Membership is by audition.Michael Erdman, conductor416-578-6602cantemus.ca@gmail.comwww.cantemus.ca●●Cantores CelestesCantores Celestes is an auditioned women’schoir celebrating its 24th season. Perform withthe best instrumental musicians in Toronto!Repertoire includes medieval, baroque, romantic,classical-contemporary, Celtic, gospel, bluegrassand Eastern European music. The choirhas released six CDs, has performed live on CBCRadio, has donated over ,000 to charitiesand was featured in three films. It has touredNew Brunswick and Ontario and attended theColours of Music Festival, Festival 500 and theToronto Vocal Arts Festival. Season concerts includeJune 2, 2012; December 1, 2012; and April 20,2013, as well as a tour to Manitoba. Auditions areheld in May, June and August.Kelly Galbraith, director416-236-1522kelly.galbraith@sympatico.cawww.cantorescelestes.com●●Caribbean Chorale of TorontoThe Caribbean Chorale of Toronto, a registerednon-profit group established in 1993, has a membershipof 40, representing several Caribbeanislands. Our repertoire covers the range ofmusical styles. We have performed at a numberof venues in the GTA, including benefitsfor charitable organizations and fundraisingevents. We sponsor the Caribbean Children’sFoundation and the Sickle Cell Association ofOntario, as well as the Rosetta Batson Bursarywhich assists students of Caribbean descent inpursuing tertiary education.The chorale welcomes new members as well assponsors of its work and ministry.caribbeanchorale@yahoo.ca●●Cathedral Church of St. JamesThe Cathedral Church of St. James is hometo two choirs which enhance weekly worship.The Parish Choir, a group of volunteers assistedby four section leads, sings at the 9am SungEucharist and rehearses Thursday evenings from7pm–8pm and at 8:30am on Sundays prior to theservice. A children’s choir also sings occasionallyat the 9am Sung Eucharist. It rehearses Thursdayevenings from 6pm–6:45pm. Singers interestedin volunteering in either choir are invited tocontact Andrew Adair. The Cathedral Choir isa professional ensemble that sings at the 11amSung Eucharist and 4:30pm Choral Evensongevery Sunday to a high standard.Andrew Adair, interim director of musicadair@stjamescathedral.on.cawww.stjamescathedral.on.ca●●Celebration ChoirAre you a senior looking for a fun, energetic andeclectic choir? The Celebration Choir is one youshould consider! Founded in 2007 within theToronto Singing Studio and directed by LindaEyman, this choir of over 50 voices featuressongs to suit every musical taste. Repertoirespans popular to classical to folk, with appealingmusical arrangements. The CelebrationChoir rehearses from September through Mayon Thursday afternoons, 2pm–4pm, in the gymnasiumat Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church, 427Bloor St. W. Two formal concerts are presentedeach season along with community outreachconcerts when possible. Rehearsals are very sociableand no audition is necessary. A seasonmembership is paid.Linda Eyman, music director416-455-9238linda@thetorontosingingstudio.cawww.thetorontosingingstudio.ca●●Cellar SingersThe Cellar Singers perform exceptional choralmusic throughout Simcoe County and theMuskoka district. The Singers share their passionwith enthusiastic audiences and exemplifythe tradition and mastery of choral music intheir yearly concert series.Albert Greer will retire from conducting thechoir in May 2012 after providing outstandingartistic leadership for the past 38 years. TheCellar Singers welcome Mitchell Pady, who picksup the baton in September 2012. Mitchell willbe conducting auditions and is developing theprogram for the coming season. Everyone eagerlyanticipates the new relationship and the ongoingenjoyment of making music together!noble8280@rogers.comwww.thecellarsingers.com●●Choirs Ontarioand the Ontario Youth ChoirChoirs Ontario is a not-for-profit arts service organizationdedicated to the support, promotionand celebration of choral music throughoutOntario. Membership benefits include free concertlistings and borrowing privileges from ourextensive choral library as well as reduced ratesfor workshops and VOCAL, our choir camp foradult choristers.Our key program, the Ontario Youth Choir,provides a unique opportunity for 40 talentedyoung singers from across Ontario to participatein OYC’s exceptional choral experience. Thechoristers are challenged with the finest choralrepertoire while enjoying an exciting programof performances, rehearsals, masterclasses andvoice lessons.416-923-1144 or 866-935-1144info@choirsontario.orgwww.choirsontario.org●●Choralairs ChoirFounded in 1962, the Choralairs Choir performsmonthly for seniors’ residences in the GTA. TheChoralairs is a non-profit, 40-member, four-partchoir of adults who sing a variety of popularsongs, Broadway show tunes and folk songs, ledby our experienced music director Judith Ross.No auditions are required, just a love of singing.Rehearsals take place every Tuesday eveningfrom 7:15pm–9:45pm at Earl Bales CommunityCentre, 4169 Bathurst St., south of Sheppard Ave.We also present an annual Sunday afternoonconcert for the community at Earl Bales Park(this year on Sunday, June 3 at 1:30pm).Martha905-884-8370Sally416-636-8247sallyl@sympatico.cawww.thechoralairs.com●●Chorus NiagaraChorus Niagara’s mission is to entertain, inspireand educate through the performance offine choral music. As Niagara Region’s premiersymphonic chorus, Chorus Niagara performsboth the beloved as well as seldom heard choralmasterpieces, provides a showcase for emergingCanadian talent and attracts singers of allages through its Children’s Choir and Side bySide High School Chorale. Chorus Niagara celebratesits 50th Anniversary in the 2012/13 season!Concerts include “Best of Broadway,” Handel’sMessiah, the premiere of a new Canadian compositioncommemorating the War of 1812, “AMighty Cry” and Verdi’s Requiem, all under thedirection of Robert Cooper.Diana McAdorey, managing director905-934-5575Pam Gilmore, auditions905-357-1616Lyn Hibbitt, Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir905-945-2049cnadmin@becon.orgwww.chorusniagara.ca●●Choir of Christ Church Deer ParkChoir of Christ Church Deer Park is an auditionedmixed-voice choir that rehearsesThursday evenings and sings on Sunday morningsand special occasions from Septemberthrough June. Repertoire is medieval through21st century.The Christ Church Summer Singers is a non-auditionedmixed-voice choir that rehearses andsings on Sunday mornings through July andAugust. If you would like to join us, please contactour music director.Eric N. Robertson, organistand director of music416-920-5211 x25erobertson@thereslifehere.orgwww.christchurchdeerpark.org● ● Concert Opera GroupThis ensemble was formed to bring operas andopera excerpts to a wider public, in concertformat, and to help emerging and establishedprofessional singers develop new repertoire inperformance. Some of the performance proceedsare used to further the training of suchsingers at the Centre for Opera in Sulmona,Italy (C.O.S.I.). This is a Canadian-based programin which advanced singers learn the Italian

language and experience Italian culture, performin a full production of an Italian operawith orchestra and immerse themselves in therigorous work required for excellence in operaticperformance.Darryl Edwards, artistic director416-946-5184info@concertoperagroup.com●●County Town SingersCTS started as a community choir celebratingCanada’s centennial year. Under directorBarbara Ouellette, we are still “singing forthe love of it” more the 40 years later. We are a70-voice auditioned choir with varied repertoire:show tunes, spirituals, jazz, etc. We hold twomajor concerts per year, December and May, aswell as community concerts at nursing homes,special functions, etc. We are thrilled to representCanada at the United Nations sponsoredInternational Choral Festival “Rhythms of OneWorld” in New York City, June 2012. Rehearsalsare Wednesdays 7:30pm–10pm at WhitbyCommunity Centre. Auditions are the first two/three Wednesdays of September and January.Ken Hurst905-239-9000www.countytownsingers.com●●DaCapo Chamber ChoirThe 24-voice DaCapo Chamber Choir was foundedin 1998 in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, underthe direction of Leonard Enns. The mission of thechoir is to identify, study, rehearse and presentoutstanding choral chamber works of the past100 years and to champion music of Canadianand local composers. In 2010, DaCapo receivedthe ACCC national choral recording of the yearaward for Shadowland; in 2011 it received firstand second prizes in the National Competitionfor Canadian Amateur Choirs. The choir’s 2012/13season plays on the theme of “Hear to be Moved.”DaCapo also annually offers NewWorks, a nationalchoral composition competition.Leonard Enns, director519-725-7549info@dacapochamberchoir.cawww.dacapochamberchoir.ca●●The DCAT ChorusThe DCAT Chorus, under the direction of WyattGill, is an amateur vocal ensemble of more than40 men and women singing a cappella in six- andeight-part harmony. Our repertoire ranges fromBroadway to folk, pop to traditional, patriotic todevotional. Music is delivered with showmanshipand a passion for entertaining. We performwithout music, no programmed accompanimentsto tie us down and no set musical form.We sometimes add live brass and percussion,choreography or dance elements.Rehearsals are Wednesdays 7:30pm–10pm atEstonian House, 958 Broadview Ave.Do you love music? Come join us, no auditions.We have an immediate need of bassesand baritones.Rhonda Marks, membership information905-731-3394John Fox, business manager905-853-9214foxynewmarket@rogers.comwww.dcatchorus.caAUDITION THE CHOIRThinking about joining? Visit thewholenote.com/canary●●Eastminster ChoirThe Eastminster Choir, under the direction ofJacqueline Sadler, makes its home at EastminsterUnited Church in the heart of Danforth Village.The 40-member choir comprises four professionalsoloists and a dedicated team of pro-amateursingers. Singing everything from Bach toBroadway to the Beatles, the choir, in additionto regular performances at Eastminster, hasperformed as guest artist at the Elgin/WinterGarden, the Vaughan City Playhouse andMetropolitan United, and has participated infundraising efforts for Out of the Cold, the reliefeffort in Haiti, Sick Kids’ Hospital, TorontoGreening Initiatives and many more.Jacqueline Sadler416-463-2179 x101jacqueline.sadler@bellnet.cawww.eastminsteruc.org●●ECHO Women’s ChoirCelebrating its 20th anniversary this year, ECHOis an 80-voice community choir for women fromall walks of life. ECHO sings Tuesday nights atHoly Trinity (beside the Eaton Centre), performsat city-wide grass-roots events and holdsDecember and May concerts. ECHO, a non-auditionedchoir co-led by Becca Whitla and AlanGasser, aims to build a strong, varied and vibrantculture and community through song and keepsmembership fees and concert tickets accessibleto all. Repertoire comes from village singingtraditions around the world and newly-commissionedmusic. While membership is open,there is a one year waiting list. Spring 2012 concert:“Beautiful City,” May 13, 3pm at Holy Trinity.Becca Whitla416-588-9050 x3info.echo@gmail.comwww.echowomenschoir.ca●●Eglinton St. George’sUnited ChurchThis non-auditioned 45-member choir standson a 40-year tradition of excellence in presentingmusic at Sunday worship and annualconcerts. Rehearsals with volunteers and eightlead singers occur Thursday evenings; repertoireranges from chant to motets, anthems tooratorio. Prior singing experience is preferred.Regular concerts are part of the mission andoutreach of this congregation. The choir regularlycollaborates with leading jazz artists (in2012: Joe Amato, Brian Barlow, Guido Basso andJoe Sealy among others).Fred K. Graham416-481-1141 x340fred@esgunited.orgwww.esgunited.org/esgmusic●●Elmer Iseler SingersElmer Iseler Singers is a 20-voice professionalchamber choir based in Toronto and foundedin 1979 by Dr. Elmer Iseler. Directed by the acclaimedLydia Adams, the Singers are knownfor tonal beauty and interpretive range, and valuedfor their contributions to masterclasses andworkshops by schools and community choirs.The unique “Get Music! Educational OutreachInitiative” mentors conductors, music educatorsand students. In salute to the Canadian composerEIS has recorded 12 CDs in ten years withLydia Adams, one of 50 Canadian Music CentreAmbassadors! Annual auditions are in May/June.Weekly rehearsals, a Toronto concert series, touringand recording put the Elmer Iseler Singersamong Canada’s illustrious choral ensembles.Jessie Iseler, general manager416-217-0537info@elmeriselersingers.comwww.elmeriselersingers.com●●Elora Festival SingersThe Elora Festival Singers (EFS), a GrammyandJUNO-nominated chamber choir, wasfounded in 1980 by Noel Edison as the choralensemble-in-residence of the Elora Festival.Since 1997, the choir has been the core of theToronto Mendelssohn Choir and the TorontoMendelssohn Singers. Through regular concerts,touring and nine releases on the Naxos label, EFShas established a reputation as one of the finestchamber choirs in Canada and beyond, contributingto the musical life of the community andCHORUS NIAGARAtheWholeNote CHOIR LISTINGS | 2012-2013

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