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Volume 17 Issue 8 - May 2012

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Canary PagestheWholeNote CHOIR LISTINGS | 2012-2013Renaissance Singers has also commissioned andpremiered the works of leading Canadian composersand has produced four CDs. Performancesare based in Kitchener-Waterloo and environs.Katherine Lees, press and●●Richmond Hill United ChurchRichmond Hill United Church is an open communitycongregation in the heart of RichmondHill. The friendly 30-member adult choir has recordedtwo CDs. A Child is Born was featured frequentlyon CBC FM radio. The choir sings a variedrepertoire of music spanning the Renaissance tothe present day. The choir presents two specialmusical events annually and sings at the weeklyworship service on Sundays starting at 10:30am.Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 8pm–10pm. A warm welcome awaits you at RHUC.Barry Peters, music director416-921-9032 or 905-884-1301●●Scola CantorumScola Cantorum is the Hungarian choir inToronto under the direction of conductor/organistImre Oláh. Scola presents annual springand Christmas concerts with soloists and instrumentalists,performs Lenten adoration with organ,partakes a few times a year at Mass and alsoperforms at local Hungarian cultural events.Our repertoire ranges from sacred a cappellarenaissance works to romantic music, oftenin Latin, German or Hungarian. Our 21-voicemixed choir rehearses at St. Elizabeth Church(Bayview and Sheppard) on Monday evenings,September to June. If you know Hungarian andhave good sight reading abilities, please phonefor an audition.Adeodata●●Serenata SingersThe Serenata Singers is a lively choir of 65 seniorssinging four-part harmony. Founded in1976, the choir celebrates its 36th season with“Feeling The Love,” the title of their May concertsat the Chinese Cultural Centre’s PC Ho Theatre.This flourishing community choir, directed byAudrey McLeod, rehearses Wednesday morningsfrom September to May at the Wilmar HeightsCentre, 963 Pharmacy Ave. The choir’s repertoireincludes an eclectic mix of folk, spirituals, classical,show tunes and pop songs. The choir welcomesnew members with a friendly auditionand is happy to perform in the communityupon●●Sing360 Children’s ChoirSing360 Children’s Choir was founded in 2011to introduce children 7–17 to choral singing, developin them a passion for the world’s musicaldialogue and to nurture the love of musicand the joy of singing through an eclectic mixof Canadian and world music, choral classics,pop and Broadway repertoire. Under the artisticdirection of Anne Marie Page, choristers developvocal, theory and musicianship skills in asupportive atmosphere that encourages confidence,artistry and broadened perspectives, andpromotes mentoring and community. Simpleplacement auditions are held. Rehearsals takeplace Tuesdays, 4:15pm–5:15pm, September toMay, at Bloordale United Church, 4258 Bloor St.W., Etobicoke.Verena von●●Sound InvestmentCommunity ChoirThe Sound Investment Community Choir inCollingwood is a mixed choir under the directionof Brian Rae with a membership of over50 singers bringing quality choral music tothe Georgian Triangle. The SICC presents twoannual concerts, one in the spring and one atChristmas. A variety of choral styles from classicalto contemporary is performed, which hasincluded the Fantasia on Christmas Carols byVaughan Williams and the Chichester Psalms byBernstein. Professional musicians are also featured.The choir will be celebrating its 40th anniversarynext year. Membership is by audition.Rehearsals are on Monday evenings.Brian●●St. Anne’s Anglican ChurchSt. Anne’s Anglican Church has an SATB choirthat provides leadership in worship throughmusic. The choir sings at the 10:30am HolyEucharist on Sundays and participates in specialliturgies and other events. It comprises fivesection leads and a group of volunteers who rehearseThursdays at 7:30pm during the year andSundays at 10am, before the service. The choirengages in many musical styles and sings withorchestra on multiple occasions yearly. The sesquicentennialof the Parish of St. Anne, Toronto,will continue through 2012, including a week ofmusical offerings and special events in October.Singers interested in joining the choir shouldcontact Daniel Norman.Daniel Norman, music●●St. John the Baptist AnglicanChurch (Dixie) ChoirThe Choir of St. John the Baptist Anglican Church(Dixie) is a mixed-voice choir that rehearsesSaturday mornings and sings on Sunday morningsand special occasions from Septemberthrough June. Repertoire is medieval through21st century, with an emphasis on excellence inchurch music, spanning cultures and traditions.Choristers are both amateur and professional,enjoying music making, community and fellowship.Special services include Choral Evensongsand occasional services or concerts featuringchoral works by Bach, Fauré and others.Eric Osborne, director of●●St. Michael’s Choir SchoolSt. Michael’s Choir School (SMCS) is Canada’s premierboys’ choir school. For 73 years, excellencein sacred music has been the school’s enduringlegacy. The school’s mission is to provide musicfor St. Michael’s Cathedral and to train churchmusicians for the Toronto archdiocese. In additionto singing at St. Michael’s Cathedral, the studentsshare their music with a wider audiencethrough recordings, media appearances andconcert tours. SMCS has performed for dignitariessuch as His Holiness Pope John Paul II, HerMajesty Queen Elizabeth II and former primeminister Jean Chrétien.W. Edward McCall, executive●●Summer SingersLooking for a summer choir to join? Look no further!The Summer Singers is a fun and musiclovingadult ensemble of over 60 voices whichmeets Tuesday evenings 6:30pm–8:30pm inJune and July (eight weeks) at Trinity-St. Paul’sChurch, 427 Bloor St. W., Toronto. Repertoire isa cool mix of folk, pop, standards, classical andmore. An informal concert is presented on thelast evening. There is no audition, just a nominalpaid membership.Linda Eyman, music●●Tafelmusik Chamber ChoirThe Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, directed by IvarsTaurins, is one of Canada’s leading ensemblesspecializing in historically informed performancesof the music of the 17th and 18th centuries.Formed in 1981, it has been praised for itsclarity, nuance and brilliance. The choir joinsthe Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra for its subscriptionseries at Trinity-St Paul’s Centre, GeorgeWeston Recital Hall and Koerner Hall (includingHandel’s Messiah, recorded live last season),and Sing-Along Messiah at Massey Hall. Thechoir regularly collaborates with Opera Atelier.In 2011 the choir performed for the opening ofthe OSM’s new hall in Montreal. Auditions areheld as required to fill vacancies.Stephanie Miletic, operations manager416-964-9562● ● Tallis ChoirFounded in 1977, the Tallis Choir, directed byPeter Mahon, specializes in renaissance chambermusic but performs a wide variety of musicalstyles. Appearances this past season included theBrahms Requiem at the Colours of Music Festivalin Barrie and music for Final Fantasy, DistantWorlds before a sold-out Sony Centre in Toronto.Next season features the “Music of Bach and theRomantics” in October, “Christmas at the TudorCourt” in December, the “Music of Gesualdo” inFebruary and “Music for the Grand Concert for

the Battle of York,” with Haydn’s Mass in Time ofWar in April. Rehearsals are Wednesday eveningsat Trinity College, University of●●Tapestry Chamber ChoirSince 1988 Tapestry Chamber Choir has developedinto an exciting cultural gem in YorkRegion. Under the musical direction of TonyBrowning, Tapestry enjoys “weaving its song”while exploring the artistry of any composerof any period. Most of the repertoire is a cappellabut recent pairings with the York ChamberEnsemble have been most successful and rewardingfor our audiences. If interested injoining our choir (basses especially welcome)please contact us in August or early September.Tapestry presents three concerts in December,March and June in the Newmarket/Aurora area.Catherine Brydon, business●●Timothy Eaton MemorialChurch Choir SchoolFounded in 1976 by David Ouchterlony, the TEMCChoir School introduces young singers 6–18 tothe joy of making music together. Under theenthusiastic direction of Elaine Choi, choristersperform music from classical to gospelto jazz. Choirs perform at two Sunday servicesper month, September through May. The ChoirSchool also competes in the Kiwanis MusicFestival and sings in Christmas events and ata Spring Celebration concert. Rehearsals areWednesdays at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church,5:30pm–6:30pm for Juniors and 6:30pm–7:30pmfor Youths. Our new season begins in Septemberwith an information session and first rehearsalopen to all interested–come join us!Elaine Choi, choir school conductor416-925-8494●●Toronto Beach ChoraleToronto Beach Chorale is an auditioned SATBchoir of approximately 50 voices, under thedirection of Mervin Fick. The choir focuses onrepertoire from the Renaissance to the 20thcentury (with occasional forays into Broadway,jazz or pop music), presents four concerts perseason and participates in community andfund-raising events. TBC is a registered charitableorganization and was awarded a ChoirsOntario Professional Development Grant in2012. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 7pm–9:30pm,September to May, at Kingston Road UnitedChurch. Auditions are held in Septemberand January for all voice parts; ability to readmusic and previous choral experience are definiteassets.Nancy Sills416-694-9772TorontoBeachChorale@gmail.comwww.TorontoBeachChorale.comAUDITION THE CHOIRThinking about joining? Visit●●Toronto BeachesChildren’s ChorusDo you love to sing? Do you enjoy drama? Thenthe Toronto Beaches Children’s Chorus is foryou! The TBCC was founded by music directorand singer Bronwen Low in 2006. The choir providesboth vocal and dramatic training in a funand supportive environment. The children learna variety of music from all different genres andenjoy bi-weekly drama classes with actor JoanneMitchell. The choir has four levels of instructionfor kids aged 4–15. We perform at least three ofour own concerts each year, including a stagedproduction at the end of the year. We are continuouslyinvited to sing for different engagementsin the GTA.Bronwen●●Toronto Chamber ChoirToronto Chamber Choir, one of Canada’s leadingearly music choirs, specializes in renaissanceand baroque music, as well as worksfrom other eras related to our programming.Our 2012/13 season of four concerts with musicdirector Mark Vuorinen includes motets andchansons from the collections of Pierre Alamire,a Christmas concert featuring the belovedCeremony of Carols, Bach’s splendid Cantata 131and a performance featuring the challengingSpem in Alium and Media Vita. Rehearsals are atSt. Patrick’s church hall Wednesday evenings.We are auditioning for all voices in●●Toronto Children’s ChorusThe Toronto Children’s Chorus, under theleadership of artistic director Elise Bradley, isrecognized as one of the world’s leading choralensembles for children. With training choirsranging from Kinderchor up to the Main Choir,the chorus provides exceptional musical educationand performance opportunities to over 300children aged 4–17 in the Toronto area. Weeklyrehearsals are held in mid-town Toronto (Yongeand St. Clair) and include instruction in theory,sight-singing and ear-training, as well as workshopswith guest clinicians. The chorus is nowaccepting applications for the 2012/13 season.Carol Stairs, program manager416-932-8666●●Toronto Choral ArtistsThe Toronto Choral Artists, founded in 2008 byMark Vuorinen, are on their way to establishingthemselves as one of Toronto’s finest chamberchoirs. Consisting of accomplished, auditionedsingers from a variety of backgrounds, the TCAare a project-based ensemble devoted to professional-calibreperformances with an emphasison championing new Canadian works. Theyhave given multiple world premiere performancesand their skill interpreting a variety ofstyles has led them to amass a diverse repertoireto complement these works. Behind all ofthe Toronto Choral Artists’ performances is theshared belief that music can unite performersand audiences for social change.Mark Vuorinen,●●Toronto Choral SocietyThe Toronto Choral Society is Toronto’s oldestcommunity choir. It was founded in 1845 topresent concerts and foster the development ofthe local musical community. Today the 130-voiceTCS choir continues to present great works ofthe choral repertoire as well as innovative concertscelebrating this city’s history and diversity.It produces at least two major concerts each season,collaborates in other artistic productionsand participates in special community events.Artistic director Geoffrey Butler, accompanistWilliam O’Meara and assistant conductor JennyCrober provide musical leadership. Rehearsalsare Wednesdays at 7:30pm at Eastminster UnitedChurch, 310 Danforth Ave.Geoffrey Butler, artistic directorTafelmusik Chamber Choir Cylla Von TiedemanntheWholeNote CHOIR LISTINGS | 2012-2013

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