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Volume 19 Issue 8 - May 2014

  • Text
  • Choir
  • Toronto
  • Jazz
  • Arts
  • Concerts
  • Theatre
  • Musical
  • Choral
  • Singers
  • Festival
Includes the 2014 Canary Pages directory of choirs.


CANARY PAGESseason concerts in December and June. Singers fromthe Junior Choir and up may choose to perform withVIVA! in the National Ballet of Canada’s Nutcracker.SUSAN SUCHARD, general manager416-788-8482info@vivayouthsingers.comvivayouthsingers.comVivace VoxVOCAL MOSAICtheWholeNote 2014/15 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORY…“Omnis Spiritus Laudes Dominum”…Vesnivka ChoirFounding artistic director Halyna Kvitka Kondrackiestablished Vesnivka Choir in 1965. This awardwinningwomen’s ensemble has delighted audiencesaround the world with its rich repertoire of Ukrainianliturgical, classical, contemporary and traditional folkmusic. The choir’s regular concert season encompassesthree major concerts. Vesnivka, together withits partner, the Toronto Ukrainian Male ChamberChoir (TUMCC), is often accompanied by professionalsoloists and chamber ensembles of local musicians.Vesnivka also sings at Christmas and Easterliturgies. New singers are welcome, with rehearsalsheld on Tuesdays, 7:30pm to 9:30pm (4 BellwoodsAve., Toronto). Male singers are welcome to joinTUMCC, with rehearsals held on Mondays, 7:30pmto 9pm (Ukrainian Canadian Social Services, 2445Bloor St. W. at Jane).NYKOLA PARZEI, administrator416-246-9880nykola@vesnivka.comvesnivka.comLESIA KOMOROWSKY416-236-8278lkomorowsky@gmail.comVictoria College ChoirThe Victoria College Choir has been a fixture ofthe Vic community since the move to Torontofrom Cobourg in 1892. Although it has seen manydifferent forms and incarnations over the past century,including the Victoria Glee Club and a Gilbert andSullivan Appreciation Society, the musical presenceat Vic has been consistently dominated by theVic Chorus. The present chorus was established in1991 as a non-auditioned, school community chorus.Three concerts are held each year. The fall concertand winter concert are both held in the lovely gothicsetting of the Victoria College Chapel, while theyear-end spring concert is held in the Isabel BaderTheatre and for the past several years has involved astaged presentation of a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta.TAYLOR SULLIVAN416-813-4091vicchorus@yahoo.comvicchorus.comVillage VoicesVillage Voices, a diverse, mixed-voice communitychoir of about 75 voices based in Markham, hasjust celebrated its 25th anniversary season. The choirpresents at least two or more major concerts a yearand also performs at seniors’ residences, communityevents and festivals. Directed by Joan Andrews, thechoir sings a wide variety of choral repertoire, fromthe great standard classics to contemporary music.The group has collaborated and performed withother choirs in Ontario and as guest artists of instrumentalorganizations such as the Markham ConcertBand and the Kindred Spirits Orchestra. VillageVoices launches its 26th season in September, 2014.Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings upstairsin the Rehearsal Hall at the Cornell CommunityCentre. New members are always welcome.ANN ORR905-294-8687ann@appletreecreative.comvillagevoices.caVIVA! Youth Singers of TorontoLeading innovators in choral education, VIVA!Youth Singers of Toronto is a vibrant choral organizationconsisting of five separate choirs for childrenand youth aged 4 to young adults. VIVA!’s uniqueInclusion Program provides specialized support foryouth with disabilities in all choirs. 2014/15 marksVIVA!’s 15th season as a downtown, non-profitgroup of choirs whose mission is to offer youth theopportunity to achieve artistic excellence throughinnovative education in a singer-centred, inclusivecommunity. VIVA!’s diverse programming featuresage-appropriate choral training through instruction invocal technique, private vocal instruction and comprehensivetheory. Monday rehearsals prepare singers forEstablished in September 2007 within the TorontoSinging Studio, Vivace Vox is an exciting and energeticchamber choir. Led by music director LindaEyman, the group is known for its joy of performanceand wide audience appeal. Their far-ranging repertoire– madrigals, jazz standards, spirituals, worldand folk music, pop classics, masterworks and musictheatre – sweeps away all musical boundaries. VivaceVox rehearses Thursday evenings 7pm to 9pm at BloorStreet United Church, 300 Bloor St. W., Toronto.Membership is by audition. A full-season membershipis paid.LINDA EYMAN, music director416-455-9238linda@thetorontosingingstudio.cathetorontosingingstudio.caVOCA Chorus of TorontoThe VOCA Chorus of Toronto is an auditionedensemble which performs selections (includingpremieres of arrangements by our artistic director)from numerous genres, in collaboration withartists from many musical traditions. Each seasonconsists of two concerts, as well as performances atcommunity events. On Saturday, May 31, 7:30pm,at Eastminster United, we will present “From theHeart,” exploring love through song and spoken word,featuring a wide range of musical selections (African,Latin American, Balkan, French, Celtic, early music,contemporary, vocal jazz, gospel), intertwined withpoetry and prose. Director: Jenny Crober. Accompanist:Elizabeth Acker. Guests: Deborah Drakeford(narration), Ray Dillard (percussion), Rob Clutton(bass), Martin van de Ven (clarinet). Rehearsals areMonday evenings at Eastminster United Church, 310Danforth Ave., Toronto.JENNY MosaicFounded in 2007, this 65-voice non-auditionedadult choir is characterized by a vibrant mosaic ofvocal styles and repertoire. Choristers enjoy singingmadrigals, spirituals, popular standards, music theatre,classical pieces and folk songs. Two formal concertsare presented each season along with communityoutreach concerts when possible. Vocal Mosaic ispart of The Toronto Singing Studio and rehearsesMonday evenings from 7pm to 9pm from Septemberto May at Bloor Street United Church, 300 BloorSt. W., Toronto. Rehearsals are lively and sociable(camaraderie and laughter create good singing!).46

Vocal Mosaic is directed by Linda Eyman. A seasonmembership is paid.LINDA EYMAN, music director416-455-9238linda@thetorontosingingstudio.cathetorontosingingstudio.caVoicesVoices is a 20 mixed-voice chamber choir establishedin 1996. Since that time, the choir has wonnumerous awards in local and international competitions.Voices presents a three-concert season plusother community events, including appearances at theToronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District.The choir’s repertoire encompasses music fromGregorian chants to brand new works of our time,especially compositions by Canadian composers.Auditions are available throughout the choir season.RON…ince Singing is so good a thing, I wish all men would learn to sing.Preface to Psalms, Sonets and Songs of Sadnes and Pietie by William Byrd 1543(?) – 1623WAYNE GILPIN IN SINGERS Vox Raphael We Are One Jazz VoicesYoung SingersVox Raphael is conceived as an unpaid, professionallevel vocal ensemble dedicated to free public performancesof spiritual choral music from 16th-centuryEurope, composed for between four and sixteen parts.Representative composers are Palestrina, Gesualdo,Gabrieli, Rossi, Croce; Josquin, Willaert, Lassus;Goudimel, Sweelinck; Byrd, Tallis, Taverner, Philips;Morales, Victoria, Guerrero. At the core of theensemble’s formation is the understanding of thismusic as a uniquely indispensable medium of healingfor listener and singer. On occasion the ensemble mayexplore contemporary works inspired by this music.Director Kevin Komisaruk, an early keyboard andchoral music specialist, has taught historical performanceat the University of Toronto since 2003.KEVIN KOMISARUK416-978-2079kevin.komisaruk@utoronto.cavoxraphael.tumblr.comWe Are One Jazz Voices is a vibrant community choirdelivering a beautiful mix of bebop, originals andstandards arranged in sophisticated four and eightpart harmony. Now in its sixth season, the 18-voicechoir is accompanied by a piano trio and performsworks by Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, Barry Harris,Duke Ellington and Horace Silver. We present twoformal concerts each year and also play club dates,jazz vespers and other community events. Experiencedjazz-loving singers with good reading abilitiesare always welcome and should email Howardto arrange an audition. We rehearse two Wednesdayevenings per month at our studio in Leslieville.HOWARD REES416-937-8620info@jazzworkshops.comYorkminstrels Show ChoirExperience the magic of music and release yourchild’s musical artistry through choral music! YoungSingers is composed of four distinct choirs that runbetween September and June. A unique musicaleducation is offered in a supportive and challengingenvironment. YoungER Singers, for ages 6 to 8,rehearses Mondays, 5:45pm to 6:45pm. Treble Notes,for ages 8 to 14, rehearses Mondays, 7pm to 8:15pm.Director’s Choir is an auditioned treble choir for childrenaged 10 to 15 and rehearses Tuesdays, 7pm to8:45pm, and alternate Saturdays, 9:30am to 11:30am.Random Notes is an auditioned SATB choir for ages14 and older which rehearses Wednesdays, 7pm to9pm. We have two annual concerts: a winter concertin December and a spring concert in May.ANNA LYNN MURPHY905-686-9821administrator@youngsingers.cayoungsingers.caWayne Gilpin SINGERSBeautiful melodies, rocking sax solos, edgy newjazz arrangements of Handel’s Messiah – if any ofthis appeals to you, read on. The Waterloo-basedWayne Gilpin SINGERS is an auditioned (a singerfriendlyaudition, we promise!) chamber choir thatsings a wide variety of music, including contemporaryChristian, gospel, show tunes, spirituals and more.Resident composer/accompanist Andrew Gilpinpens unique arrangements for an ever-expandingJazz Messiah, an annual event that twins Handel’sbeautiful melodies with modern rhythms and musicalstyles. Also featured in concert are talented guestartists on bass, drums and saxophone, providingan unforgettable musical experience for both audienceand choir.WAYNE GILPIN705-424-6507wayne@gilpin.caLove musical theatre? No time to commit to a show?Join the Yorkminstrels show choir. Our Broadwayfocusedgroup needs you! We perform off-book withcostumes and simple choreography, at senior’s residencesand at private, corporate and communityevents in the GTA. We rehearse on Wednesday nightsfrom 7:30 to 10:30 at Cummer Lodge in North York,September through June. We always welcome newmembers – please join us!SANDI you for taking a look atthis year’s Canaries! If you arelooking for a specific group ofsongbirds, visit our directoryonline at, where you can domore browsing or conduct amore focussed search.theWholeNote 2014/15 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORY47

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