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Volume 8 Issue 8 - May 2003

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has taken part since 1990 in the For more infoI'.Illation on Chorus Email: during the closing ceremony for annual Choral Concert of the Over- Niagara, please visit our website Toronto's 2008 Olympic bid, at Roy seas Chinese Festival of the Arts. at Common Thread is a 70-voice, Thompson Hall. Other perfornon-auditioned Rehearsals take place Sunday Foi: choir that cele- mances are co-productions with nights from 7-10 pm at 2520 Birch- tickets call 905-688-5550 x3257. ~ brates 'and promotes community, local and foreign performers, indiversity mount Road, Stephen Leacock Community Centre in Scarborough. CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK and social justice eluding several North American through the performance of rep- . premiere performances of new For auditions call 416-597- is home to both a Senior and a jun- e¢oire rooted in folk music tradi- and old music. Conductor, Daniel 2728. President: Mr. David Tse; ior Choir. Bruce Kirkpatrick Hill is tions from around the world. In Colla, conceived a successful mul­ Contact: Ms. Maria Tse. ~ Organist and Director of Music addition to singing at rallies & com- ticultural yearly choral gathering: (since 1997), and he is assisted by munity gatherings, we present "Singing Together". Among our Stephanie Martin Ounior Choir three concerts each year. Those in mandates is the promotion of a Director since 2001) and Dermot December & March focus on rais- ,better knowledge of Italian music CHORUS NIAGARA Artistic Director, Robert Cooper Chorus Niagara, the major choral arts orgariization in the region, is a 100-voice choir performing concerts each season from October to May. Under the art.istic direction of Robert Cooper,' its members have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to choral music and established an unprecedented standard of excellence. Chorus Niagara is not only celebrating its 40'h Anniversary this season, but also the human spirit, its strength and the way in which humanity is transformed by great choral works. Rehearsals are Monday evenings from 7 to 10 at Glenridge School, South Drive, St.Catharines. To book auditions call Pam at 905-357-1616. CN"T"FIRIC 'T' C L.:J "TR CRCIR a~a Muir (Assistant Organist since ing awareness and funds in sup- in Toronto and the performance 2001). The Junior Choir is for boys port of grassroots social issues (e.g. support of Italian-Canadian comand girls age 7-15; they sing once literacy. daycare, human rights). posers and performers. or twice a month at the 9:15 Sun- The third concert is on Saturday We rehearse on Friday nights, day service. The Senior Choir has _May 31 this year (see listing). Our 8:00 to 10:00 pm, with additional eight paid leads and twenty vol- commitment to accessibility in- rehearsals when required. unteer singers'; they sing every eludes welcoming all voices and Contacts:; Sunday at 11:00, as well as feast providing barrier-free rehea,rsal, days and concerts. Their first CD and concert venues. We also offer Cristina Enrietti: 416-925-8570 or recording, Be meny therefore, was childcare, musical help and fee Daniel Colla: 416-667-0468. ~ released in 2001. They present two subsidies. We are currently recruitor three concerts each year, and ing singers for September, espe- DARBAZI look forward to singing the Mon- dally tenors & basses. · ~ The 13 members of Darbazi form teverdi Vespers this May 11. ~ the only choir in Canada dedicated to performing the traditional CORO SAN MARCO consists of COMMON THREAD COMMUNITY CHORUS OF TORONTO Conductor: Isabel Bernaus Phone: 416-410-5022 about 50 auditioned members, has a vast repertoire of different types of music, performs at public concerts and private events, 10 per year on average. It performed polyphonic music of the Georgian Republic. Alan Gasser is Musical Director and the present mixed choir grew out of an informal gathering at his home in January 1995. The biggest thing in Choral Music the i.nvention of the throat lozenge! irs Ontario will be launchi,ng a new website on May 15th and is relaunching Dynamic .. agazine with a special information insert in the June issue that will tell you everything u need to know about Choirs Ontario and world of choral music, including: . tmbership Information :tfio Youth Choir/Junior & Teen Choir Camp ic Magazine Submissi~n Gu.idelines for Articles and Advertisments Contact Information Conducting and Composition Competitions ,,. ite today at or · 923-11 ~4 for your copy of Dynamic and the Q'!;.in,etion supplement. '~At., .~:,,\, CH@IfS .QnTaRI~ 112 St. Clair Ave. W., Suite 403 Toronto, Ontario M4V 2Y3 Tel: ( 416) 923-1144 Fax: (416) 929-0415 Choral Scene 6 May 1 - June 7 2003

Darbazi .offers at least two, con­ . certs a year in Toronto and per" · forms en masse or in small groups at other events. The choir promotes contact with folk musicians from Georgia and has benefited enormously by their generosity. The passion and song Georgians bring to all aspects of their lives is reflected in our repertoire: songs to work, travel or harvest by; for loving, courting and marrying; for healing, mourning, or worship. Many of these are accompanied by Georgian folk instruments. For more information visit or phone Alan Gasser 416-537-2526. ~ DAVENPORT PERTH COMMUNITY CHOIR · The choir, a non-audition community choir for mixed voic~s. is now in its second season. We sing all types of music from around the world. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 - 7:30 pm from October to ]l!ne at Davenport Perth Community Church & ECHO WOMEN'S CHOIR Conductors Alon Gosser and Becca Whitlo Accompanist: Becca Whitlo Phone: 416-537-2526 E-mail: Annual auditions are held in April/ May (call 905-880-1889). Weekly rehearsals, a Toronto concert series, touring and recording make the Elmer Iseler Singers one of Canada's most illustrious choral ensembles. ~ From 16originalmembersin 1991, this non-affiliated, communitybased choir has expanded fivefold ELORA FESTIVAL SINGERS to 80 rambunctious women of all Conductor: Noel Edison ages, backgrounds, and walks of Tel: 519-846-9694 Fox: 519-846-5947 life. The diversity is reflected in E-mail: the repertoire, which exploits the Website: powerful capabilities of women's Hailed as one of the world's finest voices. From original Canadian professional chamber choirs, the compositions to traditional songs Elora Festival Singers was foundfrom the Balkans, Ukraine, Repub- ed by Noel Edison in 1980 as the lie of Georgia, South Africa, Latin principal vocal ensemble for the America or North America, Echo Elora Festival. Since then, the performs with passion. and elan. choir's activities have expanded to Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 7-9:15 at include the popular Winter Series the Church of the Holy Trinity. be- concerts in Elora, touring and rehind the Eaton Centre. Besides corc;ling. EFS also . makes up the May and December concerts, Echo professional Core of the Toronto also sings at grass-roots events Mendelssohn Choir. The populararound the city. The choir has ity ofEFS in Toronto has· led to the capped its membership and has a launch' of a series at Trinity Colwaiting list. Neighbourhood Centre, 1900 Dav- ELMER ISELER SINGERS enport Road, Toronto (2 1/2 blocks Conductor/Artistic Director: Lydia Adorns west of Lansdowne Ave.). We have . Accompanist: Cloire Preston performed primarily for local Manager: Jessie lseler ~ lege Chapel in 2002-03. Elora Fes­ " tival Singers-recordings with Naxos include the acclaimed Mystery of Christmas and a Vaughan Williams CD. Now in the works is a recording of Part's choral music. . events, including an arts festival, 2180 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON For more information, or to regis- M4N 3K7 ETOBICOKE CENTENNIAL CHOIR ter, please call. the choir director: Tel: 416-217-0537 Fox: 905-880-3482 ("ECC") is a mixed-voice commu- Sue Crowe Connolly 416-657-1558 Email: nity choir that annually presents (Wednesdays & Thursdays). ~ Web: three concerts including a broad The Elmer Iseler Singers is a twen- spectrum of choral, repertoire, EAST YORK CHOIR ty-voice professional chamber from classical masterworks to Since its founding 15 years ago, choir based in Toronto. Founded Broadway show tunes. The 60- the East York Choir has been a vi- in 1979 by the late Dr. Elmer Iseler member choir is completing its brant organization dedicated to and now under the artistic direc- thirty-sixth year of sharing choral the performance of quality reper- tion of the acclaimed Lydia Adams, music and participating in comtoire. Performing two seasonal the Singers are known for their · munity events. The ongoing goals concerts and at numerous senior flawless technique and wide in- for the choir are to experience the centres, the choir strives to com- terpretive range. They are highly love of music and learning while bine musical excellence with com- valued for their contributions to refining musical skills and choral munity service. Conducted by Wil- master clas~es and workshops for technique~. liam Graham and accompanied by schools and community choirs. ECC is currently expanding its Jenny Crober, both experienced · The Singers are the professional choral outreach and forming a and skilled professionals, the choir Choir-In-Residence at the Univer- smaller ensemble of singers to rehearses on Tuesday evening sity of Toronto's Faculty of Music. perform a wider range of reperfrom 7:30 to 9:30 pm at Presteign - toire. Additional singers are be- Woodbine United Church on St. ing sought to expand our capabildair Ave. E . . This auditiol}ed choir, ities and broaden our musical which has performed Handel's spectrum. We encourage interest- . Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, and ed vocal musicians and enthusias- Orff's Carmina Burana, welcomes SINGERS WANTED tic singers to contact the membernew members every September For Expanding Repertoire ship committee at 416-621-0409 or at the beginning .of the season. All voices welcome! visit our website: www.etobicoke Yearly dues are .00. For further (\" sopranos and tenors needed) ~ information, please call 416-421- 5891. ~ .'i Contact 416-239-1131 x49 Etobicoke Centennial Choir www THE ETOBICOKE YOUTH CHOIR in its 26th Season and directed by Louise Jardine for the past 9 years, performs an eclectic repertoire at Christmas and Spring concerts, at a Cabaret night featuring individual talents, and at several community appearances. The choir home is Humbervale United Church .. Royal York Road, 2 blocks north of Eglinton. Th.e choir rehearses Tuesday evenings from September to June. Two overnight workshop weekends are enjoyed during the season as well as other socializing opportunities for choristers and families. open to boys and girls ages 7 to 17, the choir holds voice-placement auditions in January and June. To learn and enjoy choral singing, to experience the art of performance, and to have fun, call Gloria MacLean, Manager, at 416-231-6668. · ·~ EXULTATE CHAMBER SINGERS 383 Huron Street, Toronto ON M5S 265 Tel: 416-971-9229 Over a 21-year history. the Exultate Chamber Singers have garnered praise from all quarters for sensitive, precise and seamless performances. The choir was established in 1981 by conductor John Tuttle, and is enriched not only by the excellent musicianship of its members but also. by their varied academic and professional backgrounds. Together, they form a passionate, committed ensemble with a wide-ranging repertoire. Exultate's third CD, The Present Time, was released in 2001. Exultate presents a four-concert subscription series in Toronto and makes guest appearances in various Ontario communities. Auditions are held as required t9 fill vacancies ih the fixed-I)lembership group. To contact Exultate, visit or call 416-971-9229. ~ FAIRLAWN HEIGHTS CHOIRS Renowned composer Eleanor Daley has been Music Director at Fairlawn Heights United Church in Toronto since 1982. During this time, she has established a thriving choral programme for which much of her music has been composed, thanks to the · continuing support and talent of her choirs. The 35-member auditioned Senior Choir is responsible for weekly service music and performs wideranging larger works, including the. Bruckner Missa Solemnis, Lauritsen Lux Aetema, and Daley Requiem_ Their most recent CD re- May 1- June 7 2003 Choral Scene 7

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