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Volume 8 Issue 9 - June 2003

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choir has done research and-I hope! - the choir will perform rarely-heard gems from Canadian composers of the 18th and 19th centuries. It's certainly one of the more interesting choral programs I've heard about for quite some time. June 6, 2003 is the 50th anniversary of Queen Eli7.abeth's coronation and the Mende~hn Choir is going overboard to celebrate. (They will also participate later in the month in yet-another Last Night at the Proms with the Toronto Symphony full of pulp .and happenstance, conducted by Barry Wordsworth. Apparently a very fine conductor, let's hope he comes back soon to conluct them in something substantial. On the anniversary evening however, they're conducted by their Maestro and joined by the Toronto C~ical Singers in an all-out nostalgia-fest. Alas, I have no doubt the tickets will be hard to find. The same evening, the Orpheus Choir bids adieu to its interim conductor Normann Reintamm in a curious program entitled "TheF.nglishareComing!" Lois of Parry, Stanford and Vaughan Williams (sigh). Three of Toronto's gay choirs give concerts this month. On June 7, Toronto's Male Chorus Forte present "Steamed Heat", a musical journey based on significant events for the gay community, with narrative, pop songs & show tunes from the OOs, 70s & 80s. The following evening, the Rainbow Voices of Toronto, directed by Michael Bouzane offer "Love is in the Air". And Singing Out serves up their annual pride program "Keep it Gay!" on June 14, with selections from The Producers and music by Norman Dello Joio. The Mississauga Children's Choir give a concert on June 14 on the rainbow theme. feaWring Henrv Kuchar- Four more choirs FORTE - THE TOR ONTO MEN' s CHORUS 5998 Yonge Street, Suite 429, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1Z4; Phone: 416-410-4334; Emai!: info@forte· Web: www.forte· Forte -The Toronto Men's Chorus, founded in 1997, is a non- Henry Kucharzyk profit, auditioned group of individuals dedicated to highlighting cyk's "Super Cool Rainbow Special" the talents of the gay community and Bob Chilcott's "Like a Rainbow". and building bridges to other Other Toronto-area children's choirs communities through performance are active this month as well, with both of a diverse repertoire of music the Toronto Children's Chorus and and theatrical presentation. the High Park Choirs preparing for The 34-member TTBB Chorus tours out east to the biennial Festival mounts annual Holiday and Spring 500 in Newfoundland. The TCC productions as well as performs at Chamber Choir presents several fun- many community events. The . draising concerts and their main choir choral season runs from the first present A Great Canadian CeJebration , w.~k , qf September unt~ after the on June 24 with music by Hatzis, annual Toronto Pride Week Watson Henderson, Freedman and activities. Auditions are held in Glick. The High Park Choirs perform September and January. Rehears­ June rJ, as does Darbazi, arotm-Newfoundland-bound Toronto-area choir. The Victoria Scholars delve into the operatic repertoire on June 15 with everything from Beethoven ("0 Welche Lust" I bet!) to Copland (something from The Tender Land?). Jerzy Cicocki's consistently good choir has had another banner year. If you haven't heard them in awhile - and even if you have - I urge you to go. Iflastmonth's WholeNote choral special (still available on our website) inspired you to think of joining a choir, now'sthetimetodoit! (There are four additional choral profiles that missed last month's feature on this page.) It's a great mental, physical and social activity and it will get you closer to that indescribable, incredible, powerful force we call music. That's all for now THE NATHANIEL DETT CHORALE Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, Founder/Artistic Director AUDITIONS The Nathaniel Dell Chorale is Canada's first professional choral group dedicated to Afrocentric music of all styles. AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: •Prepare 2 works to perform at your audition: one classical (operatic aria or art song); the other, a popular Afrocentric piece Uazz-bluesgospel-pop) · Accompanist will be provided. Provide 2 extra copies of chosen works in correct key, for accompanist and conductor. •Demonstrate professional level sight singing, improvisational and musicianship skills • Provide Performance Resume •Provide Photo - black and white 8x10 glossy FOR FURTHER INFORMATION & TO BOOK AN AUDITION CALL: 416-340-7000 ·or als are held every Monday from 6:45 p.m. ~ 9:30 p.m. at St. Andrew'sUnitedChurch, 117 Bloor Street East. THE NORTH YORK CHORAIAIRS are a 40 member, non-profit volunteer choir performing for the infmn and senior's groups in Toronto. The choir is a member of the North York Arts Council and have been singing for senior's and shut-ins since 1962. We are a 'nonauditioned' SA TB fun choir singing show tunes and popular songs. It is not compulsory that you be able to · read music, but this skill helps. Our Director, Alan Wyand will be assisting members with reading and voice-shaping skills. In addition to monthly concerts for shut-ins, we present an Annual Concert for the community at Earl Bales Community Centre in June. Rehearsals take place Tuesday evenings from 8.15-10.15 p.m. at Earl Bales Park Community Centre Room 2,(Bathurst St. & Sheppard Ave.). Please contact JudyGordon@416-221-3161 or Faye Cohen@ 416-633-7233, if you are interested. RAINBOW VOICES OFT ORONTO is a non-auditioned community chorus and the only chorus in Toronto whose aim is to build bridges between the straight and gay communities through music. We invite gays and lesbians, together with their family and friends, to come out and sing. Presently in our fourth year, Rainbow Voices of Toronto has already made a splash by appearing on the Showcase television series Queer as Folk, singing on the main stage at PRIDE Day celebrations, and appearing at numerous GALA festivals-on top of our two annual concerts (Dec and June). We rehearse Wednesday evenings under the baton of Artistic Director Michael Bouzane. For more information: 416:944-2611 or www SCARBOROUGH BEL UNTO John Watkins · Music Director and Conductor, 905·831 ·8887 · Choir's e-mail, and website· http:l/ Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 7:30pm at St. Dunstan of Canterbury Church, 56 Lawson Rd, West Hill; Season: September through May; Christmas Concerts, Nov. 30th. 2003, 2:30pm and 7:30pm (also at St. Dunstan's.) 22 member vocal ensemble is seeking new members for September, 2003 Variety of challenging repertoire presented by a dedicated and sociable group of individuals Rehearsals located in downtown core Director: Geoffrey Butler Accompanist: Jenny Crober For an audition, please call 905 764-5140 16 June 1 - July 7 2003

Scarborough Bel Canto is a mixed auditioned choir of about 40 voices singing an eclectic programme from swing to opera. The choir's schedule provides for two major concerts annually, but the choir has also made guest appearances with other musical organizations, provided choral entertainment for fund-raisin events, resented ;;;;;;;;iiiiiiiiiii'i'i'I Established 1981 OUR PRICE= MUSIC TO OUR CUSTOMERS' EARS YAMAHA DIGITAL PIANOS ELECTRONIC KEYBOARD I GUITARS ALSO USED PIANOS (uPRIGHTS & GRANDS) J!!A ~ . LESSONS• SERVICE• TUNING ACCESSORIES• BOOKS VISIT OUR SHQWROOM of music.416 416-924-7499 "="°! 499 COLLEGE ST. • !:El 12 BLOCKS WEST OFF BATHURST) . concerts for Seniors' homes and has just released its second CD. The choir is self supporting via ticket sales and has ~n able to make charitable donations each year. MUSIC DIRECTOR Call for Auditions @ / Mississauga Festival Youth Choir Auditions are held during June for enthusiastic singers ages 9 - 19 for next season (September). Our progrq.m is open to young people of all backgrounds, both treble and changed voices. Rehearsals are relaxed and encourage music learning at the highe$t , standards. To book an ' appointment call (905) 276- 5732. The Church of St. Stephen-in-the-Fields seeks an energetic, peopleoriented musician to direct its music .program. The successful ·candidate will be committed to developing a community choir and encouraging the congregation's voice. The candidate must be proficient in piano and/or organ. Familiarity with the Anglican liturgical tradition would be an asset. The position includes the possibility of collaboration between musicians of our Francophone-African and Hispanic congregations, as well. This is a part-time position. Please direct resumes to the Rev. Kevin Flynn, Church of St. Stephen-in-the-Fields, 103 Bellevue Avenue, Toronto, ON M5T 2N8; fax 416-921-6350; or e-mail to Robert Cooper, Artistic Director AUDITIONS The acclaimed Orpheus Choir of Toronto will hold auditions in June for the 2003-2004 season, NEW HORIZONS. This 60- voice chorus has openings in all sections for experienced singers with good sight-reading skills. Highlights of the 4-concert season include Dvorak's Stabat Mater with Chorus Niagara, Orff's Catulli Carmina, an innovative evening of new choral works, and much more. Come join us for an exciting, challenging and rewarding year of singing! For further information or to book an audition, please call 416 530-4428 or e-mail ·New 'Horizons 2.003-2.004 Season Ing • I S Singers Wanted ices David J. King tUUCIU 2003-2004 Concert Series AU Voices Songs of the Season .Music to celebrate the festive time of year Songs from the Stage Great music from opera, operetta, and musicals Choral Favorites Classic choruses from immortal works of arc Sight.Singing Course July 21-24, 2003 7:15 - 9:45pm A grounding in basic vocal tcclmiqne and sight reading .00 Adults, .00 Students Call 416-225-2255 or email S11pported hy the Ci(y of Toronto tbrou,gh th

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