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Volume 10 Issue 8 - May 2005

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direction of Manon Cote, the volunteer 50-member choir rehearses weekly on Wednesday evenings at Ecole Etienne-Brule (Bayview and York Mills) from September to Bill Killough: 416-497-5312 MILTON CHORISTERS The Milton Choristers are current­ ly celebrating their 36th year of continuous song with a series of concerts entitled 'Catch the Sound'. tember to June and presents at least three concerts each year at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga. The 2004-2005 season marks the choir's 30th season of choral music-making. For an audition appointment, June. and monthly on Saturday afternoons. Les Voix du Coeur the Milton community, providing the call 905-278-7059 or visit our web­ This group is a vital component of MENND SINGERS Menna Singers has been part of the presents two concerts a year and Halton region with excellence in site. Kitchener-Waterloo choral commuparticipates in community events choral music with a minimum misschorsoc@yahoogroups .corn ·nity since 1955, when Abner Martin founded the choir with the intent three or four times a year. Music three-concert series annually. We Linda Zutis: 905-278-7059 reading ability is helpful. The rehearsals also participate regularly in various of providing Mennonite choristers are held in French. community events. The repertoire with opportunities to study and perform sacred choral music. The 55- presented varies from the classical Lucie Gamache: 416-499-6384 to the contemporary and from the MISSISSAUGA FESTIVAL YOUTH CHOIR voice choir has since expanded its sacred to the secular. This non-auditioned repertoire to include secular works, The MFYC, Deborah Bradley, ar­ a cappella and accompanied texts, choir is looking for new tistic director, is open by audition hymns and oratorios. The choir singers. Rehearsals are held on to youth ages 9-19, treble and sponsors the Mennonite Mass Tuesday evenings 7: 30-1 Opm at changed voices. Rehearsals are Choir, giving choristers the opportunity Knox Presbyterian Church, 170 held on Monday or Wednesday to perform larger works such Main Street, Milton·. nights September to June by age and MEGACITY CHORUS An all-male a cappella group as Handel's Messiah. choir level. The 85-member choir formed in 1997 with a current membership of 55, this chorus has· en­ since 1998, is an active organ re­ beginning singers ages 9-11 and in­ Peter Nikiforuk, artistic director Sonja van de Hoel: 905-876-3203 offers a developmental program for termediate and advanced singers tertained all over Ontario, including Hamilton Place, Casino Rama editor of Kelman Hall Publishing, citalist and clinician, co-owner and ages 12-19. There is also the chamber choir, a 16-voice advanced en­ and Mississauga Living Arts Centre. They have appeared at Canators of the Kitchener-Waterloo The Mississauga Children's Choir and is new to the Board of Direc­ MISSISSAUGA CHILDREN'S CHOIR semble. Our diverse repertoire includes classical, contemporary, da's Walk of Fame gala as well as Symphony. promotes the musical education of Mix 99.9 and have competed internationally, placing 13th in the world Peter Nikiforuk: 519-571-8113 es of the highest calibre, touring, young singers through performanc­ jazz, and gospel, with special emphasis on world music. Tuition assistance is available to students with in 2003. Rehearsals take place every Monday from 7:30 to 10:30pm der the leadership of Thomas Bell, Linda Janzen: 519-576-9853 and service to the community. Un­ financial need. The advanced choir at Harmony Hall. 2 Gower Street, the MCC has grown to 120 members in three graded choirs. Our tours yearly. Toronto. Extra rehearsals may be admin@mississaugafestival necessary around shows and competitions. Potential members do not Mississauga's Living Arts Centre spring concert A Pageant of Song at Deborah Bradley: 905-276-5732 have to read music but must pass on June 4 will include the world premiere of Stephen Chatman' s Eliza­ Helene Green: 905-608-9186 METROPOLITAN UNITED CHURCH an audition. CHOIR AND FESTIVAL CHOIR bethan Songs. The Choir will tour The auditioned, 32-member Church Jonathan Foster: 416-702-1112 England in July, presenting concerts Choir has eight lead singers, rehearses Thursday evenings, and at Windsor Castle, Salisbury Cathedral, and the Tower of London. COMMUNITY CHOIR MILES NADAL JCC sings Sunday mornings and on special occasions, September to June. Auditions for our 25th Anniversary The MNJCC Community Choir is season are being held now through MEN DF NDTE MALE VOICE CHOIR a dynamic 70-member community Repertoire is medieval through 2lst June for children 6-17 years old. of singers who love to make music. Founded in 1999 with 16 members, century. Singers must have some the choir now numbers 42. It rehearses every Monday evening in Kathryn: 905-624-9704 ductor Harriet Wichin, the choir is Founded in 1997 by director/con­ sight-singing ability. A waiting list exists; contact the director late Toronto. Men of all ages who love known for high energy performances and varied repertoire including spring or early fall. to sing are always welcome. The Festival Choir adds 10-15 The choir has recorded two CDs, video-taped a 90-minute Christmas program, and travelled to France, singers to the core choir, and rehearses Sunday afternoons for six weeks prior to Good Friday. Past MISSISSAUGA CHORAL SOCIETY The Mississauga Choral Society world, folk, jazz, R&B, gospel, celtic, classical, Canadian, and Jewish music. This is an auditioned England, Wales and Germany for concerts featured works by Bach, was founded in 1975 by a group of SATB group with varying abilities. concerts. Men of Note travels Everyone is encouraged to audition. Mozart, Faure, Durufle, Gilles, enthusiastic amateur musicians at The members are a diverse and throughout Ontario singing about ten Schlitz, and Distler. the University of Toronto's Erindale committed group who share a love concerts a year, performing an extensive The Metropolitan United Cherub College campu,s. Under the artistic repertoire ranging from the Choir (ages 4-6), Metropolitan direction of Chrys A. Bentley for of music. Rehearsals are Wednesdays 7:30-9:30pm September to classics to show music. Choristers (7-11), Youth Choir the past 28 years, the Society has June, and are structured as enriching experiences themselves as well Dr. Margot Rejskind (doctorate­ (12 +),and Metropolitan Handbells blossomed into a well-respected, Choral Music) is the choir's musical director, and John Mole is the 90 auditioned voices. The Missis­ are groups open to all. semi-professional ensemble of over as preparation for performance. accompanist. Soprano Susan Brown is a frequent guest soloist with the choir. Patricia Wright: 416-363-0331 x26 sauga Choral Society rehearses every Tuesday evening 7: 15- 10: 15pm in Port Credit from Harriet Wichin 416-924-6211 x133 (see Music) UNARY PAGES WWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COM MAY 2005

MILES NADAL JCC WOMEN'S CHORUS The MNJCC Women's Chorus: No audition-no experience-no pressure-no kidding! This is a great group for women who love to sing a variety of musical genres and have fun. We sing everything from unison to four-part harmony in world, folk, jazz, gospel, swing, and Jewish styles. The emphasis is on finding your voice and making great music with it-with no performance anxiety. Reading music is always a plus but is not required. This is a great group for women who want to put the music back into their lives. Meets every second Monday night 8-9:30pm, September to June. Registration required. Harriet Wichin: 416-924-6211 x133 (see Music) MILES NADAL JCC YOUTH CHOIRS The MNJCC Youth Choirs, directed by Samantha Clarke, are the Choir Kids for grades 1-3 and the Youth Singers for grades 4-6. These choirs were founded in 2004 with the ideas of diverse music and a fun and inclusive atmosphere. There is no audition or experience required for these groups! We have a wide range of ability levels. Our rehearsals prepare for performances throughout the year and raise the musical skills of our singers. We rehearse from September to May on Thursdays from 4: 15-5pm for the Choir Kids and 5: 15-6pm for the Youth Singers. of music at Pickering Village United Church. MMS will be going to the south of France in October 2005 by return invitation of Rozsam, a women's choir frorri Pau. Lynda Baird: 905-852-7507 NATHANIEL Dm CHORALE Brainerd Blyden-Taylor is founder and artistic director of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Canada's first professional choral group created with an expressed mandate to perform Afrocentric music both in its Toronto home and on tour. The Chorale is comprised of 21 classically trained musicians and provides a forum for promoting public awareness of, and interest in, original works of Afrocentric composers past, present and future. The Chorale is involved in developing an active musical commissioning program, and curriculum for use in schools, lectures, demonstrations and master classes. Auditions by appointment only; one piece each of classical, jazz and gospel/R&B. Sight reading necessary. Alexa Venus White-Hawley: 416-340-7000 NORTH 44° ENSEMBLE Samantha Clarke: 416-924-6211 x277 MONDAY MORNING SINGERS The Monday Morning Singers is a group of 30 women who meet to sing every Monday at 9:30 am at Goodwood United Church. The singers come from a wide area around Uxbridge, Ontario. The choir is in its .fifth year under the direction of Anne Mizen and sings a wide range of music written for women's voices, from Bach and Mozart to folk songs and contemporary pieces. Ms. Mizen is also an organist, composer and director North 44 ° Ensemble was founded in the year 2000 by artistic director Geoffrey Butler. An affiliate of the Toronto Choral Society, the ensemble consists of 22 auditioned members who are dedicated to excellence and eclecticism in choral music. North 44 ° was featured on the Juno-nominated CD The Children of Lir by Loretto Reid. Performances include two major concerts per year, as well as special engagements. North 44 ° rehearses once a week on Tuesday evenings in the Toronto core. 905-764-5140 0AKVILLE CH1LDREN1S CHOIR The Oakville Children's Choir, formed in 1994 by music director Glenda Crawford, has achieved tremendous success in eleven years. With the mission of bringing worldclass choral and performance training to young people in Halton, it has become a comprehensive music education programme for over 140 auditioned choristers ages 7-17. The choir presents four annual concerts and also performs at workshops, appears at community functions, and collaborates with other Ontario choirs. To develop each chorister as an all-round musician, the choral programme includes theory, musicianship, vocal coaching, workshops, competitions, and touring. Auditions for next season will take place April 22-23 and May 20-21. 905-337-7104 0AKVILLE CHORAL SOCIETY The Oakville Choral Society has been an integral part of the Oakville community for over 44 years. We are a community choir of 80 to 100 singers and always welcome new members. There are no auditions required; however, a love of music and a willingness to learn are important. We hold two performances annually, in early May and early December. Rehearsals are Tuesday evening from 7:45-lOpm at Sheridan College, Trafalgar Campus. Registration is held in September and January. Our artistic director is J. Bev Stainton. Anthony Ward-Smith: 905-845-6300 0NOSCATOPOEIA THE HART HOUSE JAZZ CHOIR Onoscatopoeia is a 20-voice choir auditioned from musically talented students, faculty, and alumni of the University of Toronto. Formed in 2000, it has become one of U of T's most recognized, high-quality ensembles. The choir performs everything from established jazz stand- ards to tunes by the Jackson 5-all a cappella vocal arrangements. In addition to other engagements, the jazz choir rehearses on Monday nights from 5: 10-7pm and performs twice annually in the Arbor Room at Hart House as part of the Jazz at Oscar's series. Meghan Roberts: 416-978-6315 ONTARIO PRESBYTERIAN CHORUS The Ontario Presbyterian Chorus was formed in 1989 as a non-auditioning chorus seeking to promote sacred choral music from the 1600s to the present. Using voice and instruments, our repertoire includes classics, anthems, hymn arrangements and gospel songs. Ministering mainly in southern Ontario, we . average two programs per month September-May and tour approximately every three years. Although Presbyterian in origin, we are transdenominational in membership and concert schedule. Directed by Alastair McCallum, we rehearse bi-weekly on Tuesdays in a North Central location on the subway line. New members warmly welcomed. Sheila Bailey: 905-731-0136 ONTARIO Youm CHOIR The Ontario Youth Choir is an auditioned choir of 40 of Ontario's finest singers ages 16-22. This year's programme will be held at the University of Ottawa from August 21- 28. The Ontario Youth Choir challenges singers with exciting repertoire at a very high standard of performance. Under the guidance this year of Lydia Adams and Gerald Fagan, the choristers push the boundaries of choral excellence, enjoying the music with colleagues of like talent and interests. Melva Graham: 416-923-1144 OPEN VOICES CoMMUNITY CHOIR Open Voices is a non-auditioned, mixed-voice adult choir in Kingston led by Andy Rush, founder and artistic director. The choir actively supports the musical education of MAY 2005 WWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COM CANARY PAGES

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