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Volume 11 Issue 8 - May 2006

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  • Choir
  • Toronto
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  • Repertoire ORPHEUS CHOIR OF TORONTO Founded in 1964, this 60-member mixed-voice choir aims to offer something different to concertgoers and singers alike. The choir has a 4-concert season, plus occasional guest performances, including collaborations outside the Toronto area. Under the energetic leadership of Robert Cooper, repertoire is both sacred and secular, from a cappella to full orchestral accompaniment, and includes many new or less well-known works. The choir also provides opportunities for young singers to gain experience as soloists through its Sidgwick Scholarship positions. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church near Yonge and St. Clair. Admission is by audition in May/June, and periodically throughout the season. Helen Coxon 416 530-4428 PALESTRINA CHAMBER CHORUS Founded by Com. Alberto Di Giovanni in 1997, the Palestrina Chamber Chorus is a semi-professional mixed-voice choir with 35 members, all of whom have received formal training in vocal music. The Palestrina is gaining a reputation as one of the finest choirs in Toronto. The repertoire of the choir consists primarily of sacred, early secular, and operatic works from the Italian school. The choir gives several recitals in the Toronto area during the year. It is sponsored by Centro Scuola e Cultura Italiana, located in the Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Ave. West, Toronto M6A 1 C3 Participation is by audition only. music 416-789-4970 PAX CHRISTI CHORALE ToRONT0 1 S MENNONITE CHOIR Pax Christi Chorale is an 80-voice oratorio choir. Many singers are local Mennonites, but the choir boasts members from several faith traditions and cultures. Conductor Stephanie Martin, who teaches at York University, is dedicated to performing the great works of choral literature, with a view to achieving musical excellence and sustaining a supportive choir community. The 2006-07 season marks the choir's 20th anniversary. Plans include the launch of a chamber choir. Several choral scholarships are offered each year. Membership is open to anyone interested in serious choral singing. Rehearsals are Monday nights. paxchristichorale@hotmai 416-494-7889 PEEL CHORAL SOCIETY Peel Choral Society was founded in 1971 to provide the people of Brampton with an opportunity to share the experience of performing a wide range of choral music. The choir is a four-part mixed voice ensemble. Under the direction of Mervin Fick, the choir presents two main concerts: Christmas Concert and a Spring Concert. This season, the choir will also present a Valentine's Dessert and Music Evening and a Fall Harvest Dinner and Concert. Peel Choral Society extends a welcome to both singers and audience to share our music. Elaine Dunk 416-961-6444 PENTHELIA SINGERS Now in its 10th year, Penthelia Singers is a dynamic ensemble of young women performing a diverse and musically sophisticated repertoire in several languages, Renaissance to 21st century. Noted for innovative programming, the choir was a semi-finalist in this year's CBC choral competition. The choir participated in the Ontario Science Centre's Environment Month in late April. The spring concert, Earth, Air, Fire and Water will be Sunday, June 4 at the Glenn Gould Studio. The choir rehearses at Rosedale Presbyterian Church, Wednesdays, 7:30- 9:30pm, and is looking for new members for its fall season. To find more about Penthelia please contact Mary Legge, artistic director. m. Mary Legge 416-229-0522 PORT PERRY UNITED CHURCH Port Perry United Church is a 40 voice mixed senior choir open to all who love to sing. Repertoire is traditional and contemporary. The choir rehearses Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 and sings each Sunday at 10:00am. The choral highlight is a Christmas choral festival with an additional concert during the year. The choir is accompanied on the Keates-Geisler pipe organ and /or grand piano. Presently searching for a choir director I organist. po Pat Bird, church administrator 905-985-2801 www. portpe rryunited .com QUEENSMEN OF TORONTO MALE CHORUS Performer, conductor and organist Michael Morgan directs the Queensmen of Toronto Male Chorus. Established for over 50 years, this 30 voice chorus has gained an international reputation for choral excellence and a well blended sound; the chorus places much emphasis on community outreach and fellowship . The Queensmen give 15 performances annually of a broad repertoire of popular, spiritual and sacred song at community events and "Big Sings" in Ontario and the States. A registered non-profit organization, the Queensmen award an annual scholarship to a deserving student. Rehearsals are Tuesday, 7:30pm at Westway United Church, 8 Templar Drive, Etobicoke. mickeyblue Michael Morgan 416-531-7099 {f/ Renaissan c e Singers RCM CHOIRS The Royal Conservatory of Music's choral program provides an array of opportunities for choristers of all ages. Choose from RCM Children's Choirs (children & teens), World Music Chorus (global music), Repertory Chorus (classic choral repertoire), Chamber Choir (by audition), Vox Continental (20 voices), Silver Singers (ages 50 and older), Lyric Singers (light repertoire), RCM Jazz Choir (ifswing's your thing), or Summer Chorale (rehearses in June and July). Most RCM choirs do not require an audition, although an initial meeting with the conductor for placement purposes is standard. All singers are welcome. 416-408-2825 u nityschool RIVERDALE YOUTH SINGERS The Riverdale Youth Singers, under the guidance of Teodora Georgieva, artistic director, prides itself in providing exceptional choral musical education while fostering artistic excellence, self-esteem and personal growth for each chorister. Since 1999, RYS has engaged in an active performance calendar, staging popular winter and spring concerts within its home Riverdale community and participating in various festivals and concerts throughout the GTA. The RYS has expanded to include a Young Singers Division, a Boys Choir and a Chamber Choir. Membership in RYS is open to all children ages 7 and up. Laurie Smith 416 875-1587 SACRED Music SOCIETY SMS, founder of the World Youth Day 2002 Choir, is a world-renowned performing arts and educational institution with repertoire ranging from Gregorian chants to classical music, and including contemporary and commissioned works. SMS embraces people with a gift for music and a desire to share it. Choir members dedicate significant time to rehearsing, recording, touring and performing. The choir accepts applications in early June and September. The three adult SMS Choirs include the 30-member Chamber Choir, Sacra Sinfonia, and the 70-member World Youth Day 2002 Choir. There are also four "Sparrow" children's choirs. Rehearsals are in central and eastern Toronto. Harold Marcotte 416-515-0767

SAINT ANNE'S ANGLICAN CHURCH CHOIR Saint Anne's offers excellent liturgical music in a superb acoustical space decorated by members of the Group of Seven. The 20-member SATB choir, directed by John Stephenson, sings Sunday Eucharist each week at !Oam and special services and concerts (September through June). The choir works hard but has a lot of fun along the way, most recently singing music of Byrd, Gibbons, Howells, Langlais, Mozart, Purcell, Stanford, Tomkins, Vaughan Williams and Vierne, with a peppering of chant for good measure. Membership is by audition: music reading skills important. Rehearsals 7:30-9:45 pm Thursdays at 270 Gladstone Avenue. Join us for great music in a truly inspiring space. John Stephenson 416-767 -7290 SCARBOROUGH BEL CANTO CHOIR The Scarborough Bel Canto Choir is a 39 voice community-based SATB choir, founded in 1993, to serve the community, raise money for charity, promote Bel Canto style singing, and provide fun and fellowship. Audition, to determine voice range, required. We perform 2 concerts per year, fall and spring, scheduled to not interfere with Christmas or Easter. We also sing for senior residences and in fundraisers for other organizations. Repertoire is varied, including folk, movies, swing, spirituals, Broadway, and classical selections. We are past Kiwanis Silver Medal winners (twice), and have recorded two CD's. Rehearsals are 7:30-!0pm, Tuesday at St. Nicholas Anglican Church, Birchcliff. Stillman Matheson, Musical Director President: Larry Tozer 416-288-4292 sbcc@ SCARBOROUGH CHORALAIRES The Choralaires were formed in 1993 and are led by Andrew Chung. The choir is a SA TB community choir which rehearses on Tuesday evenings at Knob Hill United Church, 23 Gage A venue, Scarborough. The choir presents two formal concerts each year, Christmas and spring time, in addition they perform at senior's residences and fund raising events for community organizations. Their repertoire ranges from light classical to show tunes including spirituals and folk songs. Membership requirements include: a simple audition, sight reading ability, some choral experience and a desire to spend time others who enjoy the magic of singing. Brian R Coker 416-498-8993 SCARBOROUGH SWEET ADELINES We are 33 women who eajoy singing four part harmony, love entertaining and perform at various venues and functions, including Sunday afternoon at Scarborough Civic Centre, street fairs, seniors homes, service clubs, carols at malls, and Christmas dinners. Repertoire ranges from musicals and golden oldies to Elton John. Each spring we compete against other choruses from our region and have competed internationally. Sweet Adelines have an international membership of 30 000 women. Let us entertain you or come and join us. Ability to read music is not essential - loving to sing is. Rehearsals are Wed 7pm at St. Paul's L' Amoreaux. Harriet 905-420-9623 SERENATA CHOIR Serenata Choir, under the direction of conductor Gary Heard, is welcoming new members. In honour of the upcoming 20th anniversary the choir will be performing two of the most popular choral works ever written. The 40-voice mixed SATB choir sings a varied repertoire consisting of sacred and secular music from ancient times to modern. Auditions are at the discretion of the conductor. The choir rehearses once a week on Monday nights from September to June, and performs two to three times a year, and at various community functions, as the opportunity arises. Wolf Glage 705-526-9715 SERENATA SINGERS The Serenata Singers, directed by Audrey McLeod, is a 65-voice SATB self-sustaining performing choir of retired men and women. The choir appears at senior's residences and community events on request. The Singer's repertoire ineludes folk, spirituals, golden oldies, Broadway show tunes and pop melodies, showcased at an annual spring concert. The choir rehearses Wednesday mornings from September to May at the Wilmar Heights United Church, 963 Pharmacy Ave, Scarborough. A simple audition is required; music sightreading skills and choral experience is helpful. The enjoyment of singing and associating with a very friendly group of adults is an added bonus. aud rey.e. mcleod@ sympatico. ca Audrey Mcleod 416-497-5952 SHEVCHENKO CHOIR The Shevchenko Choir originated in the Ukrainian community, therefore its repertoire, in the main, is Ukrainian and other Slavic songs. However, since its formation in 1951 the choir has also included folk songs of other peoples, operatic choruses, and original Canadian works. This year is in National Semi-Finals of CBC Choral Competition. The choir is part of the Shevchenko Musical Ensemble, performing with mandolin orchestra and dancers. Choir is multi-generational as well as multicultural. Performances: 2 or 3 concerts per season culminating in annual showcase of the Shevchenko Ensemble. Rehearsals: Sunday morning (10:00 to 12:30) at Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Ave. West. Alexander Veprinsky, conductor: 905-763-7516 Ginger Kautto, office: 416-533-2725 SOCIETY OF SINGERS The Society of Singers is a non-auditioned four-part mixed choir, under the direction of Ashley W. Tidy. The choir performs varied and interesting repertoire in seniors' centres and retirement homes, averaging one or two afternoon concerts per month from September to May. Rehearsals are on Monday afternoons from 1-3 pm at Blythwood Baptist Church, 80 Blythwood Road, east of Yonge Street, where there is ample parking. All voices with previous choral experience are welcome. K. Horsley: 416-466-5014 Ed Gilmore: 416-783-9490 Sr. CLEMENr's ANGLICAN CHURCH CHOIRS The Psallam Spiritu Choir is a treble-voice choir for boys and girls ages 8 to 17 who lead the music at the 9: 15am Sunday liturgy. Vocal training with emphasis on sightreading is given based on a program developed by The Royal School of Church Music. Rehearsals take place every Thursday afternoon 4:30 to 5:30pm from September to the end of May. The Senior Choir is a 25-voice auditioned mixed-voice choir that sings a wide range of sacred repertoire from plainsong to musicofthe2lstcentury. The choir sings at the l lam Sunday liturgy and the occasional Choral Evensongs. Thomas Pitches is the organist and director of music. Thomas Filches 416-483-6664 Sr. JAMES ANGLICAN DUNDAS CHURCH CHOIRS St. James' fine acoustics and flexible seating are ideal for traditional and innovative worship and music making. Junior, Intermediate and Senior choirs rehearse from September to May. Senior Choir leads the music at the 10:30 Eucharist, 'present-day' service, and monthly Choral Evensong. Repertoire ranges from unaccompanied plainsong to music of the 2 1st century. Junior and Intermediate Choirs are directed by one of the Senior Choir's choral leads, Sara Laux Chappel. Other choir commitments include: Advent Poetry, Lessons and Carols, Christmas Jazz Vespers, Boar's Head Festival, Holy Week and volunteer positions administering the church's concert series, Musica St. James. Organist/Director of Music: Douglas Brownlee. dougstjames Douglas Brownlee 905-627 -1424 Sr. JAMES' CATHEDRAL St. James' music program is based on worship, community and musical outreach. Various choirs sing three Sunday choral services. The Choir of Men and Boys sings Sundays at l lam, and 4:30 pm evensong twice a month. The Parish Choir, a volunteer mixed-voice adult choir, sings the 9am Sunday service. The Choral Society, a 35 mixed-voice community choir, performs major sacred works and pro-

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