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Volume 12 - Issue 8 - May 2007

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urday mornings at 1774 Queen St. E. BURIJNGTON Cmc CHORALEAuditions take place as required to Founded in 1994, this 25-30 voicefill vacancies.SATB community choir presents aJim Service 905-820-1470 wide spectrum of choral throughout the year ranging Renaissance and Baroque to modem,classical and jazz. Under thedirection of Dr. Gary Fisher, theBETH TIKVAH SYNAGOGUE CHOIRChorale's performances are oftenThe BT choir sings in synagogueaccompanied by professional soloistsand chamber ensembles suchservices on Saturday mornings andholidays throughout the year (onceas the Talisker Players. There area month on average). We also havethree main concerts each year. Auditionsare held in September anda concert choir which performs liturgicaland non-liturgical JewishJanuary and are open to men andmusic in concerts. The choir, currentlyled by Beth Tikvah Music Directorwomen 18 years and over who havesome sight-reading ability. Rehearsalsare Tuesdays from 7: 15-9:30pmEyal Bitton, was formed 40 years agoand was previously conducted by theat St. Christopher'sAnglican Church,late Srul Irving Glick.Guelph Line, Burlington.Eyal Bitton, Music Director416-932-5297 eyal7@hotmail.comwww.musicabethtikvah.comBRAMPTON FESTIVAL SmGERSBFS is a mixed voice communitychoral ensemble, serving Bramptonsince 1985, striving for excellencein music from classical to pop. Weare always looking for new voices,especially tenors and basses, for the30-person choir. Rehearsals areevery Tuesday evening at GraceUnited Church, 156 Main StreetNorth in Brampton. We performthree concerts a year with oftenmore than one performance perconcert. The music director is RobertHennig.Carol Barber·BRAMPTON FESTIVAL YOUTH CHOIRBFYC is for singers between theages of 8 and 15. Our purpose is tooffer Brampton youth diverse musicalexperiences in the context ofchoral excellence. Rehearsals are6:45-8pm on Tuesdays, and weperform regularly in Brampton andsurrounding areas, singing music ina variety of styles and genres. Choristerswill receive instruction inbasic music history and theory,vocal technique, and stage deportment.Voice-placement auditionsare held on a regular basis enablingus to gauge the ability of the youngster.The choir is funded by theTrillium Foundation and theBrampton Arts Council.Carol Barber 905-450-5659info@bramptonfestivalsingersinc.orgwww.bramptonfestivalsingersinc.orgWholeNote CANARY PAGESGary Fisher PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHCHOIRThe Calvin Presbyterian ChurchChoir is a four-part choral groupwith four paid soloists and about20 volunteers. We perform for allservices at Calvin Presbyterian, andwelcome other offers. We rehearseThursdays 6:30-8pm, and we areeager for new members. The choirhas been steadily growing and wouldlove new members! Our theme isChristian, and we perform a largevariety of music including early music,Classical and Romantic, spiritualsand contemporary popular styles.No previous experience necessary.Rehearsals are held in the sanctuaryof Calvin Church, 26 Delisle Ave,one block north of St. Clair andYonge.Sandy Thorburn416-604-7692 or 416-923-9030sandythorburn@yahoo.comcalvinchurchtoronto.comCANADIAN CHILDREN'S OPERACHORUSIn its 39th season, the CCOC consistsof five choruses for ages 5-20and is the only permanent children'sopera chorus in Canada to regularlycommission and produce operas forchildren: The programme preparesyoung people for the vibrant worldof opera by offering musical anddramatic training and professionalexperience. Members regularly performwith the Canadian Opera Company,the Toronto Symphony Orchestra,and other major professionalorganizations throughout the GTA.Nominated for a Juno award in 2007.Rehearsals take place weekdaysafter school in the downtown area.Auditions are held April-June. ArtisticDirector: Ann Cooper Gay.Ken Hall, Company Manager416-366-0467info@canadianchildrensopera.comwww.canadianchildrensopera.comCANADIAN ORPHEUS MALE CHOIRNow in its 30th season, the COMCis a well-balanced auditioned ensembleof 70 singers. Now underthe direction of Dr. Gary Fisher,the choir has performed close to500 concerts in such venues asNational Arts Centre in Ottawa,Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, St.Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbeyand Royal Albert Hall in London.The choir has also toured continentalEurope, Ireland, Canadaand USA. Each season the choirpresents concerts throughout SouthernOntario, supporting charities, andhas helped raise more than 0,000.Repertoire consists of classical, sacred,pop, jazz, gospel, and secularmusic.Ted van Overdijk 905-659-7046twavano@hotmail.comwww.comc.caCANADIAN SINGERSThe Canadian Singers have performedin Roy Thomson Hall, ScarboroughCivic Centre, Hart House,Toronto Centre for the PerformingArts and Markham Theatre withMark DuBois, Peter Appleyard,Dave Broadfoot, Liona Boyd andNatalie McMaster. In 2007 theSingers will present their revue Willthe Real Canada Please Stand UR?in the Assembly Hall, Etobicoke.They will also be performing threesongs at the salute to Johnny Cowellin June and have three furtherconcerts scheduled, two in the ScarboroughCivic Centre and a Christmasevening at Montgomery's Inn,Etobicoke.WWW, THEWHOLENOTE.COMHarvey Patterson, Music Director416-239-5821thecanadiansingers@ca.inter.netwww.thecanadiansingers.comCANTABll.E CHOJALE OF YoRKREGIONCantabile Chorale, a 40-voice mixedadult choir founded in 1973 by RobertRichardson, performs 8-10 timesa year, frequently for charity. Thechoir has a broad repertoire embracingclassical and contemporaryworks, both sacred and secular, andoften performs with other musicalensembles and features guest musicians.Membership is by auditionand new choristers are always welcome.Applicants should have goodsight-reading ability and a commitmentto the joy and discipline of choralsinging. Rehearsals are on Mondayevenings in Thornhill from Septemberto June. The choir holds anannual weekend retreat in September,.and occasionally arrangesweekend tours.Robert Richardson 905-731-8318hello@cantabile.cawww.cantabile.caCANTORES CELESTES WOMEN'SCHOIRFounded 18 years ago, a highlytrained40-voice women's choir, ourmotto is Share Your Song. We haveproduced four CDs to rave reviews,with our fifth to be released thisyear. We have recorded film scoresand performed live on CBC Radio.We have a very large and enthusiasticaudience attendance and alwaysdonate some of the concertproceeds to local charities, alreadynearing ,000. Directed by KellyGalbraith, our repertoire focuseson classical (von Bingen, Pergolesi,Vivaldi, Faure, Holst), and contemporarycomposers). We alsoexplore in close collaboration withmusicians specializing in the musicaltraditions of gospel, bluegrass,African, South American and Celtic.Rehearsals are Tuesdays 7-9pmat Runnymede United Church inBloor West Village, September toMay. Auditions are held from Mayto August. In July 2008 we plan totour the Maritime provinces.Kelly Galbraith 416-236-1522sing@cantorescelestes.comwww.cantorescelestes.comCARIBBEAN CHORALE OF TORONTO,INC.From palm trees to maple trees ...from white-sand beaches to snowfilledlanes. This describes the rangeof music that the Caribbean ChoraleofToronto, Inc. performs. Underthe leadership of Music Director,David Murelle, this choir's wideMAY 2007

epertoire includes classical, gospel,and Caribbean folk music. Membersfrom the Caribbean islands and thosewho share the spirit of the Caribbeanformed the Caribbean Choraleof Toronto Inc. in 1993. This nonprofitorganization was incorporatedin 1995.Pauline Goodman 416-493-3251cctmembership@hotmail.comCELLAR SINGERSDirected by Albert Greer with BlairBailey, accompanist, the Cellar Singersare in their 39th year. Theypresent four major concerts eachseason in the Huronia-Muskokaarea. This season the Cellar Singerswill also be performing two concertsin the Algonquin Theatre inHuntsville. Performances includecomplete traditional oratorios, withprofessional vocal soloists and orchestras,shorter works, and Canadiancompositions. The 80-member,auditioned choir rehearsesweekly for three hours, has participatedin many special performances,and toured internationally. Theyhave two Christmas CDs availablethrough their web site. All choristersvolunteer for some organizationalduties and participate in fundraising.Wayne Noble 705-327 -8280www.thecellarsingers.comCENTENARY UNITED CHURCH CHomThis 25-member auditioned choirsings weekly services and presentsregular concerts from September toJune. The choir has four paid professionalleads and four studentscholars studying at university andcollege level. The choir has collaboratedin the past with the Hamil-which sings plainchant, and theGallery Choir, which singsunaccompanied polyphony, and isespecially known for itsinterpretation of the compositions ofDr. Healey Willan. The choirsrehearse on Thursday evenings forthe hymns, masses and motets sungat the 11 am Sunday Mass, andoccasional concerts. The choirswelcome new members. Pleasecontact director of music Dr. WillisNoble or assistant conductor JudithYoung to arrange an audition.Willis Noble 416-978-3611Judith Young 416-446-0188smmsingers@hotmail.comwww.stmarymagdalene.caCHOIRS ONTARIOChoirs Ontario is a not-for-profitarts service organization dedicatedto the support and promotion of choralmusic throughout Ontario. Ourmembers include choirs, conductors,choristers, composers, administrators,educators, and choral musiclovers from every corner of theprovince. We support the growthand raise the profile of Ontario choralmusic through a variety of programmesincluding the OntarioYouth Choir, The Ruth WatsonHenderson Choral CompositionCompetition, and the President'sLeadership Award. Benefits ofmembership include access to ourextensive choral library, reducedchoir insurance rates, and free concertlistings on our website. Connectchorally. Make life sing!416-923-1144info@choirsontario.orgwww.choirsontario.orgCHORUS NIAGARAChorus Niagara is Niagara's premierton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra choral organization, now enteringand the Hamilton Philharmonic our 45th season. Under the directionof Robert Cooper, we ·are aOrchestra presenting worldpremiere works for chorus and orchestra.In 2006 the choir per­100-voice adult choir. We perform4 concerts per season, which beginsin September until the first offormed the Ontario premiere ofJune. We perform mainly classicalKarl Jenkins' Requiem with theworks. Our performances takeBrott National Academy mainly in St. Catharines. WeThis fall the Choir will be preformingDurufle 's Requiem.are always looking for new singers.In September we will be starting aShawn Grenke 905-522-6843 x26 Children's Choir. Please visit website for details of our season and how to get tickets.CHOIRS OF THE CHURCH OF Sr.MARY MAGDALENEOur choirs are composed of twoseparate ensembles: the Ritual Choir,Johanna Cotte, AdministrativeDirector 905-371 -1518Pam Gilmore, auditions 905-357-1616cnadmin@becon.orgwww.chorusniagara.caCHRIST CHURCH DEER p ARKAt this dynamic Anglican parish inmid-town Toronto there are threechoirs, all under the direction ofBruce Kirkpatrick Hill. The SeniorChoir, led by eight professionals,sings the best of Anglican liturgicalmusic every Sunday morning at11 am, with concerts and other specialevents, September to June.They rehearse Thursday nights at7:30pm. A less ambitious adultchoir, led by four professional singers,rehearses Thursdays, 6:45•7: l 5pm and sings twice a month atthe 9: l 5am Sunday service. TheJunior Choir learns music theory andthe fundamentals of singing; theyrehearse Wednesday afternoons4:00-5: !Opm, and sing two Sundaysa month.Bruce K. Hill 416-920-5211 x28bkhill@christchurchdeerpark.orgwww.christchurchdeerpark.orgCOMMON THREAD COMMUNITYCHORUSCommon Thread is a 70-voice, nonauditionedchoir conducted by IsabelBemaus, promoting communityand social justice through a repertoirebased in multicultural folktraditions. We welcome singers witha wide range of musical experienceand cultural backgrounds. Rehearsalsare on Wednesdays 6:45-9:30pm at Cecil Community Centre(Spadina and College) Septemberthrough May. Our season includestwo benefit concerts plustwo performances of a full-lengthconcert at the end ot' May. Orientationand vocal placement sessionsfor those on our waiting list areheld in April and June with intakeof new members each September.Zoe Cunningham,Chorus Administrator 416-410-5022info@commonthreadchorus.cawww.commonthreadchorus.caCOUNTY TOWN SINGERSCTS started as a small communitychoir to celebrate Canada's centennialyear. Under the direction ofBarbara Ouellette, we are still "singingfor the love of it", 40 years later.We are a 60-70-voice auditionedchoir with a varied repertoire fromshow tunes to spirituals, and folk toclassical. We hold two major concertsper year, December and May,and concerts at smaller venues suchas nursing homes or special functionssuch as the 2005 Kia Cup Curl-ing Championships in Whitby. Rehearsalsare Wednesdays 7 :30-1 Opmat the Whitby Seniors Centre. Auditionsare the first three Wednesdaysof September and January.Janice Aucoin CHAMBER CHOIRFounded by director Leonard Ennsin 1998, the DaCapo Chamber Choiris dedicated to exploring unaccompaniedmusic, primarily of the 20thcentury and later. Our performanceseason consists of three annual concertsin Kitchener-Waterloo, one inthe fall around Remembrance Day,a mid-winter, and a spring concert.The choir has been named a semifinalist(2006) and finalist (2004) inthe CBC Choral Competition, hasperformed with renowned groupssuch at TACTUS and members ofthe Penderecki Quartet, and hasreleased a critically acclaimed CD,Still, and has a follow-up CD currentlyin th!! planning stages.Sara Martin, manager 519-725-7549info@dacapochamberchoir.cawww.dacapochamberchoir.caDARBAZIDarbazi is an eleven-member Toronto-basedensemble that performsthe distinctive three-part polyphonyfrom the Black Sea Republic ofGeorgia. With repertoire rangingfrom sacred chants to exuberantdrinking songs, we seek to broadenawareness of Georgia's astonishinglyvaried musical heritage. Culturalexchange with legendary Georgiansingers has contributed to Darbazi 'sauthentic voice. Formed in 1995, wehave performed around southernOntario, and in Montreal and St.John's. We were most honoured bythe enthusiastic response from Georgianaudiences to our performancesin Tbilisi, Georgia (2002 and2006), including numerous televisionappearances. Available for performances.Ray Kinoshita 416-917-8571baniquest@sympatico.cawww.darbazi.comMAY 2007WWW. THEWHOLENOTE. COMWholeNote CANARY PAGES

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