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Volume 12 - Issue 8 - May 2007

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throughout the Region. Singers aged6-8 are encouraged to join the TrainingChoir. Current conductors are JudithBean and Carolyn Neumann. InMay 2007, the choir released its sixthrecording, Joyful Celebration. Auditionsfor next season will begin onJune 5. Email for more information.Judith Bean CHORAL SOCIETY OF CANADAICS is a community adult SATB choirperforming sacred, secular and folkworks that centre around Irish andother Celtic themes and include genressuch as Baroque, Classical andCanadian Folk. The choir performsthree times a year, often with specialguest artists including Toronto'sfinest Irish traditional musicians.The choir has had an ever-increasingaudience since its inception andis delighted to begin its sixth anniversaryseason commencing in September2007. The choir Is lookingfor experienced singers to join theorganization in its time of greatgr-0wth. All voices are needed. Tenorsand basses are particularly welcomed!Kar6n D'Aoust, director416-653-9102 info@icsoc.cawww.icsoc.caISLINGTON CHURCH CHOIRThe extensive and active music programmeat Islington, under the directionof Dr. 'John Derksen andassisted by many talented andcommitted musicians, includes theJunior (ages 6-12), Youth, and Seniorchoirs, along with 4 handbellchoirs, chimes, string and brass ensembles,and evening worship band.Supported by a magnificent Schoensteinorgan and grand piano,music rings through the neo-Gothicsanctuary for two morning serviceseach Sunday, monthly Taize andevening contemporary services, andnumerous special services, eventsand concerts. The accomplishedSenior choir, with 25-30 talented singersenriched by section leads, is attentiveto musical detail and expressivenessto enhance worship.John Derksen 416-239-1131 x26Ronald Jewell, Music,thejewells@sympatico.caWholeNote CANARY PAGESJOHN LAING SINGERSThe John Laing Singers, a Hamilton-basedchamber choir renownedfor tonal beauty and interpretativeexcellence, regularly performthroughout Ontario and Quebec andhave represented Canada at internationalchoral festivals in Franceand Switzerland. In 1994, as guestartists at the American Liszt SocietyFestival, their performance ofLiszt's Via Crucisi was epoch-making.They also presented concertsin sister city Sarasota, Florida onHamilton Day 1997 and 2006. TheirCD, My Love Dwelt in a NorthernLand, appeared in October 1998. In2007, their25thAnniversary Season,they released Merrily Sing We!, celebratingthe beauty of Christmasand the gift of music.we are one of London's premierconcert choirs, well-known forwidely-varied, accessible, and innovativeprogramming. Our 40-voicechoir performs a three-concert subscriptionseries and several specialperformances, repertoire rangingfrom the classics to Broadway,Medieval to the 21st century. Wework with some of London's andCanada's finest established soloistsand instrumentalists while also providingopportunities for many upand-comingtalents as guest artists.Rehearsals are Tuesdays 7:30-9:30pm. Auditions by appointmentanytime, but most take place priorto the concert season.Karen Schuessler 519-4 73-1668contact@kssingers.isp.cawww.kssingers.isp.caCarol Goodrow 905-628-52381-877-628-5238LAJEUNESSE YOUTH in 1988, and a four-timeJUBil.ATE SINGERSinternational gold medal winner, LaJubilate Singers is a chamber choir Jeunesse Girls' Choir (girls ages 11-of25-35 members that rehearses on 18) is one of four choirs with 100Tuesday evenings, 7:30-9:45pm at auditioned singers. The other choirsSt. Leonard Church on Wanless Ave. include The Children's Choir ( children(a block from_ Yonge and Lawrence).ages 8-12), Les Petits (childrenThe conductor, Isabel Bernaus, is ages 5-7), and The Chamber Choir.energetic, talented and a joy to work Choirs rehearse weekly at Trinitywith. The choir performs a threeconcertUnited Church in Cobourg, Ontarioseason plus community and perform two concerts per year,events (sometimes featuring spiritualsplus other community events andand gospel music). Repertoire productions. InApril 2007, the choiris wide-ranging in style and period, released their fifth CD Jeunesseinteresting, challenging, and notably Elemental. The Girls and SATBmulti-lingual (usually including works choirs will be touring Spain andfrom Spain and Latin America). France in summer 2007. We regularlySherry Squires is our long-time accompanist.commission works from Cana­Good blend, pitch and dian composers.sight reading required. Auditions arein June.Jennie Gilles 905-355-3634ljchoirs@eagle.cawww.lajeunessechoirs.caDiane Knowler LAWRENCE PARK CoMMUNITYwww.jubilatesingers.caCHURCH CHOIRThe Choir of Lawrence Park CommunityChurch sings weekly atSunday worship services from Septemberthrough June, with Thursdayevening rehearsals. Consisting of20plus members, including a professionalquartet, the Choir presentsKAREN SCHUESSLER SINGERSFounded in 1993 by musician andspecial musical offerings at Christmas,during Holy Week and is fea­conductor, Karen Ann Schuessler, to·explore the wealth of choral music, tured annually in Lawrence Park'sFridays @ 8 concert series. RecentWWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COMCD recordings include Awake, mysoul and sing and Peace for a NewMillennium, available through thechurch office.Mark Toews, Director of Music416-489-1551L YRICA CHOIR OF BARRIELyrica Choir was founded in September2000 by Nataliya Gurin. Itdraws its members from Barrie andthe surrounding area. The mixedSATB chamber choir performs sacredand secular music includingRenaissance, Baroque, Classical,Romantic and 20th century choralworks. Lyrica Choir recently appointeda new conductor, SteveWinfield and accompanist, BrentMayhew for the 2005/06 season.The choir rehearses on Mondayevenings at St. Andrew's PresbyterianChurch in downtown Barrie.Steve Winfield 705-722-0271steve. wi nfield@sympatico.caMAsTERWORKS OF OAKVILLECHORUS AND ORCHESTRAMasterworks of Oakville Chorusand Orchestra is devoted to performingthe great choral works. Itis unique in that all concerts areaccompanied by full orchestra. Anoutgrowth of St. Andrew's ConcertSeries, it performs in Oakvillechurches. Works performed sinceFebruary 2006 include Haydn's Creation,Faure's Requiem, Bach'sCantata #147, Mozart's Requiem,and Vivaldi's Gloria. Led by FoundingArtistic Director Ch!\fles Demuynck,next year's season will includeHandel's Messiah. Choir rehearsalsare Saturday mornings;Orchestra, Sunday evenings. Eachconcert program is performed twice.There are vacancies in the tenor, bass,violin and viola sections.Charles Demuynckcharles@masterworksofoakville.cawww.masterworksofoakville.caMEGACITY CHORUSAn all-male a cappella groupformed in 1997, the chorus has entertainedall over southern Ontario,including singing for the Radio CityMusic Hall Rockettes and for theToronto Raptors. Other appearancesinclude CityTV, Mix 99.9 and theMAY 2007

nationally broadcast Canada's WalkofFame. In summer 2008 they willheadline the Russian BarbershopHarmony Festival. At internationalcompetitions, they've placed as highas 13th in the world. Join us for rehearsalsMondays, 7:30-1 Opm atHarmony Hall, 2 Gower Street. Potentialmembers don't have to readmusic but must pass an audition.Jonathan Foster 416-702-1112info@megacitychorus.comwww.MegaCityChorus.comMETROPOLITAN UNITED CHURCHCHOIR AND FESTIVAL CHOIRThe auditioned, 32-member ChurchChoir has eight lead singers, rehearsesThursday evenings, andsings on Sunday mornings and specialoccasions, September to June.Repertoire is medieval through 21stcentury. Singers must have somesight-singing ability. A waiting listexists: contact director late spring orearly fall. The Festival Choir adds10-15 singers to the core choir, andrehearses Sunday afternoons for sixweeks prior to Good Friday. Pastconcerts featured Bach, Mozart,Faure, Durufle, Gilles, Schlitz, andDistler. The Metropolitan UnitedSparklers (ages 4-6), MetropolitanChoristers (7-11), CIC Ensemble(vocal and instrumental, ages 12+)and Metropolitan Handbells aregroups open to all.Patricia Wright 416-363-0331 x26patriciaw@metunited.orgwww. me tun ited .orgMILES NADAL JCC COMMUNITYCHOIR & WOMEN'S CHORUSThe MNjcc Community Choir is adynamic 70-member community ofsingers entering our 11th year.Founded by director/conductor HarrietWichin, the choir is known forhigh energy performances and variedrepertoire including world, gospel,Canadian, folk, jazz, classical,and Jewish music. It is an auditionedSATB group with members of varyingabilities. Rehearsals are onWednesdays 7:30-9:30pm, Septemberto June. We perform severaltimes a year. The MNjcc Women'sChorus: No Experience, No Audition,No Pressure, No Kidding!Rehearses every second Monday 8-9:30pm from September to June. Agreat group with widely varied repertoireto help women put music intotheir lives.MILES NADAL JCC YOUTH CHOIRThe MNjcc Youth Choir, directed bySamantha Clarke is for singers ingrades 2-6. The choir was foundedin 2004 with the ideals of diversemusic and a fun inclusive atmosphere.There is no audition or experiencerequired for these groups.Our rehearsals prepare for performancesthroughout the year and raisethe musical skills of our singers. Werehearse from September to May onThursdays from 4:15-5:45. We alsooffer a mentorship program for ourexperienced singers.Samantha Clarke 416-924-6211 x277samc@mnjcc.orgwww.mnjcc.orgMn.roN CHORISTERSCurrently celebrating our 38th year'·of continuous song, our group is avital component of the Milton community,providing the Halton Regionwith excellence in choral music witha minimum three-concert series annually.We also participate regularlyin various community events. Therepertoire presented varies fromclassical to contemporary and fromthe sacred to the secular. We welcomenew singers. Rehearsals areTuesdays 7:30-9:30pm at KnoxPresbyterian Church, 170 MainStreet, Milton.Jim Douglas 905-878-1632info@miltonchoristers.comwww.miltonchoristers.comMISSISSAUGA CmLDREN's CHOIRMCC is a treble voiced choir of 120children ages 6-17, celebrating over25 years of choral excellence. UnderMusic Director Thomas Bell, theMCC includes three ensembles -Training, Intermediate, and Concert,and is dedicated to providing youngsingers with exceptional musicalexperiences through performance,education, recording, touring, andcommunity service. The Choir performsat the Living Arts Centre onJune 2, then heads to Vancouver forthe Coastal Sound International ChoralFestival. The MCC hostsStephen Hatfield and six choirs atits international Mississauga ChoralFestival, February 2008. Auditionsheld April through June for the 2007 I08 season.Kathryn Brisley, Choir Manager905-624-9704info@mississaugachildrenschoir.com416-924-6211 x133 www.mississaugachildrenschoir.comharrietw@mnjcc.orgwww.mnjcc.orgMISSISSAUGA CHORAL SOCIETYMCS was founded in 1975 and, since1995, has been the Resident ChoralEnsemble of the Living Arts Centrein Mississauga. Over its history, theorganization has been guided by thecore values of excellence and accessin developing its choristers,commissioning new Canadianworks, delivering outstanding performancesand enhancing the qualpresentsextra choral music such astraditional carols at Christmas anda large choral work at Easter. Rehearsalsare held Sunday morningsbefore the service and on selectedThursday evenings through the year.Taylor Sullivan, Music Director416-222-5417taylorsullivan@yahoo.comwww.newtonbrookunitedchurch.caity of the audience's experience. NORTH 44° ENSEMBLEChoir membership sits at 80-plus . Founded in 2000, an affiliate of thesingers who rehearse from Septem- Toronto Choral Society, the Enberto June at St. Andrew's Memo- semble consists of 20 auditionedrial Presbyterian Church in Port members who are dedicated to ex­Credit. MCS presents three major cellence and eclecticism in choralconcerts a year and is engaged as music. Performances include anannual fundraising event with pro­ceeds directed to Street HavenWomen's Choir as well as specialengagements. North 44° rehearsesonce a week on Wednesday eveningsin the Toronto core. ArtisticDirector, Geoffrey Butler; Accompanist/Assistant Conductor, www.north44ensemble.orgguests in various concerts throughoutthe GTA.Ruth Laiken 905-278-7059mcsaudition@yahoogroups.comwww.mcs-on.caMISSISSAUGA FESTIVAL CHOIRMFC is an 85-voice adult communitychoir that rehearses and performsa variety of concerts andevents each season in the Mississaugaarea. Founded in 1984, theMFC is dedicated to excellence inchoral performance. Our primaryconcerts in December and May areheld at the Living Arts Centre andfeature a wide range of musicalstyles and traditions. Rehearsalstake place on Monday nights fromSeptember to May at the CawthraSeniors Centre, 1389 CawthraRoad. New members ar~ alwayswelcome, especially tenors andbasses!Lois Armstrong,v.NEWTDNBROOK UNITED CHURCHCHANCEL CHOIRNU CCC consists of a group of volunteersingers supported by anumber of professional sectionleads.The choir sings a wide varietyof classical and contemporaryrepertoire and provides strong musicalleadership Sunday mornings,twelve months of the year. In additionto full choir anthems, variousensembles and solos are presentedby members of the chancel choir.On selected Sundays, the choir----- ,~~%!- ~m:=: .··. "''OAKHAM HOUSE CHOIROHC, a large choral ensemble, performsmasterworks such as Mozart'sC Minor Mass and Requiem,Handel's Messiah, and Puccini'sMessa de Gloria. Affiliatedwith Ryerson University and foundedin 1986, the choir is led by MatthewJaskiewicz, former director ofthe Warsaw Chamber Opera. Wepresent two concerts per year, andare one of the few Toronto choirs inwhich amateur singers perform witha professional orchestra, the TorontoSinfonietta. We welcome anyonewho likes to sing, and accept newmembers in September and January.Rehearsals are Monday evenings atOakham House at Church andGould Streets.416-763-87 CmLDREN 1 s CHOIRFounded in 1994 by Glenda Crawford,OCC has achieved tremendoussuccess. With the mission of bringingworld-class choral and performancetraining to young people inHalton Region, the OCC offers acomprehensive music education pro-MAY 2007 WWW. TH EWHOLENOTE.COM WholeNote C ANARY PAGES

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