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Volume 13 - Issue 8 - May 2008

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Along Downtown Messiah

Along Downtown Messiah at MetropolitanUnited; Rachmaninov 1/i:!spers;and Celebrating Haydn - 2009with the lord Nelson Mass and TeDeum. Weekly rehearsals: Tuesdays7: 15- 9:30 pm at St Vladimir Institute,620 Spadina Ave. Special rehearsalsare open to the public forthe Sing-Along Messiah.Gary Myers, Secretaryinfo@counterpointchorale.comwww.counterpointchorale.comCOUNTY 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: showtunes to spirituals, folk to classical.We hold two major concerts peryear, December and May, and concertsat smaller venues such as nursinghomes or special functions suchas the Men's Provincial CurlingChampionship, Whitby Libraryopening, Heritage Day events, etc.Rehearsals are Wednesdays 7:30-10 pm at the Whitby Seniors Centre.Auditions are the first two/threeWednesdays of September and January.Doreen Dean 905-655-9505standor@attglobal.netwww.countytownsingers.comDACAPO CHAMBER CHOIRFounded by director Leonard Ennsin 1998, the DaCapo ChamberChoir is dedicated to exploring unaccompaniedmusic, primarily ofthe 20th century and later. Our performance season consists of threeconcerts in Kitchener-Waterloo: afall, a winter, and a spring concert.The choir has been named a semifinalist(2008, 2006) and finalist(2004) in the CBC Radio ChoralCompetition, has performed withrenowned groups such as TACTUSand members of the PendereckiQuartet, and has released a criticallyacclaimed CD, STILL. Their secondrecording is currently underway,to be completed in 2009 duringtheir I Oth Anniversary year.Sara Martin, Manager 519-725-7549info@dacapochamberchoir.cawww.dacapochamberchoir.caEAST YoRK CHOIR~-~EYC, an auditioned ensemblefounded in 1984, performs choralselections from a wide range of genres,often in collaboration with otherartists. Our conductor and artisticdirector is Jenny Crober, and ouraccompanist is Elizabeth Acker.Our season consists of two concerts,as well as performances at avariety of community events, includingbenefit concerts. On Saturday,May 24, our "Latin & Jazz"concert will feature a variety ofchoral and instrumental Latin Americanand jazz selections, with specialguests Cassava Latin Rhythmsand the renowned jazz bassist RobClutton. Rehearsals are Mondayevenings at Eastminster UnitedChurch, 310 Danforth Ave., justwest of Chester subway.Jenny Crober 416-463-8225eastyorkchoir@sympatico.cawww.eastyorkchoir.caECHO WOMEN'S CHOIRECHO is a 70-voice communitychoir open to women from all walksof life. ECHO sings each Tuesdaynight at Holy Trinity (beside theEaton Center), performs at citywidegrass-roots events, and holdsDecember and May concerts. Thenon-auditioned choir, co-led byBecca Whitla and Alan Gasser,aims to build a strong, varied andvibrant culture and communitythrough song. Repertoire includesmusic from village singing traditionsaround the world and newly-commissionedmusic. ECHO aims tokeep membership fees and concerttickets accessible to all. While membershipis open, there is sometimesa short waiting list. Spring ' 08 concert:"Spring Blossoms", May 11 ,3 pm at Holy Trinity.Barbara Wilker-Frey,Choir Administrator416-588-9050 ext. 3EGLINTON Sr. GEORGE'SUNITED CHURCHEglinton St. George's United ChurchChoir numbers about fifty, includingeight professionals; we're committedto excellence and eclecticism.Gregorian chant to Gospel, Willan toworld music: we sing it all! We regularlyperform with orchestra: masterpieceslike Messiah, the LordNelson Mass. and Requiems byMozart, Faure, and Durutle. Withthe Bach Consort, we've sungBach's Christmas Oratorio, Massin B Minor, and St. Matthew Passionunder conducting greats YannickNezet-Seguin, Jane Glover, andNicholas McGegan. ln our jazz liturgies,we have performed withmany of Canada's finest jazz musicians.This year's special project isa performance tour of l taly.Peter Merrick, Director416-481-1141 ext. 340peter@esgunited.orgwww.esgunited.orgELMER ISELER SINGERSEIS is a 20-voice professional chamberchoir based in Toronto.Founded in 1979 by Dr. Elmer Iselerand now directed by the acclaimedLydia Adams, the Singersare known for tonal beauty and interpretiverange, and valued fortheir contributions to masterclassesand workshops by schools andcommunity choirs. The unique GetMusic! educational outreach initiativementors conductors, musiceducators and students. In saluteto the Canadian Composer EIS hasrecorded eight CD's in nine yearswith Lydia Adams! Annual auditionsare in May. Weekly rehearsals,a Toronto concert series, touringand recording put the Elmer IselerSingers among Canada's illustriouschoral ensembles.Jessie lseler 416-217-0537info@elmeriselersingers.comwww.elmeriselersingers.comELoRA FESTIVAL SINGERSEFS is a 24-singer professional choirfounded in 1980 by Artistic DirectorNoel Edison. EFS has been hailedas Canada's top chamber choir bythe Canada Arts Counci I and by reviewersand patrons alike. For twenty-nineyears EFS has been thechoir-in-residence at the renownedElora Festival; from September toMay presents a regular concert seriesin Elora, Guelph and Toronto;and in 1997 became the professionalcore of the Toronto MendelssohnChoir. Through their many recordingsand touring the Singers continueto reach audiences around theworld. Annual auditions are held inJanuary.Esther Farrell 519-846-0331info@elorafestival.comwww.elorafestival.comENSEMBLE TRYPTYCHCHAMBER CHOIREnsemble TrypTych Chamber Choir(ETCC) is an amateur mixed-voicechoir. Four annual concerts presentdiverse, unique, and challenging repertoireincluding oratorio, opera,smaller works, and Canadian compositions.Recent productions performedwere Intimations of Immortalityby Gerald Finzi, Great is theGlory by Jonathon Willcocks, TheSeven Last Words of Christ by Th.Dubois, Cavalleria Rusticana byMascagni and the critically acclaimedSt. John Passion by J.S.Bach. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays7:30- 9:45 pm at Trinity PresbyterianChurch, 2737 Bayview Ave.Uust south of 40 I) from Septemberto May. Auditions by appointment.Lenard Whiting, Artistic Director,416-763-5066 ext. 3etcc@tryptych.orgwww.tryptych.orgEroBICOKE CENTENNIAL CHOIRThe Etobicoke Centennial Choir(ECC), a 60-voice SATB communitychoir, has been sing ing andperforming in Etobicoke for morethan 40 years. In September 2008,the choir will welcome a talentednew music director, Ms. CaronDaley. The choir's three-concertseason encompasses a varied repertoireof classical and contemporaryworks, both sacred and secular.Choir members are a friendlygroup that warmly welcomes newsingers. Rehearsals are held onTuesdays from 7:15- 10:00 pm,September through May, at IslingtonUnited Church in Etobicoke.Interested singers are invited toparticipate at a rehearsal. Membershipis by audition.Elizabeth Fisher 41 6-253-0214choirpresident@etobicokesings.comwww.etobicokesings.comETOBICOKE YOUTH CHOIRLouise Jardine, music director of thiscommunity choir since 1995, providesexcellent musical tutelage andinspires artistic performance. Choristersgain life skills while sharingtalents and developing musical abilities.Repertoire includes contemporary,theatre, classical, and sacredmusic. Rehearsals are Tuesday eveningsat Humbervale United Church,1447 Royal York Road, from Septemberto early June, with two mainconcerts, various community performances,and a cabaret featuringWholeNote CANARY P AGESWWW, THEWHO LENOTE, COMMAY 2008

individual choristers. Fall and Springworkshop weekends provide intensiverehearsing and bonding. Entryin January or September by simpleaudition in December or May. Weenjoy singing. New members 7- 17are welcome.George 416-231-9120eyc.secretary@sympatico.cawww.etobicokeyouthchoir.caExuLTATE CHAMBER SINGERSFor more than 25 years, Exultate hasgarnered praise as a precise, passionateensemble with a wide-rangingrepertoire. Established by conductorJohn Tuttle, Exultate is enrichedby the musicianship and variedbackgrounds of its 22 members.Exultate launched its fourth CD, AllAround the Circle: a collection ofCanadian folk songs, in 2005. Exultateis a three-time winner of theHealey Willan Prize, awarded by theCanada Council for the Arts. Exultatepresents a four-concert subscriptionseries in Toronto andmakes guest appearances in variousOntario communities. Auditions areheld as required to fill vacancies.416-971-9229exultate@exultate.netwww.exultate.netFANSHAWE CHORUS LONDON/GER­ALD FAGAN SINGERSFanshawe Chorus London and itssister organization, the Gerald FaganSingers have been in existencefor 40 and 30 years respectively.Gerald Fagan is artistic director andconductor for both. The 110-voiceFanshawe Chorus London and 24-voice Gerald Fagan Singers chamberchoir are accompanied by theConcert Players Orchestra in a varietyof concerts each season. FourCDs have been released and theChorus has twice earned the LieutenantGovernor's Award for theArts. Repertoire includes all themajor choral works and contemporarymusic with a particular focuson Canadian composers. Singerswho audition to join must readmusic and assist in some aspect ofthe organization's operation.Marlene Fagan, General Manager519-433-9650info@choruslondon .cornwww.choruslondon .cornFORTE - THE TORONTOMEN'S CHORUSThis 24-voice men's chamber choirunder the leadership of EdwardConnell, one of Canada's finest choraldirectors, draws members fromToronto's talented and diverse gaycommunity. The TTBB chorusmounts annual holiday and springproductions, performs at many communityevents, and capped its I Ithyear as a semi-finalist in the 2008CBC National Radio Competition forAmateur Choirs. The season runsfrom the first week of Septemberuntil after the Toronto Pride Weekactivities. Auditions: September andJanuary. Rehearsals: Mondays 6:30-9:30 pm at St. Andrew's UnitedChurch, 117 Bloor Street East.Vince Ciarlo, President 416-763-3783forte-chorus@rogers.comwww .forte-chorus. cornGEORGETOWN BACH CHORALEDuring the 2008/09 season theGeorgetown Bach Chorale willbe celebrating its much anticipatedIOth anniversary. The Chorale, a20-member auditioned chamberchoir, performs a variety of classicalrepertoire with an emphasis onthe Baroque period. The choir isoften accompanied by a period orchestraand led from the harpsichordby music director Ron Greidanus.Highlights of the upcomingseason are Handel's Messiah andBach' s St. Matthew Passion. Aunique feature of the choir's annualprogram is the intimate concertsthat take place in a private homefollowed by a lavish reception.905-877-8321www.georgetownbachchorale.comGEORGIAN BAYCHILDREN'S CHOIRThe Georgian Bay Children's Choiris a regional multi-level choir forages 5- 18. Weekly rehearsals preparesingers for numerous local concertsand two larger showcase concertsannually. The two senior choirlevels have the opportunity everysecond year to tour nationally or internationally.A holistic approach totraining is a trademark of this choir.Vocal assessment initially placessingers appropriately and is reviewedannually. Individual vocalcoaching is provided as needed.Repertoire includes traditional, Canadian,contemporary, folk, worldmusic, spirituals, sacred, and Broadway.Activities include concerts, festivals,choir exchanges, musiccamps, travel, education and regularspecial events.Linda Hawkins,Music Director/Conductorinfo@gbcc.caGLENVIEW PRESBYTERIANCHURCH CHOIRSThe choirs' dual aims of quality andaccessibility reflect GlenviewChurch's traditions of excellence inworship and active social outreach.With 30 singers, including four professionalsoloists, Glenview AdultChoir sings repertoire ranging fromRenaissance to Contemporary, andleads dynamic congregational singingin a beautiful, resonant environment.The choir rehearses Thursdayevenings. Glenview Children'sChoir includes boys and girls aged7- 12. They rehearse on Sundaysafter 10:30am worship (aroundII :45am-12:30pm) and performmonthly. Located at Glenview andYonge (south of Lawrence subwaystation), both choirs welcome newmembers, including seasonal singersat Christmas and Easter.Michael Capon, Director of Music416-488-1156 ext. 24organist@glenviewchurch.cawww.glenviewchurch.caGRACE CHURCH ON-THE-HILLCHOIRSThere is no sound like the soaringtone of trebles, boys and girls,trained in the British cathedral traditionand singing in the superbacoustics of Grace Church. TheChoir of Gentlemen and Boys andthe St. Cecilia ChoirofWomen andGirls sing the best of British andCanadian repertoire each week inservice, in annual concerts, and ontour. Girls and boys accepted uponaudition when they read English well,usually age 7 and up. Prior musicaltraining is not required. Adults mustread music. No upper age limit, nomembership fee, just a love of sacredmusic and a real commitmentto strive for excellence.Melva Treffinger Graham416-488-7884gracemusic@gracechurchonthehill.cawww.gracechurchonthehill.caGRAND PHILHARMONIC CHOIRThe Grand Philharmonic Choir hasgrown under the leadership of Conductorand Artistic DirectorHoward Dyck. The organizationconsists of four choirs in total : aI JO-voice Main Choir; a 35-voiceChamber Choir; Youth Choir; andChildren's Choir. All four choirsparticipate in a subscription seriesof concerts in the Waterloo Region,totalling some 35 concerts per year.Auditions are held throughout theyear. For more information pleasecontact the Administrative Assistant,Sigrid Hart.519-578-6885info@grandphilchoir.comwww.grandphilchoir.comGRAND RlvER CHORUSThe Grand River Chorus, a Brantford-based,auditioned, mixedvoicecommunity choir, presentsfour concerts per year. Our TenthSeason of Celebration opens November2 with The French Romantic(Faure & Durufle), followed byHandel 's Messiah (December 14).The highlight of the year, our IOthAnniversary Concert (March 29),features Handel 's Saul; we concludeJune 14 on a lighter note with WeSail the Ocean Blue. Our chorussings works of the great mastersand contemporary composers. Wealso perform at various communityevents and at concerts hostedby other organizations. Rehearsalsare Mondays at 7:30 pm in theMusic Room at Assumption CollegeSchool.Richard Cunningham, Artistic Director519-841-9708ctenor@rogers.comgrandriverchorus@rogers.comwww.grandriverchorus.comGUELPH CHAMBER CHOIRThe Guelph Chamber Choir wasfounded in 1980 to foster the developmentand appreciation ofchoral music in Guelph and the surroundingarea. Dr. Gerald Neufeldhas been conductor and artistic directorsince its founding. Consistingof36 members of highly talented,auditioned singers from a widevariety of occupations, the choirwill be presenting its 29th seasonwith six concerts (four at the RiverRun Centre in Guelph) and a nationalcompetition for young Canadiancomposers. Its repertoire rangesfrom Renaissance masters tonewly commissioned works, fromclassical styles to Broadway, andM AY 2008WWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COMWholeNote CANARY PAGES

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