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Volume 13 - Issue 8 - May 2008

Includes the 2008 Canary Pages

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from masterworks for choir and orchestrato repertoire for unaccompaniedvoices.Patricia Eton-Neufeld 519-836-5103patetonneufeld@rogers.comwww.guelphchamberchoir.caGUELPH YOUTH SINGERSGuelph Youth Singers, now in itsl 7th season, is lead by artistic directorLinda Beaupre and has fourtreble choirs of youth and childrenaged 6 through 19. Choristers areplaced in each of the choirs basedon age and skill level. Weekly rehearsalsat Guelph Youth MusicCentre include vocal technique, theoryand sight singing. GYS performsup to three major concertsper season as well as workshop,festival, community and guest performances.Auditions are held inApril and May for entry in September,and in November for a limitednumber of positions in January.Cathy Meggison 519-821-8574admin@guelphyouthsingers.comwww.guelphyouthsingers.comHAMILTON CHILDREN'S CHOIRFor over 30 years, the HamiltonChildren's Choir has gathered childrenand youth together in song,enriching their lives and the livesof those touched by their magnificentmusic. Under world-renownedZimfira Poloz's direction and a giftedartistic team, the HCC offers avariety of choral programs foryoung singers ages 8-24 years.Choristers are able to experience thejoys of singing, teamwork, musicalunderstanding and artistic expressionthrough choir retreats, weeklyrehearsals (Christ's Church Cathedralin Hamilton), workshops, performanceand tours. Audition Dayis June 14.Tricia Le Clair 905-527-1618www.hamiltonchildrenschoir.comHARBOURFRONT CHORUSYou're invited to join the HarbourfrontChorus, a non-auditionedchoir performing a diverse repertoirefor a diverse city. Under DirectorDallas Bergen, we rehearseTuesdays, 7:45- 9: 15 pm at HarbourfrontCommunity Centre, 627Queens Quay West, in the DanceStudio. Our season runs Septemberthrough May. All levels of experienceare welcome. Come try us on!Observe a rehearsal, any Tuesdayevening through the end of May.New season begins September2008!Tania416-710-7676harbourfrontchorus@yahoo.caHARLEQUIN SINGERSFounded in 1967 as a support groupto Hamilton Theatre Inc. and incorporatedin the mid-70s as TheHarlequin Singers, the 35-voicemixed choir performs repertoirefrom Broadway musicals, films,pop charts, jazz and big band. Twomajor cabaret concerts are mountedyearly; the 2008 spring cabaretconcert May 30, 31 and June I atDrury Lane Theatre, Burlington andthe Christmas cabaret Dec. 12, 13and 14. The choir performs at fundraisersand celebrations for serviceorganizations, charities, churches,retirement homes and non-profitorganizations. Singers interested inauditioning should be able to readmusic and be willing to commit allmusic to memory.John (Jack) Packer, Music Director905-575-9360www.harlequinsingers.comHARMONY SINGERS OFETOBICOKEFormed in 1965, this dynamic women'schorus is one ofToronto's longest-establishedcommunity choralgroups. Under Director HarveyPatterson, the 30-voice choir combinesthe joy of singing with thepleasure of entertaining. The groupmemorizes, stages and performssongs in a lighter vein; its sparklingrepertoire includes popular, folk,show and light classical pieces. TheSingers perform a Christmas concertand will present Blame It OnThe Music on May 30 and 31. Aswe! I, the choir entertains at communityevents, hospitals and senior residences.New members are welcome.Rehearsals are Mondays,7:30- !0pm at Martin Grove UnitedChurch.Harvey Patterson 416-239-5821theharmonysingers@ca.inter.netwww.harmonysingers.caHART HOUSE SINGERSThe Hart House Singers at the Universityof Toronto is a non-auditionedchoir that provides an opportunity forfirst-time and experienced singers toshare in the joy of choral singing,learn the art of song and sing culturallyand historically diverserepertoire. Under the enthusiasticdirection of David Arnot-Johnston,rehearsals are at Hart House, 7Hart House Circle, U of T ( downtowncampus): from September toApril, Mondays 7: 15- 9:30 pm;and from May to July, Wednesdays7: 15-9:30 pm. Our three yearly performancesare in the magnificentGreat Hall of the same building.Emily Doukogiannis, Program Advisor,Hart House PARK CHOIRS OFTORONTOUnder Artistic Director ZimfiraPoloz, the children of the High ParkChoirs create a beautiful sound! Weoffer five divisions for children ages5-18. Weekly rehearsals, held inBloor West Village, include musictheory and ear training; regular activitiesinclude concerts, communityengagements, workshops, retreatsand tours. The High Park Choirs arethe official Children's Choir in Residencefor the University of Toronto'sFaculty of Music. See TheChoirs in action - our 21 st AnnualSpring Concert is on Sunday, May 25at St. Anne's Anglican Church. Jointhe High Park Choirs: open rehearsalsand auditions are May 27-31.416-762-0657info@highparkchoirs.orgwww.highparkchoirs.orgHILLCREST VILLAGE CHOIRHVC is a not-for-profit communitychoir of men and women in theHillcrest/St. Clair West/Wychwoodcommunity of mid-town Toronto.Since 2003, this 20-member nonauditionedensemble has enabledamateur singers to improve solo,small-group and choral technique/performance in an open and engagingatmosphere. Performances includeSt. Clair WestArtWalk Festival,and three seasonal fundraiserconcerts. We are actively collaboratingwith local community artsgroups to enrich the area's musicaltradition. Members enjoy an eclecticrepertoire, which evolves withthe interests of the membership.Rehearsals are held September toJune, Thursday evenings at Ellington's Music & Cafe (805 St.ClairAve W). New members welcome!Ben D'Cunha, Choral Director,'~IMPULSE CHOIR OF NIAGARAThis Niagara region choir wasfounded in 2006 by Rachel Rensink-Hoffwith the goal of offeringsingers and audiences an extensivevariety of choral repertoire, rangingfrom early classical to contemporarysacred and secular works,both accompanied and unaccompanied.In addition to three majorconcert performances each year, themembers oflmpulse also enjoy regularcollaborations with local artistsand community organizationsacross the greater Niagara region.Membership is by auditionthroughout the year.Ability to readmusic is required.Rachel R. Hoff, Artistic Director905-685-6624rrensink@uwo.caIRISH CHORAL SOCIETYOF CANADA (ICSOC)The ICSOC is a community SATBchoir performing sacred, secular andfolk works centred around Irish andother Celtic themes. Music fromother genres and periods is alsoperformed, including Baroque, Classicaland Twentieth Century. Weperform three times a year, oftenwith special guest artists includingsome of Ontario's finest Irish traditionalinstrumentalists. Since inceptionwe have enjoyed an everincreasing audience; our seventhseason commences September2008. We are seeking experiencedsingers to join us during this timeof growth. All voices are welcome.Rehearsals: every Tuesday eveningfrom 7:00- 9:30 pm in central downtownToronto.Karen D'Aoust 416-653- 9102info@icsoc.cawww.icsoc.caISLINGTON UNITED CHURCH CHOIRSThe 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 four handbellchoirs, chimes, string and brass ensembles,and evening worship band.Supported by a magnificent Schoensteinorgan and grand piano, musicrings through the neo-Gothic sane-WholeNote CANARY PAGESWWW, THEWHOLENOTE.COMM AY 2008

tuary for two morning services eachSunday, monthly Taize and eveningcontemporary services, and numerousspecial services, events and concerts.The accomplished Seniorchoir, with 25- 30 talented singersenriched by section leads, is attentiveto musical detail and expressivenessto enhance worship.John Derksen 416-239-1131 ext. 26john@islingtonunited.orgwww.islingtonunited.orgJUBILEE CHORALEOrillia's Community Choir is celebratingits 50th anniversary thisyear. Begun originally as a churchchoir in 1958, the 40-45 memberJubilee Chorale now entertains witha repertoire of wide-ranging andchallenging music. Practices:Wednesday evenings, 7:30-9:30pm, at St. David's Anglican Church,133 James Street. We perform twomajor concerts each year, at Christmasand in the May/June timeframe,when we are the stars in ourannual fundraiser concert. We loveto sing for the community at otherevents throughout our season. Thechoir is always looking for singersfrom all voices, however, tenors andbasses are particularly welcomed.Angie Bullick, Membership Chair705-329-0675bullicks@hotmail.comJUBILATE SINGERSThe Jubilate Singers is a mixed-voiceToronto chamber choir under theenergetic direction of Isabel Bernaus.The choir performs three concertsa year and also makes communityappearances. Repertoire iswide-ranging in style and period,notably multi-lingual. Rehearsals:Tuesdays at 7:30 pm at St. Leonard'sAnglican Church, 25 WanlessAvenue, near Yonge/Lawrence subway.We welcome new members.Auditions are held in mid-June andagain in September. Good blend,pitch and sight-reading required.Our 2008-09 concert season willinclude classical works with theToronto Philharmonia Orchestra,music and dance from Spain withEsmeralda Enrique Dance Company,and an all-Jazz concert.Susan Craig 416-532-2025join@jubilatesingers.comwww.jubilatesingers.comM AY 2008JUBILEE UNITED CHURCHSENIOR CHOIRThe Jubilee United Church SeniorChoir, led by Music Director ArthurWenk, maintains an active concertschedule in addition to performingweekly anthems drawn from its extensiverepertoire of sacred music."Carols by Candlelight," presentedon two nights in December, is complementedby a spring concert, usuallyaccompanied by orchestra. Weplan to perform the Faure Requiemin November. The twenty-fourmember ensemble rehearses Thursdayevenings from 7:30--9:30 pm.The choir, including professional sopranoand bass leads, offers a musicalhome to anyone who enjoys theexperience of singing well.Arthur Wenk 416-620-5678KAREN SCHUESSLER SINGERSFounded in 1993 by musician andconductor Karen Ann Schuessler toexplore the wealth of choral music,we are one of London's premierconcert choirs, well-known forwidely-varied, accessible, innovativeprogramming. Our 40-voicechoir performs a three-concert subscriptionseries and several specialperformances, repertoire rangingfrom the classics to Broadway,Medieval to the 21 st century. Wehearses Monday evenings from7:00-9:30 pm in Barrie. Jim Leonardis the choir accompanist, organistand resident composer.Barbara McCann, Conductor705-726-2095barbmccann@rogers.comwww.kingedwardchoir.orgKlNGSWAY CHILDREN'S CHOIRNow in its lOth season, the KingswayChildren's Choir offers aunique choral opportunity for childrenaged 7 and up. Drawing on theprofessional faculty of the KingswayConservatory of Music, theKCC embraces the complete human"instrument"-body andvoice- to develop the singing skillsof young choristers. At each rehearsal,a fantastic combination ofDalcroze Eurhythmics and traditionalvocal training makes choralsinging an adventure of mind, bodyand voice. KCM's 8-month seasonis comprised of weekly Tuesdayevening rehearsals and several publicperformances including recitals,community concerts, festivals andspecial events.Sharon Burlacoff 416-234-0121sharonkcm@bellnet.cawww.kingswayconservatory.cawork with some of London's and LAJEUNESSECanada's finest established soloists NORTHUMBERLAND YOUTH CHOIRSand instrumentalists while alsoproviding opportunities for manyup-and-coming talents as guest artists.Rehearsals are Tuesdays7:30-9:30pm. Auditions by appointmentanytime, but most takeplace prior to the concert season.Karen Schuessler 519-473-1668contact@kssingers.isp.cawww.kssingers.isp.caKING EDWARD CHOIRKing Edward Choir is an 80-voiceSSAATTBB choir, founded 55years ago, with singers from Barrieand the surrounding area. The choirsings a three-concert season, oftenwith professional orchestral accompaniment.Repertoire includes majorclassical works as well as newmusic. The choir has performedseveral Canadian premieres. Thechoir is an amateur choir of mostlytrained musicians. The choir re-Established in 1988, the four-timeinternational gold medal winner LaJeunesse Senior Choir (girls ages 11-18) is one of four choirs with 40auditioned singers. The other choirsinclude The Children's Choir (ages8-12), Les Petits ( ages 5-7), andSATB (youth ages 12+). All choirsrehearse weekly at Trinity UnitedChurch in Cobourg, Ontario andperform two concerts per year, plusother community events and productions.In April 2007, the choirreleased their fifth CD, JeunesseElemental. The choir regularly commissionworks from Canadian cornposers.Markus Howard, Conductor416-482-6336markushoward2@hotmail.comJennie Gilles 905-355-3634ljchoirs@eagle.cawww.lajeunessechoirs.caWWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COMLAWRENCE PARK COMMUNITYCHURCH CHOIRThe Choir of Lawrence Park CommunityChurch sings weekly at Sundayworship services from Septemberthrough June, with Thursdayevening rehearsals. Consisting of20plus members, including a professionalquartet, the Choir presentsspecial musical offerings at Christmas,during Holy Week and is featuredannually in Lawrence Park'sFridays @ 8 concert series. TheChoir will premiere a newly commissionedanthem by PaulHalley in the fall of2008 to celebratethe newly renovated Lawrence ParkSanctuary. Recent CD recordingshave included Awake, my soul andsing and Peace for a New Millennium,available through the churchoffice.Mark Toews, Director of Music416-489-1551mark@lawrenceparkch urch .eawww. lawrenceparkch urch .eaLONDON PRo MusICA CHOIRLondon Pro Musica Choir (LPM) isa vibrant 50-voice mixed-voice choir,organized and run by its members.LPM performs an extensive rangeof classical music- from medievalto contemporary- both for accompaniedand unaccompanied voices.LPM actively supports Canadiancomposers and musicians and fostersan interest in Canadian choralmusic. The choir also has repertoireof popular music, includingjazz, folk,and selections from musical theatre.LPM regularly appears as a guestof Orchestra London. Auditions areheld throughout the year. Rehearsalsare held on Monday evenings.LPM's new CD, Songs of theland, was released in April 2008.Ken Fleet, Conductor/Musical Director 519-473-7106kenfleet@rogers.comwww.londonpromusica.orgLYRICA CHAMBER CHOIR OF BARRIEFounded in 2000 by the late NatalyiaGurin and directed since 2005by Steve Winfield, Lyrica ChamberChoir of Barrie strives to presenteclectic and evocative programs ofexcellent choral chambermusic. The 28 singers of Lyricademonstrate a strong desire topresent artistically varied choral programswith a high degree of musicianshipto the community of Barrieand surrounding area. Recent high­I ights include performances ofWholeNote CANARY PAGES

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