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Volume 13 - Issue 8 - May 2008

Includes the 2008 Canary Pages


ORANGEVILLE SWEETADELINESSweet Ade lines International is aworldwide organization of womencommitted to advancing the musicalart form of four-part harmony,barbershop style, through educationand performance. The OrangevilleChorus, chartered in 1981 , has acurrent membership of almost 60,and is thrilled to bring their awardwinningsound to the community.The Chorus would be pleased tocreate a programme to meet yourspecific requirements for almost anyoccasion. A performance packagemay include the whole Chorus andQuartets, or just a Quartet. Rehearsalsare held Wednesdays at7:30 pm at St. John's AnglicanChurch, Caledon.Anne Richardson SINGERSWith our new director, MarkusHoward, we are in our 39th yearperforming four concerts a year. Ourstill youthful accompanist and composer-in-residence,Bob Grandy,has been with us for most of thoseyears! Our repertoire styles thisyear ranged from Monteverdi tomodern musicals. Next year weplan to go from Bach to Bernstein."Now that we've really gotten toknow each other, the Oriana Singersand I plan to stretch to newheights next year" says our enthuseddirector. The growing membershipof over 50 auditioned memberstravel from near and far to rehearseon Wednesdays from Septemberto June in Cobourg.David Bryson, President 905-372-8078jenjef@sympatico.cawww.orianasingers.comORIANA Women's ChoirFormed in 1972, ORlANA is oneof Canada's finest women 's choirs.This 30-40-voice auditioned choiris committed to being the recognizedmodel for choral excellence.The choir received the award forBest Performance of a CanadianWork in the 2004 CBC ChoralCompetition. ORIANA presentssubscription concerts every year inDecember, March, and May, heldat Grace Church-on-the-Hill andthe St. Lawrence Centre for theArts. The final concert of the 2007-2008 season is on May I 0. ORI­ANA has released four CDs. Audi-tions: June and August for the fall PENTHELIA SINGERSterm, starting September I 0. Rehearsals:Wednesdays 7:30-9:45pm.William Brown, Artistic Director416-923-3123info@orianachoir.comwww.orianachoir.comORPHEUS CHOIR OF TORONTOFounded in 1964, this 60-voice choiraims to offer something different toconcert-goers and singers alike. Thechoir has a four-concert season, plusoccasional guest performances, includingcollaborations outside theToronto area. Under the energeticleadership of Robert Cooper, repertoireis both sacred and secular, froma cappella to full orchestral accompaniment,and includes many newor less well-known works. The choiralso provides opportunities for youngsingers to gain experience as soloiststhrough its Sidgwick Scholarshippositions. Rehearsals are Tuesdayevenings at Yorkminster Park BaptistChurch near Yonge and St Clair.Admission is by audition in May/June and periodically throughoutthe year.Helen Coxon 416-530-4428orpheuschoir@sympatico.cawww.orpheuschoirtoronto.comPAX CHRISTI CHORALE­TORONTO's MENNONITE CHOIRPax Christi Chorale is an 80-voiceauditioned oratorio choir comprisedmostly of local Mennonites, but alsoincludes singers from other faith traditionsand cultures. Artistic DirectorStephanie Martin is dedicated toperforming the great works of choralliterature, with a view to achievingmusical excellence and sustaininga supportive choral community.The 2008/09 season will include aFestival of Hymns, including worksto be included on a new recording,Haydn 's Creation, and the Bach Bminor Mass. Several choral scholarshipsare offered each year. Rehearsalsare each Monday night.Hugh Laurence, Auditionshug h. I au rence@paxch ristichorale. orgLaura Adlers, General Managerlaura.adlers@paxchristichorale.orgwww.paxchristichorale.orgPenthelia Singers is a dynamic ensembleof women performing a diverseand musically sophisticatedrepertoire, spanning the Renaissanceto the 21 st century. Led byArtistic Director Alice Malach, thechoir is noted for its innovativeprogramming and has been a semifinalistin the CBC choral competition.In addition to giving two majorconcerts, Penthelia Singers performin collaboration with otherchoirs, at festivals, and at communityevents. Rehearsals are atRosedale Presbyterian Church,Wednesdays. Membership in thiswelcoming group is by audition inAugust and January.Alice Malach 416-579-7464alice_malach@hotmail.comwww.penthelia.comTHE PETERBOROUGH SINGERSOver the past 15 years, the PeterboroughSingers has grown into ahighly regarded ensemble of overI 00 volunteer members, auditionedonce every two years. World-classprofessional Canadian soloistscome back time and again to performwith the choir. The choir wasa finalist in the 2004 CBC RadioChoral Competition, coming in 2ndoverall. The Peterborough Singers,under the artistic direction of SydBirrell, present five public concertsa year. A highlight of our 16th seasonwill be a work by composerStephen Chatman. Rehearsals:Wednesday evenings at Murray St.Baptist Church in Peterborough.Auditions take place in May.Lynn Cummings 705-745-1820singers@peterboroughsingers.comwww.peterboroughsingers.comQUEENSMEN MALE CHORUSFounded in 1949 as the lslingtonaires,the chorus became TheQueensmen when Queen Elizabethwas crowned. Next year we celebrateour 60th anniversary. Ourmission is to promote male choralmusic and support young malevoice singers. We entertain in seniorresidences, hospitals andchurches and actively seek newvoices of all ages. For a concert atyour church or organization, or tosing with us, please call 416-620-4446 or 416-626-0787. A registerednon profit corporation and a registeredcharity, we maintain a workingrelationship with the TorontoDistrict School Board and the Universityof Toronto to carry out ouryouth programs.416-620-4446 or 416-626-0787QUODLIBET CHAMBER CHOIRQuodlibet is a 20-voice semi-professionalchoir founded in 2001 byArthur Wenk with the goal of sharingthe joy of singing with each otherand with our audiences. The spiritof Quodlibet engenders thematicprogramming that brings togetherfamiliar and lesser-known choralmusic, the hallmark of our largely,but not exclusively, a cappella concerts.We seek experienced singerswith clear blending voices and superiorreading skills. Two main concertsare performed yearly, Decemberand April, at the Church of St.Leonard (Anglican) at Yonge andLawrence. Rehearsals and performances:Friday evenings. Samplescan be heard on the website. Auditionsby appointment in September.Marcus Reinkeluers 416-255-67 49marcus.reinkeluers@rogers.comwww.quodlibet.caffiJj~RAINBOW CHORUS OFWATERLOO-WELLINGTONThe Rainbow Chorus, the Waterloo-Wellingtonchorus of gays, lesbians,bisexuals and friends is basedin Guelph, Ontario. Founded in 1994,we are a 45-voice, SATB, non-auditionedcommunity chorus. Annually,the chorus performs two selfproducedconcerts in January andMay, and sings at several communityevents. Our repertoire reflectsour diversity and includes folk, blues,rock, baroque, classical and pop. Weperform all ofour music from memory.Our performances are oftenenhanced by the inclusion of musicalensembles, soloists, spoken word,lighting, costume and choreography.New members accepted in Septemberand late January. Practices:Wednesdays, 7:30 pm, HarcourtUnited Church, Guelph.Robert Miller, Artistic Director519-780-5446mrrm@rogers.comwww.rainbowchorusww.comWholeNote CANARY PAGESWWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COMMAY 2008

RAINBOW VOICES OF TORONTOToronto's first and only mixed communitychorus dedicated to buildingbridges between diverse Straight/LGBTT communities through thepower of song. This non-auditioned,fun, SATB chorus performs twoyearly concerts, in addition to supportinga wide variety of communityorganizations and events. Underthe direction of Michael Morgan,repertoire covers Bach to Broadway,plus Canadian pieces, and focuseson musical excellence with atheatrical twist! We welcome everyone,shower singers to experts andalso meet socially to form bonds,forge friendships and build understanding.Membership opens: Septemberand January. Rehearsals:Wednesdays, 7:00-9:30 pm. StLuke's, Sherboume at Carlton (sideentrance).Michael Morgan, Artistic Director647-343-1000, 416-925-9872 ext. 2166www.rainbowvoicesoftoronto.comRENAISSANCE SINGERSThe Renaissance Singers is a 30-voice chamber choir based in theWaterloo Region, founded in 1972by Raymond Daniels. Its early reputationwas based on its polishedperformances of Renaissance a cappellaliterature. Today, the choirsings music from the masters of allcenturies and has commissioned andpremiered the works of leadingCanadian composers. Each year thechoir performs four Saturday andSunday concerts. The RenaissanceSingers has been on four tours ofEngland, performing in the prestigiousThree Choirs Festival as wellas in Westminster Abbey, YorkMinster, and many other Englishcathedrals.519-745-0675kathybob@golden.neters, traditional Latin American andJapanese percussionists, and modemelectronics. We audition youngpeople aged 6-16 year-round.Ryan Slashinsky, artistic director416-875-1587artisticdirector@riverdaleyouthsingers.orgwww.riverdaleyouthsingers.orgROYAL CONSERVATORY OFMusic CHOIRSRCM Children & Youth Choirs(learning choirs for ages 7-14 orvoice-break)Training Choir I (beginners, age7- 9), Training Choir II (beginners,age 9-13)The Conservatory School'sTraining Choirs for children andyouth provide a full year of excitingactivity emphasizing well-roundedmusical development throughsinging unison and simple two- andthree-part pieces. Young singers willlearn the rudiments of choralsinging, and be exposed toexceptional vocal training throughfun, interactive exercises andactivities. The year-long programwill also prepare participantswishing to continue on to the RoyalConservatory's Children & YouthFestival Choirs. Rehearsals beginin the fall.The Royal Conservatory FestivalChoirs (auditioned choirs focused onperformance)Children (SA, ages approx 10- 15),Youth (Mixed, ages approx 14-17),Chamber (Mixed, Adult, minimumage 18)These auditioned Choirs focus onperformance and further developmentof sight-singing, musicianship,and performance skills. Memberscome prepared to each rehearsal,and enjoy multiple opportunities toperform, compete in festivals, makerecordings, and work with instrumentalensembles and soloists. Rehearsalsbegin in the fall.masterworks)This non-auditioned choir will focuson larger masterworks. This ambitiouschorus offers the opportunityfor choral singers to improve theirskills and perform publicly, includingwith instrumental ensembles. Rehearsalsbegin in the fall.World Music Chorus (nonauditionedchorus emphasizingdiversity)No sight reading is necessary in thisensemble. Singing together in truevillage style, all music must belearned by ear. Participants willenjoy learning folk songs and musicfrom many different parts of theworld. This non-auditioned chorusbrings together a wide range ofvoices and styles. You' ll learn openthroatedfolk singing in styles fromthe Georgian Republic, SouthAfrica, Balkans, and NorthAmerica. Rehearsals will be lively,including vocal warm-ups,instruction in the pronunciation offoreign words and--occasionallydancingand the use of percussioninstruments. Rehearsals begin inthe fall.Jazz Choir (auditioned)Jazz has a rich history blendingmany genres and influences. TheRCM Jazz Choir is perfect forsingers who thrive on the highenergy that comes from singingjazzwith others. Previous choralexperience is an asset, as is arudimentary understanding ofharmony, sight reading, basicrhythmic skills and knowledge ofjazz idiom. Rehearsals begin in are from 7:30 pm- 10:00pm, Tuesdays at St. Nicholas AnglicanChurch, Birchcliff(near Wardenand Kingston Roads).David Ramsay, President,416-283-5096www.belcantochoir.comSCOLA CANTORUMScola Cantorum is the Hungarianchoir in Toronto. Scola presentsannual spring and Christmas concertswith soloists and instrumentalists,and also performs at localHungarian cultural events throughoutthe year. Our repertoire rangesfrom Renaissance and Romantic toHungarian folk songs. A lot of thesinging is a cappella. The 18-voicemixed choir rehearses at St. ElizabethChurch (Bayview and Sheppard)on Thursday evenings, Septemberthrough June. We place anemphasis on style and genre. Languagesused are Latin, Hungarian,German and English. Knowledge ofHungarian and sight-reading abilitiesare necessary. If you would liketo join, please set up an auditionappointment.416-971-9754tagsag@scolacantorum.cawww.scolacantorum .eaSERENATA CHOIRSerenata is a 40-voice auditionedSATB community choir based inMidland, Ontario. The choir is leadby conductor Gary Heard. Repertoireincludes all types of music aswell as large choral works with orchestra.The choir performs twomajor concerts per season (Decemberand May) and performs atcommunity functions. Rehearsalsare held Monday evenings. Inquiriesabout membership may be madeto Mary at 1-866-461-1830.serenatachoir@yahoo.cawww.serenatachoir.caRlvERDALE YOUTH SINGERSIn only nine years, RYS has evolved Adult Choirs SCARBOROUGH BEL CANTO CHOIR SERENATA SINGERSinto a unique and mature organiza- Celebration Singers (adult The Scarborough Bel Canto Choir, Directed by Audrey McLeod, we aretion. We provide an accessible, training choir for beginners) under the musical direction of Lin- a 6s-voice SATB self-sustaininghigh-quality musical education that Always wanted to try singing but da Meyer, is a 40-voice, communi- choir of retired men and rooted in community and em- not sure where to start? Lyric ty-based SATB choir, founded in The choir appears at senior's resibracesa folk-arts approach to mu- Singers is a non-auditioned choir for 1993· Repertoire is varied, includ- dences and community events onsic-making. Collaborations with adults emphasizing the basics of ing folk, movies, swing, spirituals, request. Repertoire includes folk,contemporary artists from diverse choral singing. Celebration Singers Broadway, and classical selections. spirituals, golden oldies, Broadwaycultural traditions and styles broad- work with music from a wide We welcome new members; candi- show tunes, and pop melodies,en the realm of possibility for cho- variety of genres, including folk dates are auditioned in September showcased at two spring concerts.ral music, creating innovative songs, light classics, popular and January to determine voice Rehearsals are Wednesday mornsoundsand exciting performance standards and musical theatre. range and suitability. We perform ings from September to May atexperiences. With our dynamic new Rehearsals begin in the fall. two concerts per year, in early De- Wilmar Heights Church, 963 Pharartisticdirector we have embarkedcember and early May, as well as macy Ave., Scarborough. Sightonan inventive season of program- Repertory Chorus (non- occasionally singing for senior resi- reading and choral experience areming featuring folk singer-songwrit- auditioned chorus emphasizing dences and at other special events.MAY 2008 www.THEWHOLENOTE.COM WholeNote C.~A~ f006

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