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Volume 17 Issue 8 - May 2012

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Canary PagesTHIS TENTH

Canary PagesTHIS TENTH EDITION ofThe WholeNote’s annual CanaryPages remains true to ouroriginal purpose — to providean opportunity for SouthernOntario’s choirs to introducethemselves to individuals of allages seeking opportunities tosing, in every genre and at everylevel of skill and commitment.So if you are a lapsedchorister looking to breatheagain or new to the regionor looking for new choralchallenges or thinking of takingthe plunge for the first time,then this is a good place to start.Here in this print edition of theCanary Pages you can meanderthrough dozens of profiles,enjoying the immense range ofopportunity represented here.Online, at you can do the same, orelse conduct a more focussedsearch — by genre, geography,audition type, gender, agerange, skill level and more.And if a choir you are involvedwith missed the deadline forthis print edition, it can stillapply to the online directoryyear round. It’s always time tojoin the singing!CANARY PAGES TEAM 2012PROJECT MANAGER Karen AgesProject Editor Adam WeinmannProofreader Sharna SearleDesign Uno RamatWebsite Bryson WinchesterSurveys & Mapping Adam Weinmann,Patrick SlimmonFor more information contactcanary@thewholenote.comor phone Karen at 416-323-2232 x26contemporary repertoire, including premieresof Canadian works. The Annex Chamber Choiris a 20-voice ensemble drawn from the largerchoir, presenting works from the chamber repertoire.Director Maria Case’s dynamic leadershipand programming continue to invigoratethe choir, attracting new members and wideraudiences. We present two formal concertseach year and close the season with a cabaret.Experienced singers should contact our membershipcoordinator through our website. We rehearseMonday evenings at St. Thomas’s Church,383 Huron St.Richard●●Bach Children’s Chorusand Bach Chamber Youth ChoirBach Children’s Chorus is an auditioned choir of180 singers founded in 1987 by artistic directorLinda Beaupré, an award-winning Toronto conductorand clinician. BCC has four choirs: threetreble choirs for ages 6–16 and an SATB choirfor changed voices and girls aged 16 and up. Allchoirs rehearse weekly in east Scarborough,perform as a Company-in-Residence at theToronto Centre for the Arts and appear regularlyat Toronto events. Each choir participatesin weekend festivals, workshops and concertswith other youth choirs and world-renownedclinicians. BCC has released six solo CDs andhas won provincial and national choral awards.Jane Greenwood416-431-0790bachchildrenschorus@bellnet.cawww.bachorus.orgtheWholeNote CHOIR LISTINGS | 2012-2013●●Achill Choral SocietyAchill Choral Society (ACS) is a mixed choir ofaccomplished amateur singers under foundingdirector Dale Wood. It has been delightingaudiences for over 25 years. ACS performs inAlliston, Beeton, Bolton, Caledon, Orangeville,Shelburne and Tottenham. The choir attractshigh calibre soloists and accompanists using anextensive and varied repertoire of classical andcontemporary music. It has toured in Ireland,England and Holland, and has also sung at RoyThomson Hall, Toronto. Concerts are held inspring and at Christmas and rehearsals takeplace Wednesday evenings in Hockley. Auditionsare held twice annually.Mark●●Alexander Singers and PlayersThe Alexander Singers and Players present fullystagedproductions of Broadway musicals andoperettas. The group began 25 years ago as a summerchoir under the enthusiastic direction ofAngela Hawaleshka. It has an educational mandateand supports charitable causes. The 2012season includes the musical Man of La Mancha(May), a play TBA (November) and a Decemberconcert featuring various musical styles and asing-along. All performances are held at YorkWoods Library Theatre. Auditions are held inJune and November. Check our website for informationabout our November play and ourMay 2013 musical. Contact Angela Hawaleshkato join us for the December concert.Angela Hawaleshka416-733-7937Tickets:●●Amadeus ChoirFounded 37 years ago, the 80-voice AmadeusChoir, under the inspired direction of conductorLydia Adams, has evolved into one of Canada’spre-eminent choral groups. The choir’s 2012/13season includes, among others, great worksby Bach, Orff, Rutter and Watson Henderson.Collaborations with the Toronto SymphonyOrchestra, Bach Children’s Chorus and the ElmerIseler Singers will make this an unforgettableseason of music!Rehearsals take place Tuesday evenings in DonMills; performances happen throughout thecity. Membership is by audition, with auditionsheld in May/June–please phone or emailthe choir●●Annex Singers of TorontoThe Annex Singers of Toronto is a vibrant communitychoir delivering an eclectic repertoirewith spirit and sophistication. Now in its 33rdseason, the 60-voice choir performs classical and●●Bach Elgar ChoirThe Bach Elgar Choir is the only choir of its sizeand stature in the Hamilton community and hasperformed continuously for 107 years. Over theyears the choir has performed for many dignitaries,such as the Queen, mayors and membersof parliament. The choir has performed withsuch well-known celebrities as the Three Tenorsand the Canadian Brass. In 1910 the Bach ElgarChoir performed the North American premiereof Verdi’s Requiem. The choir has been a trainingground for many Canadian stars, includingMark Dubois, Catherine Robbin, John Fanning,Gary Relyea, Brett Polegato, Richard Margisonand Michael●●Bel Canto SingersDirected by Linda Meyer, the Bel Canto Singers isa 40-voice community-based SATB choir that providesgood music, fun and fellowship. Auditionsto determine voice range are required. We performtwo concerts per year, fall and spring. Wealso sing in seniors’ residences and at fundraisersfor other organizations. Repertoire is variedand includes folk, movie music, swing, spirituals,Broadway and classical selections. Rehearsals are7:30pm–10pm, Tuesdays at St. Nicholas AnglicanChurch, Warden and Kingston, Birchcliff.Elaine, membership information416-699-4585●●Bravado! ShowBravado!, Barrie’s show choir founded in 1996,is a 34-voice auditioned SATB choir under theleadership of long-time member and local musicianScott Boyer. The repertoire is eclectic, fromtraditional and sacred to jazz, pop and rock. Allpieces are performed by memory, allowing thechoir to be more interpretive with the music andto better connect with the audience. The end resultis a dynamic entertainment experience witha focus on musical excellence combined with thevisual appeal of staging or choreography. Eachyear, Bravado! presents Christmas and springshows and also performs at private functionsand●●Burlington Civic ChoraleFounded in 1994, this 25-voice SATB communitychoir presents a wide spectrum of choralmusic throughout the year, ranging from renaissanceto baroque to contemporary, classicalto jazz, under the direction of Dr. Gary Fisher.The chorale’s performances are often accompaniedby professional soloists and chamber ensembles.There are three main concerts each year.Auditions are held in September and Januaryand are open to men and women 18 years andover who have some sight-reading abilities.Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings from 7:15pm–9:30pm at St. Christopher’s Anglican Church,Guelph Line, Burlington.Gary●●Burlington Welsh Male ChorusThe Burlington Welsh Male Chorus is made up ofaround 60 men who love to sing. Approximatelyone third of the group is of Welsh decent. Ourrepertoire draws from music old and new fromaround the world, ranging from Welsh folksongs and hymns to opera choruses, spiritualsand musical numbers. We sing in four-part harmonybased on Welsh male choir traditions. TheBWMC has performed to audiences in Canadaand abroad, including performances at theRoyal Albert Hall in London, England, andCarnegie Hall in New York. 2012 is the tenth anniversaryof our first public performance.John●●Canadian Bandurist Capella:Ukrainian-Canadian InstrumentalEnsemble and ChorusEstabished in 1991, the CBC combines the talentsof 60 singers and musicians who accompanytheir singing with the sounds of the multistringedbandura. The repertoire includes arrangementsof folk songs, religious works andworks from the legacy of the wandering itinerantUkrainian bards known as kobzars. TheAUDITION THE CHOIRThinking about joining? Visit has performed throughout Canadaand the United States and has produced numerousCDs and videos. Rehearsals take placeon Thursday nights at the Ukrainian NationalFederation Cultural Centre, 145 Evans Avenue,Etobicoke. Auditions are held May to June.Victor Mishaow, artistic director905-290-7606 or●●Canadian Children’sOpera CompanyIn its 45th season, the CCOC consists of six chorusesfor ages 3–19 and is the only permanent children’sopera company in Canada to regularlycommission and produce operas for children.Led by renowned educator, conductor and operasinger Ann Cooper Gay, the company preparesyoung people for the vibrant world of operaby offering musical and dramatic training andprofessional experience. Members regularlyperform with the Canadian Opera Companyand other major professional organizations.Rehearsals are weekdays after school in thedowntown area. Auditions are held May toJune. A non-auditioned after-school workshopprogram called OPERAtion KIDS was launchedin 2008.Ken Hall, general●●Canadian Men’s ChorusNow entering its third exciting season, theCanadian Men’s Chorus, under the direction ofartistic director and conductor Greg Rainville, isproud to share the TTBB repertoire with Torontoaudiences. The CMC has a three-concert season,performing both familiar and new sacred andsecular works, both a cappella and accompanied.With emphasis placed on the works of Canadiancomposers, part of the CMC’s mandate is to premiereone new Canadian work at every concert.The CMC rehearses on Wednesday evenings atthe Church of Transfiguration; concerts are heldat the Glenn Gould Studio. Men with vocal trainingare welcome to audition at any time.Arlene Jillard, general●●Cantabile Chamber SingersCantabile Chamber Singers is an auditionedchoir of 18 singers under the direction of CheryllChung. Formed in 2006, we perform a diverserepertoire, from Palestrina to Whitacre. Our coreseason includes three concerts. Part of our mandateis to bring awareness and financial supportto important social causes. Those benefiting recentlyinclude the Regent Park School of Music,the Michael R. Applin Nursing Award and theTrinity College Choral Fund. We are committedto sharing our learning of music with others,recently featuring three popular lecture concertswith guest lecturer Dr. Robin Elliott of theUniversity of Toronto.Cheryll Chung, artistic●●Cantabile ChoraleCantabile Chorale is a 40-voice mixed adult choirperforming under founding director RobertRichardson. The choir presents five or six majorconcerts per year, mostly in the southern YorkRegion, and also appears at other communityevents. Weekend tours within southern Ontariotake place occasionally. Repertoire ranges fromclassical through contemporary, both sacredand secular. Concerts often feature local guestmusicians and raise funds for local charities.Rehearsals are Monday evenings in Thornhillfrom September to June, plus an annual weekendretreat in early September. Membership isby audition; potential new choristers are welcometo sit in on any regular rehearsal.Robert Richardson905-731-8318sing@cantabile.cawww.cantabile.caCantabile Chamber SingerstheWholeNote CHOIR LISTINGS | 2012-2013

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