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Volume 17 Issue 8 - May 2012

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Canary PagestheWholeNote CHOIR LISTINGS | 2012-2013●●MNjcc Women’s ChorusLet the joy of music inspire you by singingwith women of all ages. No experience or auditionrequired. Enjoy diverse repertoire, learnvocal technique and train your ear to harmony,under the direction of Gillian Stecyk. Allwomen are welcome. The choir meets Mondayevenings, 7:30pm–9:30pm, September to June.Conveniently located near Spadina TTC●●Nathaniel Dett ChoraleThe Nathaniel Dett Chorale is a 24-voice SATBprofessional choir based in Toronto, dedicatedto performing Afrocentric music of all genres,including classical, spiritual, gospel, jazz, folkand blues. Founded by artistic director BrainerdBlyden-Taylor in 1998, the NDC is Canada’s premierperformer of Afrocentric composers, and atouchstone for the education of audiences andcommunities regarding the full spectrum ofAfrocentric choral music. The mission of thechorale is to build bridges of understanding,appreciation and acceptance between communitiesof people through the medium of music.The chorale has a three-concert subscriptionseries, tours extensively each season, and hasreleased several CDs and DVDs. Membership isby audition.Alexandra Asher,●●newchoirJoin newchoir and release your shower-singinginner rock star. newchoir is an SATB adult communitychoir of 150 singers performing rock andpop repertoire, from classic rock to today’s charttoppers. With its five-piece professional band,newchoir presents two major shows each year(May and December) and participates in othercommunity events. newchoir rehearses withdirector Scott Pietrangelo, Monday nights at St.Simon-the-Apostle Anglican Church on BloorSt. E. We accept new members in Septemberand January, subject to a vocal assessment andspace limitations. We are looking for more malevoices. You can apply through our website or bycontacting new member coordinator Jade Woo.Jade●●Newtonbrook UnitedChurch Chancel ChoirThe Chancel Choir consists of a group of volunteersingers supported by a number ofprofessional section leads. The choir sings a classicaland contemporary repertoire and providesstrong musical leadership for each Sunday worshipservice. In addition to full choir anthems,various ensembles and solos are presentedby members of the chancel choir. On selectedSundays the choir presents extra choral musicsuch as traditional carols at Christmas and a cantataat Easter. Choral music from all parts of theglobe is also regularly featured in the choir’s offerings.Rehearsals are held on Sunday morningbefore the service and on selected Thursdayevenings through the year.Taylor●●Northumberland Orchestrawand ChoirWe are a community organization and the foremostpurveyor of orchestral and choral musicin Northumberland County, under the directionof Maestro Michael Newnham. We rehearseon Tuesday evenings in Cobourg fromSeptember 2012 until May 2013. This year’s performanceseason includes a pre-Christmas concert,a pops concert, a Russian-themed concertand the finale concert featuring Karl Jenkins’The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. Next year, wehave a proposed concert schedule as follows:November 24, 2012: “For Christmas”; February 9,2013: “On Saxophone”; March 23, 2013: “FromRussia”; and May 11, 2013: “In Peace.”●●Oakham House ChoirOakham House Choir, founded in 1986, is affiliatedwith Ryerson University. It is led by musicdirector Matthew Jaskiewicz and specializesin large oratorio and choral masterworks. Forour 2012 Christmas concert we are presentingMozart’s Coronation Mass and Christmas musicfrom the Renaissance to the present. In April 2013we will be performing Puccini’s Messa di Gloria.Oakham House Choir is one of the few Torontochoirs in which amateur singers perform with aprofessional orchestra–the Toronto Sinfonietta.Singers with some choral experience are welcome.Rehearsals are Mondays, at OakhamHouse, 63 Gould St.Matthew●●Oakville Children’s ChoirThe Oakville Children’s Choir is an award-winningnot-for-profit charitable organization thatprovides excellence in choral, musical and performancetraining to a diverse group of 150or more children and youth from Oakville,Burlington and Mississauga, while also providingaspects of leadership training thathelp young people become community-mindedadults.The OCC provides four concerts to the communityeach season, performs at workshops, providesguest appearances at community events,collaborates with other choirs and artistic assembliesand values community partnerships.The OCC supports accessibility through a financialassistance program and has community outreachand Young Leaders●●Oakville Choral SocietyThe Oakville Choral Society, directed by DavidBowser, has been part of the Oakville communitysince 1960, celebrating its 50th anniversarylast season. We are a community choir of 60 to80 members who love music, possess passionfor singing and enjoy contributing culturallyto the community. No auditions are requiredbut a love of music and willingness to learn areimportant. We perform a wide repertoire andare often joined by professional soloists and orchestra.Rehearsals are Tuesdays 7:45pm–10pmat St. Aidan’s Anglican Church, 318 Queen MaryDr., Oakville, with registration in September andJanuary. We hold two performances annually, inlate April/early May and December.Lynda Sturgeoff,●●Oakville EnsembleThe Oakville Ensemble, founded by maestroStéphane Potvin, includes both a 16-voice chamberchoir and a professional orchestra. The ensemblelaunched its first concert season inSeptember 2007 and is rapidly building a reputationfor quality and exciting performances.The Oakville Chamber Ensemble is a professionallevel group in Oakville and the choir recruitsboth paid professionals and auditioned, highlyqualified amateurs. The repertoire performedis strictly classical and ranges from Gregorianchant to contemporary works. Rehearsals takeplace in Oakville in the few days precedingeach concert.Stéphane Potvin, founderand artistic●●Oriana Singers ofNorthumberlandOur lively director, Markus Howard, challengesand delights us weekly with new learnings andvaried repertoire as we prepare for our threeor four concerts a year. Our skilled accompanist,Bob Grandy, gives experienced support. Thegrowing choir membership of over 60 auditionedvoices travels from near and far to rehearseon Wednesdays from September to Junein Cobourg. For more information or contactssee our●●ORIANA Women’s Choir2012/13 will be ORIANA’s 41st season. This auditionedchoir of about 30 singers is known for itsmusical excellence, its welcoming and supportiveatmosphere, its collaborations with brilliantCanadian artists and its significant contribution(through many commissions) to Canada’schoral repertoire. ORIANA has released five CDsand is led by artistic director Mitchell Pady, withaccompanist Gergely Szokolay. ORIANA presentsthree subscription concerts every year,in December, March and May, at Grace Churchon-the-Hill. Auditions are held in late Augustas well as during the year. Rehearsals happenTuesdays, 7:30pm–10pm, at North TorontoCollegiate● ● Orpheus Choir of TorontoExpect something different! Founded in 1964,this 60-voice choir aims to offer something

different to concert-goers and singers alike.The choir has a four-concert season, plus occasionalguest performances, including collaborationsoutside the Toronto area. Under theenergetic leadership of Robert Cooper, repertoireis both sacred and secular, from a cappellato full orchestral accompaniment, and includesmany new or less well-known works. The choiralso provides opportunities for young singers togain experience as soloists through its SidgwickScholarship positions. Rehearsals are Tuesdayevenings at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.Admission is by audition in May/June and periodicallythroughout the year.Helen Coxon,●●Oxford ChurchmusicAfter 23 programs in 18 years, OxfordChurchmusic has become the ultimate summerchoral experience in Europe. We offer a twoweeksinging vacation in Oxford for adults ofvarying vocal abilities who sing, or have sung,in an amateur choir.We sing weekday mornings, 9am–noon, inBalliol College Chapel, covering choral musicfrom Gregorian chant to gospel. Three conductorswork with participants daily and our stayconcludes with a farewell concert in the historicchurch of St. Michael-at-the-North-Gate. Contactus for details of this year’s program, September 6to 20. Cost: 00 (single) or 00 (per personin a twin room). Flight not included.Tim or Mary●●Pax Christi ChoraleEntering its 26th season, Pax Christi Chorale isa 90-voice auditioned oratorio choir attractingsingers from across the GTA. Artistic directorStephanie Martin is known for programminggreat works on the fringe of popularity, revivingmasterpieces ignored or forgotten by themainstream of choral practitioners. Concertsfeature outstanding soloists and orchestra.Our 2012/13 season includes great works by Bach,Rheinberger, Willan and Handel. Paid positionsexist for choral scholars. Rehearsals take placeMonday nights at Yonge and Sheppard, with auditionsin May and September.Jennifer Collins, general managerjennifer.collins@paxchristichorale.orgDaniel Norman, assistantconductor/●●Pax Christi Youth ChoirPax Christi Youth Choir is the only opportunityin Toronto for young people to sing choralmasterworks with orchestra and be mentoredby an experienced adult choir in addition to performingtheir own chamber works in concert.Singers aged 12–21 receive a rich choral educationand rewarding performance opportunitiesboth with Pax Christi Chorale and in informalperformances of repertoire that draws fromthe best of classical and contemporary musicaltraditions. Rehearsals take place MondayAUDITION THE CHOIRThinking about joining? Visit at Yonge and Sheppard, with auditionsin May and September. All young people are welcomedto grow musically with us in a supportiveatmosphere.Jennifer Collins, general●●Penthelia SingersPenthelia Singers is a vibrant ensemble ofwomen performing culturally diverse andmusically sophisticated choral repertoire.Led by artistic director Alice Malach, the choiris committed to musical excellence and concertsof professional quality. Penthelia Singersstrives to connect with its audience throughinnovative and accessible programming presentedin a variety of venues. In addition to givingtwo major concerts per season, PentheliaSingers performs in collaboration with otherchoirs, at festivals and at community events.Rehearsals are at Rosedale Presbyterian Church,Wednesdays 7:30pm–9:30pm. Membership inthis welcoming group is by audition in June,August and January.Alice●●Peterborough SingersThe Peterborough Singers, under the energeticand creative leadership of founder and musicdirector Syd Birrell, is an auditioned 100-voicechoir of all ages. The annual five-concert seasonincludes a diverse musical repertoire, from classicsby Handel and Bach to commissioned worksby Canadian composers, and regularly featuresemerging solo artists. This award-winning grouphas a reputation for surprising, delighting andchallenging its audiences. The year (2012/13) willbe the Peterborough Singers’ 20th anniversaryseason. Rehearsals are Wednesdays 7:30pm–9:30pm at Murray St. Baptist Church, 175 MurraySt., Peterborough.Peg McCracken, office●●Queensmen of TorontoMale ChorusThe Queensmen of Toronto Male Chorus is adynamic community chorus and musicallyrelevant group in Etobicoke and Mississauga.The music is contemporary and fun. We are inneed of more singers, especially tenors, andmeet Tuesday evenings at 7pm from Septemberthrough May. Join us at our weekly rehearsalsand experience teaching by our outstandingmusical director and enjoy our special camaraderie.You will also appreciate our outreachprogram with schools, encouraging musical developmentfor young students.416-234-0951 or●●Rainbow ChorusRainbow Chorus, the Waterloo-Wellington chorusof gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenderedindividuals and friends, is a vibrant non-auditionedchorus of 40 adult singers who performthe choral arts with a diverse repertoire.Our 2012 spring concert, “The Rainbow ChorusPictures Show,” features songs from the movies.Performances will be in Guelph at HarcourtUnited Church, May 26 at 8pm, and in Waterlooat Knox Presbyterian Church, June 3 at 2pm.Winter concerts will be held January 19 and 27,2013. Rehearsals are held Wednesdays 7:30pm–9:30pm at Guelph Youth Music Centre, 25Cardigan St., Guelph.Sue●●Renaissance SingersThe Renaissance Singers was founded in 1972 inKitchener-Waterloo. Currently under the directionof Gordon Burnett, the choir is an auditioned30-voice choir whose early reputationwas based on its polished performance of renaissancea cappella literature. Today, the choir singsmusic from the masters of all centuries. ThePax Christi Youth ChoirtheWholeNote CHOIR LISTINGS | 2012-2013

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