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Volume 17 Issue 8 - May 2012

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Canary PagestheWholeNote CHOIR LISTINGS |●●Toronto ChoristersThe Toronto Choristers is a non-auditionedmixed choir celebrating its 20th anniversary.Our repertoire is varied, from the classical tomodern, including contemporary music, spirituals,folksongs and Broadway. Rehearsals areThursday afternoons, mid-September throughMay. Our members are mostly retired teachersfrom Toronto, although some travel into thecity for rehearsals. Our membership numbers100 and women wishing to join may be waitlisted.Applicants from the general communityare welcome, with a few vacancies for malevoices. Join us at this year’s 20th AnniversarySpring Concert, May 23, 7:30pm at Sir John A.MacDonald Collegiate, 2300 Pharmacy Ave. (betweenSheppard and Finch). Our director isRalph Peters.Bill●●Toronto Classical SingersUnder the direction of Jurgen Petrenko, theToronto Classical Singers produce three performanceseach year, enthralling audienceswith their versatility and tenacity, tackling theworks of composers who have earned a place inmusic history for both their notorious lives andtheir wonderful music. Mark your calendars forDecember 2, March 3 and May 5 as we celebrateour 2012/13 season with concerts held at 4pm atChrist Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. Auditionsare held in September. Season tickets are (adults) or (seniors/students), with singletickets for (adult) or (seniors/students)●●Toronto Jewish Folk ChoirThe Toronto Jewish Folk Choir is conducted byAlexander Veprinsky and accompanied by LinaZemelman. Founded in 1925 by immigrant needle-tradeworkers, this SATB choir sings folksongs,classics and original works in Yiddishand other languages. Our 86th annual SpringConcert, June 3, 3pm at Temple Sinai, 210 WilsonAve., commemorates our late longtime leaderBen Shek and composer Milton Barnes’s 80thanniversary, with Barnes’ choral/klezmer suiteDos Naye Lid (The New Song) and other songs inYiddish, Hebrew, Ladino, Russian and English.New members are welcome to sing Dos NayeLid with us at this summer’s Ashkenaz●●Toronto Mendelssohn ChoirGrand symphonic sound has been the TorontoMendelssohn Choir’s trademark for over 100years. Performing sacred and secular repertoire,the TMC offers audiences authentic interpretationof some of the greatest musicever composed. The 150-voice choir includes aprofessional core, auditioned volunteers andapprentices aged 17–22. The TMC performs over20 concerts annually, including Messiah withthe TSO, “Festival of Carols” at YorkminsterPark Baptist Church, “Sacred Music for a SacredSpace” on Good Friday at St. Paul’s Basilica andtwo concerts of major choral works with orchestraat Koerner Hall. Rehearsals are held Mondaysat Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, with auditionsin spring and September.Noel Edison, artistic directorKimber Jonah 416-598-0422●●Toronto Swedish SingersThe Toronto Swedish Singers perform in Swedishand English under director Brigitte Bogar. Thechoir presents annual spring and Christmasconcerts and performs at local Swedish culturalevents and in the Swedish Lutheran Churchin Toronto at major church celebrations. Shorttours are also arranged periodically. Familiaritywith the Swedish language, interest in Swedishculture and ability to read music are desirable,but everyone is welcome. We have weekly rehearsalsand members also have the opportunityto learn/perform Swedish folk dances.Solveig●●Toronto Welsh Male Voice ChoirThe Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir enters anotherrobust performance season under artisticdirector William Woloschuk and accompanistJulia Sankey. Founded in 1995 by Gwyn Roberts,TWMVC shares songs that lift the human spirit.TWMVC repertoire supports choral traditionsthat have enriched the human experiencethrough the ages. The vibrant blend of traditionalmusic from the “Land of Song” and contemporaryworks from around the globe is exhibitedin unique, Welsh, four-part harmony. Notableperformances include the CD launch titled“Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir with ShannonMercer, Live at the Glenn Gould Studio.” TWMVCwelcomes new members. “Welshness” is optional!Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 7:30pm–10pm, 33Melrose Ave., Toronto.416-410-22541-877-410-2254 (905/705 only)●●Toronto World Unity ChoirLed by director Tim FitzGerald and formed in1997, we are a small, friendly SATB choir whosemandate is to promote unity through our loveof music. Based in Toronto, we perform spirituallybased music at community events withinthe GTA and southern Ontario. We sing musicinspired by the writings of the Baha’i faith andother spiritual traditions, with new and originalworks performed in multiple styles andlanguages. Rehearsals take place Sundays 10am–12:30pm at the Toronto Baha’i Centre, 288 BloorSt. W. at Huron St. New members (aged 15–100)welcome. Ability to read music and sight-singdesirable but not essential.Nancy●●University of Toronto,Scarborough, Concert ChoirThe University of Toronto, Scarborough, ConcertChoir is an auditioned mixed choir open to thegeneral public in addition to students, staff andfaculty of the U of T Scarborough campus. LenardWhiting, conductor, auditions singers the firstweek of classes in both fall (September) and winter(January) semesters. Performances includeuniversity special events and concerts within thearts and events programming division, includingthe end of term concert. The choir rehearsesMonday evenings 5pm–8pm in the Arts andAdministration Building (Room AA303), locatedat 1265 Military Trail. Collaborative programmingwith Opera By Request, TrypTych and theCathedral Bluffs Symphony are scheduled forthe 2012/13 season.Lenard Whiting,●●Univox Choir TorontoUnivox is a mixed-voice community choir foryoung adults, with singers in their twentiesand thirties. The organization holds relationshipbuilding, social responsibility and musicalexcellence as its core principles. Most newchoristers have previous choral experience orhave some musical proficiency. Regular attendanceand ticket selling are expected. Selectedrepertoire spans five centuries, including choralclassics, contemporary works and popularmusic, ranging from Gabriel Fauré to Daft Punk.Potential choristers are invited to observe a rehearsalafter initial contact. Rehearsals takeplace Tuesdays 5:45pm–8pm at New Horizons/Dovercourt Baptist, 1140 Bloor St. W. Our seasonruns September to June.Dallas Bergen, artistic●●Upper Canada ChoristersThe Upper Canada Choristers is a non-auditionedmixed-voice choir with a history of musical excellenceand community service. The programfeatures collaborations with internationalchoirs, local children’s choirs and professionalguest artists. Cantemos is the auditioned Latinensemble under the umbrella of UCC. Underthe artistic direction of Laurie Evan Fraser, thechoirs perform two diverse choral programs annually.Weekly rehearsals for the larger choir areMonday evenings from 7:30pm–9:30pm at GraceChurch on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd. Cantemosrehearses on Thursday evenings from 7pm–9pmat 2 Romar Cres. The choir sings up to 20 concertsannually in a variety of community venues.Laurie Evan Fraser, conductor/artistic● ● Uxbridge Chamber ChoirThe Uxbridge Chamber Choir was formed in 1983to bring quality performances of sacred and

secular music to the local community. The choiroffers accomplished singers a venue to expressand develop their musical talents. With a primaryfocus on the classical repertoire, programshave also featured modern composers such asOrff and Jenkins — and even the Beatles — as wellas special programming for the Christmas season.Performance standards are maintained by anon-threatening screening process during earlyrehearsals. For a good choral atmosphere underthe inspired direction of our founder Tom Baker,come join the UCC.John Jackson,●●Vesnivka ChoirFounding artistic director Halyna KvitkaKondracki established Vesnivka Choir in 1965.This award-winning women’s ensemble hasdelighted audiences around the world with itsrich repertoire of Ukrainian liturgical, classical,contemporary and traditional folk music. Thechoir presents three major concerts each season.Vesnivka, together with its partner the TorontoUkrainian Male Chamber Choir (“TUMCC”), isoften accompanied by professional soloistsand chamber ensembles of area musicians.Vesnivka also sings at Christmas and Easter liturgies.Rehearsals are held Tuesdays, 7:30pm–9:30pm (4 Bellwoods Ave. Toronto). Male singersare welcome to join TUMCC, with rehearsals heldMondays, 7:30pm–9pm (Ukrainian CanadianSocial Services, 2445 Bloor St. W. at Jane).Lesia●●Vespera EnsembleThe Vespera Ensemble is an auditioned groupof exceptional singers dedicated to performingnew music. Along with its classical focus, Vesperaembraces popular genres of music from the 20thcentury, including jazz, gospel and beyond. Weare very fortunate to have a unique blend of bothexcellent choral singers and soloists of manystyles. Now in its seventh season, Vespera hasshown its continued commitment to performingnew works, especially those by Canadian composers.Since 2009 the choir has dedicated itsspring concerts to works by only Canadian composers.We perform three or four concerts yearly.Rehearsals happen Wednesdays 7pm–9:30pmat Bloor Street United,●●Victoria College ChoirThe Victoria College Choir has been a fixture ofthe Vic community since the move to Torontofrom Cobourg in 1892. Although it has seen manydifferent forms and incarnations over the pastcentury, including the Victoria Glee Club and aGilbert and Sullivan Appreciation Society, themusical presence at Vic has been consistentlydominated by the Vic Chorus. The present choruswas established in 1991 as a non-auditioned,school community chorus. Two concerts areheld each year. The fall concert is held in the lovelygothic setting of the Victoria College ChapelAUDITION THE CHOIRThinking about joining? Visit the spring concert is held in the IsabelBader Theatre.Taylor Sullivan,●●Victoria Scholars Men’sChoral EnsembleOne of Canada’s finest male choral ensembles,the Victoria Scholars treat their audiences to awide range of music, from medieval plainchantand works from the baroque, renaissance and romanticeras through to contemporary and newlycommissioned works from some of Canada’sbest-known composers. Along with their annualthree-concert series in Toronto, they have releasedthree recordings, toured nationally andinternationally, and performed with a numberof international vocal soloists and arts organizations.If you are an experienced musician withexcellent sight reading abilities and would liketo join the Scholars for their upcoming season,please contact us today.Dr. Jerzy●●Village VoicesVillage Voices is a Markham-based, mixed-voicecommunity choir of about 65 members, whichpresents two major public concerts a year, aswell as concerts at seniors’ residences, specialcommunity events and festivals. Under the directionof Joan Andrews, the choir performs awide variety of choral repertoire, from classicalto contemporary, in many different styles.The choir has performed with other choirs inOntario and has collaborated with the CathedralBluffs Orchestra, the Markham Concert Band andthe Kindred Spirits Orchestra, with whom it willperform the Messiah once again on December 15,2012. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings inUnionville. New members are●●VIVA! Youth Singers of TorontoVIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto is a vibrant,innovative choral organization for over 130children and youth aged 4–25. 2011/12 markedVIVA!’s 12th season as a downtown group ofchoirs whose mission is to provide youth withartistically excellent musical opportunities ina supportive, inclusive environment. VIVA!’sMentoring and Leadership Program providesyoung educators valuable opportunities to workwith youth, and a unique Inclusion Programoffers individualized support for youth withdisabilities. Highlights from our past seasoninclude National Ballet’s The Nutcracker, aMUCHMusic video shoot and our Greece tour.Opera performances will be featured throughoutthe next three●●Vivace VoxEstablished in September 2007 within TheToronto Singing Studio, Vivace Vox is an excitingand energetic chamber vocal ensemble. Ledby music director Linda Eyman, the group isknown for its joy of performance and wide audienceappeal. Its far ranging repertoire includesmadrigals, jazz standards, spirituals, world andfolk music, pop classics, masterworks and musictheatre, and sweeps away all musical boundaries.Vivace Vox rehearses Thursday evenings7pm–9pm at Bloor Street United Church, 300Bloor St. W., Toronto. Membership is by audition.A season membership is paid.Linda Eyman, music●●VOCA Chorus of TorontoVOCA Chorus of Toronto, formerly the EastYork Choir, is an auditioned ensemble that performsselections from several genres (includingpremieres of arrangements by our artisticdirector Jenny Crober) in collaboration with artistsfrom many musical traditions, includingVIVA! Youth Singers of TorontotheWholeNote CHOIR LISTINGS | 2012-2013

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