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Volume 18 Issue 8 - May 2013

  • Text
  • Choir
  • Toronto
  • Theatre
  • Concerts
  • Musical
  • Jazz
  • Choral
  • Singers
  • Festival
  • Vocal
Includes the 2013 Canary Pages choral directory.


CANARY PAGESCANTABILE CHAMBER SINGERStheWholeNote 2013/14 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORYAUDITION THE CHOIR!Each year, Bravado! presents Christmas andspring shows, and also performs at privatefunctions and fundraisers.Scott●●Burlington Civic ChoraleFounded in 1994, this 35-voice SATBcommunity choir presents a wide spectrumof choral music throughout the year, rangingfrom renaissance and baroque to contemporary,from classical to jazz and folk, under the directionof Dr. Gary Fisher. The chorale’s performancesare often accompanied by professionalsoloists and chamber ensembles. There arethree main concerts each year. Auditions areheld in September and January and are opento men and women 18 years and over whohave sight-reading abilities. Rehearsals areTuesday evenings from 7:15pm–9:30pm at St.Christopher’s Anglican Church, Guelph Line,Burlington.Gary●●Canadian Children’s Opera ChorusIn its 45th season, the CCOC consists ofsix choruses for ages 3 to 19 and is the onlypermanent children’s opera company inCanada to regularly commission and produceoperas for children. Led by renowned educator,conductor and opera singer Ann Cooper Gay,the company prepares young people for thevibrant world of opera by offering musical anddramatic training and professional experience.Members regularly perform with the CanadianOpera Company and other major professionalorganizations. Rehearsals are weekdays afterschool in the downtown area. Auditions areheld May to June. A non-auditioned afterschoolworkshop program called OPERAtionKIDS was launched in 2008.Ken Hall, general●●Cantabile Chamber SingersCantabile Chamber Singers was foundedin 2006 by artistic director Cheryll Chung.We are a chamber choir of 16 to 20 voicesperforming diverse repertoire and dedicatedto making music of high calibre. Each season,we support young living composers via newcommissions and performances of contemporarychoral works. We have raised awarenessfor many local social programs. The choirwas welcomed into the international choralcommunity by being invited to sing at the CalifornianVocal Arts Festival and the MondialChoral Loto-Quebec Festival in Laval for twoconsecutive years, where it has been warmlyreceived by audiences, the festival, participatingchoirs and clinicians. This year we havebeen invited to perform at the bi-annual internationalFestival 500 in Newfoundland!Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter@CantabileTO.Cheryll Chung, artistic●●Cantabile ChoraleHappy 40th Anniversary Year!Cantabile Chorale is a 40-voice mixed adultchoir performing under founding directorRobert Richardson. The choir presents fiveor six major concerts per year, mostly in thesouthern York Region, and also appears atother community events. Weekend tours withinsouthern Ontario take place occasionally.Repertoire ranges from classical throughcontemporary, both sacred and secular.Concerts often feature local guest musiciansand raise funds for local charities. Rehearsalsare Monday evenings in Thornhill fromSeptember to June, plus an annual weekendretreat in early September. Membership is byaudition; potential new choristers are welcometo sit in on any regular rehearsal.Robert●●Cantemus SingersCantemus Singers, conducted by MichaelErdman, performs mainly renaissance andearly baroque repertoire. Our 16-voice groupgives equal time to religious and secularcompositions of the period in a variety oflanguages. We present three programs a year,in late fall, mid-winter and spring. Although weare primarily an a cappella ensemble, we occasionallyjoin forces with ensembles/players ofperiod instruments. Our choristers are a mix ofenthusiastic, well-trained amateurs and semiprofessionals,all sharing a common interest inearly music. Rehearsals are Wednesday eveningthrough the season at Morningside-High ParkPresbyterian Church in the West end. Membershipis by audition.Michael Erdman,●●Cantores CelestesCantores Celestes is an auditioned women’schoir celebrating its 24th season. Perform withthe best instrumental musicians in Toronto!Repertoire includes medieval, baroque,romantic, classical-contemporary, Celtic,gospel, bluegrass and Eastern European music.The choir has released six CDs, has performedlive on CBC Radio, has donated over ,000to charities and was featured in three films. Ithas toured New Brunswick and is planning atour to NYC! Season concerts include June 29,2013, December 7, 2013 and May 3, 2014. Auditionsare held in May, June and August.Kelly Galbraith,●●Caribbean Chorale of TorontoThe Caribbean Chorale of Toronto, a registered,non-profit group established in 1993,has a membership of 40 representing severalCaribbean islands. Our repertoire covers therange of musical styles. We have performed ata number of venues in the GTA including benefitsfor charitable organizations and fundraising

events. We sponsor the Caribbean Children’sFoundation and the Sickle Cell Associationof Ontario, as well as the Rosetta BatsonBursary which assists students of Caribbeandescent in pursuing tertiary education. Wewill be celebrating our 20th anniversary inSeptember 2013 with a service and a gala inMay 2014.The chorale welcomes new members as wellas sponsors of its work and●●Celebration ChoirAre you a senior looking for a fun, energeticand eclectic choir? The CelebrationChoir is one you should consider! Foundedin 2007 within the Toronto Singing Studioand directed by Linda Eyman, this choir ofover 50 voices features songs to suit everymusical taste. Repertoire spans popular to classicalto folk, with appealing musical arrangements.The Celebration Choir rehearses fromSeptember through May on Thursday afternoons,2pm–4pm, in the gymnasium at Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church, 427 Bloor St. W. Twoformal concerts are presented each seasonalong with community outreach concerts whenpossible. Rehearsals are very sociable and noaudition is necessary. A season membershipis paid.Linda Eyman, music●●Choralairs Choir50 Years of Song! 1963–2013The Choralairs Choir of North York is celebratingits 50th anniversary this year. We area non-profit, volunteer 45-member adult choir.We rehearse weekly and perform monthly atseniors’ residences in Toronto. We sing avariety of popular songs and Broadway showtunes, lead by our experienced music directorJudith Ross. No auditions are required, justa love of singing! Our rehearsals take placeevery Tuesday evening, 7:15pm–9:45pm, atEarl Bales Community Centre, 4169 BathurstSt., south of Sheppard Ave. We also present afree annual Sunday afternoon concert for thecommunity at Earl Bales Park (this year onSunday, June 9, at 1:30pm).Martha: 905-884-8370Sally:●●Chorus NiagaraChorus Niagara begins its sixth decadeof choral music, celebrating 25 years underartistic director Robert Cooper!Chorus Niagara, the Power of 100, is apassionate group of singers of diverse agesThinking about joining? Visit walks of life. As the Niagara region’spremiere symphonic chorus, CN performsclassic masterpieces and new, modern andseldom-heard works, provides a showcase foremerging Canadian talent and attracts singersof all ages through its Chorus Niagara Children’sChoir (CNCC) and Side by Side HighSchool Chorale (SXS).The 2013/14 season includes CN Cinema’sThe Passion of Joan of Arc, the silent film silverscreen classic accompanied by a live choral“soundtrack,” “A Canadian Christmas Carol”(seasonal Canadian poetry, prose and carols)and closes with Dvořák’s expressive Requiem.Please join us in our celebrations!Diana McAdorey, managing●●Choir of Christ Church Deer ParkChoir of Christ Church Deer Park is anauditioned mixed-voice choir that rehearsesThursday evenings and sings on Sundaymornings and special occasions fromSeptember through June. Repertoire is medievalthrough 21st century.The Christ Church Summer Singers is a nonauditionedmixed-voice choir that rehearsesand sings on Sunday mornings through Julyand August. If you would like to join us, pleasecontact our music director.Eric N. Robertson,organist and director of music416-920-5211●●Church of St. Mary MagdaleneSteeped in musical heritage and assistedby a generous acoustic, St. Mary Magdalene’soffers a music program strongly rooted inthe tradition established by Healey Willan.Every Sunday at the 11am Solemn Mass theGallery Choir sings a mass and motet fromthe west gallery while the Ritual Choir singsthe Gregorian propers from the east end. Bothchoirs rehearse on Thursdays.At the 9:30am Sung Mass the SMM Singerssing a motet and lead congregational singing.Membership is informal: rehearsals are at 9amdirectly before the service and regular attendanceis not mandatory.One Sunday per month at 4:30pm the meditativeSolemn Evensong and Benediction issung, preceded by an organ recital at 4pm.For information, please contact Andrew Adair.Andrew Adair,interim director of●●Common Thread CommunityChorus of TorontoCommon Thread is a secular, non-auditionedchoir that sings folk music reflecting thelanguages and cultures of Toronto. CommonThread is for anyone who believes that socialjustice and community can be built throughmusic. One of our main goals is to helpcommunity groups raise funds for or raiseawareness about important social justice issues.Anna Jover,●●County Town SingersCTS began as a community choir in 1967,celebrating Canada’s centennial year. Undercurrent director Michael Morgan, we are still“singing for the love of it.” We are a 70-voiceauditioned choir with a diverse and variedcaribbean chorale of torontotheWholeNote 2013/14 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORY

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