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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 PAGES●●La Jeunesse Youth Choirsin Cobourgkingston chamber choirtheWholeNote 2013/14 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORYAUDITION THE CHOIR!subscription series, choristers, artistic director,recordings and contact details can be foundon our website.Janice●●Jubilate SingersThe Jubilate Singers is an ensemble choirof around 30 voices, presenting an eclecticand often multi-lingual mix of internationaland Canadian choral works. We have a threeconcertseason and perform at least twocommunity concerts per year. Under theleadership of Isabel Bernaus, the choir isexposed to challenging repertoire not oftenheard by Canadian audiences. Collaborationswith local musicians and/or singers add anotherdimension. Auditions are held twice yearly, inJune and September, and as needed. Rehearsalsare Tuesday nights, 7:30pm–9:45pm, at St.Leonard’s Anglican Church (Yonge and St.Clair). Interested singers are encouraged tosit in on a rehearsal before deciding to audition.A welcoming, friendly experience forcommitted singers!David Reddin, membership●●Kingston Chamber ChoirNow in its tenth season, the 22-voiceKingston Chamber Choir presents “musicto move you.” The choir tackles some of themore challenging choral works and presentsthem in the spectacular St. George’s Cathedralsetting, long known for its aestheticbeauty and grandeur, and for its fine acousticalproperties. Guest artists’ collaborationswith the choir are always highlights for both thechoir and audience. Audiences are increasinglydrawn to the choir’s approach to the choralart and its performances of some memorablemusical works.The 2013/14 season will see, along with thewell-loved Messiah, a collaboration with aboriginalchoral conductor and composer AndrewBalfour (from Winnipeg), and a partnershipwith the local Sisters of Providence PeaceQuest initiative.Gordon Sinclair, artistic●●Kingsway Children’s Choir& Drum Ensemble/Kingsway Chamber SingersVenturing outside the bounds of traditionalchoir training, the Kingsway Children’s Choirand Drum Ensemble is a unique, liberatingchoral experience for children aged seven andup. Directed by a professional music educatorwith extensive choral conducting experience,the choir explores a vast repertoire spanningworld music, folk songs and classic choralworks. Weekly rehearsals are an invigoratingmusical workout encompassing voice and bodywarm-ups, vocal technique, singing skills anddrum circle (each chorister receives an Africandjembé drum to keep). For older and moreexperienced singers, the Kingsway ChamberSingers offers an enriched, multi-part, challengingchoral experience. Throughout a30-week season, both choirs take their musicto various stages including adjudicated festivals,recitals and high-profile corporate andcommunity events.Sharon Burlacoff416-234-0121sharonkcm@bellnet.cakingswayconservatory.caLa Jeunesse Youth Choirs in Cobourg hasbeen offering professional, enriching musicaltraining for young choristers ages seven and upfor over 25 years. Directed by Markus Howardwith accompanist Debbie Fingas, our awardwinningchoir comprises three groups: theChildren’s Choir (ages 7 to 12), which is atraining group for the Senior Choir (ages 12to 18), and a Young Men’s Ensemble (ages 11to 18). The choir has won five gold medals,recorded seven CDs and travelled extensively.All groups rehearse weekly at Trinity UnitedChurch in Cobourg and perform at concerts,festivals and community events. In 2012 LaJeunesse added a Musical Theatre Intensiveprogram offering professional training for thestage, screen and recording studio for ages 7to 19. Auditions are held every summer andagain in●●Lachan Jewish Chamber Choirof TorontoThe Lachan Jewish Chamber Choir ofToronto was founded in 1993 by CantorBenjamin Maissner. The mandate ofLachan — whose name is taken from one ofthe Hebrew words for melody — is to performa sophisticated Jewish repertoire at the higheststandard of excellence. Lachan performs Jewishmusic from the 12th century to the 21st centuryin Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and English, witha special focus on works by Canadian-Jewishcomposers. Lachan has performed in Canada,the United States, Europe, Israel and China.Lachan is seeking new singers. If you arean experienced chorister with a passion forJewish music and you are available to rehearseon Tuesday evenings, please contact SusanBaskin for an audition.Susan●●Lawrence Park CommunityChurch ChoirLawrence Park Community Church Choirsings weekly at Sunday worship servicesfrom September through June, with Thursdayevening rehearsals. Consisting of more than20 members, including a professional quartet,the choir presents special musical offeringsat Christmas and during Holy Week, and isfeatured annually in Lawrence Park’s Fridays @8 concert series. The choir has commissioned anumber of anthems from composers includingBob Chilcott, Ruth Watson Henderson andPaul Halley. Recent CD recordings haveincluded Awake, my soul, & sing, Peace

for a New Millennium and a Christmas CD,Beauty, Peace and Joy, available through thechurch office.Mark Toews, director of●●Les voix du coeurLes voix du cœur est un ensemble à quatrevoix mixtes comptant une trentaine de choristesamateurs se consacrant principalement àla chanson populaire francophone en provenancedu Canada et d’Europe. Fondé en 1994 parBernard Dionne, l’ensemble est dirigé depuis 18ans par Manon Côté et accompagné au pianopar Lisa Chan.Les répétitions ont lieu tous les mercredissoirs et un samedi après-midi par mois, de lami-septembre à la mi-mai.L’ensemble se produit au moins deux fois parannée, pour les fêtes de Noël et pour un souperconcertdans un style cabaret en fin de saison.Carmen Bourbonnais416●●Lyrica Chamber Choir of BarrieFounded in 2000 by the late Natalyia Gurinand directed since 2005 by Steve Winfield,Lyrica Chamber Choir of Barrie strives topresent eclectic and evocative programsof excellent choral chamber music. The 34singers of Lyrica demonstrate a strong desireto present artistically varied choral programswith a high degree of musicianship to thecommunity of Barrie and surrounding area.Recent highlights include performances ofRandall Thompson’s Frostiana Cycle and worksby Josef Rheinberger. Professional soloists andinstrumental musicians regularly join Lyricafor performances. Our accompanist, BrentMayhew, enhances the choir’s performanceswith extraordinary skill and sensitivity.Steve●●MCS ChorusThe award-winning MCS Chorus, foundedin 1975, presents concerts of classical masterworksas well as programs of jazz and Broadwaymusic. MCS partners with community, artsand charitable groups for benefit concertevents and offers an innovative program foryoung listeners. The organization promotesthe highest level of musical excellence in itschoristers, supports emerging solo artists andregularly commissions new Canadian works.Diane Faught, presidentinfo@mcschorus.caThinking about joining? Visit●●Men of Note Male Voice ChoirMen of Note Male Voice Choir came togetherin 1999 with just 17 originals and nearly all ofthem are still singing. We now number around40 members. As we’ve grown in size so hasour Men of Note family. Most of the wives ofmembers actively support the choir, attendingall our concerts and traveling overseas with ustoo. We’re a closely knit group.We hope to continue growing so we invitemen who love the joy of singing to raise theirvoice in song with us. We meet every Mondaynight in Stouffville, about 45 kms northeast ofToronto. Choir members travel each week frommany points in the GTA including Newmarket,Toronto, Uxbridge, Aurora, Richmond Hilland Markham.Bruce Speed,●●Metropolitan United Church ChoirThe auditioned 35-member MetropolitanUnited Church Choir has eight lead singers,rehearses Thursday evenings and sings onSunday mornings and special occasions,September through June. Repertoire is medievalthrough 21st century. Singers must havesight-singing ability. A waiting list exists;contact our director late spring or early fall tojoin. The festival choir adds 10 to 15 singersto the core choir and rehearses Sunday afternoonsfor six weeks prior to Good Friday. Pastconcerts featured Bach, Mozart, Fauré, Duruflé,Gilles and others. The Metropolitan Sparklers(ages 4 to 6), Choristers (7 to 11), GreatHeart Ensemble (vocal and instrumental, ages12 and up) and Metropolitan Handbells aregroups open to all.Patricia Wright416-363-0331●●Milton ChoristersThis dynamic, auditioned, four-partcommunity choir has entertained audiencesin Halton Region and beyond for 45 years.The 40-member choir performs three concertsannually, often including premier guest soloistsand musicians. We also enjoy performingin numerous local events. Our director,Dr. Lana Lysogor, continues to expand ouralready varied repertoire. From classical tocontemporary, sacred to secular, we do it all!Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 7:30pm–10pm, fromSeptember to June. A love of singing, somesight-reading, rhythm and a sense of humourare all you need to become a Milton Chorister!Laurie E. Reed,●●Mississauga Festival ChoirMississauga Festival Choir (MFC) is a95-voice adult non-auditioned communitychoir, which includes a small auditionedchamber choir (MFCC) which performsseparately at the end of March. MFC performsconcerts each season in the Mississauga area.Founded in 1984, the MFC is dedicated toexcellence in choral music and performs a widerange of musical styles and traditions. Performancestake place in December and May at theLiving Arts Centre and in February, MFC hostsa benefit massed choir festival. Rehearsals areMonday nights from September to May at theCawthra Seniors choristerstheWholeNote 2013/14 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORY

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