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Volume 18 Issue 8 - May 2013

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

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CANARY PAGESport perry united church choirtheWholeNote 2013/14 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORYAUDITION THE CHOIR!Monday nights at Yonge and Sheppard andauditions take place in May and September.Jennifer Collins, general managerjennifer.collins@paxchristichorale.orgDaniel Norman,assistant conductor/●●Penthelia SingersPenthelia Singers is a vibrant ensembleof women performing culturally diverse andmusically sophisticated choral repertoire.Led by artistic director Alice Malach, thechoir is committed to musical excellence andconcerts of professional quality. PentheliaSingers strive to connect with their audiencethrough innovative and accessible programmingpresented in a variety of venues. In additionto giving two major concerts per season,Penthelia Singers perform in collaboration withother choirs, at festivals and at communityevents. Rehearsals are at Rosedale PresbyterianChurch, Wednesdays 7:30pm–9:30pm.Membership in this welcoming group is byaudition in June, August and January.Alice●●Peterborough SingersThe Peterborough Singers, under the energeticand creative leadership of founder andmusic director Syd Birrell, is an auditioned100-voice choir of all ages. The annual fiveconcertseason includes a diverse musicalrepertoire, from gospel to sacred to pop tooratorio. Classical highlights have included St.Matthew Passion, Elijah, Messiah and CarminaBurana. The Peterborough Singers regularlyfeature emerging solo artists and havecommissioned works by Canadian composersMark Sirett, Stephen Chatman and Len Ballantine.This award-winning group has a reputationfor surprising, delighting and challengingits audiences. The 2013/14 season will includea performance of The Armed Man: A Mass ForPeace by Karl Jenkins. Rehearsals are Wednesdays,7:30pm–9:30pm, at Murray Street BaptistChurch in Peterborough.Peg McCracken, office●●Port Perry United Church ChoirPort Perry United Church Choir is a veryfriendly 35-voice choir, under the directionof Joan Bretney. It consists of many talentedmusicians and soloists whose main focus is tosing at Sunday worship services in the beautifullyacoustic sanctuary. Locally known as the“One of a Kind Choir,” they perform a variety ofmusical styles in full choir anthems and smallensembles. The choir rehearses Thursday evenings,September through June, preparing musicfor weekly services, Christmas and Easter celebrationsand their yearly concert, “The GrandEvent.” A Girls Choir and a Junior Choir regularlyparticipate in the worship services. Aswell, a full band, under the direction of CharlesWhite, performs seasonally. A warm welcomeawaits all.Barbara Taylor Bone,●●Queensmen of TorontoThe “Queensmen” is a male chorus firstestablished in Etobicoke in 1949. It hascontinued as a strong organization since thenand now practices every Tuesday evening at7pm, September through May. The repertoireof the Queensmen can best be described as“vinyl age,” ranging from the popular musicof the 1960s to the present, along with a widevariety of choral music, some traditional andsome international.Join us at our weekly rehearsals and experiencethe teaching of our outstanding musicaldirector and enjoy our special camaraderie. Youwill also appreciate our outreach programs withschools, encouraging musical development foryoung●●Renaissance SingersThe Renaissance Singers was founded in1972 in Kitchener-Waterloo. Currently underthe direction of Gordon Burnett, the RenaissanceSingers is an auditioned 30-voice choirwhose early reputation was based on itspolished performance of renaissance a cappellaliterature. Today, the choir sings music fromthe masters of all centuries. The choir has alsocommissioned and premiered the works ofleading Canadian composers and has producedfour CDs. Performances are based in Kitchener-Waterlooand environs.Katherine Lees, press and●●Renanim Youth SingersRenanim Youth Singers, founded in 1999,is referred to as “The Musical Voice of JewishYouth.” Choristers aged 9 to 19 unite as oneJewish voice. Choristers acquire musicianshipskills, a positive sense of Jewish identityand culture and a love of Israel, and learn theimportance of community service.Renanim’s reputation for excellence ismulti-faceted. Renanim completed a globallysponsored educational recording projectfeaturing over 100 songs selected by rabbisand cantors. Best known for enhancing countlesscommunity events throughout the GTA,Renanim participated in two life-changingconcert missions to Israel and were featuredin a documentary. We also recorded two highlyacclaimed CDs. Weekly rehearsals take placeTuesday evenings at Prosserman JCC. Toinquire about auditions and high school credit,contact Susan Michaels.Susan●●Serenata SingersThe Serenata Singers is a lively group of 70retirees singing four-part harmony in our 37thseason. Under the direction of Joshua Tamayo,our amazing new conductor who is almost

five decades younger than our median age,we tackle a wide selection of music includingshow tunes, classical, folk and pop. Rehearsalsare Wednesday mornings from September toMay at Wilmar Heights Centre, 963 PharmacyAve. In early May we present two concertsat the Chinese Cultural Centre’s theatre inScarborough (“Timeless Classics,” May 7 and8, 2013). The choir welcomes new memberswith a friendly audition and is very happy toperform in the community when●●Sound InvestmentCommunity ChoirThe Sound Investment Community Choir inCollingwood is a mixed choir under the directionof Brian Rae with a membership of over50 singers bringing quality choral music tothe Georgian Triangle. The SICC presentstwo annual concerts, one in the spring andone at Christmas. A variety of choral stylesfrom classical to contemporary are performed,which has included the Fantasia on ChristmasCarols by Vaughan Williams and the ChichesterPsalms by Bernstein. Professional musiciansare also featured. This year the Sound InvestmentCommunity Choir is celebrating its 40thanniversary! Membership is by audition andrehearsals are on Monday evenings.Brian●●Spiritus EnsembleThinking about joining? Visit every Sunday and is open to peopleof all ages, including children. Rehearsalsare Wednesday evenings, 6:45pm–8pm, andSunday mornings, 8:50am. No auditionsare required and the repertoire is variedand enjoyable.The Senior Choir sings at the 11am Eucharistevery Sunday and at Choral Evensong at4pm monthly. Admission is by informal audition.The choir rehearses Thursday evenings,7:30pm–9:30pm, and 10:20am Sundaymornings, and sings repertoire from the theAnglican choral tradition. Choral scholarshipsare available to promising young singers.Simon Walker, director of●●Summer SingersLooking for a summer choir to join? Lookno further! The Summer Singers is a funand music-loving adult ensemble of over60 voices which meets Tuesday evenings,6:30pm–8:30pm, in June and July (eight weeks)at Trinity-St. Paul’s Church, 427 Bloor St. W.,Toronto. Repertoire is a cool mix of folk, pop,standards, classical and more. An informalconcert is presented on the last evening. Thereis no audition, just a nominal paid membership.Linda Eyman, music director416-455-9238linda@thetorontosingingstudio.cathetorontosingingstudio.cast. jude’s anglican churchSpiritus Ensemble is a Kitchener-basedsemi-professional choir of 16 that performsBach cantatas and other German baroquemusic with orchestra in a Vespers formatfour times a year. We rehearse two or threetimes before each event, usually on Saturdaymornings; the Bach Vespers themselves are onSundays at 4pm. Repertoire for 2013/14, ourfifth season, includes Cantatas 22, 23, 61, 100and 125 as well as music by Schütz and Buxtehude.Each Bach Vespers features three or foursoloists who may be drawn from the choir ormay be guest artists who sing with the choirfor a particular program.Kenneth Hull, artistic●●St. Jude’s Anglican Church Choirs,OakvilleSt. Jude’s Anglican Church is an historic,downtown Oakville parish in a beautiful settingby Lake Ontario. For many years it has maintainedan excellent musical tradition.The Gloria Choir sings at the 9:30am●●St. Michael’s Choir SchoolSt. Michael’s Choir School (SMCS) isCanada’s premier boys’ choir school. For 75years, excellence in sacred music has been theschool’s enduring legacy. The school’s missionis to provide music for St. Michael’s Cathedraland to train church musicians for theToronto archdiocese. In addition to singingat St. Michael’s Cathedral, the students sharetheir music with a wider audience throughrecordings, media appearances and concerttours. SMCS has performed for dignitariessuch as His Holiness Pope John Paul II, HerMajesty Queen Elizabeth II, former primeminister Jean Chrétien and, most recently, HisHoliness Pope Francis while on tour in Rome.Stephen Handrigan,●Tafelmusik ●Chamber ChoirThe Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, directedby Ivars Taurins, is one of Canada’s leadingensembles specializing in historically informedperformances of the music of the 17th and 18thcenturies. Formed in 1981, it has been praisedfor its clarity, nuance and brilliance. The choirjoins the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra for itssubscription series at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre,George Weston Recital Hall and Koerner Hall,and for its annual performances of Handel’sMessiah and “Sing-Along Messiah.” The choirregularly collaborates with Opera Atelier. Auditionsare held as required to fill vacancies.Stephanie Miletic,operations manager416-964-9562●Tallis ● ChoirFounded in 1977, the Tallis Choir, directed byPeter Mahon, specializes in renaissance choralmusic but performs a wide variety of musicaltheWholeNote 2013/14 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORY

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