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Volume 20 Issue 8 - May 2015

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CANARY PAGES● Cantabile Choirs of KingstonCANTALA WOMEN’S CHOIRtheWholeNote 2015/16 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORY● Bravado! Show ChoirBravado! is not your ordinary community choir.With its unique performance style of accessible musicfrom across the globe, Bravado! offers its audiences arare and unforgettable choral experience. Founded in1996, this 34-voice auditioned SATB choir, under theleadership of Katie Pergau, presents eclectic repertoirefrom traditional and sacred to jazz, pop and rock.All pieces are performed from memory, allowing thechoir to be more interpretive and to better connectwith the audience. The result is dynamic entertainmentwith a focus on musical excellence, combinedwith the visual appeal of staging or choreography.Each year, Bravado! presents Christmas and springshows, and also performs at private functionsand fundraisers.JENNY● Canadian Children’sOpera CompanyIn its 46th season, the CCOC consists of sixchoruses for ages 3 to 20 and is the only permanentchildren’s opera company in Canada to regularlycommission and produce operas for children. Led byrenowned educator, conductor and opera singer AnnCooper Gay, the company prepares young peoplefor the vibrant world of opera by offering musicaland dramatic training and professional experience.Members regularly perform with the Canadian OperaCompany and other major professional organizations.Rehearsals are weekdays after school in the downtownarea. Auditions are held April to June. A nonauditionedin- and after-school workshop programwas launched in 2008 as part of the OPERAtionKIDS outreach arm of the CCOC.KEN● Canadian Orpheus Male ChoirThe Canadian Orpheus Male Choir is a TTBBchoral ensemble of 40 members ages 19+, known asthe men who love to sing. Join us! Founded in 1977, thisHamilton-based registered charity performs to buildcommunity, support charitable causes and entertain.Covering pop, traditional and folk songs, spirituals,jazz numbers and hits from musicals, we’ve sungin Roy Thomson Hall, the Burlington PerformingArts Centre and Hamilton Place, among others,and helped raise some 0,000 for charities. We’veshared the stage with guest performers like ScantilyPlaid, soprano Abigail Freeman and violinist MartinBeaver. Book the COMC for your special event! ‘Like’us on Facebook.KEITH THOMAS,● Cantabile Chamber SingersCantabile Chamber Singers is an auditioned choirof 16 to 20 voices, formed in 2006 by artistic directorCheryll J. Chung. The choir performs eclectic andchallenging repertoire spanning six centuries. Wesupport living composers through new commissionsand the performance of contemporary choral works.We have participated at the Mondial Choral-LotoFestival in Quebec, and in July 2013, we performed atthe bi-annual international Festival 500 in Newfoundland!This past year, we sang at Koerner Hall andthe Sony Centre and look forward to more collaborationswith orchestras and local choirs. Contactus for an audition as a singer, a soloist or to submita newly written choral work. Find us on Facebookand follow us on Twitter @CantabileTO. Auditionsheld in June and September.CHERYLL CHUNGcantabilechambersingers@gmail.comcantabilechambersingers.comSince 1996, the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, underthe leadership of Dr. Mark Sirett, have thrilled localand regional audiences in performances of a diverserange of choral music from Canada and around theworld. The choirs are famous in Kingston and beyondfor joyful concerts boasting non-traditional staging,diverse repertoire and a consistently high degree ofmusicianship. Cantabile’s graded program of choirsnow includes over 250 voices, performing music whichengages and entertains at every event. From the beginning,Cantabile has provided musical education forchoristers and audiences through this high standardof performance and quality choral literature. Cantabile’schoral season of five themed concerts, whichoften include invited guests of national and internationalacclaim, attracts a sell-out audience in theirperformance home, Sydenham Street United Church.Audiences looking for the best singing in Kingston andarea, look to Cantabile.HOLLIE● Cantala Women’s ChoirFounded in 2008, Cantala is an award-winning,vibrant choral group in the Toronto choral community.Cantala is committed to performing diverse Canadianand world choral music at the highest level from baroque,classical and modern eras. The Choir is made up ofsingers with various levels of choral and/or singingexperience, from all walks of life. With training andexperience in singing and vocal pedagogy, our director,Nancy Singla, brings a unique approach and knowledgeto choral singing. Cantala strives for exceptional musicmaking,and its singers are rewarded with a moving, richchoral experience with the support of a like-mindedsinging community. For audition interviews and moreinformation, please email● Cantemus SingersCantemus Singers, conducted by Michael Erdman,perform mainly renaissance and early baroque repertoire.Our 12-voice group gives equal time to secularand religious compositions of the period in a varietyof languages, with particular focus on the rich five- toeight-part compositions less familiar to Toronto audiences.We present three programs a year, in late fall,mid-winter and spring. Although we are primarily ana cappella ensemble, we occasionally join forces withensembles/players of period instruments. Our choristersare a mix of enthusiastic, well-trained amateursand semi-professionals, all sharing a common interestin early music. We rehearse Wednesday eveningsthrough the season. Membership is by audition. Ourmain performance venue is the historic and acousticallylively Church of the Holy Trinity, Eaton Centre.MICHAEL ERDMANC4● Cantores Celestes Women’s ChoirCantores Celestes Women’s Choir is an auditionedwomen’s choir conducted by Kelly Galbraith, celebratingits 27th season. Perform with the best instrumentalmusicians in Toronto! Repertoire includesmedieval, baroque, romantic, classical-contemporary,Celtic, gospel, bluegrass and Eastern European music.The choir has released six CDs, has performed liveon CBC Radio, has donated over ,000 to charitiesand was featured in three films. It has toured NewBrunswick, Newfoundland, Ontario and New YorkCity. Season concerts include Luminato June 2015,December 5, 2015 and April 23, 2016. Auditions areheld in May, June and August.KELLY GALBRAITH,● Choralairs Choir● Church of St. Mary MagdaleneCOLUMBUS COMMUNITY CHOIR● Celebration ChoirAre you a senior and looking for a fun, energeticand eclectic choir? The Celebration Choir is one youshould consider! Founded in 2007 within the TorontoSinging Studio and directed by Linda Eyman, thischoir of 60 voices features songs to suit every musicaltaste. Repertoire spans popular to classical to folkwith appealing musical arrangements. The CelebrationChoir rehearses from September through May onThursday afternoons, 2pm to 4pm, in the gymnasiumat Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W., Toronto.Two formal concerts are presented each season alongwith community outreach concerts when possible.Rehearsals are very sociable. No audition necessary.A season membership is paid.LINDA EYMAN, music director416-455-9238linda@thetorontosingingstudio.cathetorontosingingstudio.caThe Choralairs are a non-profit, 40-member, fourpartharmony adult choir who sing a variety of popularsongs of today and yesterday: Broadway show tunesand folk songs. Directed by Peter Ness and Gary Heardas our piano accompanist, the choir requires no auditions,just a love of singing and the ability to carry atune! We rehearse from September to June on Tuesdayevenings at Earl Bales Community Centre at Bathurstand Sheppard. We also perform monthly for seniorsat residences in the GTA. All are welcome to our freeannual concert, on Sunday June 14, 2015 at 1:30pmat Earl Bales CC in the banquet● Chorus NiagaraSteeped in musical heritage and assisted by agenerous acoustic, the Church of St. Mary Magdaleneoffers a music program strongly rooted in the musicaltradition established by Healey Willan. Every Sundayat the 11am Solemn Mass, the Gallery Choir sings amass and motet from the west gallery while the RitualChoir sings the Gregorian propers from the east end.Both choirs rehearse on Thursdays. At the 9:30amSung Mass, the SMM Singers sing a motet and leadcongregational singing. Membership is informal:rehearsals are at 9am every Sunday. One Sunday permonth at 4:30pm the meditative Solemn Evensongand Benediction is sung, preceded by an organ recitalat 4pm. For information, please contact:ANDREW ADAIR, director of● Columbus Community Choir● The Cellar SingersThe Cellar Singers, founded in 1968, is an auditioned,adult regional chorus. Under the professionalleadership of Mitchell Pady since 2012, it is dedicatedto providing and promoting artistic excellencethrough education, outreach and the high quality ofperformance of the Choral Art. The Cellar Singersaim to enrich the choral art form and retain their reputationas classical singers through their performanceof standard classical repertoires as well as contemporaryCanadian classical and other contemporarystyles of music throughout Simcoe and Muskoka. TheCellar Singers look forward to our 48th season startingSeptember 2015, and welcome new singers with someability reading music to join our rehearsals as we progressto celebrate 50 years of simply beautiful singing.LAUREN TURGEON705-481-1853info@thecellarsingers.comthecellarsingers.comWorth the drive to Niagara! Chorus Niagara, thePower of 100, is a passionate group of singers ofdiverse ages and walks of life. As the Niagara region’spremier symphonic chorus, CN performs classicchoral masterpieces as well as new, modern andseldom-heard works, provides a showcase for emergingCanadian talent and attracts singers of all agesthrough its youth programs: Chorus Niagara Children’sChoir (CNCC), Side by Side High SchoolChorale, and Robert Cooper Choral Scholars. Thespectacular 2015/16 season features a diverseprogram including Bach’s Mass in B Minor, CarminaBurana, Ode for St. Cecilia, holiday classics and much,much more, all performed in the new St. CatharinesPerforming Arts Centre.ROBERT COOPER, artistic directorDIANA MCADOREY, managing director905-934-5575cnadmin@becon.orgchorusniagara.caColumbus Community Choir is a 35-memberSATB choir that performs music from all genres –popular, classical, Broadway, opera and folk. DirectorBeatrice Carpino is delighted to be working withthe Columbus Community Choir. A singer herself,Beatrice is also the artistic director of Toronto CityOpera. Beatrice has been a yearly guest performer inthe Christian Festival Concert at Roy Thomson Hallsince 2009. The choir performs several concerts annually,raising funds for local charities. CCC is a choirthat sings for joy and we like to spread the joy we feelback into the community through our music and ourwork with charities. All are welcome, particularlyalto voices. Join us on Monday evenings at 7:30pm.BEATRICE CARPINObeatrice@columbusperformingartscouncil.comcolumbusperformingartscouncil.comtheWholeNote 2015/16 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORYC5

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