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Volume 20 Issue 8 - May 2015

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CANARY PAGES● East York BarbershoppersDACAPO CHAMBER CHOIRWe are a 40+ man chapter of the BarbershopHarmony Society that sings close four-part a cappellaharmony in the barbershop style. We compete, asa chorus and in quartets, in provincial and internationalcompetitions. But it’s not all about competition.We sing to support Harmonize for Speech(visit and other charities,shows and community events. But, most of all, wesing for the fun of it! We’re looking to grow! If youenjoy singing, drop by and visit us at any Tuesdaynight rehearsal. You don’t need to know what partyou sing, how to read music, or have choral experience.Or come and see us at one of our shows. They’relisted on our “Events” page on our website, at TRIPP416-410-CHAT (2428)● County Town SingersWe are a 65-member mixed adult choral groupfrom Durham Region (GTA), started in 1967.Our motto is “We Sing For the Love of It.” Ourrepertoire is varied, with many musical styles,though little classical. We practise on Wednesdayevenings from January to May and September toDecember, presenting full shows in early May andDecember. We also perform concerts for localcommunity groups and charities. We have traveledand sung extensively over the years, mostrecently to the United Nations in New YorkCity. Informal, easygoing auditions take placein early January and September. Yearly fees arevery reasonable. For additional info, visit ourwebsite or call/text John Van Hoof.JOHN VAN● DaCapo Chamber ChoirThe 24-voice DaCapo Chamber Choir was foundedin 1998 in Kitchener-Waterloo under the direction ofLeonard Enns. The mission of the choir is to identify,study, rehearse and present outstanding choral chamberworks of the past 100 years and to champion musicof Canadian and local composers. In 2010, DaCaporeceived Choral Canada’s national choral recordingof the year award for ShadowLand; in 2011 it receivedfirst and second prizes in the National Competition forCanadian Amateur Choirs. DaCapo also annually offersNewWorks, a national choral composition competition.Our 2015/16 season will feature guest Kevin Ramessar,a Shakespeare-inspired concert and a joint concert withToronto’s Exultate Chamber Singers. Like us on Facebookor follow us on Twitter @DaCapoChoir!SARA● Eastminster United Church ChoirDirected by Scott Pietrangelo and Hilary SeraphDonaldson, Eastminster United Church Choir is a30-voice choir and a lively mix of amateur singersand professional soloist/section leaders. Our mainfocus is singing during services; we also perform atfundraising events and theatrical performances suchas the Brickworks Christmas plays or at RiverdaleShare. Our repertoire includes classical, gospel androck/pop. The choir has also presented Canadianpremieres of new music and original compositions.Come sing in an accepting and friendly atmosphere.Rehearsals are 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Thursdays, atEastminster United Church, 330 Danforth Ave., atChester. For more information please email HilarySeraph Donaldson SERAPH 2015/16 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORY● Cummer Avenue UnitedChurch Chancel ChoirCummer Avenue United Church ChancelChoir consists of a group of volunteer singerssupported by a number of professional sectionleaders. The choir sings classical and contemporaryrepertoire and provides strong musicalleadership for Sunday worship services. In additionto full choir anthems, various ensembles andsolos are presented by members of the chancelchoir. On selected Sundays the choir presentsextra choral music such as traditional carolsat Christmas and a cantata at Easter. Choralmusic from all parts of the globe is also regularlyfeatured in the choir’s offerings. Rehearsalsare held Thursday evenings from early fall toearly spring and on Sunday mornings all year.TAYLOR● DCAT ChorusThe DCAT Chorus, under the direction of Wyatt Gill,is an amateur vocal ensemble of more than 40 men andwomen singing a capella in six- and eight-part harmony.Our repertoire ranges from Broadway to folk, pop totraditional, patriotic to devotional. Music is performedwith showmanship and a passion for entertaining. Weperform without music books and use no programmedaccompaniments to tie us down and no set musicalforms. We sometimes use live brass, percussion, choreographyor dance elements. We rehearse Wednesdayevenings from 7.30pm to 10pm at the Estonian House,958 Broadview Ave. in Toronto. We are currentlyaccepting new members and you are welcome to join us.JOHN FOX, business manager905-853-9214JOHN PARKINSON, membership director416-354-2022WYATT● ECHO Women’s ChoirCelebrating its 24th year, ECHO is an 80-voicecommunity choir open to women from all walks oflife. ECHO sings each Tuesday night at Holy Trinity(beside the Eaton Centre), performs at city-widegrassroots events and holds December and Mayconcerts. ECHO, a non-auditioned choir co-led byBecca Whitla and Alan Gasser, aims to build a strong,varied and vibrant culture and community throughsong. Repertoire includes music from village singingtraditions around the world and newly-commissionedmusic. ECHO aims to keep membership fees andconcert tickets accessible to all. While membershipis open, there is a six-month waiting list. SpringConcert 2015: “Earth Songs,” May 10, 3pm at HolyTrinity. ECHO celebrates its 24th season!ALAN GASSER416-779-5554info.echo@gmail.comechowomenschoir.caC6

● Eglinton St. George’sUnited Church ChoirThis non-auditioned 45-voice choir meets Thursdayevenings for two hours and Sunday mornings forworship, preparing music ranging from renaissancemotets to jazz songs and from chant to oratorio.Prior experience in choral singing is a requirement.Outreach and benefit concerts are regular fare. Wework regularly with artists such as Brian Barlow, inaddition to featuring our eight paid lead singers.SHAWN GRENKE416-481-1141● Elmer Iseler SingersElmer Iseler Singers is a 20-voice professionalchamber choir based in Toronto and founded in1979 by Dr. Elmer Iseler. Directed by the acclaimedLydia Adams, the Singers are known for tonal beautyand interpretive range, and valued for their contributionsto masterclasses and workshops by schools andcommunity choirs. The unique “Get Music! EducationalOutreach Initiative” mentors conductors, musiceducators and students. In salute to the Canadiancomposer, EIS has recorded 12 CDs in ten years withLydia Adams, one of 50 Canadian Music Centreambassadors! Annual auditions are in May/June.Weekly rehearsals, a Toronto concert series, touringand recording put the Elmer Iseler Singers amongCanada’s illustrious choral ensembles.JESSIE ISELER, general● Etobicoke Centennial ChoirFounded in 1967, the Etobicoke Centennial Choiris an auditioned SATB choir with a long traditionof choral excellence. Under music director HenryRenglich, the choir is committed to fostering musicalgrowth, innovative programming and collaborationwith other artists. Our three-concert 2015/16season starts with “Sacred Traditions” in December,featuring Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and seasonalmusic by Poulenc, Patriquin, Bach and Susa. TheApril 2016 concert will include Holst’s Choral Hymnfrom the Rig Veda, Dvor`´ák’s Songs of Nature and GeorgeShearing’s Songs and Sonnets, based on the poetry ofShakespeare. The final concert in June will offer anevening of opera’s best-loved choruses and solos.Rehearsals are held Tuesdays from 7:30pm to 10pmat Humber Valley United Church, Etobicoke. Interestedsingers are invited to attend an open rehearsalin early September.LAUREN MAYER, media● Etobicoke Youth ChoirA new era begins with a search for a music director,as Louise Jardine retires after completing 20 yearsof outstanding musical tutelage, artistic inspirationand community involvement. EYC Choristers, aged7 to 17, enjoy singing, gain life skills, share talentsand develop musical abilities. Rehearsals are Tuesdayevenings at Humbervale United Church, 1447 RoyalYork Rd., September to May. Auditions are simpleand reasonable, all inclusive fees are payable byinstallments. Repertoire includes contemporary,theatre, international, classical and sacred music.Seasons feature fall and spring concerts, communityperformances and fall and spring workshop weekends.Highlight events have included participationin: a sold-out 2009 concert at Carnegie Hall, the2011 Festival of the Aegean in Greece and the 2013International Children’s Choir Festival in● Exultate Chamber SingersExultate Chamber Singers is an auditioned groupof 26 to 28 skilled and passionate singers who enjoyperforming a variety of chamber choir repertoire,both a cappella and accompanied, including muchCanadian music. Hilary Apfelstadt, who also teachesat the University of Toronto, is artistic director. Celebratingits 35th anniversary season in 2015/16, Exultatewill continue its tradition of presenting foursubscription concerts per year and an annual musicalfundraiser in the spring. In addition, the group sponsorsa competition for emerging composers, collaborateswith other choral ensembles in the region,supports aspiring young music professionals andengages in a number of community outreach initiatives.Rehearsals take place on Tuesdays from 5:45pmto 7:45pm at St. Thomas Anglican Church.ELANA● Georgetown Bach ChoraleSince its inception in 2000, the Georgetown BachChorale has wooed audiences in the Halton Hills areawith great concerts. The 20-member Chorale revels increating an authentic baroque sound, blended with thecrafted playing of period instruments by well-knownprofessionals. Conducted from the harpsichord bydirector Ron Greidanus, we are committed to musicaland stylistic excellence. Most soloists come from withinthe choir’s ranks of talented amateur and semi-professionalsingers. The choir has developed a devotedfollowing who are treated to performances both in stunninglocal venues and at intimate house concerts. Thepositive energy audiences experience is supported by aunique level of friendship among the members. Augustauditions are held; contact Ronald at the number below.RONALD● Georgetown Choral SocietyThe Georgetown Choral Society, with some 90amateur singers, has been delighting audiences withtheir choral performances since its formation in 1971.Our rehearsal and performance home is the ChristianReformed Church in Georgetown, Ontario. A. DaleWood has been our artistic director for 40 years. Thechoir performs a variety of musical genres, includingclassical, pop and folk, and from sacred to secular, ata level normally associated with professional groups.We have performed at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall,the Ford Centre in North York and at the MississaugaLiving Arts Centre. We have also performed internationallyin Holland, England, Ireland and in NewYork City’s Lincoln Center.LAURENT THIBAULT905-877-7795lthibault@cogeco.cageorgetownchoral.caELMER ISELER SINGERStheWholeNote 2015/16 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORYC7

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