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Volume 20 Issue 8 - May 2015

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CANARY PAGESthrough May. All levels of experience are welcome.The 2015/16 season begins Tuesday, September 15,2015. For information, please contact Dwight Griffinby phone or email.DWIGHT●The Harmony SingersGUELPH YOUTH SINGERStheWholeNote 2015/16 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORY● Grace Church on-the-HillThe Choirs of Grace Church on-the-Hill proudlyembrace our excellent Anglican choral tradition,while looking towards the future for new music andproud traditions. Our choirs for both adults and childrensing weekly from September to June. The Boysand Girls Choirs provide the ideal learning environmentfor young musicians, and we have funding availableto subsidize the cost of music lessons for ourchildren! Choristers of all ages develop lifelong friendships,self-esteem, and the joy of coming togetherfor a shared goal. In the summer of 2016, we will betouring to cathedrals in Dublin and Oxford to singdaily services of Evensong and Choral Eucharist. Wewelcome new members (especially tenors and children!)every September.STEPHEN● Grand Philharmonic ChoirThe Grand Philharmonic Choir, based in Kitchener,Ontario, includes four choirs in one organization:an adult choir, a chamber adult choir, a youthchoir and a children’s choir. We perform in largeconcert halls, at free public gatherings and in small,intimate settings. Under the direction of Mark Vuorinen,it is our mandate to present choral repertoireof the highest standard, to share our love of musicwith the public through varied outreach programsand to provide music education to our members andenlightenment to our audiences. We are one of a fewlarge choirs in Canada, outside the major metropolitanareas, with the resources and communitysupport to deliver a full choral season with professionalmusicians.AMY● Guelph Youth SingersGuelph Youth Singers, founded in 1991, is celebratingits 25th anniversary in 2015/16 with a series ofspecial collaborative concerts. Under artistic directorMarkus Howard, GYS has four treble choirs of youthand children aged 6 to 18. In January 2014, GYS introduceda new SATB choir for young men and women.Choristers are placed in each of the choirs based onage and skill level. Weekly rehearsals at Guelph YouthMusic Centre include vocal technique, theory and sightsinging. The GYS season includes three or more majorconcerts, choir tours and exchanges and workshop,festival, community and guest performances. Auditionsare held throughout the year for entry into● Harmonia HungaricaOur semi-professional women’s chamber choir,under the direction of Katalin Végh, performs arange of repertoire from renaissance to contemporary,mostly sacred and in various languages. Good sightreadingability and familiarity with the Hungarianlanguage are required. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdayevenings at the First Hungarian Presbyterian Church,439 Vaughan Rd., Toronto.ADEODATA● Harbourfront ChorusYou are invited to join Harbourfront Chorus, a nonauditionedchoir performing a diverse repertoire fora diverse city. Under the direction of Josh Priess, werehearse Tuesdays from 7:45pm through 9:15pm inthe Assembly Room of Harbourfront CommunityCentre, located at the south-east corner of QueensQuay W. and Bathurst St. Our season runs SeptemberUnder conductor Harvey Patterson, this dynamic35-voice women’s chorus memorizes, stages andperforms a sparkling repertoire of pop, show, folkand light classical pieces. Our accompanist is therenowned pianist Bruce Harvey. Celebrating our 50thanniversary, the group will present “THE BEST OFTIMES!” on May 29 and 30 at Martin Grove UnitedChurch. Special guests are award-winning vocalistsMartina Myskolid and Michaela Mar from EtobicokeSchool of the Arts. The Harmony Singers haveperformed for the charity L’Arche, sung the nationalanthems at a Blue Jays game and appeared in a musicvideo with Down With Webster. There are openingsfor new members who will receive a warm welcome!Rehearsals are Monday evenings at Martin GroveUnited Church.HARVEY● Hart House ChorusThe Hart House Chorus is a 50-member SATBchoir comprising students, faculty, alumni andmembers of the community at the University ofToronto. Since its inception in 1972, the chorushas maintained a reputation for the highest standardof performance locally, nationally and abroad.The chorus is directed by David Bowser, an awardwinningconductor and doctoral student at theUniversity of Toronto. Rehearsals take place Mondayevenings and we perform two concerts in the HartHouse Great Hall each year. We also have specialperformances that occur throughout the year, uponhire. Auditions take place in September and January.TONNY● Healey Willan SingersThe Healey Willan Singers was founded in 2005as a chamber youth choir to celebrate the 125thbirthday anniversary of Dr. Healey Willan, thedean of Canadian composers. Since 2007, the choirhas become an auditioned women’s choir under thedirection of Ron Ka Ming Cheung. Rehearsals runfrom September to April on Saturday morning from10:30am to 12:30pm, with concerts in late November/early December and at the end of April. The choirperforms repertoire from Gregorian chants to contemporarynew works, especially music by women andCanadian composers. Auditions are held throughoutthe year.C8

RON● Hillcrest Village ChoirSince 2003, this SATB non-auditioned teachingchoir has enabled amateur singers to improvetheir singing technique and performance skillsin full choir, small-group and solo settings. In anopen and engaging atmosphere, members enjoy aneclectic repertoire that evolves with the interestsof the membership. The director/conductor, BenD’Cunha, trains members in vocal technique, sightreading,theory and improvisation, and writes thearrangements for the choir. Choir rehearsals are heldSeptember to June on Tuesdays, 7pm to 9pm, withsectionals on Mondays, 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Registrationfor the 2015/16 season starts June 1. Each yearthe HVC does a composer study where membersare invited to learn solos by a particular composer.In the 2015/16 season we will be studying the musicof Hoagy Carmichael.BEN D’● Islington United Church ChoirsThe extensive and active music program atIslington, under the direction of Dr. John Derksenand assisted by many talented and committed musiciansincluding three music associates, includes theJunior (grades 1 to 6), Youth (grades 7 to 12), andSenior choirs, along with two handbell choirs, chimes,string and brass ensembles and a worship band.Supported by a magnificent Schoenstein organ andgrand piano, music rings through the neo-Gothicsanctuary for two morning services each Sunday,regular Taizé and evening contemporary servicesand numerous special services, events and concerts.The accomplished Senior choir, with 25 to 30 talentedsingers enriched by section leaders, is attentive tomusical detail and expressiveness to enhance worship.JOHN DERKSEN416-239-1131●The John Laing SingersThe JLS is a renowned Hamilton-based chamberchoir founded in 1982 by John Laing. Over thepast 32 years, the group has performed throughoutCanada, the USA and Europe. Since 2011, underthe artistic direction of Dr. Roger Bergs, the JLShas been developing a new vision for their subscriptionseries, which includes three concerts each year:Pre-Christmas, Mid-Winter and Spring. While itscurrent repertoire still includes the great chamberchoir classics, there is a fresh energy to JLS concertsin which performers and audience take equal delightin their encounters with amazing new and lesserknownpieces. JLS concerts feature excellent instrumentalists,outstanding program notes and livelyconductor’s comments, all of which provide a concertexperience that is both educational and delightful.Experienced singers with good musical skills anda sense of adventure are welcome to inquire aboutjoining us at any● Jubilate SingersThe Jubilate Singers is an ensemble choir ofbetween 40 and 50 singers. Our three-concert seasonpresents music representing the cultural mix that isToronto, as well as more traditional Canadian andNorth American choral works. Under the leadershipof Isabel Bernaus, our music is diverse and musicallyenriching, often including local musicians, bands,singers and composers to add dimension and interest.We rehearse on Tuesday nights 7:30pm to 9:45pm, atSt. Leonard’s Anglican Church. Interested singers areencouraged to sit in on a rehearsal before deciding tojoin. Auditions are held all season as needed. Pleasecontact Jeff Wiseman, our membership coordinator,for more information. A welcoming, friendly experiencefor committed singers!JEFF WISEMAN, publicity/recruitment416-767-3265jeff.a.wiseman@sympatico.caJO-ANN MINDEN, publicity/membership● Kingsway Children’s Choir &Drum Ensemble / KingswayChamber SingersVenturing outside the bounds of traditional choirtraining, the Kingsway Children’s Choir & DrumEnsemble is a unique, liberating choral experiencefor children aged 7 and up. Directed by a professionalmusic educator with extensive choral conductingexperience, the choir explores a vast repertoire spanningworld music, folk songs and classic choral works.Weekly rehearsals at the Kingsway Conservatory ofMusic are an invigorating musical workout encompassingvoice and body warm-ups, vocal technique,singing skills and drum circle (each chorister receivesan African Djembé drum to keep). For more experiencedsingers, the Kingsway Chamber Singers offersan enriched, multi-part, challenging choral experience.Throughout a 30-week season, both choirstake their music to various stages including festivals,recitals and corporate and community events.SHARON● Kingsway-Lambton Chancel ChoirKingsway-Lambton Chancel Choir is a semiprofessionalchurch choir, open to those who love tosing and those who wish to learn. Eight professionalsoloist-section leads offer support as you develop yourskills. Yearly concerts include a Broadway concert,Music for Remembrance, Carols by Candlelight,Community Carol Sing, Valentine’s Page Two andFriends, a Lenten Requiem and a spring choral celebration.Secondary students may earn communityhours for participation in rehearsals and services. Bepart of a spiritual and social group that participatesin worship in a supportive, active and spiritual way,singing quality repertoire in many styles. Rehearsalstake place each Thursday evening, 7:30pm to 9:30pm,September through June. Sunday morning rehearsalat 9:10am for 10am service.ANNE MARIE PAGE, Minister of Music416-970-1766annemarie@kingswaylambton.cakingswaylambton.caKINGSWAY-LAMBTON CHANCEL CHOIRtheWholeNote 2015/16 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORYC9

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