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Volume 20 Issue 8 - May 2015

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CANARY PAGES● Oakville Choral SocietyORIANA WOMEN’S CHOIRThe Oakville Choral Society has been an integralpart of the Oakville community since 1960. Directedby David Bowser, we are a community-based choirof 60 to 80 members who love music, possess a truepassion for singing and enjoy contributing culturallyto the community. No auditions are required;however, a love of music and a willingness to learnare important. We perform a wide repertoire, and areoften joined by professional soloists and orchestra.Rehearsals are Tuesdays 7:45-10pm at St. Aidan’sAnglican Church, 318 Queen Mary Dr., Oakville,and registration is held in September and January.We hold two performances annually, in late April/early May and early December.LYNDA STURGEOFF, president905-338-3823oakvillechoral@gmail.comoakvillechoral.comtheWholeNote 2015/16 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORYto today’s chart toppers. With its five-piece professionalrock band, under the artistic direction of ScottPietrangelo, newchoir presents full-on concerts, participatesin community musical events and is a flash-mobfor hire. The choir is just back from being part of asold-out mass choir performance of contemporarya cappella music at Carnegie Hall in New York Cityin March 2015 under the leadership of Deke Sharon.We accept new members each year subject to a satisfactoryvocal assessment. Currently we have availablespace for male singers only. You can apply tojoin through our website or by contacting membershipdirector Natalie Kuz.NATALIE KUZ, membership● NewSong Children’s Choirand Kingsway LambkinsNewSong Children’s Choir, for children and youthaged 7 to 14, rehearses Thursday afternoons from4:40pm to 5:40pm at Kingsway-Lambton UnitedChurch. For the church and surrounding community;all children are welcome. Choir rehearsals includesinging games, snacks, percussion and puppetryas choristers prepare music for worship as well ascommunity performances. Kingsway Lambkins, forchildren aged 3 to 6, rehearses Tuesday afternoonsfrom 4pm to 5pm and is a music readiness choir forlearning solfege and rhythms, percussion and developmentally-appropriatemusic to develop skills in a safeand nurturing environment. Parents and caregiversare welcome to attend or use this time in other wayswhile the Lambkins take part in this music program.ANNE MARIE PAGE, Minister of● Oakham House Choir ofRyerson UniversityOakham House Choir of Ryerson University wasfounded in 1986. It is led by music director MatthewJaskiewicz and specializes in large oratorio andchoral masterworks. Oakham House Choir is oneof the few Toronto choirs in which amateur singersperform with a professional orchestra – the TorontoSinfonietta. The choir has more than 70 members,including students, alumni, Ryerson faculty andstaff and community members. Rehearsals beginin early September and take place on Monday eveningsfrom 7pm to 9pm at Oakham House, 63 GouldSt. Concerts are planned for November 2016 andApril 2016. Please check our website for details onpast programs. Experienced community choristersare invited to contact us (email preferred) formore information.MATTHEW●The Oakville Children’s ChoirThe Oakville Children’s Choir is a welcoming,professional and inclusive community that providesexceptional music education, leadership developmentand performing opportunities to a diverse group ofchildren and youth. Developing leaders one voice at atime! The OCC provides world-class choral, musicaland performance training to young people in Haltonthrough its various choir programs. It is a comprehensivemusic education program where choristersdevelop creativity, self-esteem, self-confidence andleadership skills. A love and appreciation of choralmusic is instilled through participation and outreachin the community.KATHERINE● Oasis Vocal JazzOasis Vocal Jazz, Toronto’s longest running closeharmony ensemble, has been making a unique contributionto the city’s artistic life since 1985. Influencedby pioneers Lambert, Hendricks and Rossand inspired by modern-day masters of the genresuch as New York Voices, Take 6 and Toronto’s ownCadence, we enjoy sharing our love of vocal jazzwith a wide range of audiences. Whether performingin community or corporate events and charitablefundraisers, or putting on our own concerts backedby some of the city’s top jazz instrumentalists, wehave always valued both the pursuit of musical excellenceand the joy of making music with each other.For more information, why not become a fan of ourFacebook page?SUSAN● Oriana Singers of NorthumberlandOur lively director, Markus Howard, challengesand delights us weekly with new learning and variedrepertoire as we prepare for our three or four concertsa year. Our skilled accompanist, Bob Grandy, givesexperienced support. The growing choir membershipof over 60 auditioned voices travels from nearand far to rehearse on Mondays from September toJune in Cobourg. For more information or contactssee our website.ANNE● ORIANA Women’s ChoirORIANA Women’s Choir is an auditioned,amateur ensemble of about 36 female singers. Underartistic director Mitchell Pady, ORIANA promoteschoral music in Canada by striving for excellence andversatility in performing compositions for women’svoices. The choir works to expand the repertoireC12

for women’s voices by commissioning new worksby Canadian composers. The singers delight insupporting each other and expressing their enjoymentof beautiful music, beautifully performed. ORIANAis now in its 44th season and is currently invitingnew members. Rehearsals take place on Tuesdays,7:30pm to 10pm, at North Toronto Collegiate Institute.ORIANA presents three subscription concertsevery year, usually in November, March and May, atGrace Church on-the-Hill. Other performances areplanned throughout the year.JULIA● Orpheus Choir of TorontoThe Orpheus vision is to celebrate the transformationalpower of choral music as an agent of socialchange and a passionate medium of artistic expression.The 60-voice choir, under artistic director RobertCooper, champions the new and unusual in choralperformance, commissioning and introducing newworks and performing neglected masterpieces. Withrepertoire ranging from classical to jazz, a cappellato full orchestra, Orpheus has introduced audiencesto many fascinating and accessible works from thecurrent generation of leading composers. Our 52ndseason includes Bach’s Mass in B Minor performedwith a new film creation, Christmas with the HannafordStreet Silver Band and the latest in our series ofsilent movies with choral soundtrack. Orpheus alsosupports young emerging vocal talent through itshighly respected Sidgwick Scholars Program. Wewelcome enthusiastic singers for an “expect somethingdifferent” experience!HELEN● Pax Christi ChoraleEntering its 29th season, Pax Christi Chorale is a100-voice oratorio choir attracting singers from acrossthe GTA. Artistic director Stephanie Martin is knownfor imaginative programming, reviving masterpiecesignored or forgotten by the mainstream of choralpractitioners. Concerts feature outstanding soloistsand orchestra. The highlight of the 2014/15 seasonwas the North American premiere of Sir HubertParry’s oratorio Judith. Our 2015/16 season includesa joint concert with the Gloucester Cathedral Choir(October), Berlioz’s masterpiece L’Enfance du Christ(December), the Children’s Messiah communityconcert, a joint concert with the Menno Singers(April/May 2016) and a tour to England (July 2016).Paid positions exist for choral scholars.DANIEL NORMAN, associate conductordaniel.norman@paxchristichorale.orgJENNIFER● Penthelia SingersA vibrant ensemble of 22 women, Penthelia Singersis committed to excellence in performing culturallydiverse and musically sophisticated repertoire spanningthe Renaissance to the 21st century. Now in its17th season, the choir has earned a reputation forpresenting innovative concerts of four- to eight-partchoral repertoire in a multitude of languages. Thechoir aims to demonstrate the diversity of choralmusic and to cross ethnic and cultural boundaries byconnecting with its community through music. Thechoir works to promote contemporary choral musicby talented Canadian composers. Penthelia Singersis a welcoming and supportive group of womencommitted to high standards of music-making,diversity, community outreach and enjoymentthrough the learning process. The choir adheres to theCity of Toronto Declaration of Non-Discrimination.ALICE MALACH, artistic● Peterborough SingersThe Peterborough Singers, under the energetic andcreative leadership of founder and music director SydBirrell, perform a diverse musical repertoire fromgospel to sacred to pop to oratorio. Classical highlightshave included the St. Matthew Passion, Elijah,Carmina Burana and Bach’s Mass in B Minor. ThePeterborough Singers regularly feature emerging soloartists alongside well-known international artists andhave commissioned works by Canadian composersSerouj Kradjian, Mark Sirett, Stephen Chatman andLen Ballantine. This award-winning group has a reputationfor surprising, delighting and challenging itsaudiences. Concerts for the upcoming season includethe ever-popular Yuletide Cheer, Handel’s Messiah,the Beatles, and Bach’s St. John Passion. Rehearsalstake place Wednesday evenings in Peterborough.Auditions take place throughout the season.PEG● Schola MagdalenaSchola Magdalena is a six-voice ensemble singingmedieval polyphony, chant and new music forwomen’s voices. Ensemble-in-residence at the Churchof Saint Mary Magdalene, Toronto, we have recordedtwo CDs (available on iTunes) and have toured fromStratford to Chicoutimi, from Waterloo to PrinceEdward County.Our only Toronto concert this season will be“In Praise of Holier Women” celebrating the livesof female saints, including Hildegard von Bingen,Bridget of Sweden, Marguerite Bourgeoys and Julianof Norwich, at St. Mary Magdalene’s on FridayJune 12 at 8:15pm. As usual, this concert has a policyof “come as you are: pay what you can.” WhileSchola Magdalena is a semi-professional ensemble,we often hold workshops and events where interestedsingers can participate. Our next workshop is inKingston, Ontario at St. George’s Cathedral, Saturday,May 30. Visit our website or our Facebook page, orcheck out our Bravo Video on Youtube.STEPHANIE MARTIN, artistic● Serenata ChoirSerenata Choir, directed by conductor Gary Heardfor 16 years, is pleased to be celebrating its 28thconcert season this year. Presenting a broad repertoireranging from classical to pop, Serenata’s homeis in Midland, with membership from a number ofGeorgian Bay communities. Rehearsals are Mondayevenings at Midland’s Calvary Baptist Church. Auditionsare not required for membership, and the choir isknown for its friendly and welcoming nature. Annualperformances include a Christmas concert, a Cabaretwith silent auction and a Spring concert. In supportSCHOLA MAGDALENAtheWholeNote 2015/16 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORYC13

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