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Volume 20 Issue 8 - May 2015

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CANARY PAGESTEMPUS CHORAL SOCIETYtheWholeNote 2015/16 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORY●Toronto Choral SocietyThe Toronto Choral Society is Toronto’s oldestcommunity choir. It was founded in 1845 to presentconcerts and foster the development of the localmusical community. Today the 130-voice TCS choircontinues to present great works of the choral repertoireas well as innovative concerts celebrating thiscity’s history and diversity. It produces at least twomajor concerts each season, collaborates in otherartistic productions and participates in specialcommunity events. Artistic director GeoffreyButler, accompanist William O’Meara and assistantconductor Jenny Crober provide musical leadership.ERIN●Toronto Choral SocietyChildren’s ChoirThe Toronto Choral Society Children’s Choir is anon-auditioned community choir for children, underthe artistic direction of Sarah Parker. Launched inJanuary 2013, the choir offers a safe, challenging andfun environment in which children sing, learn aboutmusic and contribute to the community. RehearsingThursday nights from 6:30pm to 8pm in the Carlawand Danforth area, we perform in a minimum ofthree events per season. The TCS Children’s Choirprovides a supportive environment in which singersdevelop their musical abilities by learning andperforming choral classics, music from a variety ofcultures and music that celebrates the heritage ofthe City of Toronto. Follow us on Twitter (@tcs_cc)!SARAH●Toronto ChoristersThe Toronto Choristers, under the direction ofRalph Peters, is a non-auditioned mixed choir madeup of retired teachers or those who worked in the fieldof education. Our membership numbers 100+ andwomen wishing to join may be placed on a waitinglist. Vacancies exist for male voices. We love to makemusic together! Our repertoire is varied (classical,spirituals, folksongs and Broadway hits, to name afew). Rehearsals are Thursday afternoons, from mid-September through May. We perform one concert inDecember and two concerts in May. Please join us atthis year’s Spring Concert, May 20, 2015 at 7:30pm atSir John A. MacDonald Collegiate, 2300 PharmacyAve. (between Sheppard and Finch).DONNA●Toronto Classical SingersUnder the direction of Jurgen Petrenko, theToronto Classical Singers produce three performanceseach year, enthralling audiences with their versatilityand tenacity by tackling the works of history’s mostgifted and complex composers. Watch for details onour upcoming 2015/16 season. Concerts are heldat 4pm at Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 YongeSt. Auditions are held in September. Special Seasontickets are (adults) or (seniors/students),with single concert tickets (adult) or (seniors/students)●Toronto Mendelssohn ChoirGrand symphonic sound has been the TorontoMendelssohn Choir’s trademark for over 120 years.Under artistic director Noel Edison, the TMC offersaudiences authentic interpretation of some of thegreatest sacred and secular music ever composed.The 120-voice choir includes a professional core,auditioned volunteers and apprentices (aged 17 to22). The TMC performs over 20 concerts annually,including “Festival of Carols” at Yorkminster ParkBaptist Church, “Sacred Music for a Sacred Space”on Good Friday at St. Paul’s Basilica and concerts ofmajor choral works with orchestra at Koerner Hall,in addition to performances of Messiah and otherworks with the TSO. Rehearsals are held Mondaysat Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, with auditionsin May and September.KIMBER JONAH416-598-0422●Toronto Welsh Male Voice ChoirCALLING ALL MALE SINGERS! TorontoWelsh Male Voice Choir (TWMVC) is growingand is seeking more members…If you are a malesinger (you don’t have to be Welsh) who has alwayswanted to sing in a choir or rekindle your singingspirit from the past, drop in to one of our Wednesdaynight rehearsals in May or June at Dewi Sant UnitedChurch, 33 Melrose Ave, Toronto. We are a friendlybunch, open to singers of all abilities, performing awide variety of traditional and contemporary music.For more information, please go to our websiteAL●TSM Community Academy ChamberChoir with Matthias MauteChamber Choir with Matthias Maute and LauraPudwell, August 2 to 9, 2015: Are you an advancedamateur musician looking for an opportunity toconnect with other musicians who share yourpassion? Refresh vocal skills and study one of thegreat works of choral literature (Mozart’s CoronationMass) in the intimacy of a chamber vocal ensemble.Must be over 18 years of age. Tuition includes a ticketto all TSM Festival Concerts August 2 to 9, dailylunch and coffee. Cost: 0.NATASHA BOOD647-430-5699● Univox Choirs TorontoUnivox Choirs is a community choir for youngadults, with singers in their 20s and 30s. The organizationholds relationship building, social responsibilityand musical excellence as its core principles.Most choristers have previous choral experience orsome musical proficiency. Regular attendance andticket selling are expected. Selected repertoire spansfive centuries, including choral classics, contemporaryworks and popular music, ranging from GabrielFauré to Daft Punk. Potential choristers are invitedto observe a rehearsal after initial contact. Univox(SATB Choir) rehearsals take place Tuesdays, 5:45pmC16

to 8pm, at New Horizons/Dovercourt Baptist, 1140Bloor St. W. Florivox (Women’s Choir) rehearsals areMonday evenings at the same location. Our seasonruns September to June.DALLAS● Upper Canada ChoristersThe Upper Canada Choristers is a mixed-voicechoir with a history of musical excellence, vibrantcommunity service and mentoring of children andyouth. The program features collaborations withinternational choirs, children’s choirs and professionalinstrumentalists and singers. Cantemos is thea cappella, auditioned Latin chamber ensemble underthe umbrella of UCC. Under the artistic direction ofLaurie Evan Fraser, the choirs perform three diversechoral programs annually. Weekly rehearsals for thelarger choir are Monday evenings from 7:30pm to9:30pm at Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 LonsdaleRd. Cantemos rehearses on Saturday mornings from10am to noon at 2 Romar Cres. The choir sings upto 15 concerts annually in a variety of communityvenues, in addition to three concerts at Grace Church.LAURIE EVAN● Vesnivka ChoirVesnivka Choir, established in 1965 by foundingartistic director Halyna Kvitka Kondracki, celebratesits 50th anniversary during the 2015/16 season. Thisaward-winning women’s ensemble has delightedaudiences around the world with its rich repertoireof Ukrainian liturgical, classical, contemporary andtraditional folk music. The choir’s regular concertseason encompasses three major concerts. Vesnivka,together with its partner the Toronto Ukrainian MaleChamber Choir (“TUMCC”), are often accompaniedby professional soloists and chamber ensembles ofarea musicians. Vesnivka also sings at Christmas andEaster Liturgies. Singers are welcome, with rehearsalsheld on Tuesdays, 7:30pm to 9:30pm (4 BellwoodsAve., Toronto). Male singers are welcome to joinTUMCC, with rehearsals held on Mondays, 7:30pmto 9pm (Ukrainian Canadian Social Services, 2445Bloor St. W at Jane, Toronto).NYKOLA PARZEI,● Village VoicesVillage Voices, a diverse, mixed-voice communitychoir of about 70 voices based in Markham, will enterits 27th season in September. The choir presents twomajor concerts annually and sings at seniors’ residencesand special community events. Directed byJoan Andrews, the choir performs a wide varietyof choral repertoire, from the great standard classicsto contemporary music. Village Voices hascollaborated and performed with other choirs inOntario and as guest artists of instrumental organizationssuch as the Markham Concert Band and theKindred Spirits Orchestra. The choir’s musical skillsare honed regularly through special workshops withoutstanding choral musicians. Rehearsals are held onWednesday evenings upstairs in the Rehearsal Hallat the Cornell Community Centre. New membersare always welcome.ELLEN● VIVA! Youth Singers of TorontoVIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto, now in its 15thseason, is a vibrant, inclusive choral organizationwith excellent musical opportunities for youngsingers. Five choirs for ages four through youngadults include support for differently-abled singers.VIVA!’s diverse programming features age-appropriatechoral training through instruction in vocaltechnique, private vocal instruction and comprehensivetheory. Monday rehearsals prepare singersfor concerts where singers share the stage withguest artists and premiere commissioned works byCanadian composers. Singers from the Junior Choirand up may choose to perform with VIVA! in theNational Ballet of Canada’s Nutcracker. In May 2016,all choirs will premiere VIVA!’s commission of DeanBurry’s opera The Sword in the Schoolyard. VIVA!’sfine musicians and mentors deliver authentic musicmakingin a supportive, singer-centred community.SUSAN SUCHARD, general● Vivace VoxEstablished in September 2007 within The TorontoSinging Studio, Vivace Vox is an exciting and energeticchamber choir. Led by music director LindaEyman, the group is known for its joy of performanceand wide audience appeal. Their far-ranging repertoire– madrigals, jazz standards, spirituals, worldand folk music, pop classics, masterworks and musictheatre – sweeps away all musical boundaries. VivaceVox rehearses Thursday evenings 7pm to 9:30pmat Bloor Street United Church, 300 Bloor St. W.,Toronto. Membership is by audition. A full-seasonmembership is paid.LINDA EYMAN, music● VOCA Chorus of TorontoThe VOCA Chorus of Toronto is an auditionedensemble which performs selections (includingpremieres of arrangements by our artistic director)from numerous genres, in collaboration with someof Canada’s finest artists. Each season consists oftwo concerts, as well as performances at communityevents. On Saturday, May 2, 7:30pm, at EastminsterUnited, we will present “StageSong II”: musicalfavourites from the stage – opera, operetta andmusical theatre, featuring choral, solo and ensembleselections (from Handel to Pirates of Penzance; fromGershwin to Les Misérables). Director: Jenny Crober.Accompanist: Elizabeth Acker. Guests: Andrew Haji(tenor), Les Allt (flute), Kathryn Sugden (violin),Wendy Solomon (cello), Nick Coulter (percussion),Neal Evans (bass). Rehearsals: Mondays, EastminsterUnited Church, 310 Danforth Ave., Toronto.JENNY● Vocal MosaicFounded in 2007, this 65-voice non-auditionedadult choir is characterized by a vibrant mosaic ofvocal styles and repertoire. Choristers enjoy singingmadrigals, spirituals, popular standards, music theatre,classical pieces and folk songs. Two formal concertsVESNIVKA CHOIRtheWholeNote 2015/16 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORYC17

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