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Volume 28 Issue 5 | April & May 2023

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April and May is Canary Time in the world of WholeNote -- the time when choirs in larger than usual numbers refresh the info in our online "Who's Who" to inform prospective choristers and audiences what they have to offer. Also inside: There's a new New Wave to catch at Esprit; Toronto Bach Festival no 6 includes a Kafeehaus; another new small venue on the "Soft Seat Beat" (we assume the seats are soft!); an ever-so Musically Theatrical spring. And more.

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Ongoing, On Demand & Other ONLINE DISCUSSION ● Apr 12 7:00: Tafelmusik. Tafel Talk: The Sopranos, Princes of the Opera World. Online conversation examining the unique timbres of countertenors and male sopranos, while exploring what these voices tell us about the full range of human expression. Moderated by Matthew White, CEO, Victoria Symphony, with Michael Maniaci, American male soprano; Krisztina Szabó, Canadian mezzo, and Darryl Taylor, American countertenor. www. . ONLINE. OPEN REHEARSAL ● Apr 27 11:00am: Tafelmusik. Open Rehearsal with Samuel Mariño and Tafelmusik. Arias from Handel’s Armino, Vivaldi’s Il Guistino, and other works. Samuel Mariño, male soprano. Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. . REHEARSAL OPPORTUNITIES ● Apr 02 1:30: Toronto Early Music Players Organization (TEMPO). A Trip to Venice. Works by Gabrieli, Legrenzi, and Vivaldi. Singsation Come Sing With Us Reserve your spot in our community singing workshop at Saturday April 29 10:30 am TORONTO STRIKES BACK! Casting two men & one woman who can sing and do comedy sketches. Rehearsals start early July, for a November production in south Etobicoke. Non-Equity (some remuneration) Caroline Tremblay, flute & presenter. Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd. www. or WORKSHOPS ● Apr 24 5:00: Canadian Opera Company. Youth Opera Lab: The Art of the Sword. For ages 16-28. Focused on the COC’s upcoming production of Verdi’s Macbeth and involving interactive discussion and masterclass with Macbeth Fight Director Nick Sandys and COC Teaching Artist Renée Salewski before attending the dress rehearsal. Four Seaons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. . ● Apr 29 10:30am: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Singsation: Carmina Burana. An SATB reading of excerpts from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Choral workshop led by Jean-Sébastien Vallée. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. . ● May 20 10:30am: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Singsation: Choral Workshop. Led by Dr. Shireen Abu-Khader, TMChoir’s Composer in Residence. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. . Singsation Come Sing With Us Reserve your spot in our community singing workshop at Saturday May 20 10:30 am A BRAND NEW MUSICAL COMEDY REVUE. Contact or call 416-239-5821 to audition. If you can read this, thank a music teacher. (Skip the hug.) A vacation for your dog! Barker Avenue Boarding in East York call or text 416-574-5250 A SHARPER EDGE machetes, scythes & axes clippers, scissors and knives ALSO tree felling, trail-making, and chainsaw maintenance 416-705-8427 CLASSIFIEDS – ONLINE! FREE online classifieds: if you’re offering immediate paid employment opportunities for musicians. 60 word limit. All other online classifieds: for 60 words for up to two months. Discounts for ongoing bookings. Promote skills and services | buy & sell. Recruit members for choirs, bands, orchestras. Find a music director, or a music teacher | Advertise a venue. INQUIRIES BY EMAIL ONLY: JOIN US IN JULY FOR MUSIC CAMPS! BUSINESS CLASSIFIEDS Economical and visible! Promote your services & products to our musically engaged readers, in print and on-line. BOOKING DEADLINE: MAY 16 DO YOU DRIVE? Do you love The WholeNote? Share the love and earn a little money! Join our circulation team, and deliver 6 times a year. Currently seeking GTA circulation associates in the M4 and M6 postal code areas; also the U of T campus. Interested? Contact: 54 | April & May, 2023

Welcome to Who's Who our online directories of choirs, summer music, presenters, venues and more A warm April welcome (with teasers to their profiles online!) to: ● Achill Choral Society “We welcome diversity in our membership and in the broad range of contemporary, classical, and traditional music we perform. We value learning and growing musically and are committed to excellence.” ● Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto “Entering our 50th year, the award-winning, semi-professional Amadeus Choir champions the best of choral music and premieres works of Canadian and international composers.” ● Bel Canto Singers “We are a four-part adult community choir, performing two concerts per year (spring and Christmas) from a repertoire of classical masters, Broadway and movie tunes, opera choruses and pop songs.” ● Cantabile Chamber Singers “A welcoming choral community that has an emphasis on informed interpretation, innovative programming and social awareness. We welcome composers to submit new works.” ● Chorus York “Come Sing With Us.” ● City Choir “Launched in 2010, City Choir is an exciting non-auditioned SATB choir. Repertoire includes original compositions and is very diverse.” ● Cummer Avenue United Church Choir “Cummer Ave. United Choir provides musical leadership Sunday mornings, offering a wide variety of musical styles.” ● Echo Women’s Choir “Echo is a 40-voice, non-auditioned community choir in the heart of downtown Toronto, with a strong, varied, and vibrant singing culture accessible to all.” ● The Edison Singers “The Edison Singers is an outstanding ensemble of professional singers whose energy, spirit and commitment to this choir is remarkable and truly inspiring.” ● Etobicoke Centennial Choir “Etobicoke Centennial Choir offers singers a rewarding community choir experience - diverse repertoire and high musical standards in a fun, warm and welcoming community of music lovers.” ● Exultate Chamber Singers “A welcoming group of skilled, musical singers with a wide-ranging repertoire and a commitment to the development of singers, CHOIRS composers, and conductors both within Exultate and in the larger choral community.” ● Georgetown Choral Society “Proud of its community choir history of over a half century, the GCS always welcomes new members.” ● Incontra Vocal Ensemble “Encounter something unique with Incontra Vocal Ensemble.” ● Leaside United Church Choirs “Music is central to worship at Leaside United Church. The rich music program includes the Chancel Choir and the Junior Choir.” ● Metropolitan United Choir “We’re a fun-loving, semi-professional and family-like liturgical and concert choir, who sing rep from Lassus to Bach to Lady Gaga.” ● Milton Choristers “4-part Community Choir in Milton, Halton Region” ● Oriana Women’s Choir “Oriana explores the possibilities in choral music for upper voices, and fosters the creation of new Canadian choral music. New singers are welcome to join us at any rehearsal!” ● Pax Christi Chorale “Experience the deep joys of choral singing in a diverse and welcoming community with Pax Christi Chorale.” ● Peterborough Singers “For 2023-2024 we will be performing a Yuletide Cheer concert, Handel’s Messiah, The Songbook of Elton John, and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.” ● Serenata Singers “Enjoy singing in harmony? Please join our warm and welcoming choir. We rehearse on Wednesday mornings in Scarborough.” ● Tafelmusik Baroque Choir “The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, specializing in historically informed performances of baroque and classical repertoire, was formed in 1981 as a complement to the Tafelmusik Orchestra.” ● Toronto Chamber Choir “Shining new light on early music.” ● Toronto Children’s Chorus “The Toronto Children’s Chorus is recognized worldwide as a leading choral organization for children and youth.” ● Toronto Choral Society “Please come aboard to our next concert “A Sea Symphony”, on June 4, 2023. Sail along with The Toronto Choral Society, as we take you on a musical journey on the high seas, at Eastminster United Church.” ● Toronto Classical Singers “Great composers, good tunes, complex sonorities, the full range of musical possibilities and a very good time.” ● Toronto Mendelssohn Choir “The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is proud to be one of Canada’s oldest, largest, and most recognized choral ensembles, renowned for over 125 years for delivering the highest standard of musical performance.” ● Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir “Fantastic choir that brings the joy of song to many people of all ages. To learn more, please visit our website.” ● Upper Canada Choristers ● CAMMAC Music Centre June 25 - August 20, 2023 en/2023-summer-music-retreats/ “Pair your summer vacation fun with a unique musical experience in the heart of the Laurentians. Eight one-week immersive programs feature a wide variety of classes & activities for amateur musicians of all ages and levels.” ● COC Summer Music Camp July 4 - July 28, 2023 “The COC is thrilled to launch Summer Music Camps! Young artists are immersed in a world of music & performing arts, working with teaching artists to hone creative skills, explore singing, composition, drama, & design, in a creative & non-competitive environment.” ● Interprovincial Music Camp August 20 - 25; August 26 - Sept 3, 2023 “You belong at IMC - the highlight of a young musician’s summer!” ● JazzWorks Jazz Camp August 21 - 27, 2023 “Open to adult community and professional musicians: join us at beautiful Lac MacDonald to study and perform - small ensembles, workshops, jazz theory & history, masterclasses, original composition combos, faculty-led jam sessions, concerts and more!” ● Kodály Certification Program Levels I & II July 3 - 14, 2023 “We are a diverse, inclusive mixed-voice community choir, committed to excellence, whose mandate is to nurture the love and appreciation of singing choral music in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.” ● Vesnivka Choir “We are a friendly inclusive community choir that performs Ukrainian classical, sacred and traditional folk repertoire. Join us for a unique singing experience.” ● VOCA Chorus of Toronto “The VOCA Chorus of Toronto is a dynamic, auditioned ensemble which performs eclectic repertoire, including Canadian premieres, in collaboration with some of Canada’s finest artists.” ● West Toronto Community Choir westtorontocommunitychoir “Our vibe is fun and social, with a focus on community engagement and shared musicmaking. There are no auditions. We value diversity of gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, education, and political perspective and are open to all.” SUMMER MUSIC EDUCATION music-education/kodaly-certification-program.html “In this intensive program, participants will strengthen their personal musicianship and pedagogical skills, with content grounded in a contemporary understanding of the philosophy inspired by Zoltán Kodály.” ● Lake Field Music August 6 - 13, 2023 “A music camp for adults: play, sing, and be inspired in a collegial environment. Stay on campus and immerse yourself in workshops, ensembles, choirs, and performances.” ● Music at Port Milford July 9 - August 6, 2023 “Chamber Music Academy in Prince Edward County. Music at Port Milford enters its 37th Season” ● No Strings Theatre SummerStage - CARMEN July 22 - August 20 “Announcing No Strings Theatre’s Summer- Stage 2023 YAP opera intensive at a rural farm near Orangeville, featuring George Bizet’s Carmen.” ● Stratford Summer Music 2023 Jazz Academy July 31 - August 5, 2023 “If you are an emerging artist 22 years of age and under, please join us for this exciting week which will include daily workshops, combo sessions and guided practice sessions by some of the country’s most recognized and active jazz musicians.” For more information, or to join, contact Karen Ages at 416-323-2232 x26 or April & May, 2023 | 55

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