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Volume 8 Issue 8 - May 2003

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place at the TCA and downtoWn churches. The season includes a five-concert series, single performances, run-outs and recording sessions. The repertoire features traditional masterpieces and new works by Canadian giants such as Daley, Glick, Henderson and Raminsh,· often with orchestral accompaniment. Membership is by audition, and those wishing to join may contact Joan Andrews at 905-642-8706, email joan.andrews@tel.tdsb., or the choir office at 416· 446-0188, email amachoir@ Auditions for 2003 /2004 will be in June. ~ motets to contemporary music. Detail is given to developing sight· reading skills. Tq join, contact the Choir Director or choir mother, Robin Harmer at 4i6-485-0561. The Parish Choir is an auditioned mixed-voiced choir performing a wide range of sacred repertoire from plainsong and 16'hcenturymotets to music of the 21 '' century. Rehearsals: Thursdays, 7:30 pm • 9:30 pm. The Choir sings for the 11 am Sunday liturgies; Choral Evensong once a month at 4:30 pm; and special services, concerts, andmore. · ~ ANNEx SINGERS OF TORONTO The 23-year-old Annex Singers of Toronto, one of the friendliest THE ANGLICAN CHuRCH OF mixed choral groups in the city, ST. Cl.EMENT, EGLINTON , presents two concerts (with post• features two choirs under Choir concert tea) and a cabaret annual· Director Thomas Fitches at 416· ly at St. Thomas Anglican Church, 483-6664 ext.26 just below Bloor on Huron St. Re- The Psallam Spiritu Choir is a tre- hearsals are held at St. Thomas on ble voice choir for boys & gir:ls 8·, Mondays, 7:30 · 9:30. Concerts are 16. Choristers rehearse on Thurs- well attended and usually present days at 4:30 pm. The Choir pre- a complete classical choral work pares music for the 9:15 am. Litur- and an eclectic medley of pieces. gy on Sundays, and sings special Programs might also include pagconcerts and services. The reper- eantry and elements of drama, toire is wide, and ranges from Latin such as the contemporary musical AUDITI NS For the Joy of Singing An open invitation to children and youth aged 5 through university age The Bach Children's Chorus and The Bach Chamber Youth Choir Linda Beaupre, conductor •Winner of the Elmer Iseler Award for Best Choir at the Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival 200 I and 2003 •A balanced programme of concert performat).ces, travel, retreat weekends, workshops with world renowned conductors • Educational programmes including theory and sight-singing to enhance choral skills For more information go to To book an auditibn, can 416-431-0790 Mystery Play by director and composer Lawrence Goudge, premiered in April. Weekly activities extend beyond rehearsals to homes of individual members for sectionals and social gatherings. Voice training is included. Auditions and ability to read a music score are not required to join. Fcir information, email Mare Britton at or telephone Lawrence Goudge at 416-693-0678. ~ BACH CHILDREN'S CHORUS AND BACH CHAMBER YOUTH CHOIR Founder and Music Director; Lindo Beaupre Administrator: Jone Greenwood Tel: 416-431-0790 Fox: 416-431-7554 Email: Website: The Bach Children's Chorus totals 200 singers, aged 6 and up in four choirs (three treble choirs and one mixed-voice youth choir.) They have developed a reputation throughout Toronto for their beautiful, musical sound and professional approach. The Bach Chamber Youth Choir is a choir for boys with changed voices and girls-aged 16 and older. This choir performs high quality SATB music and rehearses Sunday evenings. The BCC performs two concerts per season at the Toronto Centre for the Arts and appears regular-. ly as a guest choir for many Toronto events. Each choir participates in weekend excursions in· valving festivals, work~hops and concerts with other youth choirs. Auditions for next season are held April through June. ~ THE Bru.'AlrrE SINGERS The Bell'Arte Singers is one of Canada's finest community choirs, founded in 1988 by Dr. Lee Will· ingham. The 50-voice c;hoir has distinguished itself in all genres of repertoire and styles through concerts, recordings and broadcasts. The choir presents an annual subscription series as well as several guest performances with notable ensembles, including the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Scarborough Philharmonic, the Haruiaford Street Silver Band and the Talisker Players. Contact -the choir manag· er for ·information or to arrange an audition at Please join us for our May 31" concert, "Light and Fire," at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Toronto, featuring Hildegard von Bingen, Lauridsen, Raminsh, Bolden and Tallis. For tickets, call 416-699· 5879. ~ BRAMPTON FESTIVAL SINGERS Founded in 1985 to celebrate St. Paul's United Church's lOOth an· niversary, the community choir, Brampton Festival Singers is dedicated to bringing the best of choral music to the City ofBrampton. In additionto a three-concert season, the choir performs for ben· efits, civic functions, retirement hol_Iles and other special events'. both in Brampton and neighbour' ing communities. A focus on Ca· 1nadian works is important to the d1.oir, as is performing a wide range of music, from Handel's Messiah to Gilbert and ~ullivan to Simon and Garfunkel. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, from 7:30 pm to 9:45 pm, at St. Paul's United Church, 30 Main St. S., Brampton. For more information, contact Brent Faulkner 416-278-3784. ~ BRAVADO! Edwina Douglas, Conductor Barrie, ON Bravado is an auditioned show choir consisting of 25 mixed voices. Repertoire includes classical, jazz, swing, pop, gospel, and even rock'n'roll. Rehearsals are on Mondays 7-10,pm and occasional Fridays. Performances include 2 major shows each year and also take bookings to perform many times a year. To arrange an audi· tion, contact Edwina Douglas at 705-728-1978. For info and booking, contact Mike Douglas at 705- 722-1770 ~ E-mail: bravado.mail@ ~ BURLINGTON CIVIC CHORALE The Burlington Civic Chorale, founded in 1994 under the direction of Dr. Gary Fisher continues to present an exciting variety of classical, baroque and 'operatic concerts throughout the year. This 25 voice SATB choir is now entering its 10th season of present· ing high-quality performances from its home base at St. Christopher's Anglican Church on the Guelph Line in Burlington. The choir's repertoire is often accom· panied by professional soloists and a chamber ensemble of area musicians. Auditions are held twice a year. Rehearsals are Tues- C ora Scene4 May 1 - June 7 2003

· day evenings 7:15 to 9:30 pm at THE CANADIAN SINGERS the church. There are three con- have just released their third CD, certs per season; November, Feb- entitled My Canada, My Love. It ruary and May. Please call Mary contains such Canadian favourites JanePriceat905-634-1809formore as Put Your Hand in the Hand, information. ~ What a Friend We Have in Jesus, Swingin' Shepherd Blues, Cana- CALVIN CHOIR dian Sunset and Song of the Land, Stephanie Martin, conductor as well as a number of new 416-923-9030 positions including Go Train, The lively Calvin Choir sings ev- Night Wind, Blues Alley and My ery Sunday at Calvin Presbyterian Canada, My Love. · Church 26 Delisle Ave, Toronto. We The Singers are readying the also ·undertake concerts, interna- 2003 version of their musical retional tours, recordings, and have vue Will the Real Canada Please been broa~cast on CBC and CJRT Stand Up? (Or the Proof Is the Proof , r:adio. We love to sing the finest and When There Is Proof, It Is Provhistorical sacred music, and have en), in which they take a lightalso commi~sioned new Canadian hearted look at our country's works. In 2000 Calvin choir was search for its identity. honoured to wih second prize in For mote information about the the church choir category 'in the CD and The Singers' activities, .national CBC Radio Amateµr Choir check ·out our website at www. Competition. Our unforgettable ~ concert tour of Scotland in July 2002 included performances in Glas- CANTORES CELESTES gow, Oban, Iona Abbey and St. WOMEN'S CHOIR Giles', Edinburgh. This spring the Director: Kell¥ Galbraith choir performs Monteverdi Tel: 416 236 1522 Vespers in concert, and tours Newfoundland in August 2003. Look for our new CD of Renaissance motets, reformation psalms, and sixteenth-century dances. ~ CANADIAN CHILD~EN's OPERA CHORUS Artistic Director: Ann Cooper Gay General Manager: Carol Austin Tel: A 16-366-0467 Email: Web: In its 35th season, the CCOC consists. of five choruses: Main (ages 10-16), Youth (ages 14-19), Apprentice II (ages 9-11), Apprentice I (ages 7-9), and Ruby (ages 5-7). It is the only permanent children's opera chorus in Canada tG regu" larly commission and produce operas for children. The programme prepares young people for the complex, vibrant world of opera, while offering excellent musical and dramatic training. Members Fegularly perform with the Canadian Opera Company, and also with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Ballet of Canada, and the University of Toronto's Opera School. Auditions: May/June; for additional information, please check the CCOC website or call 416-366- 0467. ~ Founded 14 years ago, this 40 voice women's choir produced 3 CDs to terrific reviews, performed UVE on CBC Radio, and performs for audiences of over 600 plus. The .choir always donates some of the proceeds of their concerts ,to local charities. Cantores Celestes not rely on government grants to subsidize its activities. Audience Burlington Civic Chorale Dr. Gary Fisher, Director Audition Call for Experienced Singers A 30-voice SATB choral ensemble performing a M. variety of classical, ti "' baroque, operatic I and contempora_ry Jlj ti ~J'J } music. Call for Audition Appointment: 905-634-1809 attendance and corporate spon- mances, accompanied by professors are truly resji)onsible for the sional soloists and. orchestra. Recontinuing success of this highly hearsals are Tuesday evenings trained and enthusiastic choir. 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Calvary Baptist Repertoire includes von Bingen, Church, Gravenhurst, from Sep­ Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Faure, Holst, con- tember to February 1, and in Oriltemporary Canadian & American · lia until May at St.James' Anglican composers, Gospel and Celtic mu- Church. ~ sic. Rehearsals are .held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Runnymede United Church in Bloor West Village from September to May. ~ THE CELLAR SINGERS Artistic Director, Albert Greer 200 Cedar Island Road, Orillia, ON L3V 1T1 Tel: 705-325-6204 Blair Bailey, Accompanist E-mail: Founded in 1968 in Bracebridge, The Cellar Singers is an 85-voice choir in the Huronia - Muskoka district chosen by audition. Albert Greer, the artistic director since 1977, was winner of Choirs Ontario Special Leadership Award in 2002. Repertoire includes both major oratorios and choral pieces, both traditional and modern. Four· major concerts are performed in Orillia from September to May, with some concerts in two perfor- AUDITIONS THE CHINESE-CANADIAN CHOIR of Toronto, with Music Director Mr. Yan-Qiao Wang, is a non -profit organization formed in 1983 to promote both western and Chinese music in Toronto and surrounding communities. Besides holding regular concerts and seminars, the choir also performs at invitations of community organizations, and is a vital part of Toronto's multicultural activities. The choir has participated regularly in concerts performing such major works by Chinese composers as The Yellow River Cantata and The So,ng of Everlasting Sorrow Cantata. It has won gold at Toronto's 1994 and 1995 Kiwanis Music Festivals. In June 1997, the choir participated at the· Gala Concert organ,ized by the Chinese community to celebrate the return ofHopg Kong to China. As well, the choir Betvveen the ages of S and 19? Interested in the opportunity to develop your' vocal and dramatic talents? Come and check us out! · The Canadian Children's Opera Chorus will be holding auditions for our 2003-2004 season during May and June 2003. Please visit our website or call 416.366.0467 for more details. Canadian Children's Opera Chorus 227 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 1 E8 Phone: 416. 366.0467 Fax: 416.366.9204 Net: May 1 - June 7 2003 Choral Scene S

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