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Volume 9 Issue 8 - May 2004

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Sue Crowe Connolly

Sue Crowe Connolly (conductor, Davenport-Perth) continued from page 33 hear them begin to really listen to each other and sing as one, to gain confidence in their own abilities, and to have seen their contribution so well received by a packed house during this past Black History Month celebration at the Neighbourhood Centre. 4) Challenge: My own learning curve! I am an experienced vocal teacher and coach, and while this has been an asset to helping folks use their voices in a'healthy way and being expressive with the songs, this is my first venture as "the" choral directqr ..... I don't think I need say more! Syd Birrell (conductor, Peterborough Singers) 1. Value: The overall value of choral singing comes through making something much bigger than what is possible alone. An average singer joins with other average singers and produces something much greater than the sum of the parts. You come weighed down by the burdens of ~ife, and ha".ing sung Syd Birrell you leave With a song in your heart. 2. ·Coming up: Well, Peterborough Singers has reached the finals of the 2004 CBC Choral Competition, so on April 27th we shoot for first place. A few days later on May 1st we perform Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass along with Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor in Peterborough with full orchestra and a roster of international soloists. Next season: Bach's St. John Passion, Dvorak's Stabat Mater, not to mention a concert with diva Natalie Choquette, a sizzling Christmas concert, and the good old Messiah. 3. Most satisfying: Taking aim at the greatest and most challenging of all choral works, the Bach B Minor Mass. Leaming it, and then performing it to perfection to a packed house. A stunning life experience for all one thousand performers and listeners alike. 4 .. Most challenging: Returning week after week to face the crowds at Wednesday night rehearsals while my young eight year old son fought terminal cancer. William Brown (conductor, The Oriana Singers) 1. Value: Recently in Japan, the govemrrent established new funding for every community in order to establish community based choirs. The reasoning is simple -those who sing in choirs are rmre productive members of society. Chorus America in the United States recently executed a nation wide survey and found that of all the art form;, their are rmre people than any other discipline singing in choirs. Aside from the usual singing in a choir prormtes team work, discipline, and skill building, ithas been shown that music William Brown is therapeutic for one's soul. In a society where technology has increased the speed of life, it is comforting to know that choral music still enables us to enjoy process. We don't go from step 'A' to 'Z' in one fell swoop, we rrethodicallyenjoysteps 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D' etc. Choral singing is healthy for one's soul. Breathing patterns during singing contribute to the feelings of exhilaration, and decrease the chemical cortisol in our body, lowering stress. 2 . . Coming up: The Oriana Singers will compete in the Finals of the CBC Choral Competition on Tuesday, April 27th, 2004 in the Equal Voice - Femtle Category. On Saturday, May 8th, CONTINUES PAGE 36 Music, friendship & fun . .. A musical experience of a lifetime! AUDITIONS For the 2004-2005 Season Children should be benveen the age ·rf 6 (as efDec. 31, 2004) and 14, and entering grade one or higher in Sepmmber 2004. Enthusiasm and a musical ear are the ingredients we are looking/or! For more information, call 416-932-8666 or visit the TCC's website www. tor on tochildrenschorus .com NEW in September 2004: West-End Training Choir for First Year Choristers in grades 3, 4, and 5 as of September 2004. Please call for more info! 34 WWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COM MAY 1 - JUNE 7 2004

I • _is a small chamber choir currently in its 12th season. The choir performs a variety of unaccompanied music in concert. The choir invites applications by conductors for the 2004-05 season for the position of Artistic Director. Please send CVs with a letter of application to Choir President Jessica Graham at 78 Hallam St, Toronto, ON, M6H 1W8, We welcome inquiries at erinmillion@hotmaiLcom or by phone at 416-536-2606 ext, 2, Singers interested in joining us for the 2004-05 · season are welcome to contact the choir as well! The Toronto Male Voice Choir Welcomes New Members Rehearsals Wednesdays 7:30 - 10:00 pm September to June at Dewi Sant Welsh United Church, 33 Melrose Ave, Toronto (Yonge St, just S, of401) . Choral experience/knowledge of the Welsh language not required - just a love of choral music and an ability to sing in tune! Contact Choir President Phil Jones at 416-410-2254 or e ~mail us at for more details. For information on the choir see:

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