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Volume 9 Issue 8 - May 2004

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'Ten 'Tfwusarui 'Voices 'Wfwfe9{pte's .91.nnuaf C!Wra{ Cefe6ration Introduction by Larry Beckwith If you've got a dream to sing, you'll find a choir to sing in, right here. I'm a big advocate for choral singing and have witnessed how profoundly the simple act of getting together with others to make music builds community and raises the spirits of that community. A choir can make a mear).ingful difference in the lives of its singers and its audience. There is so much fantastic repertoire for choirs, from the great oratorios and. passions of Handel, Elgar, Mendelssohn and Bach to the remarkable music being written today in our midst by a stunning array of first-rate Canadian choral composers, including R. Murray Schafer, Ruth Watson Henderson, Harry Freedman, James Rolfe, Eleanor Daley, Stephen Hatfield and countless others. Southern Ontario is blessed with exceptionally talented choral conductors. See my interview with a cross-section of them on page 32. And one doesn't have to stay with the Western classical choral tradition. As you would imagine in such a leading multicultural city as Toronto and its surrounding aiea, there is truly a choir out there to suit a wide variety of tastes. As you read on, please consider getting involved in a choral community, if you have even the slightest interest. If you can't sing, you can learn! If you're inclined to offer your services as a volunteer in another capacity, such as ticket-taking, envelope-stuffing, setting up chairs, sitting on a Board of Directors, book-keeping, etc., I can assure you that the vast majority of the choirs listed in these pages operate on a very ·tight budget CATEGORIES OF CHOIRS and would always welcome your skills. What I really want to say is this: the world is an uncertain place and if we're not careful, we can fill ourselves with anxiety or isolate ourselves with solitary, sedentary pursuits. Choral singing has made me a better person, I would swear to it anywhere. The transcendent experience of breathing in, breathing out and assigning pitch, duration, text, etc. without an instrument, just my natural voice and doing this alongside friends; well, there truly is no better feeling. I recommend it highly and stress that an aptitude for music is not necessarily a prerequisite. If you see a choir description that catches your imagination, look to see if they. are performing this month and go and hear them. If you're still interested, call thein up and book an audition! If you've got "a dream" to sing, you'll find a choir to sing in. · About the Choral Directory WholeNote Choral Celebration was compiled with the assistance of Choirs Ontario to give audiences a sense of the concert planning and repertoire and to provide choristers with details of rehearsal commitment and audition requirements of choirs in the community. The directory is available online at, witb. links to the choirs' own websites. It will be continuously updated. Please forward additions or changes to Most choirs are SATB, auditioned adult choirs unless listed in one of these special categories. Choirs are also broken down by region on the next page. · NON-AUDITIONED CHOIRS Many community choirs and church choirs may ask prospective members to · "audition" to determine vocal range, tone and ability to carry a tune, without requiring a full audition. Alexander Singers Annex Singers ofToronto Bloor Street Gospel Chorus Brampton Festival Singers Canadian Celtic Choir Canadian Singers Cellar Singers Centenary Senior Choir Choral airs Davenport Perth Community Choir DCATChorus Dublin Street United Church Senior Choir Durham College Community Choir Forte - The Toronto Men's Chorus Hamilton Youth Choir Hart House Singers Healey Willan Singers Humber Valley United Church Choir Just Singers Chamber Choir Leaside United Church Choir Les Voix du Coeur Milton Choristers North Metro Chorus Oakham House Choir Oakville Choral Society Open Voices Community Choir · Oxford Churchmusic Peel Choral Society Rainbow Chorus - Waterloo/ Wellington Rainbow Voices ofToronto Shevchenko Ensemble Singing Out! Sound Investment Community Choir St. Andrew's Anglican Church Choir St. George Pro Musica . St. Simon-the-Apostle Choirs Tempus Choral Society Toronto Accolades of Harmony Toronto Children's Chorus Toronto Choral Society Community Choir Toronto Swedish Singers Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus University of Toronto at Scarborough Concert Choir University Settlement Community Choir Victoria College Choir Village Voices York Highlands Chorus CHILDREN'S AND YOUTH Amabile Choirs of London Bach Children's Chorus Bach Chamber Youth Choir Canadian Children's Opera Chorus Choral De Lites Christ Church Deer Park Durham College Community Choir Etobicoke Youth Choir Georgian Bay Children's Choir Grace Church on-the-Hill Choirs Guelph Youth Singers Hamilton Youth Choir Hastings and Prince Edward Children's Chorus Healey Willan Singers High Park Choirs of Toronto Humber Valley United Church Choir lntermennonite Children's Choir Kitchener-Waterloo Philharmonic Choir Metropolitan United Church Choir & Festival Choir Mississauga Children's Choir Mississauga Festival Youth Choir Norfolk Note-Ables Oakville Children's Choir Riverdale Youth Singers Sacred Music Society St. Clement's Anglican Church Choir St. James' Cathedral St. Marys Children's Choir and Festival Youth Singers St. Simon-the-Apostle Choirs Toronto Children's Chorus Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir University Settlement Community Choir Upper Canada Children's Chorus VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto WOMEN'S Can.tores Celestes Women's Choir • Echo Women's Choir North Metro Chorus Oriana Singers Women's Choir Penthelia Women's Chamber Choir Scarborough Sweet Adelines Toronto Accolades of Harmony Vesnivka Choir York Highlands Chorus MEN'S Darbazi Forte: The Toronto Men's Chorus Megacity Chorus Schneider Male Chorus Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus Vesnivka Choir for Men SACRED Music AND CHURCH CHOIRS Blessed Trinity Choir Bloor Street Gospel Chorus Calvin Choir Choirs Of The Church Of Saint Mary Magdalene Christ Church Deer Park Dublin Street United Church Senior Choir Fairlawn Heights United Church Choirs Grace Church on-the-Hill Choirs ~umber Valley United Church Choir Leaside United Church Choir Metropolitan United Church Choir & Festival Choir Oxford Churchmusic Sacred Music Society St. Andrew's Anglican Church Choir St. Anne's Anglican Church Choir St. Clement's Anglican Church Choir St. Elizabeth Scola Cantorum St. George Pro Musica St. James' Cathedral St. Simon-the-Apostle Choirs Toronto Swedish Singers - May 1 - June 7 2004 WWW. 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