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Volume 9 Issue 8 - May 2004

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derable experience performing on stage. Harvey Patterson: 416-239-5821 CANTABILE CHORALE OF YORK REGION Cantabile Chorale is a 40-voice mixed adult thoir founded in 1973 by Robert Richardson that gives about ten performances a year, mainly in southern York Region. The choir has a broad repertoire embracing classical and contemporary works, both sacred and secular, and frequently performs with other local musical ensembles. Membership is by audition and new choristers are always welcome. Applicants should have good sight reading abilities and be committed to the joy and discipline of good choral singing. Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings in Thornhill from September to June. An annual weekend retreat is also held in September. Robert Richardson: 905-731-83 l 8 CANTORES CELESTES WOMEN'S CHOIR , . Founded fourteen years ago this 40- voice women's choir produced three CDs to terrific reviews, performed live on CBC Radio, and performs for of over 600 plus. The choir always donates some of the proceeds of their concerts to local charities. The choir does not rely on government grants to subsidize its activities; audience attendance and corporate sponsors are truly responsible for the continuing success of this highly trained, and enthusiastic choir directed by Kelly Galbraith. Repertoire includes von Bingen, Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Faure, Holst, contemporary Canadian & American composers, Gospel and Celtic music. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Runnymede United Church in Bloor West Village from September to May Kelly Galbraith: 416-236-1522 CELLAR SINGERS The Cellar Singers, directed by Albert Greer, are in their 36th year. They . present four major concerts each season (two are repeated) in the Huronia­ Muskoka area. Performances include complete traditional oratorios, with professional vocal soloists and orchestras; shorter works and Canadian compositions. The eighty members, chosen by audition, rehearse weekly for three hours. Accompanist is Blair Bailey. The choir has participated in many special performances and loured internationally. Their second CD will be released this fall. As well volunteering for some organizational duties, all choristers participate in fundraising. m Jan Jarvis: 705-326-2619 CENTENARY SENIOR CHOIR The CSC sings weekly services and presents regular concerts from 'September lo June. The· choir has collaborated with Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Symphony, Harlequin Singers of Hamilton, Glen Haven Youth Choir of Mississauga, The Salvation Army Temple Band and guest festival choir for the annual Angels Festival in Grimsby. Our Choral Scholarship program established by Mr. James Morrow enables up lo 5 students per year the opportunity to sing while continuing their secondary and or post secondary education. Shawn Grenke is the Minister of Music. S~awn Grenke: 905-522-6843 x 26 CHOIRS OF THE CHURCH OF SAINT MARY MAGDALENE The CCSMM are comprised of two distinct groups: The Ritual Choir, which sings plainchant from the sanctuary; and The Gallery Choir, which sings unaccompanied polyphony. The choirs are especially known for their interpretation of the compositions of Dr. Healey Willan. The choirs rehearse Thursday evenings for the hymns, Missa Brevis, and motel sung at the 11 am Sunday Mass and occasional concerts. The choirs welcome new members. Please contact the choir director Dr. Willis Noble or Ms. Young to arrange an audition. Judith Young: 416-493-6421 CHORAL DE LITES . Choral de Lites is an exciting musical organization for young' people from the Port Perry and surrounding areas, led by music director Janel Stachow. Founded in 2001, this 50-member group consists of two choirs - Intermediate (Grades 3-6) and Senior (Grades 6 f.) organized according lo musical ability and experience .. Theory instruction and sight-singing provide a firm foundation for this first-class group who perform at community events and workshops/ festivals, in addition lo their regular concert series. A Musical Theatre program is offered this year. They rehearse after school on Fridays. Auditions in June for upcoming season: Judy Anderson: 905-985-4257 choral_ de _lites. CHORALAIRS The North York Choralairs is a forty member, non-profit volunteer choir performing for the infirm and senior's groups in Toronto since 1962. We are a non-auditioned SATB fun choir singing show tunes and popular songs. It is not compulsory that you be able lo read music, but this skill helps. Our director, Alan Wyand will be assisting members with reading and voice-shpping skills. Our annual concert for the community is at Earl Bales Community Centre on June 6, 2004. Rehearsals take place Tuesday evenings from 8:15-10:15 pm al Earl Bales Park Community Centre, Room 2 (Bathurst St. & Sheppard Ave.) Brian Slepchik: 416-631-0029 or 416-540-7106 CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK Christ Church Deer Park is a large, dynamic Anglican parish al 1570 Yonge St., at Heath, just north of St Clair. It features the three-manual 1982 Karl Wilhelm tracker organ. The Senior Choir is mixed choir of 25- 30 voices, led by eight professional singers, in its seventh year under the direction of Organist and Director of Music Bruce Kirkpatrick Hill. They sing the best of Anglican liturgical music every Sunday morning at 11:00, with concerts and other special events throughout the season, September lo June. They rehearse Thursday nights, 1 :30 - 10:00 pm. The Junior Choir is led by Stephanie Marlin and currently has about a dozen girls and boys, aged 1 - 14. This group rehearses Wednesday afternoons, 4:30 - 5:30 pm, and sings once or twice a month al the 9: 15 am Eucharist, and on other special occasions. Bruce K. Hill: 416-920-5211 x28 COMMON THREAD: COMMUNITY CHORUS OF TORONTO Common Thread is a 70-voice nonaudition choir conducted by Isabel Bernaus, promoting community and social justice through a repertoire based in 'multicultural folk music traditions. We welcome singers from a wide range of musical experience and cultural backgrounds. Rehearsals are Wednesdays 6:45-9:30pm al Cecil Community Centre (Spadina .& College) September through May. Our season includes tWo small concerts plus two performances of a full length concert al the end of May. Orientation and vocal placement sessions for those on our waiting list are held in March and June with intake of new members in September. AngelinaMihaljcic: 416-410-5022 CONSORT CAR!TATIS Consort Caritatis is Canada's only choir donating proceeds from recordings and concerts to charities. Since its inception in 1994, Consort Carilatis has raised more than 9,000 for a variety of humanitarian causes. CC is an amateur mixed choir of variable size, made up of singers from across Canada and directed by Howard Dyck. The choir rehearses periodically for special projects and tours, such as the 1992 International Choral Festival and the 1993 Benjamin Britten Celebration. CC has toured Europe, the Balt!c countries and China performing major choral works with orchestra by Mozart, Brahms, Verdi and Beethoven. Diane English: 416-977-2045 40 WWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COM May 1 - June 7 2004

CoRo SAN MARco Coro San Marco promotes Italian and Halo-Canadian music, in about 10 concerts a year. Its most prestigious recent performances by invitation are: Toronto 2008 Olympic bid Gala Concert at Roy Thompson Hall; National exhibition t:vents "Italian Presenza" at Ottawa's Museum of Civilization. CSM initiated the annual Multicultural Choral Concert: "Singing Together". It holds regular concerts with the Esprit Alliance Orchestra. In the spring of 2004 it released a historical CD: Farewell My Homeland, a collection of Italian migration songs. Rehearsals: Friday 8 -IO pm at Humber/Sheppard Community Centre, 3100 Weston Rd. Daniel Colla: 416-667-0468 or Christina Enrietti: 416-925-8570 COUNTERPOINT CHORALE In September 2001 a small group of singers gathered to develop the art of Eastern European, French and other traditional cultural song. The choir of 25 energetic and devoted singers performs three concerts a year in December, March/April and June. December' performances are enhanced with our featured Counterpoint String Players. Throughout the early years of progress Counterpoint Chorale has performed with special acclaim under its current founder and conductor, William Woloschuk. Entering its fourth season, Counterpoint continues to delight audiences with selections resonating from Renaissance to Contemporary, singing in wide variety of foreign languages: Rehearsals: Tuesdays - 6:45 - 9:00 pm. Location: Downtown Centre @St. Vlad's Institute, 620 Spadina at Harbord. · William Woloschuk: 416-253-4674 DARBAZI Darbazi is currently an eight-member, Toronto-based, vocal ensemble specializing in the unusual and richly varied harmonies from the Republic of Georgia, on the eastern shores of the Black Sea. From the sublimely sacred to the uproariously secular, this music DUBLIN STREET UNITEI;l CHURCH encompasses very . distinct vocal SENIOR CHOIR traditions. Darbazi was formed in 1995 The senior choir is the principal musical and has since performed around ensemble in the music ministries of southern Ontario, in Montreal and in St Dublin Street United Church, Guelph, John's. In October 2002, it sang at the Ontario. The choir performs every First International Symposium on Sunday (10:30 am), and at frequent Georgian Polyphony in Tblisi, Georgia. special events throughout the year A cappella or accompanied on tradi- (September through June). We rehearse tional instruments, there are generally . in the 130-year-old sanctuary every three vocal parts: two tenor voices and Thursday evening, from 7:30 - 9:30 pm a baritone line (bani). We are actively Admission to the choir is open to any seeking bass/baritones. Formal vocal who desire it (without audition), and the training not a prerequisite but be up for repertoire ranges from the Renaissance a challenge. Weekly rehearsals. to the present day. At present, this SATB choir consists of 36 members. Ray Kinoshita: 416-917-8571 Chris Fischer: 519-821-0610 x226 DAVENPORT PERTH COMMUNITY CHOIR Our choir is growing! We are a nonaudition, mixed voice choir in our third year that performs folk, spirituals/ gospel, social justice and world music mostly for local events. Commitment to rehearsals is required to be in the performances. Vocal training & workshops offered by choir director, Sue Crowe Connolly. We have performed annually with Arts for .All project at Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Centre & Community Ministry, where we also rehearse: 1900 Davenport Road (west of Lansdowne), 6:00 - 7:30 pm on Wednesdays. Sue Crowe Connolly: 416-657-1558 (Wed. & Thurs.) DCATCHORUS CAT is a non-audition chorus consisting of more than sixty women and men performing a broad repertoire of songs ranging from Broadway favourites to folk, from pop to traditional, all in six part harmony. The chorus is under the professional direction of Mr. Ted Key. The chorus has been entertaining audiences for the past ten years and has a performance schedule of twelve to fifteen shows per year. Rehearsals are 7:30-10:00 pm Wednesday evenings at Estonian House, 958 Broadview Avenue, Toronto. John Jones: 416-291~2989 or Dan Moloney: 416-695-8959 Jfl&uaI Cfwraf Cefe.bration DURHAM COLLEGE COMMUNITY CHOIR J.-C. Coolen directs this mixed voice community concert choir based at Durham College--University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa. As a non-audition choir, it welcomes all people 16 years of age and older who love and wish to sing, and aims lo provide them with a joyous, educational and enjoyable music-making experience. In collaboration with professional guest musicians, ii performs two concerts each year: Handel's Messiah in late November and a secular program in early May. In advance of each concert, weekly rehearsals occur Mondays, 7 :30- 9:30 pm, in Room C-113 of the Durham College- UOIT Main Campus in north Oshawa. Carolyn Johnston: 905~668-0998 EAST YORK CHOIR This choir, 18 years young, was founded by Stephanie Beames-Piercey and began life as a chamber choir. Members (35 -40) meet Tuesdays from 7:30 to 10:00 pm at Presteign-Woodbine United Church (near St. Clair and O'Connor). The choir is open to those with some choral experience who are asked to audition but we also look for members with potential as well as ability. Our season is from September to May and includes four concerts. Our repertoire includes everything from Mozart's · Requiem lo Broadway selections. The choir is conducted by William Graham and accompanied at the piano by Sharon Andrews. Do join us. Like a "good read" we are a "good sing". Susan Stewart: 416-752-3860 ECHO WOMEN'S CHOIR ECHO is a· 70-voice community choir, open to women from all walks of life. ECHO sings each Tuesday night at Holy Trinity (beside the Eaton Centre), performs at city-wide grass-roots events, and their own concerts in December and May. ECHO aims to build a strong, varied and vibrant culture and community through song. ECHO is a non-auditioned choir co-led by Becca Whitla and Alan Gasser. There is currently a waiting list. Repertoire encompasses music from village singing traditions from around the world as well as newly commissioned music. Membership fees and concert tickets are sliding scale. ECHO's spring concert, Maken Melodye, is May 9 at 3pm at Holy Trinity. Becca Whitla: 416-537-2526 ELMER ISELER SINGERS EIS is a twenty-voice professional chamber choir based in Toronto. Founded in 1979 by the late Dr. Elmer Iseler and now under the artistic direction of the acclaimed Lydia Adams, the Singers are known for their flawless technique and wide interpretive range. They are highly valued for their contributions to master classes and workshops for schools and community choirs. The Singers are the professional Choir-In-Residence at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music. Annual auditions are held in April/May (call 905-880-1889). Weekly rehearsals, a Toronto concert series, touring and recording make the Elmer Iseler Singers one of Canada's most illustrious choral ensembles. Jessie Iseler: 416-217-0537 May 1 - June 7 2004 WWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COM 41

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