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Volume 9 Issue 8 - May 2004

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ELORA FESTIVAL SINGERS simple audition in January and June. The Elora Festival Singers, founded by . Noel Edison in 1980, is the principal Gloria MacLean: 416 742-3949 vocal ensemble for the Elora Festival. The 24-voice professional choir performs regularly in Elora and Toronto and choristers rehearse weekly near Guelph. The EFS is also the core of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Mendelssohn Singers. Next season will highlight the Singers touring western Canada and recording for NAXOS. Auditions will be held Monday. May 17th, 2004 at Yorkminsler Park Baptist Church. Singers need to prepare an art song or aria from an oratorio. An accom panisl will be provided. Emily Dow: 519-846-0331 ENSEMBLE TRYP'{YCH Ensemble TrypTych enters its fourth season in 2004/5 under the direction of Lenard Whiting, performing music from renaissance lo contemporary in 3 concerts a year, as well as joining TrypTych in their opera in-concert performances. This mixed choir of 20- 30 singers rehearses al North Central Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2737 Bayview and is open lo all singers. Repertoire includes oratorios, opera and smaller works including 20th century composers. We hear auditions throughout the year, but most take place in the beginning of concert season. Rehearsals: Tuesdays September-May 7:30-9:30 pm. Performances: (subject lo change) Sept. 25; Dec. 12, March 20, May 7. Lenard Whiting: 416 762 6077 ETOBICOKE YOUTH CHOIR Music Director Louise Jardine helps develop the musical skills of the 50-60 members, (ages 7-17, male and female), by inspiring artistic performance, and making music fun. Choristers are also encouraged lo enhance self-discipline, self-confidence, and self-reliance while sharing their talents. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings al Humbervale United Church, 1447 Royal York Road, from September lo June, with 2 main concerts, varfous community performances, and a Cabaret featuring individual choristers. Fall and Spring Workshop Weekends provide intensive rehearsing and bonding. Entry by EXULTATE CHAMBER SINGERS Over a 23-year history, the Exultate Chamber Singers have garnered praise from all quarters for sensitive, precise and seamless performances. The choir was established in 198 l by conductor John Tuttle, and is enriched not only by the excellent musicianship of its 21 members but also by their varied academic and professional backgrounds. Together, they form a passionate, committed ensemble with a wideranging repertoire. Exultate' s third CD, The Present Time, 'was released in 200 I. Exultate presents a four-concert subscription series in Toronto and makes guest appearances in Various Ontario communities. Auditions are held as required to fill vacancies in the fixedmembership group. Kelly Baxter Golding: 416-971-9229 FAIRLAWN HEIGHTS UNITED CHURCH SENIOR CHOIR FH Senior Choir has a current roster of 31 choristers. The church is located al 28 Fairlawn Ave., Toronto. Our repertoire consists of sacred choral music and original works by our director of music/ composer in residence Eleanor Daley. Our choristers possess extensive experience in both choral and solo works. The choir strives for excellence with sensitivity and versatility, complementing the liturgy during Sunday services. On special music . occasions the choir performs larger works accompanied by instrumentalists. Rehearsals run Thursday nights 8 - 10 pm and Sundays 9:30 - 10 am followed by the Sunday Service, September through June. Auditions are required. Eleanor Daley: 416 481-6848 FORTE-THE TORONTO MEN'S CHORUS Forte, founded in 19S7, is a non-profit, auditioned group of individuals dedicated to highlighting the talents of the gay community and building bridges lo other communities through performance of a diverse repertoire of music and theatrical presentation. The 34- member TTBB Chorus mounts annual Holiday and spring productions as well as performs al many community events. The choral season runs from the first week of September until after the annual Toronto Pride Week activities. Auditions are held in September and January. Rehearsals are held every Monday from 6:45 - 9:30 pm al St. Andrew's United Church, 117 Bloor Street East. 41?-410-4334, 416-925 9872 x2120 · GEORGETOWN BACH CHORALE Started in 1999 this non-profit chamber choir has a membership of 16 voices. Whilst emphasising J.S.Bach, other classical composers' works are performed. Concerts ( 4 lo 5) are given in the fall, Advent/Christmas, and spring seasons, featuring choral and orchestral works, solo and instrumental items. Local and international artists have featured in many of the concerts. The choir performed in the Advent Festival in 2000 in Prague. Artistic director Ronald Greidanus has an established career as a concert pianist in Canada and abroad, and has performed for the Rachmaninoff Societies of England, USA. and Austria. He has also given recitals in France, Germany and Spain. William Shuttleworth: 905-877-8321 GEORGIAN BAY CHILDREN'S CHOIR Conducted by Linda Hawkins, GBCC is a 40-voice community treble choir for children and youth aged 6 through 18, drawing its members from the southern Georgian Bay region of Ontario, with Owen Sound (population 21,000) as the major centre. It was founded in 1986. There is a vocal assessment upon joining. Georgian Bay Children's Choir concerts are held twice a year in December and May. In addition, the choir has numerous singing engagements in the community. Repertoire: traditional. British & Canadian contemporary, folksongs, spirituals & sacred. Fees vary according to choir level. Rehearsals are on Mondays from September lo June. Margaret Blender: 519-371-4627 GRACE CHURCH ON-THE-HILL There are two Choirs of Grace Churchon-the-Hill, singing weekly in services as well as concerts: The Choir of Gentlemen and Boys and the St. Cecilia Choir. Adult men and teens with changed voices sing with boy trebles on the soprano line, using ·challenging repertoire which changes every week. Boys learn lo read music well, and have concert and travel opportunities. The St. Cecilia Choir is for girls and women aged 7 and up, singing the best of upper voice sacred music. Scholarships are available for both boy and girls choristers. Melva Treffinger Graham: 416-488-7884x 17 GUELPH YOUTH SINGERS GYS consists of 115 auditioned singers aged 6-20 in four _ treble choirs al differing levels of ability. Weekly rehearsals are held in Guelph and include sight-singing and theory instruction. All choirs perform twice yearly at the Guelph River Run Centre and appear regularly as a guest choir for many Guelph events. Each choir participates in weekend excursions involving festivals, drama and dance workshops, and concerts with other youth choirs and world-renowned clinicians. The choir has released two solo CDs and has won many awards through the Provincial and National Festival Associations. Conductor Linda Beaupre is well-known throughout Ontario as a guest conductor and clinician. · PatMoore:519-82l-8574 HAMILTON YOUTH CHOIR The Hamilton Youth C4oir (HYC) is a 30 member auditioned SATB choir for students in high school. college, univer- 42 WWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COM May 1 - June 7 2004

sily. or studying privately. Formed in 2004, The Youth Choir will make their first appearance as one of the four guest choirs in the performance of Paul Halley's Earth Mass al Centenary Church on Wednesday May 19th, 2004 8:00 pm On Saturday December 18th al 7:30 pm the HYC will he one of the guest choirs at "The Glory of Christmas " a seasonal Christmas concert with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. Shawn Grenke is the Artistic Director. Shawn Grenke: 905-522-6843 x. 26 HART HOUSE CHORUS Hart House Chorus is a 70-voice choir auditioned from musically talented students, faculty, and· alumni of the University of Toronto. Since its inception in 1972, the Chorus has maintained a reputation for the highest standard of performance locally. nationally, and abroad. Under the capable direction and strong musical leadership of John Tuttle, an internationally respected organist and choral conductor, the aim of the Hart House Chorus is to provide talented musicians with the opportunity to pursue excellence in music in a friendly. focused environment. In addition to other engagements and tours, the Chorus rehearses on Wednesday nights , from 7:10 -9:30pm and performs twice annually in the Great Hall at Hart House. Meghan Roberts: 516-978-6315 HART HOUSE SINGERS HHS is a 110 voice non-auditioned choir made up of musically talented students, faculty. and alumni of the University of Toronto. Rehearsing on Monday nights (7:15pm - 9:30pm) under the enthusiastic and musical direction of David Arnot-Johnston, this choir provides an opportunity for first-time and more experienced singers to share in the joy of choral singing, learn the art of song, have fun, and sing culturally diverse repertoire without the pressure of auditioning. The Singers perform three end of term concerts in December, April and August in the Great Hall of Hart House. Meghan Roberts: 416-978-6315 May 1 - June 7 2004 HART HOUSE JAZZ CHOIR: 0NOSCATOPOEIA Onoscatopoeia is a 24 voice choir auditioned from musically talented students, faculty, and alumni of the University of Toronto. Formed in 2000, ii has become one of the campus' most recognized, high-quality ensem-hles. Directed by Dylan Bell, a talented and adept vocal percussionist and a cappella musician, the choir performs anything from established jazz standards lo tunes by the Jackson 5. In addition lo other engagements, the Chorus rehearses on Monday nights from 5: 10 -7 :OOpm and performs twice annually in the Arbor Room al Harl House as part of the Jazz at Oscar's series. Meghan Roberts: 416-978-6315 HASTINGS AND PRINCE EDWARD CHILDREN'S CHORUS The chorus, led by Founder/Director Rudolf Heijdens, consists of the Chamber Choir (training choir) and the Youth Chorale (grade 8 and up). The latter is an international award winning choir (Vienna 2000 and 2003). Its auditioned members come from as far away as Whitney to the north and Picton to the south. The Youth Chorale has 2 weekly rehearsals and the Chamber Choir has one. Coming concerts are May 1 and June 13, in St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Belleville, and July 8 al the Sheraton Centre lo open the Congress of the Canadian School Boards Association. In 2005 the Youth Chorale will be making its siirth European lour to the Netherlands. Rudolf Heijdens: 613-962-0920 HEALEY WILLAN SINGERS The HWS is the first professional youth choir. Founded by Ron Ka ~ing Cheung, and comprised of 20 singers (18 - 25 yrs of age), this mixed-voice ensemble will launch its inaugural season with a premiere performance in late October. In addition lo a four concert season series, the singers will perform at benefit concerts and corporate fund-raisers. Rehearsals will be on select Saturdays with concert venues cen-tered around the Greater Toronto Area. Master classes and developmental workshops will complement the choir season. If you are interested in auditioning for this new ~-:~::J11:1mUaf Cnora{ Cek6ration and exciting venture as a singer or would like subscribe as a supporter, please feel free lo con tact us. Channing Huang: 416-924-0753 HIGH PARK CHOIRS OF TORONTO Now in its 18th season, the High Park Choirs continue to celebrate our community's rich musical heritage under the leadership of Music Director Gary Fisher and Children's Choir conductor Zimfira Poloz. Founded in 1986 as the High Park Girls Choir, the Children's and Senior Boys' divisions were added later. A new Training Choir for children in grades 1-3 will begin in September 2004. We hold weekly rehearsals and perform two annual concerts at Runnymede United Church. Auditions are held in early June for the Children's Choir (grades 4 - 6), the Boys Choir(grades 7-12) and the Senior Choir (grades 7 - 12) for the season starting September 2004. Mary Bella: 416-762-0657, HUMBER VALLEY UNITED CHURCH Senior Choir is open to all adults who love to sing. Our repertoire is both traditional and · contemporary. Rehearsals are Thursday nights from 8:00-10:00 pm weekly. The choir sings weekly for a 10:30 a.m. service and for occasional other services (Christmas Eve, Good Friday. etc.) We invite young people to take part in our music programs. Revelations is a teen vocal/ instrumental ensemble that sings Christian Contemporary praise music as well as other sacred music. Membership is open to young people in grades 7 and up. Rehearsals are Thursdays from 6:00 - 7:15 pm. There is a Junior Choir for children in grades 2 - 6. Deborah Bradley is Director of Music. Deborah Bradley: 416-231-2263 WWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COM INTERMENNONITE CHILDREN'S CHOIR The Intermennonile Children's Choir was formed in 1967 by Dr. Helen Martens of Conrad Grebel College. The choir averages about 40-55 singers ages 8 to 15. The choir's philosophy is to train children in singing and reading music, using a variety of repertoire including sacred, spirituals, classical, folk and multicultural sources. The choir performs an annual Christmas and Spring Concert as well as at various functions throughout the region including a variety of choral festivals and competitions such as The Ontario Vocal Festival (1997-200 1) and Kitchener-Waterloo Kiwanis Music Festival (2002). Recent concert tours inc.lude Winnipeg (1994), Vancouver (1997) and Lancaster County PA (200 !). The choir has released several tapes and CDs. Corrine Shuh: 519-699-4606 JOHN LAING SINGERS The JLS are a renowned Hamiltonbased 26-voice chamber choir. Founded in 1982, they have represented Canada in France and Switzerland, and as guest artists at the American Liszt Society Festival (1994). Founder and artistic director, John Laing, is a distinguished conductor and· keyboard soloist. The choir's repertoire covers music from Hildegard von Bingen to Murray Schafer, with special emphasis on a cappella performance. Applicants must sight read well and should produce a clear tone. Rehearsals are at Christ's Church Cathedral, 252 James Street North, Hamilton on Monday evenings; there are two major concerts per season at the Cathedral, with yearly guest appearances outside of Hamilton. For auditions, please email to: Doreen Dixon, 905-627-3683, JUBILATE SINGERS Jubilate Singers is a chamber choir of 25-30 that rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 -9.45 pm at St Leonard Church on Wanless Av. ( 1 block from Yonge&Lawrence). The conductor, Isabel Bernaus, is energetic, talented and a joy to work with. The choir performs a three concert season plus 3 community events annually. The latter concerts feature Spiritual and Gospel music. Repertoire is wide ranging, interesting, challenging, multi-lingual. 43

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