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Volume 9 Issue 8 - May 2004

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chance lo sing the big choral works. Based al Ryerson University, the Choir also invites membership from the general public. We give one concert each semester, in December and May, accompanied by the Toronto Sinfoniella, a professional orchestra conducted by our choir director Matthew Jaskiewicz. Rehearsals are Mondays, 6.30 - 9.00 pm in Oakham House, Church and Gould Sis. Non-Ryersonstudent members pay a semester and are auditioned. We have around 50 members. Marie Dowler: 416-979-5000 x6043 OAKVILLE CHILIJ.REN 1 S CHOIR The DCC was formed in 1994 by Music Director Glenda Crawford to bring world class choral. musical and performance training to young people. ·over 150 auditioned choristers age 7 through 17 present four annual concerts for the community. In addition, the choirs perform at workshops and community functions and collaborate with other choirs and arts groups. To develop allround musicianship, theory, vocal coaching and workshops with professional artists are all components of the choral programme, along with competitions and touring. Weekly rehearsals: Cherub Choir - Mon. 4:45- 5:45 pm; Intermediate Choir - Tues. 6:00-7:15pm; Senior Choir-Mon. 6:15- 8:15 pm; Chamber Choir, Mon. 8:30-9:00 pm; Tues. 7:30-9:00 pm. Auditions for next season: April 23/24 and May 7 /8. Liz Cloud!: 905-337-7104 OAKVILLE CHORAL SOCIETY We are celeb~ating our 43rd anniversary of singing together. We have grown from a dozen or so to our present 85 plus and from practicing in backrooms of churches and the arena lo our present home at Sheridan College, Trafalgar Rd campus. Our present Music Director, Mr. J. Bev Stainton, is our fifth, and is in his 25th year with us. The choir rehearses Tuesday evenings Sept-May. New members are always welcome and encouraged. Registration is usually the first Tuesday after Labour Day. OCS has an extensive traditional, contemporary and classical repertoire. Our concerts are December and May and range from G&S to Mozart or Beethoven. OCS is a member of the Oakville Arts Council. Pauline Bragdon: .905-844-8113 OPEN VOICES CoMMUNITY CHOIR Open Voices is a non-auditioned mixed voice adult choir in Kingston led by Andy Rush, Founder and Artistic Director. The choir actively supports the musical education of our members and we welcome invitations lo sing locally in support of other community groups· that share a common vision as a means of promoting awareness about important social issues and fostering a sense of community. Open Voices has about 110 singing members at each of the two 18 week terms, and about 180 members in total. The repertoire consists of a variety of musical traditions: folk, jazz, spiritual, sacred and world. Rehearsals Wed. nights al a physically accessible hall; thefe are 2 concerts each year. Gord McDiarmid: 613-530-4205 ORIANA SINGERS WOMEN'S CHOIR The Oriana Singers, one of finest women's choirs in Canada, was formed in 1972. This 40 voice auditioned choir is committed to choral excellence that provokes a passionate response to the power, beauty and joy of song. The choir is a 2004 CBC Choral Competition finalist. Our final concert of the season is on May 8; see our website lo~ details. The choir presents subscription concerts in November, March and May each year. Concerts are held al Grace Church onthe-Hill, Toronto. Auditions will be held August 25 for the fall term starling September 15th. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings 7 :30-9:45pm. William Brown, Artistic Director/ Manager. ORPHEUS CHOIR OF TORONTO The Orpheus Choir of Toronto was founded in 1964 for the purpose of widening the range of choral music available to Toronto audiences. The 60- voice ensemble is now embarking on its 40th anniversary season under the energetic leadership of recentlyappointed Artistic Director, Robert Cooper. The choir also continues lo provide, through its Sidgwick Scholarship positions, opportunities for young singers lo gain experience as soloists. The choir rehearses on Tuesday evenings al Yorkminsler Park Baptist Church, and performs 4-5 concerts in its season, including collaborations outside Toronto. Repertoire, both sacred and secular, aims to combine the traditional with the less-well-known. Admission is by audition, principally in May/June, and periodically through the season. Helen Coxon: 416 586-5897 OXFORD CHURCHMUSIC Oxford Churchmusic, in its 11th year, is a two"week singing vacation which takes place in Oxford, England. Uuly 23 -Aug. 7 this year). Forty or more singers gather together lo sing the best of church choral music from Gregorian Chant lo Gospel presented by three highly experienced choir conductors: Tim Elia from Toronto and two English conductors. No audition necessary. This is not an existing choir but a new group every year of people interested in combining their love of singing with a travel/cultural experience. Singers live in single ensuite rooms in a modern Balliol College residence. Details on website. Tim Elia: 416 766 6136 PAX CHRISTI CHORALE Toronto's Mennonite Choir Pax Christi Ch.orale has maintained a tradition of fine choral singing for seventeen years, performing many of the great masterpieces of the choral literature with orchestra. Many of the choristers are local Mennonites, but the choir boasts members from many faith traditions and cultures, all of, whom gather for weekly rehearsals with conductor Stephanie Martin because of their common love of singing. Plans for 2004/05 include a touring programme. Membership in Pax Christi Chorale is open to anyone interested in serious choral singing. Rehearsals are on Monday nights. For information or to arrange an audition, see below. Stephanie Marlin: 416-494-7889 . PEEL CHORAL SoCIETY The Peel Choral Society was founded in 1971 and has been making music in the Brampton area ever since. The choir performs two major concerts a year, one at Christmas and one in the spring. We are a four-part mixed voice choir of approximately 60 people who share a · common love of singing. Under Artistic Director Mervin Fick the choir performs well known songs and less familiar works ranging from classical, romantic, and jazz to folk, spirituals, and show tunes. New members are always welcome. The ability to read music is desirable, but not necessary. Rehearsals are on Mondays 7:30 lo 9:30 pm at Emmanuel United Church, 420 Balmoral Drive, Brampton. Elaine Dunk: 416-961-6444 PENTHELIA Penthelia Singers was formed in the fall of 1997 by enthu~iastic alumnae from the Earl Haig (Secondary School) Girl's Chamber Choir. This ensemble of 20 women performs a challenging repertoire in several languages spanning the Renaissance to the 20lh century. Weekly rehearsals are held al the Rosedale Presbyterian Church, Toronto. Annual concerts are held in December and May/June. The choir has participated in choral workshops and performed with the Amadeus Choir and Victoria · Scholars in R. Murray Schafer's "In Search of Zoroaster" in 2002. The choir was a semi-finalist in the 2002 CBC radio competition for amateur choirs. Please contact Conductor/Artistic Director Mary Legge to audition. Mary Legge: 416-229-0522 PETERBOROUGH SINGERS The Peterborough Singers, in its 11th season, numbers 80-90 talented choristers from all walks of life, performing to the highest possible standards. They recently reached the national finals in the CBC Choral Competition (Mixed Voice). Under music 46 WWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COM May 1 - June 7 2004

director Sydney Birrell the choir has had a decade of packed houses since bursting onto the Kawartha music scene. Guest artists are always eager to return-and what guests! Sally Dibblee, Mark Dubois, Gary Relyea,. Mary Lou Fallis, and Measha Brueggergosman, a{e just some. Membership is by audition, reauditioned annually. The season of four or five concerts includes a major oratorio and an eclectic Vale1,11ine' s concert. Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 7:30 pm , at Trinity United Church, 360 Reid St., Peterborough. To audition, be prepared to sing a chorus from Handel's Messiah. Joan Lawless: 705-740-6ll6 QUODLIBET CHAMBER CHOIR We are a Toronto community choir founded in 2001 by Arthur Wenk. Our · goal is to experience the joy of making music, and to share that experience with audiences and to bring together familiar and lesser-known repertoire in a variety of styles on a chosen theme. Quodlibet performs two main concerts a year at St. Leonard's Anglican Church in North Toronto. Our repertoire encompasses a · vast range of choral music, from Bach to Bart6k, from plainsong to Stravinsky, as well as folk songs, madrigals and carols - largely but not exclusively a cappella. Arthur Wenk: 416-488-6235 RAINBOW CHORUS Rainbow Chorus, the Waterloo Wellington Chorus of Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals & Friends, Robert G. Miller, Artistic Director, is in its ninth year, a charitable, non-profit organization of amateur choral singers, 45 + members joined together in song, celebrating the diversity of our community and promoting excellence in the study and performance of choral music. We have performed at concerts, AIDS/Hate Crimes Vigils, Pride concerts/presentations, union,ceremonies, weddings, funerals, memorial services. All are welcome: lesbians, gays, bisexuals, May 1 - June 7 2004 ;~r: fJBLnnuaf Cfwra{ Cek6ration transgendered, straight. An eclectic well as Scarborough Christmas shoppers. As Sweet Adelines, we participate repertoire - a balance of challenging to . light styles suiting the needs of a unique annually in regional competitions and community; practices: 2 1/2- 3 hours, SACRED MUSIC SOCIETY have won three times. Highlights over Wednesday evenings, Guelph; additional SMS, founders of the World Youth Day the years include the 1977 International Chorus Competition in Royal 8-12 hours each for 2-3 concerts/year. 2002 Choir, is a world renowned performing arts and educational Albert Hall in London, UK, and the Colleen Lichli: 519-836-0224 institution with repertoire from national anthems at a Toronto Rock pro _chorus Gregorian chant through classical to lacrosse game. Rehearsals are contemporary and commissioned Wednesdays at 7 pm at St. John's United works. Ability to sing and sight-read Church (Victoria Park and 401). Cindy RAINBOW VOICES OF TORONTO sheet music are pre-requisites. SMS Raskin directs. Ability to read music is Rainbow Voices of Toronto was founded embraces people from almost every not essential, but there is an audition in 1999 and is a non-auditioned trade and profession, with a gift for · process. community chorus of 50-60 straight and music and desire to share it. Choir gay individuals. Their mandate is to mem b ers d e d icate signi f icant time to Silvia Barker: 905-686-4097 build bridges between the straight and rehearsing, recording, touring and gay communities through the power of performing. Th e Ch oir accepts app 1 ica- SCHNEIDER MALE CHORUS song. The group rehearses weekly at St lions early June and September. The The Schneider Male Chorus, sponsored Luke's United Church in downtown audition includes range, sight-singing by J.M. Schneider Inc. and directed by TorontoinpreparalionfortheirHoliday and solo tests. The three SMS Choirs Laurence Rowbotham, has been and Spring concerts _ as well as include the Chamber Choir (30 providing quality performances for 65 performing at various community members); Sacra Sinfonia, and World years throughout southern Ontario, and events throughout the year. The Youth Day 2002 Choir (70 members). on several tours across Canada, in the repertoire ranges from choral, light pop, Rehearsals are in central and eastern USA, Bermuda, the British Isles and gospel, world music to Brogdway show Toronto. . Europe. The chorus of 40 members tunes. Everyone who loves to sing and presents about 10-12 concerts annualhave fun is welcome to join! Maria Dalgarno: 416-515-0767 ly, rehearsing each Monday evening at 7:30 pm in Calvary Memorial United Renzo Pella: 416-925-9872 x 2166 Church, Park & Glasgow Streets, ScARBOROUGH BEL CANTO CHOIR Kitchener. Membership requirements: Scarborough Bel Canto Choir is a mixed love of singing, short probation, voicecommunitychoirfoundedin 1993, commitment lo 90% attendance. at providing fun, fellowship, and concerts and rehears~ls . Reperto~re : RIVERDALE YOUTH SINGERS excellence in singing to committed, . sacred and secular music, from classical Under the enthusiastic direction of experienced choristers. We are se\f to modern composers. conductor/founder Mark Bell and supported through ticket sales, making . . accompanist John Govedas, Riverdale charitable donations annually. We have Claire Zurbngg: 519-744-8846 Youth Singers is dedicated to providing a current membership of 40 singers exceptional musical education and performingtwomajorconcertsannually schne1der _male _chorus artistic excellence in choral music plus guest appearances for fund-raising performance while fostering the self- events, seniors' homes etc. The Choir SERENATA SINGERS esteem and personal growth of the year goes from September through May. The Serenata Singers, led by Director choristers. Since its creation in 1999, Rehearsals on Tuesday evenings 7:30 Audrey McLeod, is a 65 voice S AT B. RYS has engaged in an active pm at St. Dunstan of Canterbury community choir of retired and senior performance calendar, staging popular Anglican Church, 56 Lawson Rd., West men and women, which rehearses winter and spring concerts within its Hill. The Music Director is John Wednesday mornings, September home Riverdale community and . Watkins. For further information, see through May. at Wilmar Heights United participating in various festivals and below. concerts throughout the Greater Toronto Region. This season, RYS expanded to more than 100 choristers with the introduction of a Young Singers division conducted by Anne Massicotte. ScARBOROUGH SWEET ADELINES Membership in RYS is open to all In 1956, Scarborough Chorus received children ages 7 and up. Auditions for its charter from Sweet Adelines Inc., an placement in RYS are held in May and international organization of 30,000 June each year. women promoting four-part singing with repertoire from Shania Twain to Laurie Smith: 416 875-1587 Edith Piaf. Our 35-member group sings for local seniors and service clubs, as WWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COM Church, 963 Pharmacy Ave. in · Scarborough. The choir performs at John Watkins: 905-831-8887 seniors' residences and community events upon request, with their prime , focus being an annual spring concert. The choir's repertoire ranges from folk to spirituals to popular Broadway show tunes. They have been awarded First Place Standing at the Kiwanis Music Festival. Membership requirements include: a simple audition, sight reading ability. some choral experience and a desire to sing with a wonderful group of 47

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