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Volume 9 Issue 8 - May 2004

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accepted immediately. This years' annual spring concert takes place on Wednesday, May 19th, 7.30 pm, at Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate, Pharmacy Ave., Scarborough. Bruce Snell: 416-284-2647 TORONTO CLASSICAL SINGERS One of Toronto's most vibrant choirs, TCC combines dedicated choristers, great repertoire, and dynamic leadership to bring season after season of · choral classics. Under the baton of CBC' s Jurgen Petrenko, this lively 1.00-voice choir performs with the Talisker Players and accomplished soloists. Repertoire inciudes Mozart's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Creation, several masses, Elgar's Coronation Ode, & opera and Christmas classics. Three concerts per season are held at Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge Street. Prospective members who can sight-read are welcome; auditions may be required. Rehearsals are on Mondays 7:30 pm, Sept-May. Jane Petrenko: 416-443-1490 TORONTO MENDELSSOHN CHOIR Toronto Mendelssohn Choir family has three outstanding choirs, The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, The Mendelssohn Singers and the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir. The TMC is Canada's world-renowned large vocal ensemble, maintaining a tradition, since 1894, of performing and commissioning the finest choral repertoire. The Choir is comprised of over 160 volunteer singers and the Elora Festival Singers, who form its professional core. Under the direction of Noel Edison, the TMC presents its own series and appears frequently with the TSO. Its repertoire stretches from early Baroque to premieres of commissioned works. Rehearsals are Monday evenings at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church from 7:00-9:30pm and auditions ate held in June and September. 50 Steven Foster: 416-598-0422 x 22 TORONTO MENDELSSOHN YOUTH CHOIR Currently under the direction of Ron Cheung, the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir was founded in 1977 to provide training and performance opportunities for young singers {15-23) from diverse backgrounds. Annually, the TMYC presents a subscription series of three concerts and also appears with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir for at least one performance. In 1997, the TMYC performed throughout Italy to rave reviews and in July of 1998, they joined the TMC at the National Arts Centre for the opening of Festival Canada. The Choir has also released a recording of seasonal music under the direction of composer/conductor John Rutter. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings 7 :00- 9: 30pm and auditions are held throughout the year. Linda Marana: 416-598-0422 TORONTO SWEDISH SINGERS The Toronto Swedish Singers perform in both English and Swedish under the direction of Lloyd Thompson, who also arranges much of the choir's repertoire. The choir presents two major concerts a year in May and December, participates in Swedish cultural events, al).d serves as the choir for the Swedish Lutheran Church in Toronto on major festive occasions. Membership is open to anyone with a background or interest in Swedish culture and who enjoy singing. Ability to read music is desirable, but not essential. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from September to June at the Finnish Lutheran Church, Yonge and York Mills. Lloyd Thompson: 416-229-4489 TORONTO WELSH MALE VoiCE CHOIR The Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir was founded in 1995 to kindle the tradition of four-part Welsh male voice singing in Toronto. Practices are held Wed. 7 :30 - 10.00 pm (September - June) at Dewi Sant Welsh United Church, Toronto (Yonge/Lawrence). Membership requires a love of. and ear for, choral music and an elementary voice test. Being . WWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COM Welsh is not mandatory! The choir's key personnel are: David Low - Director, Lenard Whiting - Associate Director, and Kathryn Tremills, accompanist. The choir performs approximately 10 concerts a year featuring traditional Welsh music, spirituals, operatic choruses, North American folk songs and show tunes. Phil Jones: 416-237-0251 U. Or WATERLOO CHOIRS The University of Waterloo Music Department invites all students, faculty. staff and community members to join any of the following three choirs. Regular rehearsal attendance is required; attendance at dress rehearsals and performances is mandatory. All groups present at least one concert during the term, begin rehearsals the first week of the Fall and Winter terms, and rehearse in the Conrad Grebel University College Chapel on campus. The 30-voice Chamber Choir, under Richard Cunningham, meets Tuesday and Thursday, 4:00 - 5:30 pm and performs madrigals, and other smallchoir works. The large University Choir, under Gord Burnett meets Tues. 6:30- 9 pm. The 40-voice Chapel Choir, under Leonard Enns, meets Mon. 3:30 - 5:00 pm. and Wed. 3:30-5:30 pm and participates in chapel services (Wed. 4:30 - 5:30 pm). Stacy VanderMeer: 519-885-0220 x226 undergrad/music/ensembles.shtml UKRAINIAN BANDURIST CHORUS Driven. by passion, tradition, and history, the all-male Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus preserves and exemplifies its mission as ambassadors of Ukrainian culture, music and the unique 60 stringed instrument, bandura. Formed at the beginning of the 20th century. our ensemble continues lo make history with ongoing international concerts, a continued education program for youth, new recordings, and new talent. Members reside throughout North America, and consistently rehearse and perform in the Greater Toronto Area. The Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus has performed at Massey Hall, Cathedral of Notre Dame, Carnegie Hall, and other renowned concert venues. Anatoli Murha: 905-629-1063 UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO AT SCARBOROUGH CoNCERT CHOIR The University of Toronto at Scarbor-. ough Concert Choir is a 40 voice auditiol).ed choir. It ,is open to students, faculty and guests from the college and community. The choir meets regularly on Wednesdays from 5-7 pm in B340 (The Music Studio) at the college located at 1265 Military Trail, Scarborough (located at Hwy 401 and Morningside). The choir performs a wide range from the Renaissance to the Present Day. Performances take place on Campus and in the greater GTA throughout the season from September through April. Performance schedule varies from year to year. Lenard Whiting: 416 762 6077 UNIVERSITY SETTLEMENT COMMUNITY CHOIR University Settlement Children's Choir The mixed voice, non-auditioned University Settlement Community Choir started 6 years ago, numbers about 30 adult singers. It has a wide variety of repertoire from madrigals to show tunes. No experience is necessary. Conductor is Teodora Georgieva who has many years of experience in conducting many different choral groups. Rehearsals are on Thursday nights from 7:30 to 9:30 pm and there are a number of performances at different venues throughout the year. University Settlement Children's Choir began in September of 2003. There is no audition and no experience necessary. It is for ages 8-13, unchanged voices; however, older and younger may be admitted by special permission. This fun group meets Mondays from 5:15- 6:30pm, and performs several times a year at different venues. The children learn songs from a wide variety of musical styles. Teodora Georgieva conducts. Both choirs rehearse at University Settlement, 23 Grange Rd. Toronto. May 1 - June 7 2004

usrc anne An; Yardley: 416-598-3444 x 243 UPPER CANADA CHILDREN'S CHORJJS The Upper Canada Children's Chorus under Brian Rawlins, musical director, is compnsed of 150 singers ranging in age from 6-17 years. UCC is committed to providing York Region with a world class children's chorus. The choral season includes several concerts, workshops, masterclasses, retreats and tours. Rehearsals are either on Sunday afternoon, Monday or Tuesday evening depending on the age of the singer. Auditions are currently being scheduled for the 2004/2005 choral season. Michelle Rawlins: 416-733-0615 UXBRIDGE CHAMBER CHOIR The Uxbridge Chamber Choir was cofounded in September 1983 by Thomas Ba~er, Director, and Anne Mizen Baker and debuted on January 28, 1984 with 36 members. The choir performs a wide variety of music by classical and ~ontemporary composers. Rehearsals are on Mondays from 7:30 to 10:00 pm It performs three concerts per season. The Gala 20th Anniversary concert on Sat. April 25th at 3:00 pm at Trinity United Church, First Ave., Uxbridge featured world-renowned accordionist Joseph Macerollo. Hilary Balmer: 905-852-2676 VESNIVKA CHOIR Founding director Halyna Kvitka Kondracki established Vesnivka Choir in 1965. This award-winning 40- member women's ensemble has delighted audiences around the world with its rich repertoire of Ukrainian liturgical, classical, contemporary and traditional folk music. The choir's repertoire is often accompanied by professional soloists and a chamber ensemble of area musicians. There are three major concerts per season, as well as Christmas and Easter Liturgies. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings 7:00 to 9:30 pm at 4 Bellwoods Ave., Toronto. Auditions for the Women's and Men's Choirs can be scheduled at the number below. Nykola Parzei: 416-763-2197 VICTORIA CoLLEGE CHOIR The Vic Chorus is a mixed voice, nonauditioned choir at Victoria College, U. of T., made up of students, alumni, faculty and staff. It presents twp concerts each year, fall and spring. The fall concert, in the Victoria college chapel, features classical choral works, augmented by numerous guests. The spring concert is held in the new Isabel Bader Theatre and features an eclectic range of choral music from Bach to Vaughan Williams, to folksongs from around the world, and a Broadway medley and other unique works. The choir also provides musical leadership at numerous college events, including Charter Day, Christmas dinners and graduation. The choir has become an integral part of campus life. ·Taylor Sullivan: 416-585-4521x3101 www.vicu.utoronto.cadean/ vicchor.htm VILLAGE VOICES Village Voices was founded in ·1989 as a not-for-profit, mixed voice commu-nity choir of about 40 members. While maintaining a community outreach program, and performing public concerts at Christmas and spring, the choir continues, under the direction of Joan Andrews, to expand its repertoire and artistic level, often accompanied by professional soloists and/or musicians. The choir has twice taken part in the Music Alive festival in Newmarket and is a member of Choirs Ontario and SOCAN. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings, 7:30 pm at Unionville Presbyterian Church, 600 Village Parkway, Markham. New members always welcome. Joan Andrews: 905-881-0769 VIVA! YOUTH SINGERS OF TORONTO VIVA! was founded in 2000 by Carol Woodward Ratzlaff in response ·10 declining arts opportunities for children and youth. Since its inception, VIVA! has been the children's chorus for the National Ballet of Canada's annual performances of Nutcracker; regularly premiers works by prominent Canadian composers and presents three in-house concerts annually. Membership also includes instruction in theory and private vocal coaching. Auditions are held April through June for the Preparatory Chorus (ages 5-7), Main Chorus, (7-10) and Main Chorus II (! 0- 16). Rehearsals are held Monday evenings al Trinity St. Paul's United Church, 427 Bloor St. W. Robin Vaillancourt: 416-788-8482 VocALPOINT CHAMBER CHOIR Founded in 1997 by Musical Director Ian Grundy, VocalPoinl has been a semifinalist in the past four CBC Radio choral competitions, and for the past three seasons, invited to sing at RTH as part of the Noon-Hour concert series. Last year, the choir appeared at the Glenn Gould Studio for a live broadcast and opened the historical Sharon Temple's . Music Festival in May. The choir . performs a subscription series in the outstanding acoustics of Grace Church on-the-Hill. Repertoire focuses on early and contemporary music. Members are auditioned annually from the lop church choirs in Toronto; most are experienced soloists, teachers or conductors. Auditions: Wednesday nights during June. Please contact Carol Grundy at (416) 461-8301. vocalpoint Hugh Tracey: 416-484-0185 vocalpoint_ VOICES Voices is a 20-voice chamber choir in its eighth season. This dynamic ensemble performs repertoire from the 16th to 21st centuries, presenting the majority of its programs a cappella. The group rehearses weekly, and performs three regular season concerts at St. Thomas' Anglican Church (St. George/Bloor). The choir has undertaken tours to the east and west coasts of Canada and is a lwotime invitee to the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors biennial conference. Entrance is by audition, where voice, range, and sight reading abilities are asses,sed. Singers interested in auditioning for the 2004-2005 season should contact Ron Ka Ming Cheung at Ron Ka Ming Cheung: 416-924 0753 WILLIAM BYRD SINGERS This 16-voice professional choir was founded in 2000 by conductor Peter Mahon. The repertoire of the choir runs from plainsong to contemporary music, but concentrates on sacred music of the Renaissance. Next season, the choir will present two concerts, in October and March respectively, as part of a joint subscription series with the Tallis Choir: Music for All Souls and All Saints, featuring the Requiem by Victoria and A Lenten Meditation. New members are accepted as vacancies become available. The ability to sight read is an essential skill as rehearsals are kept to a minimum. Currently, there are no vacancies. Katherine Mahon: 416-533-6179 YORK HIGHLANDS CHORUS The award winning York Highlands Chorus is an a cappella chorus belonging to Sweet Adelines International. Under fhe direction of Martha DeClerq, we are a group of 46 women who gather each Tuesday evening at the Old Fire Hall in Newmarket to sing and rehearse, share in the harmony of friendship and learn the barbershop art form. Annually our chorus competes regionally with other choruses from New York and Ontario. Currently, we are proud to say that we hold 2nd place in our division and 5th place for the entire region out of 28 choruses. For information please check out our website below. Cheryl Yaciuk: 905-898-3326 May 1 - June 7 2004 WWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COM 51

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