One of Toronto’s newest chamber choirs, Incontra Vocal Ensemble is a project-based, professional-level group of vocal artists founded and conducted by Matthew Otto. Now in its fourth season, Incontra (Latin for “encounter”) is dedicated to promoting excellence in choral music by presenting innovative performances, introducing audiences to new Canadian and international choral compositions while celebrating choral masterworks. Conceived as a space for emerging singers and conductors to showcase their artistry, Incontra is committed to authentic interpretation and clarity of expression, offering profound choral experiences for members and audiences alike. The ensemble has performed at a number of concerts, fundraisers and other special events across Toronto, and enjoys a longstanding collaboration with Regis College, University of Toronto.
2017 CHORAL DIRECTORY
Welcome to The WholeNote’s 15th annual Canary Pages, a directory of a wide range of Ontario choirs. The Canary Pages directory provides an opportunity for choirs to introduce themselves, in their own words, to individuals of all ages seeking choirs to sing in or to listen to, in every genre and at every level of skill and commitment. If you are new to the region, a lapsed chorister looking to start singing again, on the hunt for new musical challenges or thinking of taking the plunge for the very first time, this is a perfect place to start your search. The 123 choirs here include some that have been around for many decades, new groups on the scene, choruses of hundreds of voices, small and intimate chamber ensembles, children’s and youth choirs, groups of singers with workplace, worship or identity as their focus, choirs with socializing, community or high-level performance as their driving force – every colour of the choral rainbow is represented for you to browse.
Missed the Canary Pages? If a choir you thought should be here isn’t, it’s not too late! Choirs are added year round to our online Canary Pages at thewholenote.com/canary. For more information contact email@example.com or phone Karen Ages at 416-323-2232 x26.
THE 2017 CANARY PAGES TEAM
PROJECT MANAGER: Karen Ages
PROJECT EDITOR: Kevin King
PROOFREADING: Sara Constant
DIRECTORY SALES SUPPORT: Adrienne Surtees
LAYOUT AND DESIGN: Susan Sinclair
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The extensive and active music program at Islington, under the direction of Dr. Fred Graham and assisted by many talented and committed musicians including two music associates, includes the Junior (grades 1 to 6), Youth (grades 7 to 12), and Senior choirs, along with two handbell choirs, chimes, string and brass ensembles. Supported by a magnificent Schoenstein organ and grand piano, music rings through the neo-Gothic sanctuary for two morning services each Sunday and numerous special services, events and concerts. The accomplished Senior choir, with 25 to 30 talented singers enriched by section leaders, is attentive to musical detail and expressiveness to enhance worship, singing Renaissance to 21st century, a cappella to orchestral accompaniment, spirituals to Bach cantatas.
The Jubilate Singers is a mixed-voice community choir that now features both a non-auditioned main choir and an auditioned chamber choir. Under the gifted direction of Isabel Bernaus, we specialize in choral world music reflecting the cultural diversity of Toronto. Recent concerts have highlighted music from Africa, Latin America, Spain and Catalonia, Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, and Asia, as well as Canada. Our 2017/18 season includes music from around the world on themes of world harmony and building bridges, with one concert devoted to Latin American music. We rehearse Tuesday nights near Yonge and Lawrence. Interested singers are encouraged to sit in on a rehearsal. A welcoming, friendly experience, and music you won’t hear anywhere else.
Founded in 1952, Barrie's King Edward Choir began as a ladies' choir, taking its name from the school in which they practised. Under the direction of Jean Dobson, it blossomed into a group encompassing all voices. Past directors include Charles Woodrow, Morley Calvert and Barbara McCann. Today, under the direction of Floydd Ricketts, it is a dedicated group of 40 musicians willing to tackle any repertoire from Les Mis choruses to Orff, from gospel to Rossini. To joyfully mark the end of its 65th season, the choir will re-enact King Edward VII's coronation. Rehearsals for our three annual performances take place each Monday night. New members may audition with Floydd any time throughout the year; “Bring a Friend Night” is the third Monday in September. Hope to see you there!
Venturing outside the bounds of traditional choir training, the Kingsway Children’s Choir & Drum Ensemble is a unique, liberating choral experience for children aged 7 and up. Directed by a professional music educator with extensive choral conducting experience, the choir explores a vast repertoire spanning world music, folk songs and classic choral works. Weekly rehearsals at the Kingsway Conservatory of Music are an invigorating musical workout encompassing voice and body warm-ups, vocal technique, singing skills and drum circle (each chorister receives an African Djembé drum to keep). For more experienced singers, the auditioned Kingsway Chamber Singers offers an enriched, multi-part, challenging choral experience. Throughout a 30-week season, both choirs take their music to various stages including festivals, recitals, and corporate and community events.
Lawrence Park Community Church Choir sings at weekly Sunday worship services from September through June with rehearsals on Thursday evenings. Consisting of 25 members, including professional section leads, the choir presents special seasonal musical offerings – this year Fauré’s Requiem was performed on Good Friday. On May 12 at 8pm the choir will present a choral concert in celebration of Canada’s 150th. The choir has commissioned anthems from composers including Bob Chilcott, Ruth Watson Henderson and Paul Halley. CD recordings include Awake, My Soul, and Sing, Peace for a New Millennium, Lawrence Park Sings! and a Christmas CD Beauty, Peace and Joy. There is a youth music program on Sundays with Kenny Kirkwood and a youth choir conducted by Kimberley Briggs. The Lawrence Park Handbell Ringers rehearse on Friday mornings.
Under the direction of Sharon L. Beckstead, the Chancel Choir of Leaside United Church presents an eclectic mix of music for weekly services of worship from September to June. The annual “Lessons and Carols” presentation is a highlight for the Leaside community. Other special presentations during the year may include hymn festivals and/or secular presentations.
London Pro Musica Choir entered our 47th season as a vibrant, mixed-voice choir of about 45 members who organize and run the choir. This year we welcomed our new artistic director, Dr. Charlene Pauls. LPMC performs an extensive range of classical and popular music, including jazz, folk, gospel, and musical theatre. The choir rehearses on Monday evenings and accepts new members by audition. From its inception, LPMC has actively sought to foster an interest in Canadian choral music, composers, and musicians. The choir regularly performs with London Symphonia, and has participated in outreach performances for El Sistema, the Huron Country Playhouse, Bishop Cronyn Church Community, and the Ken Fleet Conducting Scholarship Fund.
Founded in 2000 by the late Natalyia Gurin and directed since 2005 by Steve Winfield, Lyrica Chamber Choir of Barrie strives to present eclectic and evocative programs of excellent choral chamber music. The 40 singers of Lyrica demonstrate a strong desire to present artistically varied choral programs with a high degree of musicianship to the community of Barrie and surrounding area. Recent highlights include performances of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noël, Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, Ola Gjeilo’s Dark Night of the Soul and Josef Rheinberger's Missa in G "St. Crucis" Op. 151. Professional soloists and instrumental musicians regularly join Lyrica for performances. Our accompanist, Brent Mayhew, enhances the choir’s performances with extraordinary skill and sensitivity
Founded in 1955, Menno Singers is a 45-voice, auditioned community choir based in Kitchener-Waterloo. While rooted in the thriving Mennonite community of KW, membership is open to all interested singers. Four regular concerts are offered each season with repertoire ranging from the Renaissance through the present day. Menno Singers also sponsors Mennonite Mass Choir every two years. Mass choir alternates performances of the Messiah at Centre in the Square with other works of the oratorio repertoire. The choir is pleased to announce its new artistic director for the 2017/18 season, Brandon Leis. He will continue the strong leadership of the choir as longterm director Peter Nikiforuk completes his 19 years with the choir.
The auditioned 32-member Metropolitan United Church Choir has eight lead singers, rehearses Thursday evenings and sings on Sunday mornings and special occasions, September through June. Repertoire is Medieval through 21st-century. Singers must have sight-singing ability. A waiting list exists; contact our director in late spring or early fall to join. The Festival Choir adds 10 to 15 singers to the core choir and rehearses Sunday afternoons for six weeks prior to Good Friday. Past concerts have featured Bach, Mozart, Fauré, Duruflé, Gilles and others. The Metropolitan Sparklers (ages 4 to 6), Choristers (7 to 11), Great Heart Ensemble (vocal and instrumental, ages 12 and up) and Metropolitan Handbells are groups open to all.
This dynamic, auditioned, four-part community choir has entertained audiences in Halton Region and beyond for 49 years. The 40 member choir performs two major concerts annually, often including premier guest soloists and musicians. We also enjoy performing at numerous local events. Our director, Sheena Nykolaiszyn, is expanding our already varied repertoire. From classical to contemporary, sacred to secular, we sing it all. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 7:30pm to 10pm, from September to June. A love of singing, some sight reading and a sense of humour are all you need to become a Milton Chorister.
Founded in 1984, Mississauga Festival Choir (MFC) is a 150-member non-auditioned community choir whose mission is to be a community choir enriching lives through music by performance, education and outreach to the people of Mississauga. Led by artistic director David Ambrose, MFC hosts three subsidiary choirs: Mississauga Festival Chamber Choir, an auditioned group launched in 2008, which explores intimate and challenging works; Raising Voices: an intergenerational choir of music lovers, launched in 2015 to provide the therapeutic value of music to people with Alzheimer's and dementia and their caregivers; and Resonance (resonance.mfchoir.com), a non-auditioned choir launched in January 2016 to provide a much-needed choral opportunity for youth and young adults in Mississauga ages 15 to 25.
Tackle world, jazz, classical, Jewish, folk, Canadian, gospel and pop music. Our 75-member auditioned SATB choir meets Wednesday evenings, September to June. Rehearsals are well structured and singers learn skills in different musical genres, including expression, blend, vocal production, and reading. A wonderful community of dedicated singers. Annual Spring Concerts in the Al Green Theatre, and other community concerts. Ensemble and cabaret opportunities. Good supportive learning materials. Artistic director: Harriet Wichin. Conveniently located near Spadina TTC station.
Love to sing? Prefer rehearsing during the day? Join us, and fill your life with the joy of singing in harmony! A fun-filled, relaxed environment. No experience or sight reading necessary. Meets Tuesday afternoons, 1pm to 2:30pm. Learn vocal technique, sing in a wide variety of musical styles, stretch yourself. Includes some performances! Runs all year long. Register for the year, or pay as you go. Conductor: Gillian Stecyk. Conveniently located near Spadina TTC station.
Eight-week sessions (fall, winter, spring) devoted to different genres: jazz, Broadway, Motown. See what’s next! Enjoy diverse repertoire, vocal technique, and train your ear to harmony. No experience or audition required. Join any or all. Conductor: Gillian Stecyk. Meets Thursday evenings, 7pm to 8:30pm. Conveniently located near Spadina TTC station.
Musicata - Hamilton's Voices is a 28-voice chamber choir based in Hamilton. The group was established in 1982 as the John Laing Singers by Conductor John Laing. 2016/17 marks the first season of an exciting new identity for us. Since becoming artistic director in 2011, Roger Bergs has built on John Laing’s solid foundation of choral excellence, moving the choir in adventurous new directions. Musicata concerts feature excellent instrumentalists, outstanding program notes and lively conductor’s comments, all of which provide a concert experience that is both educational and delightful. Experienced singers with good musical skills and a sense of adventure are welcome to inquire about joining us at any time.
The Nathaniel Dett Chorale is a 21-voice SATB professional choir based in Toronto, dedicated to performing Afrocentric music of all genres, including classical, spiritual, gospel, jazz, folk and blues. Founded by artistic director D. Brainerd Blyden-Taylor in 1998, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale is Canada’s premier performer of Afrocentric composers and a touchstone for the education of audiences and communities regarding the full spectrum of Afrocentric choral music. The mission of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale is to build bridges of understanding, appreciation and acceptance between communities of people through the medium of music. The chorale has a three-concert season in Toronto, tours extensively each season and has released several CDs and DVDs. The Nathaniel Dett Chorale is artist-in-residence at the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas. Membership is by audition.
newchoir is Toronto's first adult rock choir, performing choral SATB arrangements of contemporary rock and pop songs with 130 voices. The choir rehearses weekly on Monday nights. Performance opportunities include two concerts per season, gigs and fundraisers.
Oakham House Choir was founded in 1986. It is led by music director Matthew Jaskiewicz and specializes in large oratorio and choral masterworks. Oakham House Choir is one of the few Toronto choirs in which amateur singers perform with a professional orchestrathe Toronto Sinfonietta. The choir (located at Ryerson University) has more than 80 members, including students, alumni, Ryerson faculty and staff and community members.
Rehearsals begin in early September and take place on Monday evenings from 7pm to 9pm at Oakham House, 63 Gould St.
Concerts are planned for the end of November and end of April the following year. Please check our website for details on membership, present and past programs. Experienced choristers are invited to contact us (email preferred) for more information.
Matthew Jaskiewicz, music director
The Oakville Children’s Choir is a welcoming, professional and inclusive community that provides exceptional music education, leadership development and performing opportunities to a diverse group of children and youth between the ages of 4 and 25. The OCC provides world-class choral, musical and performance training to young people in Halton through its various choir programs. It is a comprehensive music education program where choristers develop creativity, self-esteem, self-confidence and leadership skills. A love and appreciation of choral music is instilled through participation and outreach in the community. Developing leaders one voice at a time!
The Oakville Choral Society has been an integral part of the Oakville community since 1960. Directed by David Bowser, we are a community-based choir of 60 to 80 members who love music, possess a true passion for singing and enjoy contributing culturally to the community. No auditions are required, however, a love of music and a willingness to learn are important. We perform a wide repertoire and are often joined by professional soloists and orchestra. Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 7:45pm to 10pm at St. Aidan’s Anglican Church, 318 Queen Mary Dr., Oakville, and registration is held in September and January. We hold two performances annually, in late April/early May and early December.
Oasis Vocal Jazz, Toronto’s longest running close harmony ensemble, has been making a unique contribution to the city’s artistic life since 1985. Influenced by pioneers Lambert, Hendricks and Ross and inspired by modern-day masters of the genre such as New York Voices, Take 6 and Toronto’s own Cadence, we enjoy sharing our love of vocal jazz with a wide range of audiences. Whether performing in community or corporate events and charitable fundraisers, or putting on our own concerts backed by some of the city’s top jazz instrumentalists, we have always valued both the pursuit of musical excellence and the joy of making music with each other. We are always looking for new voices to add to our blend. For more information, contact us. Why not become a fan of our Facebook page?
Sing your heart out this summer! Visiting artist Maestro Alvaro Lozano Gutierrez leads this choir exclusively devoted to Opera. Whether you are an amateur singer or experienced chorister, this is for you. Learn popular choruses in Italian and French. June 19 to July 31. Choose between Monday afternoons 2pm to 4pm or Wednesday evenings 7pm to 9pm. Learning materials provided.
Opus 8 comprises eight of Toronto’s finest ensemble singers, dedicated to musical excellence as they strive to share the finest choral music with the widest audience possible. Their repertoire covers the breadth of history, from unpublished 14th-century chansons and 17th-century partsongs to 21st-century jazz arrangements. From the wild sound-worlds of Stockhausen, Schoenberg and Machaut to the elegant compositions of Elgar, Brahms and Bach, this versatile and invigorating group of choral soloists draws diverse audiences of all ages –experts and newcomers alike –with a motivation to inspire all through their formidable artistry. Silly and serious, sublime and audacious, Opus 8 offers an ambitious and compelling venture into spreading their love of music-making at an internationally high standard.
ORIANA Women’s Choir is an auditioned, amateur ensemble of about 36 female singers. Under artistic director Mitchell Pady, ORIANA strives for excellence and versatility in performing compositions for women’s voices. The choir promotes Canadian choral music, expanding the repertoire for women’s voices by commissioning works from Canadian composers. The singers share their enjoyment of beautiful music, beautifully performed, in a friendly, supportive environment. ORIANA presents three subscription concerts every year at Grace Church on-the-Hill. The 2017/18 repertoire includes serious and humorous works for the winter season, collaborations with two other high-calibre Canadian women’s choirs, and several works written specifically for ORIANA. The choir is currently inviting new singers. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays, 7:30pm to 10pm in midtown Toronto.
The Orpheus vision is to celebrate the transformational power of choral music as an agent of social change and a passionate medium of artistic expression. The 65-voice choir, under artistic director Robert Cooper, champions the new and unusual in choral performance, commissioning and introducing new works and performing overlooked masterpieces. With repertoire ranging from classical to jazz, a cappella to full orchestra, Orpheus has introduced audiences to many fascinating and accessible works from the current generation of leading composers. Our 54th season includes the Canadian premiere of Esenvalds’ Nordic Light Symphony, and a jazz Christmas spectacular. Orpheus supports young emerging vocal talent through its highly respected Sidgwick Scholars Program. We welcome enthusiastic singers for an “expect something different” experience!
Entering its 31st season, Pax Christi Chorale performs choral masterworks with passion, conviction, and heart. The membership of roughly 100 singers spans diverse ages and backgrounds. Artistic director David Bowser has programmed an exciting 2017/18 season featuring outstanding soloists, two concerts with the Toronto Mozart Players, and great repertoire: Bruckner’s Te Deum, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Poulenc’s Gloria, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, and works by Brahms, Gounod, and Fauré. The season also includes an annual community concert, “The Children's Messiah,” and collaborations with students. Paid positions exist for choral scholars and leads. To book an audition in spring or fall, please contact associate conductor Daniel Norman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A vibrant ensemble of women, Penthelia Singers is committed to excellence in performing culturally diverse and musically sophisticated repertoire spanning the Renaissance to the 21st century. Now in its 20th season, the choir has earned a reputation for presenting innovative concerts of four- to eight-part choral repertoire in a multitude of languages. The choir aims to demonstrate the diversity of choral music and to cross ethnic and cultural boundaries by connecting with its community through music. The choir works to promote contemporary choral music by talented Canadian composers. Penthelia Singers is a welcoming group of women committed to high standards of music-making, diversity, community outreach and enjoyment through the learning process. The choir adheres to the City of Toronto Declaration of Non-Discrimination.
Peterborough Singers’ entire 2017/18 season will be a celebration of our 25th anniversary. Concerts this season are Yuletide Cheer, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and the February concert “Greatest Hits.” Our February concert is always devoted to popular music, something outside the box of regular classical programming, thanks to local associates who are able to create original arrangements for this repertoire. Outside our regular season we will be performing Brahms’ Requiem with the Peterborough Symphony.
Peterborough Singers is an auditioned 100-voice choir of adults and youth which attracts audiences from Peterborough, the Kawarthas, Northumberland and locations along the lakeshore. Rehearsals take place Wednesday evenings in Peterborough, often preceded by ongoing educational initiatives which allow members to greatly improve their skill levels. Auditions take place throughout the season.
Resonance is the newest member of the Mississauga Festival Choir (MFC) family. A non-auditioned choir for youth and young adults aged 15 to 28, MFC launched Resonance in February 2016 to help enrich more lives through music. The new choir is led by award-winning conductor Bob Anderson.
Performances in their first complete season (2016/17) include appearances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, and the Luminous Nights Festival with composer Ola Gjeilo. Spring concerts include collaborations with A Few Good Men on April 22, the Elmer Iseler Singers on May 8, and the Cawthra Park Chamber Choir on June 3, 2017.
Interested youth are invited to observe a Monday evening rehearsal at First United Church in Port Credit, 7:30pm to 9:30pm.
The Royal Conservatory School's Children's Choirs provide a full year of exciting activity, emphasizing well-rounded musical development through singing unison and simple two- and three-part pieces. Young singers will learn the rudiments of choral singing in a variety of languages and will be exposed to exceptional vocal training through fun, interactive exercises, activities, and workshops. We offer three choirs for children, all of which do not require an audition: Let’s Sing! (ages 4 to 5), Royal Conservatory School Elementary Choir (ages 6 to 8) and Royal Conservatory School Children’s Choir (ages 9 to 12).
Experience choral singing in a friendly and relaxed environment! We cover repertoire from well-known classical selections to crossover music to choral arrangements of classic popular pieces. Specific repertoire selections depend on enrollment. No audition and no prior choral experience required, although music reading skills would be a definite asset. Students may enroll for 14 weeks or for 28 weeks.
Students interested in refining vocal skills as a soloist or within a choral setting will benefit from enrolling in our Solo Training course, which takes place right after the Community Chorus. Students in this course will work on repertoire to prepare them for singing solos or in small ensembles (duets/trios/quartets) in RCS Community Chorus concerts.
Schola Magdalena is a six-voice ensemble singing medieval polyphony, chant and new music for women’s voices. Ensemble-in-residence at the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, Toronto, we have recorded two CDs (available on iTunes) and have toured from Stratford to Chicoutimi, from Waterloo to Waupoos. Our past season centred around touring, recording and holding workshops with amateur singers with an interest in learning about Gregorian chant and the music of Hildegard von Bingen. In the coming year we look forward to a return to Prince Edward County, and a program pairing medieval music with Messiaen. For all the details of our activities, please visit our website or our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/scholamagdalena, or check out our Bravo Video on YouTube.
This fall we begin our 42nd year, under the guidance of our new director, Leanne Piller. Serenata’s repertoire covers a wide range of music including classical, show tunes, pop, folk, and Canadiana. Rehearsals are Wednesday mornings from September to May at Wilmar Heights Centre, 963 Pharmacy Ave., Scarborough. Each season crescendos with a pair of concerts in the spring, and we sing out at seniors' homes in October and March. The choir welcomes new members in every vocal range. An informal, non-threatening voice screening process is performed by our director to properly place voices and maintain our performance standards.
Shout Sister Choir is an all-inclusive women’s choir with 23 chapters in Ontario. We don’t audition our members and they don’t need to read music. Our first choir started 15 years ago in Kingston, Ontario by our founder, vocalist Georgette Fry, who was recently awarded the Governor General's Meritorious Service Medal - Civil Division for her vision in starting the choir. We sing at fundraisers and each choir ends their spring session with a fundraising concert for their community. We learn our music by ear and we sing popular music with plenty of love, peace and understanding themes! We welcome all women and you can check out our locations at our website. We believe that music is a great source of joy, newfound confidence and community. Visit us with no obligation and see what all the fun and singing is about!
Enjoy singing? Skyway Connection Chorus is made up of a dynamic group of women who share the love of singing a cappella harmony in the barbershop style. Through the commitment and vision of our director Andrea Binnington we strive for excellence. Annually, along with our Nuance Quartet, we compete regionally and offer performances at community events. We also open our doors on our education day to ladies who will experience the friendship, enjoyment and fun in achieving the art of singing a cappella harmony. Previous singing experience or ability to read music is not a requirement. Interested? Visit us! Join us Tuesday evenings 7:30pm to 10pm in Stoney Creek, Ontario.
The Society of Singers is a 35-member non-auditioned SATB choir that rehearses Wednesdays 1pm to 3pm at Blythwood Road Church (80 Blythwood Road, east of Yonge St. between Eglinton and Lawrence). Under the direction of Peter Ness, we sing a wide repertoire of music from many genres and time periods. One or two afternoon concerts are performed per month at Toronto seniors’ residences. We are looking especially for tenor and bass voices but all who love to sing are warmly invited to attend any Wednesday rehearsal or contact us for more information.
SoundCrowd is Toronto's first large-scale a cappella choir. Founded in 2016 by artistic director Scott Pietrangelo, SoundCrowd made its concert debut singing with former Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page at the Danforth Music Hall. Since then they have been seen singing at events around the GTA, and have even graced the stage of Carnegie Hall in NYC, performing with choirs from around the world under the direction of Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect).
The ensemble's end-of-year concert, SoundCrowd Live, is being performed on Saturday, May 27 at St. Michael's College School Centre for the Arts (1515 Bathurst St.).
If you wish to be considered for the 2017/18 season, email an unlisted YouTube video audition of yourself singing to email@example.com. Meetings will be booked for June.
Spiritus Ensemble is a semi-professional choral-instrumental ensemble of 18 voices plus an orchestra of varying size that performs mainly the liturgical music of J.S. Bach and other music of the German Baroque. We perform four or five times a season in Kitchener-Waterloo, sometimes in concert and sometimes in a Bach Vespers format. Rehearsals take place on the two or three Saturday mornings preceding each performance. Performances are on Sundays at 4pm. During the 2017/18 season, Spiritus will perform Bach’s Cantatas 30, 79, and 98, as well as music by other composers Buxtehude, Mendelssohn, and Mozart.
St. Anne's Anglican Church, with its beautiful setting of Group of Seven art and Byzantine architecture, is one of the most attractive visual and auditory experiences to sing in. The semi-professional chancel choir, made up of approximately 30 voices, is quickly becoming one of the finest and most versatile choral ensembles in the city, as we perform mixed repertoire from Renaissance music to modern anthems. Some of our past concerts include Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna, Bruckner's Requiem, John Rutter's Magnificat, Handel's Messiah, Gjeilo's Sunrise Mass, and The Gospel Messiah. Upcoming concerts include Purcell's Ode to St. Cecilia, and Paul Winter's Missa Gaia. All are welcome to audition! Sunday services are at 10:30am, and choir rehearsals are Thursday evenings at 7:30pm.
The St. James Town Children’s Choir, founded in 2007, welcomes children from grades 3 to 8 living in St. James Town, a multicultural community in the heart of Toronto. Under conductor Anne Massicotte and assistant conductor Jenny Cohen, the choir provides an enriching choral experience for children from diverse backgrounds with a varied repertoire. With over 30 years of music teaching experience as a music educator with the Toronto District School Board and conductor of a number of award-winning children’s choirs, Anne follows a tradition of bringing the joy of singing to the children of St. James Town.
More information is available at our website and specific questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1937 by Monsignor John Edward Ronan, St. Michael’s Choir School has served the Archdiocese of Toronto by educating and training musicians who sing at St. Michael’s Cathedral. The school is unique – offering an enriched academic program for boys from grades 3 to 12, with extended French instruction, as well as a lively ministry of sacred music. Choirs from SMCS perform annually on tour and at many local concerts and events. From September to June, the choirs sing weekly Masses at St. Michael’s Cathedral. Auditions are held annually between January and March.
The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, specializing in Baroque and Classical performance practice, was formed in 1981 to complement the orchestra under the direction of Ivars Taurins. The Chamber Choir has become one of the most fêted in North America, awarded the Healey Willan Prize in 1991 and described as “the best period-performance choir anywhere in the world” (The Globe and Mail).
The Chamber Choir has made several critically acclaimed recordings, including a live-concert CD of Handel’s Messiah recorded in 2011 at Koerner Hall, which was nominated for a 2013 JUNO Award. Tafelmusik’s annual performances of Messiah and Sing-Along Messiah have become an established part of Toronto's holiday tradition. In the 2016/17 season, the Chamber Choir celebrated its 35th anniversary.
Tallis Choir, founded in 1977 and directed by Peter Mahon, specializes in Renaissance choral music but performs a wide variety of musical styles. Our 40th anniversary season’s celebrations will be launched with a performance of all six of J.S. Bach’s motets, and continue with the performances of two 40-part motets – Thomas Tallis’ Spem In Alium and Alessandro Striggio’s Ecce Beatam Lucem, as well as music acknowledging the 50th anniversary of the death of Healey Willan and celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday. Concerts are performed at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 141 McCaul St.
Tempus Choral Society is a 100-voice SATB community choir based in Oakville, led by director Brian Turnbull. Its repertoire encompasses contemporary, Broadway, Great American Songbook, gospel, classical and jazz. In 2015, a Tempus4Us children’s choir and a Tempus Jazz Choir were formed as part of a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. In December 2014, the group sang the Messiah at the Lincoln Center. Members performed Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem at Carnegie Hall in April 2015 as part of an international choir of auditioned singers. And in November 2016, Brian also assembled about 600 singers in five choirs in a Choral Xtravaganza at the Oakville Conference Centre, to be reprised this fall. A European tour is planned for the summer of 2018.
Celebrating its tenth season in 2017/18, That Choir is one of Toronto’s most exciting a cappella ensembles, combining high-calibre performance with storytelling through choral music. Conducted by Craig Pike, the ensemble now draws together 30 auditioned singers with diverse backgrounds in work and study. Each season, That Choir presents a four-concert series of contemporary choral works and an exciting cabaret series, undertakes a range of professional development projects, and appears at many local and provincial music festivals and arts events. That Choir’s repertoire ranges from Eric Whitacre, Ola Gjeilo, Pentatonix and Rajaton, to works by Canadian composers Matthew Emery and Kathleen Allan. Visit our website for more details!
Toronto Beach Chorale (artistic director, Mervin W. Fick) is an auditioned SATB choir of up to 65 voices with a passion for presenting excellent choral music. TBC invites professional musicians, soloists, actors and other arts organizations to join in repertoire from the Renaissance to the 20th century in up to four concerts per season. TBC organizes and participates in “Messiah for the City” and in many community events. TBC’s “Choral Scholars Program” is offered to singers aged 19 to 24. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 7pm to 9:30pm, September to May, at Kingston Road United Church (975 Kingston Rd., TO). Auditions in September and January; the ability to read music and choral experience are assets.
The Toronto Chamber Choir, an ensemble of around 40 skilled singers, has held a place of prominence in Canada’s early music scene since 1968. The TCC specializes in Renaissance and Baroque repertoire, collaborating regularly with Toronto’s rich pool of period instrumentalists, but also makes regular forays into repertoire from other periods. We present an annual series of four performances: two Saturday evening concerts, and two Sunday afternoon “Kaffeemusik” presentations which explore the cultural context of our repertoire through narration. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall with occasional Saturday "retreats." Auditions for new volunteer members are held anytime by arrangement with the director, while auditions for our Toronto Chamber Consort section lead program are held in May or June.