Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Thursday, February 13, 2014

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Nick Halley Sunday, February 16th, 2014: 9:05 - 10:00 am, (9:35 - 10:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Basking in the choral sun

Taking time to sing is a known cure for the winter blues. If you sing in a choir, you already know it is a very cathartic, healthy experience—especially for those who do it just for the love of it.

People have known this for a very long time. Back as far as the 1700’s in England people were really starting to get organized about choral singing and began to create choral societies all across the country. The regular folk loved choral singing and were really interested in finding music that they could practice and perform.

Well, enter George Frideric Handel. During this period he started writing tons of choral music these new groups could sing, and they loved him for it. It became a golden period with many of the most famous  choral works coming out of it.

This Sunday on Choral Concert Nick Halley will kick off the show with a great chorus from Handel’s Solomon, and then follow that up with music from the man who inspired both Handel and Bach – Dietrich Buxtehude.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod July 8 - 13, 2014

Solo Competitions at Llangollen

Once again we will be demonstrating our commitment to ensuring that as many individuals as possible compete at Llangollen 2014 whether that is within dance, instrumental or vocal competitions.  
Deadline 7th March 2014

For information visit our Website or contact the Office by emailing

Saturday, February 8, 2014

VIIIth Edition of Amadeus Choral Composition Contest (2014)

The VIIIth Edition of Amadeus Choral composition contest (2014) is under way in Puebla de la Calzada, (Extremadura, SPAIN). Rules are  available at the contest web  and in English: The  competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities who may submit as much as four works each, two for mixed voices and two for equal voices. Two prizes will be given to each modality, one for the best work in 2014 and another one for the best work of Extremaduran folklore in 2014.

The deadline is March 31st 2014 and for composers residing overseas an email address is available.
Official website:

Friday, February 7, 2014

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Nick Halley Sunday, February 9, 2014: 9:05 - 10:00 am, (9:35 - 10:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Why you might owe a lot to William Byrd.

Do you, or does someone you know have anything patented, some sort of copyright, something you've written or an image that's been put to use?

If so, you owe a lot to the British composer William Byrd.

Back in the 16th century William Byrd was one of the first composers to have his music printed, and in doing so the Queen gave him the right to be the ONLY one who could authorize the printing of his music. It was the first "copyright" for music, and we owe it to Byrd for being the first to get the intellectual property rights ball rolling.

This week on Choral Concert Nick Halley will bring you lots of music by the great master William Byrd, along with a feast of choral sounds are both sweet and savoury. everything from J.S. Bach to the French mystic Olivier Messiaen.

And don't forget, you can stream choral music 24/7 at the CBC Music choral stream.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute May 26 - June 8, 2014

The Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, Ontario, is an intensive 14-day residency in baroque period performance for instrumentalists, singers and conductors/directors taught by members of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir and distinguished guest faculty. The Institute is open to advanced students, pre-professional and professional musicians.

If you haven’t received a brochure yet or would like extras to give to friends and colleagues, please email the contact below.

Visit for full information and application

Application Deadline MARCH 14, 2014

Contact: Caitlin Cross, TBSI Administrative Coordinator, at 416-964-9562 ext. 241

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Friday, January 31, 2014

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Nick Halley Sunday, February 2, 2014: 9:05 - 10:00 am, (9:35 - 10:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Bach and the people who egged him on...

Do you have someone you always compare yourself to? Someone who does what you do, but somehow seems to do it so well that they inspire you to push yourself further?

Well, in the world of musicians almost everyone has this competitive muse…and for J.S. Bach perhaps Handel fell into this category. There was a healthy competition going on between these two great composers who lived in different countries at just about exactly the same time.

Because while Handel’s biblical oratorios were all the rage in London, Bach was doing something very similar in Liepzig—churning out his vast output of Church cantatas. So even though they didn’t actually ever meet face to face, it’s a safe assumption they were keeping pretty good tabs on each other.

This week on Choral Concert Nick Halley will bring you a whole slate of composers that had a healthy influence on Bach, including the great Handel, Johan Eckhard and Marc Antoine Charpentier.

Friday, January 24, 2014

2014 World Choral Symposium-—Seoul

The Tenth World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM10) will be held in Seoul, South Korea, from August 6-13, 2014. Details at:

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Nick Halley Sunday, January 26, 2014: 9:05 - 10:00 am, (9:35 - 10:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Great revolutionaries: Beethoven and Gardiner

On Choral Concert this Sunday Nick Halley brings you two true revolutionaries: the conductor John Eliot Gardiner and the composer Ludwig van Beethoven.

In his time, Beethoven’s music was a slap in the face to the ruling musical establishment, he pushed all the boundaries and changed music permanently. Over time though, his music has become more associated with the tried and true—and has in turn become part of the musical establishment of our time.

Well move over musical establishment and bring in John Eliot Gardiner. He is breathing life back into Beethoven, and playing it the way it was first heard. Gardiner is blowing off the cobwebs of any normal interpretation of the great master, giving all his musicians the same instruments that were used in Beethoven’s time (without the bells and whistles we have nowadays) and letting them loose to express the joy of the original sound of this incredible music.

Tune in this Sunday to hear Beethoven’s revolutionary music played with punch, in John Eliot Gardiner’s performance of Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis”.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Chor Leoni Announces New Website

Vancouver’s Chor Leoni Men’s Choir and Artistic Director Erick Lichte are pleased to announce a completely revised website, Built by Vancouver’s Raised Eyebrow Web Studio, the choir’s new site is built on the Wordpress platform and sports a clean, modern look. Mobile responsiveness was a major consideration, and the new easily scales for viewing on everything from smartphones and tablets to desktop computers.

The site showcases Chor Leoni’s music with extensive use of video throughout, and is built to encourage social media sharing and interaction. A new system of online reviews for CDs, events, and blog posts also includes audience interaction, as once a review has been submitted other readers are welcome to rate its usefulness on a scale of one to five.

Chor Leoni’s musical products include CDs, digital download cards, and iTunes-only releases. These are beautifully showcased alongside integrated sample tracks in a new Music Store, which is searchable by category, seasonal offerings, and genre.

“Chor Leoni is proud to have a website that seeks to communicate with our audience with the same clarity as our singing, “ says Artistic Director Erick Lichte. “We hope that this new site will help us connect with many more people around the world and help us spread the love and joy of choral singing.”

Listen to music, watch videos, purchase tickets for an upcoming performance, read press releases or blog posts, submit a review, or browse the music store: Experience!

About Chor Leoni

Known internationally and loved locally, Chor Leoni Men’s Choir is recognized as one of the vanguard male vocal ensembles in North America. With stylistic grace and an adventurous spirit, Vancouver’s Singing Lions have enriched and transformed people’s lives through singing for over twenty years. Chor Leoni performs in many languages and styles and genres, always aiming to communicate, engage, and entertain.

Chor Leoni was founded in 1992 by Diane Loomer C.M. and is currently conducted by Erick Lichte.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Canadian Choral Celebration: Special Offer from Soundstreams

Soundstreams is pleased to offer a 20% discount to choral community members for our February 2 concert at Koerner Hall, Canadian Choral Celebration.

A celebration of 60 years of professional choral singing in Canada, the concert features the Elmer Iseler Singers, Pro Coro Canada and the Vancouver Chamber Choir, conducted by Kaspars Putnins. Highlighted works include Gorecki’s monumental Miserere and a world premiere by R. Murray Schafer.

This discount is good for tickets priced $45-$65 and can be used by quoting the code SSCHORAL when calling the box office at 416-408-0208 or buying online at

There are also a series of three 1-hour recitals taking place on February 2 with each of the choirs. Tickets to these are $25 each or $60 for all three. More details here:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

TheC7Prize FOR CHORAL COMPOSITION 2014 Edition: SATB choral works. Deadline March 10, 2014

TheC7Prize–calling all Composers, Conductors, and Choirs…

TheC7Prize: “Conductors, Choirs and Composers Collaborating on a Choral Composition Competition” is a competition with one to three top monetary prizes, and ‘performance prizes’ in the form of performances of two-dozen or more works as one of its chief aims.

COMPOSERS: TheC7Prize is open to citizens of, and all full-time students in, Canada and the USA.


CONDUCTORS: TheC7Prize invites conductors everywhere to join in the Marketplace Showcase adjudication aspect of the competition. Once signed up, conductors are asked to peruse ‘Recommended Works’ with a possible view to performing one or more of them.


PRIZES: There is a top monetary prize for as-yet-unperformed works. As well, there is the likely possibility of performance by choirs around the world. (see ‘Conductors’ above).


Due the innovative nature of TheC7Prize competition, this allows for
  • no composer age limit 
  • sacred or secular works 
  • original and arranged works
  • piano-accompanied or a cappella works 
  • any language 
  • performed as well as not-yet-performed works 
  • works from 2’30” to 5 minutes 
  • composer-published (though not ‘traditionally’ published) works 
  • works composed within five years of the entry deadline 
  • a wide variety of styles & genres which, while embracing mainly classical and art music traditions, also include world music, jazz–influenced, gospel… 
  • display of ALL Recommended Works at 2014 ACCC and 2015 ACDA conferences.
Complete information, at