Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Call for Proposals Podium 2012 May 17-20, 2012 • Ottawa, Ontario

The Podium 2012 organizing committee invites you to submit your proposal for a session at Canada’s  next national choral music conference, Choral Célébration Chorale. Please include:
  • 250-word proposal (full description of proposal for a 75 min. session)
  • 35-word session description (that will appear in program book)
  • One page resumé
Please send submissions before January 15, 2011 to Podium 2012, c/o Choirs Ontario, A-1422 Bayview Avenue, Toronto ON M4G 3A7, or, email to Elizabeth Shannon at eshannon@choirsontario.org.
For more information call Choirs Ontario at 416-923-1144 or 1-866-935-1144.

Appel de propositions Podium 2012 * 17 - 20 mai 2012 * Ottawa, Ontario

Le comité responsable de l'organisation de Podium 2012 vous invite à soumettre une proposition de séance à l'occasion du prochain congrès national choral de l'ACCC, Choral Célébration Chorale.  Veuillez y conclure:
  • une proposition de 250 mots (une description complète d'une séance de 75 minutes)
  • une description de 35 mots (laquelle figurera dans le programme)
  • un résumé d'une page
Veuillez adresser les propositions avant le 15 janvier 2011 à: Podium 2012, aux bons soins de Choirs Ontario, A-1422 Bayview Avenue, Toronto ON M4G 3A7 ou au Elizabeth Shannon at eshannon@choirsontario.org.
Pour de plus amples renseignements téléphonez à Choirs Ontario au 416-923-1144 ou au 1-866-935-1144.

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, January 2, 2011 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

SMAM presents: “The Monteverdi Vespers of 1610”

This week on Choral Concert Peter Togni brings you Studio Musique Ancienne de Montreal, performing the Vespers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of 1610 by Claudio Monteverdi, “one of the most spellbinding, heartwarming, and sensuous works from any composer” according to Peter Togni. Perfect for the first Sunday of 2011.

It’s the most ambitious sacred work to have been written before J.S. Bach. From the Church of Notre Dame de Bon Secours in Montreal, the performance also includes musicians from the ensemble Montreal Baroque.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, December 26, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

“The Montreal Youth Choir Gala”

For the last Sunday of 2010, and boxing day Peter Togni brings you a concert that has become a Montreal tradition: “The Youth Gala Concert”, where you will hear Montreal’s best youth choirs in a festive spirit performing along with the wonderful Ensemble Caprice.

You will also hear a very special broadcast of  what is now considered the oldest Canadian Christmas Carol composed in Quebec City at the Ursuline convent in 1639. That pre-dates the Huron carol by about 30 years.

All that, and a wide selection of some of the best Christmas discs, and a few other surprises, from 2010.

Visit the Choral Concert blog at:  http://cbc.ca/choralconcert and find out why this Sunday’s broadcast has a truly terrifying moment…

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Amadeus Choir announces the winners of the 24th annual Christmas Carol and Chanukah Song Writing Competition

Just in time for the holidays, the internationally-acclaimed Amadeus Choir (www.amadeuschoir.com) is pleased to announce the winners of its 24th annual Christmas Carol and Chanukah Song Writing Competition.  This year's competition, which was open to children and youth, attracted a diverse range of submissions from across the GTA and beyond.

14-year old Heather Buisman, a grade nine student from Guelph, won first place in the category Child 13-14 years, for her original composition, Angel Choirs.  She is proud to continue the family tradition for choral excellence as her sister Sarah has also won the competition in the past.  Julia Naus, a 10-year old Scarborough resident, took home first place for her winning composition titled, On That Night, in the category Child 10-12 years.  Finally, eight-year old Francesca Hauser of Markham was awarded first place for her composition, On One Holy Night, in the category Child under 10 years.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Chor Leoni Men's Choir Presents Yuletide Fires

Candlelight beckons, inviting you into a concert of reflection and calm amidst the busy days of December. Yuletide Fires is an opportunity to refocus on the original intent of the season. With repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant, traditional carols, and recently arranged seasonal favourites by Stephen Chatman, Don Macdonald, Miles Ramsay, and Stephen Smith, Yuletide Fires offers an oasis of peace amidst the holiday bustle. Chor Leoni and Diane Loomer, C.M., Artistic Director, will present Yuletide Fires on Friday, December 17, 2010, 7:30 pm at St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church, 1022 Nelson St at Burrard, Vancouver; Saturday, December 18, 2010, 1 pm at St. Mary's Kerrisdale Anglican Church, 2490 W 37th Ave, Vancouver and Saturday, December 18, 2010, 7:30 pm at West Vancouver United Church, 2062 Esquimalt Ave, West Vancouver.

Visit: www.chorleoni.org

The Amadeus Choir: Sing with the Angels

On Saturday, December 18, the Amadeus Choir will present Sing with the Angels at the Metropolitan United Church (58 Queen Street East, Toronto) at 7:30 p.m.  This joyous celebration of music, featuring works by Benjamin Britten and John Rutter, will also feature the renowned Bach Children's Chorus as well as the winning compositions from the choir's 24th annual Christmas Carol and Chanukah Song Writing Competition. 

"Music and the holidays always go hand in hand and through our varied choral repertoire, we hope to be able to spread a little holiday cheer this season," said Lydia Adams, Conductor and Artistic Director, the Amadeus Choir.

Visit: www.amadeuschoir.com.

A Dylan Thomas Christmas - A Child's Christmas in Wales

Back by popular demand, A Dylan Thomas Christmas features the famous Welsh poet’s story A Child’s Christmas in Wales read by Bard-on-the-Beach actor Russell Roberts and illustrated with Christmas carols and songs chosen by Jon Washburn. Also, Hugo Distler’s exquisite variations on a familiar Christmas song, and Washburn’s rendition of Carl Sandburg’s evocative poem The Star. Saturday's family concert is a new feature: a shorter program, particularly well-suited to families with children nine or older, with guests the University Community Children’s Choir and conductor John William Trotter.

Friday, December 17, 2010, 8 pm; Saturday, December 18, 2010 (NEW! Family concert), 3:30 pm; and Sunday, December 19, 2010, 3 pm. All performances at Ryerson United Church, 2195 West 45th Avenue at Yew Street, Vancouver. Vist www.vancouverchamberchoir.com

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, December 5, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

The Elmer Iseler Singers in the “Glory of A Cappella”

This Sunday on Choral Concert Peter Togni brings you the Elmer Iseler Singers straight up, as in “a cappella”, or voices alone without accompaniment. You’ve got to respect and admire any choir that can pull off an entire concert unaccompanied - kind of like Cirque de Soleil performing without safety nets.

The Elmer Iseler Singers are one of Canada’s truly great professional choirs and they rise to both the challenge, and the occasion. As Peter Togni says, this broadcast is deep, rich, resonant and in many places incredibly moving. You'll hear an all Canadian program with music by Eleanor Daley, Healey Willan and John Estacio.

You’ll also hear a true gem from the past. It’s a recording from 1963 with the Festival Singers of Toronto (which was then conducted by Elmer Iseler himself), the CBC Symphony Orchestra (which was then based in Toronto) together in a rare performance of a movement from Igor Stravinsky’s beautiful work the “Symphony of Psalms”.

Finally, in honour of the fact that December 5th is the 219th anniversary of the death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, we will open and close the show with his “Ave Verum”, considered to be one of the last pieces he wrote.

Visit the Choral Concert blog at:  http://cbc.ca/choralconcert

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Chœurs du Nouveau Monde Rock Choir - Talent Search December 13, 2010

CNM is looking for talented young vocalists interested in singing in a rock choir, for a touring production in summer 2011. First round of auditions is in Montreal on December 13, 2010. Contact CNM for more details or to schedule an audition. See http://www.choeursdunouveaumonde.ca/en/ or email stresham@gregorycharles.com for more information.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Majesty of Christmas with Amadeus Choir

On Saturday, December 4, the Amadeus Choir will perform The Majesty of Christmas with the Hannaford Street Silver Band at the Niagara Centre for the Arts (4700 Epworth Circle, Niagara Falls) at 8 p.m.  The Majesty of Christmas continues back in Toronto at the Metropolitan United Church for two more performances – Monday, December 13 and Tuesday, December 14 – both at 8 p.m.

Amadeus Choir and Iseler Singers Present Messiah

On Friday, December 3, the Amadeus Choir will join the Elmer Iseler Singers for the annual show-stopping performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Metropolitan United Church (56 Queen Street East, Toronto) at 8 p.m. 

Brilliant Harmonies, Capilano University Choirs

Welcome in the festive season with the warmth of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G Minor for double choir as well as works by Arvo Pärt and Eric Whitacre. Lighter favourites will include "Sistah Mary" (arr. Rollo Dillworth) and "Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire" (arr. Jerry Rubino. Capilano University Festival Chorus, Cecilia Ensemble Women's Choir, and Capilano University Singers - all 175 members along with conductor Lars Kaario look forward to your attendance! Capilano Performing Arts Theatre; Saturday, December 4 at 8pm, and Sunday December 5 at 3pm

Magnificat! A Festive 40th Anniversary Christmas

Celebrating their milestone concert season, the Vancouver Chamber Choir and Artistic Director Jon Washburn will present MAGNIFICAT! A Festive 40th Anniversary Christmas at 8pm Friday, December 3 at the Orpheum Theatre. Joining the festivities will be Martha Guth (soprano), Pacifica Singers, the Vancouver Chamber Choir Alumni Chorus and the Vancouver Chamber Orchestra.

Greenwood Singers Celebrates The Many Moods of Christmas

In its annual holiday tradition, Greenwood Singers, under the direction of Robert de Frece, along with Snyder & Associates LLP, up! 99.3 and Vue Weekly present The Many Moods of Christmas at First Presbyterian Church (10025 105 Street) on Monday, December 6, 2010 at 8:00 PM.  The choir will be joined by the University of Alberta Faculty of Education Handbell Ringers, pianist Helen Stuart and organist Marnie Giesbrecht.  This concert kicks off the choir’s 31st Season.

Feliz Navidad - Christmas in the Old and New World

Join the Winnipeg Singers for a colourful and festive tribute to the season with Spanish music of Europe and Latin America. With guest artists Richard Turner, harp, and Rodrigo Munoz, guitar. St. Andrew's River Heights United Church, Winnipeg; Sunday December 5th; 3 pm.
Visit  info@winnipegsingers.com.

Edmonton Columbian Choirs Celebrate Christmas

In their annual holiday tradition, the Edmonton Columbian Choirs – Edmonton’s Family of Choirs – will take to the stage of McDougall United Church (10025 101 Street) on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 7:30 PM to present Celebration of Christmas.  This concert is proudly presented by the Edmonton Chapter of the Knights of Columbus, up! 99.3 and Vue Weekly.  The 2010-2011 season is dedicated to the choirs’ founder, Paul J. Bourret (December 8, 1933 – September 8, 2010).

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir commissions new work from Canadian composer Mark Sirett

Noel Edison and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir have commissioned award-winning Canadian composer Mark Sirett to compose a piece for choir, brass and organ to celebrate the Christmas season. This work, entitled "Nova Nova", will be premiered at the TMC’s Festival of Carols concert on Wednesday, December 8, 2010, featuring the 150-voice Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Festival Brass and organist Michael Bloss.
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Toronto; 7:30 pm

Pax Christi Chorale presents "The Children's Messiah"

Join Conductor Stephanie Martin and members of Pax Christi Chorale and the Gallery Choir of the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene combine for the second annual “The Children’s Messiah” concert, designed especially for the younger crowd. We encourage you to bring children to hear Messiah in all its glory in this casual setting. Pay-what-you-can at the door.  Soloists include soprano Eve-Lyn de la Haye, mezzo-soprano Leigh-Anne Martin, tenor Michael Loewen and baritone Benjamin Covey.
Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, 477 Manning Ave, Toronto; Saturday, December 11, 2010 - 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Pax Christi Chorale presents Christmas Splendour II

Pax Christi Chorale’s friend and much-loved conductor Howard Dyck will join Pax Christi Chorale and the Pax Christi Youth Choir on December 4th and 5th for two performances of parts I and VI of Bach’s magnificent Christmas Oratorio and Bach’s Cantata 140, “Wachet Auf”. Christmas motets by Sirett, Willan, Sweelinck, Rutter and others will complete the program. Soloists include soprano Agnes Zsigovics, mezzo-soprano Iasmina Pataca, tenor Cory Knight and baritone Matthew Zadow. Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd, Toronto; December 4, 2010 - 7:30 pm; December 5, 2010 - 3:00 pm
Tickets: $30 / 25 / 22 / 5 (children under 12) For tickets, call (416) 491-8542

Baroque Christmas with Laudate Singers & Instrumentalists

Celebrate Christmas like they used to in 16th & 17th century Europe, with the glorious sounds of Laudate Singers and early music instrumentalists Paul Luchkow, Jenny Essers and Arthur Neele (violins), Natalie Mackie (violone), Christopher Bagan (organ) and Ray Nurse (theorbo). We visit Germany and France of old with treasures by Praetorius, Schütz, Hammerschmidt, Charpentier and Bouzignac. Enjoy music, visuals, refreshments and good company – Christmas cheer now and then!
St Andrew’s United Church, 1044 St Georges Avenue, North Vancouver, BC; Saturday, December 11, 2010 8:00 pm

Visit: www.laudatesingers.com

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, November 28, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

H’Sao in concert and much more

This Sunday Peter Togni brings you a whole range of wonderful choirs, everything from the Toronto Consort doing music of Queen Elizabeth the first, to the music of H’Sao (ASH sow), a vocal sextet from Chad now based in Montreal. Their music is influenced by gospel and the unique, lilting rhythms that come from their native country.

You’ll also hear a cut from a live concert of “The Shirley’s”, an all women sextet from Vancouver. We recorded them at the “In House” festival, where all the concerts take place in private homes. We caught up with them in the backyard of  2426 Semlin Drive in Vancouver.

All that plus the Canadian Chamber Choir, the Vocal Concert Dresden, and Accentus – the only choir on earth that is brave enough to pull off a transcription of Vivaldi’s four seasons.

Is music a universal language? Tell us what you think.
Visit the Choral Concert blog at:  http://cbc.ca/choralconcert

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Chorus Niagara Performs Messiah

A short time ago, shoppers at the Seaway Mall in Welland were thrilled when more than 80 singers from Chorus Niagara burst into a spontaneous performance of  Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah ... in the food court!  The event was captured on video by Alphabet Photography and posted to YouTube.  Close to 300,000 people around the world have watched us in the last five days!

Chorus Niagara will present Handel's complete Messiah on Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 7:30pm, Mountainview Christian Reformed Church, Grimsby, Ontario and Sunday, December 12, 2010 @ 3:00 pm, Calvary Church, St. Catharines, Ontario.

Pre-concert chats 45 minutes before each concert. For more information, visit Chorus Niagara

Monday, November 22, 2010

SHALLAWAY – Newfoundland and Labrador Youth in Chorus, Welcomes new Artistic Director, Kellie Walsh

Celebrating the start of its current season, SHALLAWAY – Newfoundland and Labrador Youth in Chorus, is thrilled to welcome its new Artistic Director, Kellie Walsh. On August 30, 2010, Susan Knight, the founder of SHALLAWAY, stepped down as Artistic Director passing the torch on to Kellie. Susan now assumes the role of Artistic Director Emeritus.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Vancouver Chamber Choir Announces Auditions for Pacifica Singers

The Pacifica Singers, a select ensemble of 16 -18 voices led by award-winning conductor John William Trotter, Assistant Conductor of the Vancouver Chamber Choir, will be holding auditions for new members to join the ensemble mid-season.  The ensemble was established in 2009 to provide a performance venue for experienced and motivated choral singers whose goal is to make music at a very high level.  The Singers will perform in four concerts with the Vancouver Chamber Choir during the 2010-2011 season, in addition to one independent production on February 20, 2011. Repertoire will include masterpieces by Vivaldi, Fauré, Schubert, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and others.

Auditions will be held Tuesday evenings in November. Regular weekly rehearsals are held Tuesday evenings, with additional dress rehearsals as required.

For more information on Pacifica Singers: http://www.vancouverchamberchoir.com/pacifica_singers.htm

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, November 21, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

The Halifax Camerata Singers in Concert

This Sunday Peter Togni brings you the Halifax Camerata Singers, one of Canada’s most successful amateur choirs. They are hot off the heels from winning the prestigious Healey Willan prize as part of the 2010 national competition for amateur choirs, and they are sounding better than ever. Peter Togni will bring you a concert from this past summer at the Indian River Festival in PEI.

Peter will also feature cuts from the latest release from the hottest composer in choral music in the world today, in fact he is the most performed contemporary classical composer of any genre on the planet: Eric Whitacre. You will hear cuts from his latest release called “Light and Gold”, an incredibly well put together project featuring Eric Whitacre conducting his own hand picked choir.

Visit the Choral Concert blog at:  http://cbc.ca/choralconcert

Toronto Children's Chorus Presents Free Community Concert at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel

The Toronto Children’s Chorus, in partnership with The Fairmont Royal York hotel, presents Sing Loo!, a free, four-hour long concert, in the festively decorated grand lobby of the hotel, 100 Front St W, on Sunday, November 28, 2010, 12 – 4 p.m. Sing Loo! is a pledge-driven sing-a-thon that raises money for the Chorus and is open to the community. The name, Sing Loo!, originates from the Toronto Children’s Chorus tradition in which someone sings the word “loo!” on a sustained pitch and other voices quickly join in unison so that the attention of the crowd is instantly captured.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

ORIANA Women’s Choir Presents; DANCING DAY, A Christmas Celebration

A Wonderful way to start the season with many settings of Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day!
Special Guests LPCI Women's Choir.
Grace Church-on-the-Hill 300 Lonsdale Rd. Toronto, Saturday November 27th, 2010 8 pm
Visit the web site: www.orianachoir.com

Chez Nous: Christmas with Elektra

The beauty of Benjamin Britten’s timeless classic, A Ceremony of Carols, forms the centrepiece of Elektra’s traditional introduction to the holiday season. Let Elektra set your holiday mood, with a concert of ravishingly beautiful music full of expectation and hope – and as always, there will be treats for the kids!
Under the direction of Morna Edmundson, Artistic Director with special guests: Krutzen/McGhee Duo (Heidi Krutzen, harp & Lorna McGhee, flute), Vancouver Bach Children’s Chorus (Marisa Gaetanne, director) and Stephen Smith, piano & organ

Saturday, November 27, 2010, 2 pm, Queens Avenue United Church, 529 Queens Ave (at 6th St), New Westminster and Saturday, November 27, 2010, 7:30 pm, Ryerson United Church, 2195 W45 Ave, Vancouver.

“Interplay: Workshops For Canadian Choral Composers”

Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir will deliver the award winning Interplay: Interactive Workshops for Canadian Choral Composers March 4, 2011 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and March 30, 2011 in Vancouver, BC.

Application deadline: Friday, January 21, 2011

Visit www.vancouverchamberchoir.com/interplay to download an application form, email info@vancouverchamberchoir.com or call 604-738-6822.

Achill Presents The Messiah

Achill Choral Society is excited to bring Handel's Messiah to our communities again, featuring some of our favourite soloists and musicians: Stephanie Kramer (soprano), Jennifer Enns Modolo (alto), Mark DuBois (tenor) Daniel Lichti (bass-baritone), with orchestral accompaniment by The Valen Ensemble. Performances will take place at Holy Family RC Church, 60 Allan Drive, Bolton, Ontario on November 27th, 7:30 pm; St. Timothy's RC Church, 42 Dawson Rd., Orangeville on December 4th, 8:00 pm and St. James RC Church, 2118 Adjala-NewTecumseth Townline, Colgan on December 5th, 7:30 pm.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Association of Canadian Choral Communities will be holding an annual general meeting by teleconference on Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 7:00 PM EST.  The membership may vote electronically on the motions of the meeting between Wednesday, November 24 and Saturday, November 27.  The agenda is below.  Minutes of the last meeting, motions proposed for this meeting, reports of the President and Treasurer, and financial statements will be circulated with the link for electronic voting on Tuesday, November 23.  Members may also request to attend the teleconference by contacting Christina Murray at accc@choralcanada.org or (902) 442-7054 by Monday, November 22, 2010.

Avis d'assemblée générale annuelle

L’Association des communautés chorales canadiennes tiendra son assemblée générale annuelle par téléconférence le samedi 27 novembre 2010 à 19 h 00 HNE. Les membres peuvent voter en ligne sur les motions de l’assemblée entre le mercredi 24 novembre et le samedi 27 novembre. L’ordre du jour est présenté ci-dessous. Le procès-verbal de la dernière assemblée, les motions proposées en vue de cette assemblée, les rapports du président et du trésorier et les états financiers seront affichés, de même qu’un lien permettant de voter en ligne le mardi 23 novembre. Les membres qui désirent participer à la téléconférence doivent contacter Christina Murray à accc@choralcanada.org ou au (902) 442-7054, d’ici le lundi 22 novembre 2010.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

31st Annual National Conductors’ Symposium, February 7-12, 2011

Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir will present the 31st annual National Conductors’ Symposium February 7-12, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada.  The symposium offers selected conductors an opportunity to take part in masterclasses with Canada’s premier choral ensemble.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 22, 2010

Application forms: Visit www.vancouverchamberchoir.com/outreach to download a brochure.

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, November 14, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

From Australia: “The Idea of North”

This Sunday Peter Togni brings you “The Idea of North”, a vocal quartet from Australia that combine extraordinary tuning, incredible ensemble into a bright, eclectic a cappella sound. They are kind of a cross between the jazz sensibility of the New York based vocal group Manhattan Transfer, and the creative music sensibilities of the Finish sextet Rajaton.

You’ll also hear some wonderful contributions from Montreal’s Ensemble Caprice, the UBC singers, and the Elora Festival Singers.

Want to know more about their name? Visit the Choral Concert blog at:  http://cbc.ca/choralconcert

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Setmana Cantant Tarragona 2011, Catalonia, Spain: July 16–24, 2011

The Singing Week, under the musical direction of Josep Prats and within the framework of the festivals of the Catalan Federation of Choral Associations (FCEC) and the European Federation Europa Cantat, will include many workshops. 

For information and to register please find an application form at www.setmanacantant.org.

International Choral Festival "San Juan Coral", August 11–16, 2011: San Juan, Argentina

The Universidad Católica de Cuyo's Choir organizes the International Choral Festival "San Juan Coral", which takes place every two years. It is a non-competitive choral festival, for 8 -10 selected mixed, female, male and chamber choirs (16 voices or more). Activities include concerts, lectures and workshops for choirs, singers and/or conductors.

Detailed information and application forms are available on our website
www.sanjuancoral.com.ar (with English version)

Final application date is March 15, 2011

Cork International Choral Festival: April 27–May 1, 2011

If  your choir would like to come to Cork, Ireland, to enjoy the Festival, sing, mingle  and soak up the festival atmosphere without the competitive angle, you  can also participate as a Non-competitive Choir.
Participating  non-competitively gives choirs the opportunity to perform in  various locations across the city, while having the chance to meet with other choirs, partake in a seminar  or workshop, see some of Ireland's breathtaking countryside and  attend the festival's excellent range of world class concerts and performances. Visit http://www.corkchoral.ie/ for details.  Deadline for receipt of  applications is November 30, 2010.

Musica Sacra 2011 International Composers Competition, Poland

Canadian composers encouraged to participate.
Please find rules of our competition here: www.competition.waw.pl

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, November 7, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

Paying tribute to remembrance and contemplation

In anticipation of Remembrance Day coming up next week, Peter Togni and Choral Concert bring you a collection of incredible performances dedicated to remembrance and contemplation.

From Preisner’s incredible “Lacrimosa” from his “Requiem for my friend”,  through Loreena McKennitt singing with the St Petersburg Chamber Choir, to Christos Hatzis’ “Everlasting Light” with Lydia Adams leading the Elmer Iseler Singers, the program will take you through a heart stopping collection of some of the world’s most powerful and soaring songs of remembrance.

Visit the Choral Concert blog at:  http://cbc.ca/choralconcert  

Monday, November 1, 2010

Vancouver Chamber Choir 31st Annual National Conductors’ Symposium Deadline

Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir will present the 31st annual National Conductors’ Symposium February 7-12, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada.  The symposium offers selected conductors an opportunity to take part in masterclasses with Canada’s premier choral ensemble.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 22, 2010

Application forms: Visit www.vancouverchamberchoir.com/outreach to download a brochure.

Cantabile Chorale of York Region Present Requiem by Karl Jenkins

Thornhill United Church, Elgin St. at Dudley
Sunday, November 14, 2010 3:00 PM

A modern setting of the Latin Requiem Mass interwoven with Japanese Haiku about the cycle of life and death. Performed with a guest instrumental ensemble; Robert Richardson, Conducting.

Web site: Cantabile.ca

DaCapo Chamber Choir: Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point ~ music for choir, organ, and saxophone
St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church (corner of Duke & Water, Kitchener)
Saturday November 13th, 8pm and Sunday November 14th, 3pm

Organist Lottie Enns-Braun and saxophonist Allen Harrington (both from Manitoba) will be performing Leonard Enns' Vanishing Point, winding a thematic thread through deeply moving choral music of arrival and departure.  The program will also include In Paradisum by Timothy Corlis, Thou Mastering Me God by Jonathan Harvey and Seek Him that Maketh the Seven Stars by Jonathan Dove.

Tickets and more information at www.dacapochamberchoir.ca

Call for Proposals Podium 2012 * May 17-20, 2012 * Ottawa, ON

The Podium 2012 organizing committee invites you to submit your proposal for a session at ACCC’s next national choral music conference presented jointly with Choirs Ontario.
Send submissions before January 15, 2011 to: Podium 2012, c/o Choirs Ontario, A-1422 Bayview Avenue, Toronto ON M4G 3A7

Appel de propositions Podium 2012 * 17 - 20 mai 2012 * Ottawa, ON

Le comité organisateur de Podium 2012 vous invite à soumettre une proposition d’atelier pour le prochain congrès natinal de chant choral qui sera présenté par l’ACCC et Choirs Ontario. Envoyez vos propositions avant le 15 janvier 2011 à : Podium 2012, a/s Choirs Ontario, A-1422 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON M4G 3A7

Chor Leoni Presents Noble Peace

The longing for peace has galvanized some of the greatest writers of our times - and the best of those writers have been the recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. Readings from the works of Jimmy Carter, Mother Teresa, Dag Hammarskjöld, and others will be interspersed with carefully chosen musical selections in Chor Leoni's Noble Peace, the choir's 18th annual Remembrance Day concerts.

The concert features the premiere of a newly co-commissioned work by Bob Chilcott, an arrangement by Ken Cormier of Elgar's Nimrod, and works by Nysted, Schubert, Schumann, Gretchaninoff, Mendelssohn, Lang, and more. Solemn and hopeful, Noble Peace explores our common desire for peace while honoring peacekeepers, soldiers, and those lost to war.

Chor Leoni will present the concert in West Vancouver and Vancouver on November 11, Surrey on November 12, and Victoria on November 14. For full details visit www.chorleoni.org, and to purchase tickets visit www.brownpapertickets.ca.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Vancouver Chamber Choir Auditions November 13, 2010

The Vancouver Chamber Choir is holding auditions for professional-level singers on Saturday, November 13. All voices (SATB) are invited to audition. Please contact Natasha at natashaneufeld@telus.net for an appointment or call Violet at 604-738-6822 for further information.

The Vancouver Chamber Choir employs professional singers for approximately 10 local concerts and up to two tours per year, plus other engagements. Regular rehearsals are Tuesday through Thursdays, 10:00 am – 12 noon. Additional rehearsals are required near concert dates and will be scheduled as needed.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, October 31, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

Sinners and Saints: From Carmina Burana to the Spiritual Madrigals of Roland de Lassus

This Sunday Choral Concert brings you a celebration of both All Saints day and Halloween – music for both saints and sinners in one choral package.

In the sinner category Peter Togni will bring you Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, the collection of bawdy songs and choruses written by a group of renegade monks that celebrates wine, women and song. You’ll hear an incredible performance by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Orchestra along with Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal, all conducted by Jacques Lacombe.

In the saintly category you’ll hear a collection of spiritual madrigals by Roland de Lassus performed by the impeccable Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montreal conducted by Christopher Jackson.

Visit the Choral Concert blog at:  http://cbc.ca/choralconcert

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ottawa Bach Choir: Baroque Masters • Maîtres du baroque

Baroque Masters features Schütz’ "Musikalische Exequien", Buxtehude’s "Alles, was ihr tut", JS Bach’s "Der Geist hilft", Charpentier’s "Nisi Dominus" and Telemann’s "Fürwahr, er trug unsre Krankheit" and "Rufe mich an in der Zeit". The choir is joined by several soloists, including Agnes Zsigovics, Nils Brown, Michiel Schrey and Alex Dobson, and baroque orchestra playing on period instruments. The performance will be Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 8:00 p.m., at St. Matthew's Anglican Church, Ottawa.

The concert will also be recorded and broadcast on CBC Radio 2's Choral Concert hosted by Peter Togni on December 12th at 9:00am.

Visit the Ottawa Bach Choir web site at  www.ottawabachchoir.ca

The Amadeus Choir Presents Through the Eyes of Children

The 2010-2011 season of the Amadeus Choir (www.amadeuschoir.com) gets underway on Saturday, November 6, with the first concert, Through the Eyes of Children, at the Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge Street, Toronto, at 7:30 p.m.  The program will include a diverse selection of works including Prayer for Peace by Eleanor Daley, Dona Nobis Pacem by R. Vaughan Williams and Fauré's Requiem.

Songs of War and Peace

The Chorale du Gesù women’s choir, under the direction of Patricia Abbott, sings Songs of War and Peace as part of the Midi es musicà series at the historic Gesù Church in downtown Montreal. Works by Jeff Enns, Pierick Houdy, Philippe Rombi, François Terral and Ross Whitney, Readings by poet Aimée Paradis complete this Remembrance Day theme program. Free admission.
Concert takes place on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 12 noon, at Gesù Church, 1202 Bleury, Montreal, QC.

Visit the web site at www.choraledugesu.org

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Musica Sacra 2011 International Composers Competition, Poland

Submitted compositions must be unpublished, should not have been previously performed in public, and should also not have been awarded a prize at any other competition. For more details please contact Pawel Lukaszewski: lukaszewski@musicasacra.com.pl or visit the web site: www.competition.waw.pl

Deadline: January 31, 2011

Friday, October 22, 2010

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, October 24, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

The Vancouver Chamber Choir in Concert

This Sunday on Choral Concert Peter Togni brings you one of finest chamber choirs in Canada, the Vancouver Chamber Choir conducted by its founder, Jon Washburn. This choral institution has been around for 40 years, toured the globe, and been across our own country many, many times. You will hear them in a concert from Ryerson United Church in Vancouver. It’s their home church and they performed this concert right after a tour of western Canada. Not to be missed.

You will also hear a new CD from a wonderful Italian group, the Bozen Baroque orchestra and Choir, as they put together some truly juicy performances by the red priest himself - Antonio Vivaldi.

Visit the Choral Concert blog at:  http://cbc.ca/choralconcert

Noel Edison to lead first Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Choral Conductors’ Symposium

The TMC is launching a symposium where emerging and experienced choral conductors will work intensively with acclaimed conductor Noel Edison and two internationally recognized choirs to expand their choral conducting skills from January 25 through 29, 2011.  Participating conductors will not only refine their skills in workshops with Noel Edison, but will be given the rare opportunity to conduct the 150-voice Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the chamber-sized Elora Festival Singers.  Working with these two ensembles of experienced and skilled singers will present the conductors with the opportunity to experiment with their own conducting styles and musical interpretation.

The deadline for registration is December 1, 2010.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

CMC-BC Region and the Canadian League of Composers Present Composer Mentoring Project

Call for Applicants

The Canadian Music Centre, BC Region (CMC BC) and the Canadian League of Composers (CLC) are partnering to launch a new initiative to serve emerging composers in British Columbia.  This program aims to give participating composers tools and resources to help connect them with the music community, develop their professional and artistic skills, and navigate the challenging passage from student to professional.

Deadline: Monday, November 15, 2010

Applications must be delivered to the CMC BC office (837 Davie St., Vancouver BC, V6Z 1B7) no later than 5PM, November 15, 2010. Only complete applications will be accepted.

DaCapo Chamber Choir NewWorks National Choral Composition Competition

The winning entry will receive a $1,500 cash award and a performance by the DaCapo Chamber Choir under director Leonard Enns, in the 2011/2012 season. Young composers (25 and under) are also encouraged to submit compositions for consideration in our new Young Composers Reading Sessions.

Full details and composition guidelines available at www.dacapochamberchoir.ca/newworks
Deadline - February 14, 2011

Monday, October 18, 2010

Trends & Issues in the Not-for-Profit Arts

Live Webcaste by Robert Hunter, Director General, Department of Canadian Heritage. Join us for this live audio transmission of a presentation being made at Arts Consultants Canada/Consultants Canadiens en arts (ACCA) on Friday, October 29, 1:15 pm–2:45 pm EST. Go to wwwartsconsultants.ca/events/live
Click on poster to read details.

24th annual Amadeus Choir Christmas Carol and Chanukah Song Writing Competition Deadline Extended to Friday, October 22

Entries must be original, unpublished music compositions and can be submitted under any of the following Composer Categories: Individual Compositions – Child (under 10 years, 10-12 years and 13-14 years), Individual Compositions – Youth (15-17 years and 18-20 years) or Group Compositions (group of two or more individuals and small class or smaller group of children). Voicing Categories include: Unison unaccompanied, Unison with accompaniment by organ or piano, Harmony (e.g. SATB, SSA or other combination) unaccompanied and Harmony (e.g. SATB, SSA or other combination) with accompaniment by organ or piano.

For more information contact: info@amadeuschoir.com

Federation of Canadian Music Festivals Announces Choral Competition Winners 2010

Congratulations to all the participants in the many Canadian music festivals during the past year. Please continue reading for the complete list of national winners in the Choral Competition classes.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

World Choral Day / Dia Mundial del Canto Coral December 12, 2010

An international choral event to extol the values of solidarity, peace and understanding The International Day of Choral Singing is an initiative of Alberto Grau from the Latin American Vice-Presidency of the International Federation for Choral Music, proposed and approved by the General Assembly of IFCM held in Helsinki in August, 1990, within the framework of the 2nd World Symposium on Choral Music:

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, October 17, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

Les Voix Baroque and Skye Consort present “Love, Death and the lady”

This Sunday on Choral Concert Peter Togni brings you a concert from the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival called “Love, Death and the Lady”.  Back in the 16th century it was popular for the male poets and artists of the time to link the feminine with death. A strange association to our modern minds, but the justification of the time was that it encouraged more virtue. Nevertheless it certainly inspired some beautiful music, and you will hear everything from John Dowland to Orlando de Lassus in a collection of absolutely stunning performances.

You will also hear some new cuts from the latest ECM release of the million copy selling combination of Jan Garbareck and the Hilliard Ensemble, it’s called “Officium Novum”.

Finally, a truly glorious collection of new choral works from the Polish film composer Zbigniew Preisner. 

Visit the Choral Concert blog at:  http://cbc.ca/choralconcert

Vancouver Chamber Choir Releases Schafer CD

The Vancouver Chamber Choir and Grouse Records (its publishing arm) announce the release of their latest compact disc in the Canadian Composers Series: Imagining Incense, The Choral Music of R. Murray Schafer, Vol. 3. This disc is the third in a series of three all-Schafer CDs of choral music sung by the Vancouver Chamber Choir.  The new release includes many of Schafer's choral works from 1990 to 2005. Large or small, these are mature works marked by the richness of Schafer's unique choral style. Often virtuosic in its requirements of the singers, the panorama of Schafer's choral style is evident when one listens to the 20 works from four decades which are included on these three discs.

Imagining Incense is available online,  by email , or by phoning 604-738-6822.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, October 10, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

From MusicFest Vancouver: Ludus Modalis in Concert

For our thanksgiving day program Peter Togni brings you “Ludus Modalis”,  a french choir that focuses on the renaissance and early baroque periods. Their program “Sacred and Profane Love” fits in beautifully with thanksgiving as it is a time we give thanks for those we love in a celebration that has both sacred and secular elements.  “Ludus Modalis” pays particular attention to pronunciation and true intonation,  and the 5 members of the choir that perform in this concert create a beautiful “sonic bloom”.

You will also hear thanksgiving music the way Bach created it, and a taste of a brand new disc from the Belle Canto choir based in Edmonton, in their take on Eleanor Daley’s “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”.

Visit the Choral Concert blog at:  http://cbc.ca/choralconcert

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

EnChor and Vancouver Children's Choir Present Over the River and Through the Woods

A celebration of Thanksgiving in hymns and song: Sunday, October 17, 3:00 pm, Ryerson United Church, 45th Avenue and Yew Street, Vancouver. Admission by donation with pumpkin pie reception to follow.
Visit: www.EnChor.ca and www.vancouverchildrenschoir.ca

Laudate Singers Begin Season with Gala Fundraiser October 26

Laudate Singers, based on the North Shore of Vancouver, has a wonderfully varied season in store for its audience. We begin with our annual gala fundraiser, this year with Italy and opera as the theme, on October 26th at the Seymour Golf & Country Club.  We are honoured to be providing the music for the official North Vancouver City Remembrance Day service. We will perform our free kids Christmas concert twice this year on December 19th in both North and West Vancouver.  For more information about Laudate, visit www.laudatesingers.com

In Celebration of Chopin & Schumann: 200 Years Young!

Just returning from a successful tour in Italy, the Ewashko Singers are pleased to invite you to join them in celebrating the bicentennial of the births of Frédéric Chopin and Robert Schumann.  A concert featuring the works of these great masters of Romantic music will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, 30 Cleary Avenue.

200 ans et jamais démodés, un hommage à Chopin et Schuman

De retour de sa tournée réussie en Italie, le groupe Ewashko Singers est ravi de vous inviter à vous joindre à eux pour commémorer le bicentenaire des naissances de Frédéric Chopin et Robert Schuman. Ce concert qui mettra en valeur les œuvres de ces deux grands de la période romantique aura lieu samedi le 23 octobre prochain à 19 h 30, à la First Unitarian Church Congregation d’Ottawa, située au 30, avenue Cleary.

Vancouver Chamber Choir: NOVA Rising Choral Stars

Choral music is a very dynamic field, with hundreds of unsung heroes - young or little known choral composers from all around the world who are creating the next generation of wonderful choral pieces.

For the first half of this concert conductor Jon Washburn has chosen seven talented rising composers which he thinks you will want to know. They are Damijan Močnik (Slovenia), Ivo Antognini (Switzerland), Timothy Corlis (Canada), Evgeny Shcherbakov (Canada), Fredrik Sixten (Sweden), Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (Finland), and David MacIntyre (Canada).

8 pm Friday, October 15, 2010, Ryerson United Church (2195 West 45th Avenue at Yew Street, Vancouver)

Pax Christi Chorale presents Faure Requiem

In the opening concert of our 24th season, guest conductor Stéphane Potvin will lead Pax Christi Chorale and Pax Christi Youth Choir in a performance of the Fauré Requiem on Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 3:00 pm, at Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd, Toronto. Our guest soloists will be Canadian soprano Teri Dunn and baritone Michael Robert-Broder. The program will also include additional works by Samuel Sebastian Wesley in celebration of the 200th anniversary of his birth. Teri Dunn will perform the beautiful “Les Angélus” (The Angelus Bells) by Louis Vierne.

Visit our web site: www.paxchristichorale.org

Vancouver Chamber Choir presents 10th Biennial Young Composers’ Competition

The Vancouver Chamber Choir encourages young composers (ages 8-22) to submit applications to the 10th Biennial Young Composers’ Competition. It is an opportunity to compose for Canada's premiere choir, have the composition performed in the choir’s concert series, and receive a cash award!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5pm Friday, March 7, 2011

For more details and to download an application form visit www.vancouverchamberchoir.com/outreach Forms are also available by emailing info@vancouverchamberchoir.com or phoning 604-738-6822.

Vancouver Chamber Choir presents 31st Annual National Conductors’ Symposium

Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir will present the 31st annual National Conductors’ Symposium February 7-12, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada.  The symposium offers selected conductors an opportunity to take part in masterclasses with Canada’s premier choral ensemble.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 22, 2010

Application forms: Visit www.vancouverchamberchoir.com/outreach to download a brochure.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium VIII * St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador * July 10-13, 2011

Reminder of upcoming deadline for proposals - October 15, 2010.
If you are thinking about presenting a research paper, lecture-recital, workshop, panel or round table dialogue or poster... be sure to submit your 250-300 word abstract by October 15!
Visit the web site: http://www.festival500.com or contact arose@mun.ca for more information.

Music Conference Alberta November 4–6, 2010, Red Deer

Music Conference Alberta includes sessions designed for elementary music teachers, choral conductors, band directors, and studio instructors.  It provides an opportunity for musicians and music educators from across the province to attend workshop sessions, concerts, masterclasses, and social events. The conference is host to a large trade fair which includes more than 40 exhibitors annually. In addition, Alberta’s music education awards are presented at the MCA delegate luncheon.

For conference details and registration information, visit the Music Conference Alberta page on the ACF website.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Call for Peer Reviewed Articles

The Editorial Board for Anacrusis is accepting articles related to the choral art and of interest to choral musicians across the country. Articles on Canadian aspects of choral music are particularly welcome. Articles may be in French or English and should be submitted to: office@choralcanada.org
Please see Guidelines for Submission for details.

Demande d'articles revus par des pairs

Le comité de rédaction d'Anacrusis reçoit des articles sur l'art choral et d'autres articles susceptibles d'intéresser des musiciens, en anglais ou en français.  Nous recherchons surtout des articles portant sur le milieu canadien.  Veuillez vous reporter aux lignes directrices relatives aux soumissions.  Veuillez soumettre vos articles à office@choralcanada.org.

Podium 2012 Call for Choirs

Podium 2012, Canada's National Choral Conference, is now accepting applications from choirs interested in performing in Ottawa, May 17—20, 2012. You may download details and an application form here.  
Deadline for applications is March 15, 2011.

Podium 2012 Appel aux chorales

Podium 2012, le congrès national du chant choral au Canada, reçoit désormais des demandes de la part des chorales voulant se produire à Ottawa du 17 au 20 mai 2012.   Vous pouvez télécharger des informations et un formulaire de demande ici.  Date limite des demandes: le 15 mars 2011.

Celebrating Culture Day with A Random Act of Choral Music in Halifax

Participants in workshops organized by the Nova Scotia Choral Federation and the Association of Canadian Choral Communities, conclude the day with a public performance and community sing led by Willi Zwozdesky, (British Columbia) and accompanied by Rob Neufeld (Manitoba).

2011 dates announced: September 30 – October 2

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, October 3, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

The Elmer Iseler Singers in concert

This Sunday on Choral Concert Peter Togni brings you Canada’s choral treasure: the Elmer Iseler Singers. Conducted by Lydia Adams, the Iselers consistently deliver a luminous, rich and powerful sound that is unique in Canada and throughout the world. Having released over 30 CD’s since they were established in 1979 by Elmer Iseler, they remain deeply committed to Canadian choral music. In this concert called “Sing for the Earth”, they present 3 Canadian world premieres in the beautiful acoustic of “Our Lady of Perpetual Help” in Toronto.

Visit the Choral Concert blog at:  http://cbc.ca/choralconcert

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

24th annual Amadeus Choir Christmas Carol and Chanukah Song Writing Competition

Entries must be original, unpublished music compositions and can be submitted under any of the following Composer Categories: Individual Compositions – Child (under 10 years, 10-12 years and 13-14 years), Individual Compositions – Youth (15-17 years and 18-20 years) or Group Compositions (group of two or more individuals and small class or smaller group of children). Voicing Categories include: Unison unaccompanied, Unison with accompaniment by organ or piano, Harmony (e.g. SATB, SSA or other combination) unaccompanied and Harmony (e.g. SATB, SSA or other combination) with accompaniment by organ or piano.

Compositions must be submitted by October 15, 2010, and winners will be selected by a judging panel of internationally acclaimed choral conductors and composers. The first place winner in each category will receive a cash prize of $100 and the winning compositions will be performed by the Amadeus Choir at their December 18 concert, Sing with the Angels, in Toronto.

For more information contact: info@amadeuschoir.com

Lyric Singers Perform Surge Illuminare Jerusalem & More

The Lyric Singers, conducted by Nancy Rahn, will perform the newly commisioned work, Surge Illuminare Jerusalem by Luengen, Magnificat by Donkin, Seasons of Love by Daley and Songs by Schuman et al, Jazz, Folk and more! The concert takes place on Saturday, October 2, 2010, 7:30PM, at Dunbar Heights United Church 3525 24 AVE, Vancouver, BC (604) 731-6420.
Visit their web site: www.lyricsingers.ca

The Winnipeg Singers present Bach, Pergolesi and Handel

The Winnipeg Singers, one of Canada's premier choirs, open their 38th season with the works of three giants of the Baroque age; Johann Sebastian Bach's "Jesu, meine Freude", Pergolesi's Magnificat and Handel's Coronation Anthems. Westminster United Church; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Sunday October 3rd; 3 pm.
Visit their website: www.winnipegsingers.com

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, September 26, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

The Hilliard Ensemble in Concert

This week on Choral Concert Peter Togni brings you one of the most pristine sounding vocal groups ever, the vocal quartet from Great Britain know as the Hilliard Ensemble. These 4 men exemplify the highest standards of vocal production. Their main focus is early music, and in this concert they present music produced during the time of the Italian painter Caravaggio, born in 1571. The music is very dramatic (in a subtle renaissance way) and features everything from Monteverdi to Victoria . This was from the “Music and Beyond” festival this past July in Ottawa.

Visit the Choral Concert blog at:  http://cbc.ca/choralconcert

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Artistic Director/Principal Conductor Opportunity with Pro Coro Canada

Pro Coro Canada, Alberta’s professional choir, is seeking a new Artistic Director/ Principal Conductor, effective July, 2012. For more information visit Employment Opportunities.  Deadline is October 31, 2010.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, September 19, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

Elora Festival Singers presents Vivaldi’s “Gloria”

This week on Choral Concert Peter Togni brings you the Elora Festival Singers and the Elora Festival Orchestra conducted by Noel Edison performing Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria”. This piece is big, sunny, glorious, and full of light and hope. Truly one of the “red-haired priest’s”  most  famous pieces.

You will also hear a brand new release of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and the London Symphony Orchestra performing Karl Jenkins “Te Deum”.

Visit the Choral Concert blog at:  http://cbc.ca/choralconcert

ACCC & NSCF Present “TUNE UP! SING OUT!”, September 25, Halifax

On Saturday, September 25th the Association of Canadian Choral Communities and the Nova Scotia Choral Federation will present “TUNE UP! SING OUT!” a day of workshops to help Nova Scotians find their singing voices.  Open to anyone interested in singing in choirs as well as experienced choristers, it will be a day of learning and fun.

There will be music and learning for everyone.  Singers will benefit from workshops in vocal technique, reading music, and rehearsals that will allow them to learn and perform pieces all in one day.  Conductors can participate in masterclasses led by nationally known clinicians who will help them lead their choirs with skill.  Educators will be treated to renowned pedagogues presenting workshops on the Kodaly Methodology and the use of Folk Music in the classroom.

There will also be an important advocacy training workshop for arts administrators and conductors.  Throughout the day, a Choir Expo will feature information about many Nova Scotian choirs so new singers can find a group to join.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Singers Wanted

Laudate Singers, based on the North Shore of Vancouver, is seeking three more singers (soprano II, tenor II, and bass II) to join us for the season and auditions are underway. Applicants should be advanced choral singers with good vocal technique and extensive experience in a variety of styles and languages.For specific information and an audition time, please call 604-729-6814 or email info@laudatesingers.com. For more information on Laudate, visit www.laudatesingers.com

Friday, September 10, 2010

Sing Mozart in Salzburg October 7-10 2010

Michael Griffin sends a reminder to the choral community about an opportunity for singers/choristers /orchestral musicians to sing/accompany the Mozart Great Mass in C-minor as part of a wonderful festival in Salzburg. The idea is simple: Get the sheet music (PDF from Michael if you like), learn your part (soprano, alto, tenor or bass), register (a modest fee) and be in Salzburg from October 7-10 this year for rehearsals and oerformance. Sightseeing and accommodation options are provided. It's a simple but effective concept to encourage people to make music together in historical and beautiful Salzburg.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, September 12, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

SMAM presents: “The Monteverdi Vespers of 1610”

This week on Choral Concert Peter Togni brings you Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montreal, performing the Vespers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of 1610 by Claudio Monteverdi, “one of the most spellbinding, heartwarming, and sensuous works from any composer” according to Peter Togni. It’s the most ambitious sacred work to have been written before J.S. Bach. From the Church of Notre Dame de Bon Secours in Montreal, the performance also includes musicians from the ensemble Montreal Baroque.

Visit the Choral Concert blog and find the link to this concert on Concerts on Demand at: http://cbc.ca/choralconcert

2011 Montreal Choral Masterclass, March 3—6, 2011

This annual intensive workshop for choral conductors is under the guidance of conductor, Michael Zaugg, with the outstanding ensemble, voces boreales. Masterclass repertoire will include music by Benjamin Britten, Pawel Lukaszewski and Claude Debussy.

Application Deadline is December 1, 2010. For details on the institute and how to apply, visit www.montrealchoralinstitute.info




Krakow Advent and Christmas Songs Choir Festival Deadline

The deadline for applications for the Krakow Advent & Christmas Choir Festival, December  10-12, 2010 is September 30, 2010.

For detailed information, regulations and entry forms visit www.christmasfestival.pl

Vancouver Chamber Choir 40th Anniversary Season Launch

MUSIC OF THE MASTERS
Great Choral Music, 8 pm Friday, September 24, 2010
Ryerson United Church (2195 West 45th Avenue at Yew Street, Vancouver)

The Vancouver Chamber Choir’s 40th anniversary season opens with a concert of music from some of the greatest choral masters of all time. From Palestrina, the greatest Italian Renaissance composer of sacred music, one of his most famous pieces - the Mass for Pope Marcellus.

We mark the centennial of 20th century American great Samuel Barber with his signature choral work Reincarnations. Then conductor John William Trotter and the Choir are joined by pianist Terence Dawson for Béla Bartók’s poignant Slovak Folk Songs and a set of vivacious Gypsy Songs by Johannes Brahms.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sixième Festival International de Chant Choral Gerzat (63) : Appel à candidatures

Ce 6ème rassemblement de chorales organisé par l'Association Notes et Des Lyres (A.N.D.L.), aura lieu du 1er au 5 juin 2011 (week-end de l'Ascension). Nombreux concerts, stages, répétitions au programme.

N'hésitez par à consulter notre site internet afin d'avoir de plus amples renseignements et impressions sur ces évènements importants pour le chant choral, et vous pourrez y regarder photos et vidéos des précédentes éditions : www.andl-gerzat.fr rubrique 'festival de chant choral'

Si vous êtes intéressé par la participation à un tel événement, à savoir le 6ème festival international de chant choral de Gerzat, du 1er au 5 juin 2011, merci de nous faire parvenir avant le 1er octobre le formulaire de candidature disponible à l'adresse suivante :
www.andl-gerzat.fr/articles_/festival_chorales.html; ainsi que toutes les pièces demandées pour constituer un dossier complet.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Polonia Cantat Offers Many Festival Opportunities

For information on the many festival opportunities available to your choir, visit the Federation of Polish Choir Festivals, "Polonia Cantat", web site: www.poloniacantat.pl

Among other festivals you will find:

Argentina Musical Tours with SW Travel

Argentina Musical Tours specializes in the development and planning of musical tours in Argentina. This includes choirs, orchestras, ballet groups and companies linked to the musical arts.

We offer our customers the opportunity of venues dedicated to sacred music and performances at well known concert halls in Argentina and the rest of the world.

Our single objective is to offer your company, orchestra or choir an unforgettable artistic experience.

Visit our web site for more information: http://www.argentinamusicaltours.com

Thursday, September 2, 2010

29th International Choral Festival of Preveza 17th International Choral Competition of Sacred Music

Applications are now being accepted for the 29th International Choral Festival of Preveza incorporating the 17th International Competition of Sacred Music, which will take place in the town of Preveza, Greece, July 7 - 11, 2011. Many kinds of choirs can participate in the competition with freely selected repertoire generally of a sacred character, or they can just participate in the festivities of the festival, taking part in several concerts at the greater area of Preveza.

For more information about the previous festivals, the jury committee, the town of Preveza and the Choral Society Armonia as well as rules of participation and application forms, please visit our website www.choralpreveza.gr

Closing date for applications is May 1, 2011.

Come, meet and perform together in Europe

Cantus Salisburgensis Spring Festival, March 17–20, 2011
Required Tutti Pieces:
Choir Medley from West Side Story (Leonard Bernstein)
J.S. Bach: Aller Augen warten, Herr“ BWV 23/3

Cantus Salisburgensis Summerfestival, July 7-11, 2011

If your youth choir, orchestra or band is interested in participating in these festivals in Saltzburg, Austria, contact office@cultours.at  or visit www.cultours-europe.com

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Edmonton Columbian Choirs Announce 44th Season

The Edmonton Columbian Choirs, under the direction of Artistic Director Heather Bedford-Clooney, is pleased to announce its 2010-2011 Season which is proudly sponsored by the Edmonton Chapter of the Knights of Columbus, Magic 99 and Vue Weekly.

Greenwood Singers Announces 31st Season

Edmonton, AB – Greenwood Singers, under the direction of its founder and music director Robert de Frece, announces its 2010-2011 Season.  This is the choir’s 31st Season and once again, it will have the choir performing "Choral Music from Renaissance to Broadway" both in the a cappella style and by teaming up with various Edmonton artists.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, August 29, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

Schubert’s Mass in A Flat

Continuing in our August theme of great choral masterpieces as interpreted by the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique led by John Elliot Gardiner, this week Peter Togni will bring you the Mass in A Flat by Franz Schubert. One of Schubert’s most lyrical and appealing masses, it is perfect for a summer morning at the end of August.

You’ll also hear that incredibly charming theme to the television show ‘The Vicar of Dibley”, the Elmer Iseler Singers bring us joyful sounds with the Canadian Brass and also a few selections from the West Coast Mennonite Chamber Choir’s CD “Come, Hearts Delight”.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Edmonton Columbian Choirs Announce Auditions for 2010/2011 Season

The Edmonton Columbian Choirs (Edmonton’s family of choirs), under the direction of Artistic Director Heather Bedford-Clooney, is pleased to announce auditions for its 44th Season.  Auditions will take place on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at St. Joseph Catholic High School (10830 109 Street) starting at 6:30PM.

This year, the Edmonton Columbian Choirs has opportunities for singers in the following choirs:

Vancouver Chamber Choir 2010 - 2011 Concert Season

Artistic Director Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir are pleased to present their 40th anniversary concert season! This calendar of engaging repertoires from around the globe includes tradition and innovation and, as always, the consummate craft of Jon Washburn and the Choir.

There are many special highlights, starting with the last three of the Choir’s six 40th anniversary commissions for choir and orchestra. (The first three were premiered last season - the outstanding new pieces by John Tavener, Peter Berring and R. Murray Schafer). This year the composers are Canadian superstars Stephen Chatman and Imant Raminsh at the Orpheum concerts and the brilliant young British composer Tarik O’Regan at the Chan Centre.

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Amadeus Choir launches the 24th annual Christmas Carol and Chanukah Song Writing Competition

Though we may be in the throes of a seemingly never-ending summer heat wave, it’s never too early to start counting the days until the holiday season is upon us.

With that in mind, the Toronto-based and world-renowned Amadeus Choir (www.amadeuschoir.com) is launching its 24th annual Christmas Carol and Chanukah Song Writing Competition.  Established in 1987 by the choir and its celebrated Conductor and Artistic Director, Dr. Lydia Adams, the competition’s goals are threefold: to provide a forum for new compositions to be created, to motivate composers to develop their craft and to augment the existing choral repertoire for Christmas and Chanukah. 

The international competition is open to children and youth (in odd numbered years, the competition is open to all composers regardless of age or level of experience).  Entries must be original, unpublished music compositions and can be submitted under any of the following Composer Categories:  Individual Compositions – Child (under 10 years, 10-12 years and 13-14 years), Individual Compositions – Youth (15-17 years and 18-20 years) or Group Compositions (group of two or more individuals and small class or smaller group of children). Voicing Categories include:  Unison unaccompanied, Unison with accompaniment by organ or piano, Harmony (e.g. SATB, SSA or other combination) unaccompanied and Harmony (e.g. SATB, SSA or other combination) with accompaniment by organ or piano.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, August 22, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

Beethoven’s Choral Symphony

This week on Choral Concert Peter Togni brings you one of the great Choral Masterpieces of all time, the final movement of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Choral Symphony number 9 in an incredible recording by the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique led by John Elliot Gardiner. You’ll also hear a heart stopping performance of Mozart’s sacred aria “Laudate Dominum” with Barbara Hendricks and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields led by Sir Neville Mariner.

See What You Can Hear: DaCapo's 2010-2011 Concert Season

DaCapo's upcoming concert season promises to be a vibrant one.  Each of their three concerts will musically showcase an element of visual art.
Vanishing Point ~ music for choir, organ, and saxophone (November 13 & 14, 2010)
Chiaroscuro ~ music for choir and two harps (March 5 & 6, 2011)
A World of Colour ~ exploring and exploding the colour palette:  tradition meets the present (May 7, 2011)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Choral Resources

Be sure to visit the ACCC web site and our new Choral Resources page which will keep you linked to useful articles, archived "Choralicious" columns, Podium 2010 session notes and more.

Friday, August 13, 2010

NATIONAL CONDUCTORS’ SYMPOSIUM

An intensive workshop with Master Conductor Jon Washburn and Canada’s premiere choral ensemble, the Vancouver Chamber Choir

February 7–12, 2011, Vancouver, BC
Entry deadline: November 22, 2010

The Vancouver Chamber Choir’s 31st Annual National Conductors’ Symposium is an opportunity to take part in master-classes as a conductor or observer. Learn choral techniques, conducting gesture, score interpretation and more. Each conductor will conduct before an audience, as part of the Choir’s regular concert season.

For more information, please email info@vancouverchamberchoir.com or visit www.vancouverchamberchoir.com

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, August 15, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montreal  (SMAM) in Concert

Peter Togni brings us one of Canada’s (and the world’s) finest early music choirs in a concert. Praised for its "rich-textured, vibrant sound” and "hypnotic beauty”, the 10 to 13 singers in the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal are led by the visionary organist and harpsichordist Christopher Jackson.  You’ll hear transcendent music by Guillaume Bouzignac, John Taverner, and Etienne Moulinie.

You will also have a chance to compare the great rivals Salieri and Mozart back to back, and you get to decide who deserves the highest praise!

Elektra Women's Choir Announces 24th Season

Vancouver's renowned Elektra Women's Choir and Artistic Director, Morna Edmundson, are pleased to announce their 24th season, which includes a reading session of new works for women's choirs, a choral singing workshop for women, benefit concerts, and their main series, with performances in Vancouver, Victoria, West Vancouver, and New Westminster.

The Krutzen/McGhee harp and flute duo and the Vancouver Bach Children's Choir are guest artists for Chez Nous: Christmas with Elektra. This annual event, traditionally scheduled earlier in the season, offers an opportunity to enjoy some favourite music before the hectic schedule of December takes your breath away.

Elektra's co-presentation with Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Spring: O Primavera, offers a musical trip back in time to the Venice of the Doges, with music by Vivaldi and more. The orchestra will present Vivaldi's Spring from his beloved Four Seasons, and Elektra will join the orchestra in a performance of his exciting Gloria. Solo sets by each ensemble will round out the programme of musical richness.

The choir's final concert of the season brings together a dear friend and Elektra to share music and insightful Canadian readings around the themes of friendship, love, and life. Kindred Spirits: Elektra & Shelagh Rogers will include a visual component as well, with a slide show curated by Shelagh.

Elektra's 2010/11 season offers a musical feast featuring the award-winning choir's lustrous sound. Visit www.elektra.ca or call the choir office (604.739.1255) to order season tickets and to sign up for their email newsletter, the Elektric Wire. Tickets to individual concerts are also available now through Brown Paper Tickets www.brownpapertickets.ca 1.800.838.3006

The choir can be found on Facebook and on Twitter (@ElektraYVR). Be part of Elektra's 24th season and get "Elektra-fied!"

Friday, August 6, 2010

Vancouver Chamber Choir Young Composers’ Competition

The Vancouver Chamber Choir and Conductor Jon Washburn are pleased to offer young composers (ages 8-22) the opportunity to compose for Canada's premiere choir, have their composition performed in the choir concert series, and receive a cash award!

The competition is open to young composers from any country. Entries will be judged in three age categories with special awards for the best submissions by BC residents. Entries will be assessed on originality, craftsmanship of the music and, where appropriate, the words. Finalist compositions will be performed at the Vancouver Chamber Choir concert Youth & Music on Friday, May 6, 2011 at Ryerson United Church in Vancouver, BC.


Entry deadline: March 7, 2011

For more information, please email info@vancouverchamberchoir.com or visit www.vancouverchamberchoir.com.

McGill Conservatory Choirs Announce New Directors for 2010-2011 Season

After 16 years as the Founder/Director of the McGill Children's, Youth, and Adult Choirs, Erica Phare will be leaving Montreal for Cochrane, Alberta this summer. The Conservatory is thrilled to announce that Erica will be succeeded by three talented young conductors: Lisa Perusse will direct the Children's Choir, Amy Henderson will direct the Youth Choir, and Scott Gabriel the Adult Choir. For more information on these choirs, visit http://www.mcgill.ca/conservatory/courses/choirs/.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Chor Leoni Plans Exciting New Season

Chor Leoni is very excited about our upcoming season! With thirteen main concert performances spread across the Lower Mainland and as far afield as Victoria, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.
The choir’s concert series includes their 18th annual Remembrance Day concerts (Noble Peace), which centres on the writings of Nobel Peace Prize winners; Yuletide Fires, a kind of musical spa to soothe your busy soul with music, hope, and expectation during a hectic season; a first-ever foray into children’s entertainment (Kidz Koncert), that features stories, lullabies, sing-alongs, and tunes based on children’s literature and poetry but sung in a "grown up" style, and Bard Boyz, Chor Leoni’s “anything goes” tribute to boy bands through the ages.

Add in our much-anticipated At Home with Chor Leoni fundraiser and performances for the Vancouver Writers' Festival, CBC Food Bank Day, and several other community events, and it comes together into a busy season of singing.

"In this digital age, where it seems that everything has been done and captured on the internet, it is a particular pleasure to welcome you to a season of live, visceral, and immediate music, sung heart to heart," says Diane Loomer, our fearless leader. "Our intention is to move you to a joyful affirmation through moments of quiet reflection, enjoyment and outright laughter! Along the way you’ll find us premiering brand new works, singing in new venues (St. Mary’s Kerrisdale and UBC’s beautifully renovated Old Auditorium), and launching an exciting new young men’s choir programme, MYVoice."

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, August 8, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

Musica Intima

This week on Choral Concert we are featuring one of the most successful and interesting choirs in Canada, Musica Intima, the group that performs at an incredibly high standard without the insight and direction of  a conductor.  You’ll hear them in a concert called “Voyages” that features Eric Whitacre’s amazing and virtuosic piece  “Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine”.

You’ll also hear a selection from Paul McCartney’s “Ecce Cor Meum” for choir and orchestra, and a beautiful folk mass written by fiddler Mark O’connor.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Setmana Cantant Tarragona 2011

We are pleased to inform you that we have started working on the sixth edition of the Setmana Cantant Tarragona 2011, under the musical direction of Josep Prats and within the framework of the festivals of the Catalan Federation of Choral Associations (FCEC) and the European Federation Europa Cantat.

The Singing Week will be held in Tarragona, July 16—24, 2011.

Technology for the 21st Century Choir by Philip L. Copeland

Thank you to Philip Copeland for sharing his Podium 2010 session notes: Technology for the  21st Century  Choir

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni for Sunday, August 1,2010 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

I Coristi perform Holst, Brahms and Veljo Tormis

Do it for love, it’s the only way to get it right! This Sunday Choral Concert focuses on Edmonton with a performance by  “I Coristi”, an amateur choir that shows us how love, dedication and commitment can make a group stand up and be noticed across the country. You’ll hear some wonderful performances of Gustav Holst, Johannes Brahms, and Veljo Tormis. 

You’ll also hear an incredible performance of the “Salzberg Mass” by Franz Biber performed by La Stagione Armonica, and the intoxicating sounds of the all boy’s choir “Libera".

Visit the Choral Concert blog at:  http://cbc.ca/choralconcert

From the Hearth, Part II on Youtube

From the Hearth is a unique listening experience featuring recorded music by Elektra Women's Choir with commentary from Artistic Director, Morna Edmundson and Conductor Emerita, Diane Loomer, C.M. Join them as they sit by the fire, enjoy a glass of wine, and reminisce about Elektra's past 23 years. The second part remembers Elektra's first CBC Choral Competition win (for women's voices) and Elektra's early concert series: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmZBddFsugk

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Pacifica Singers Audition Announcement

The Pacifica Singers are a select ensemble of 16-18 voices led by award-winning conductor John William Trotter, Assistant Conductor of the Vancouver Chamber Choir.  The ensemble was established in 2009 to provide a performance venue for experienced and motivated choral singers whose goal is to make music at a very high level.  In providing direct exposure to the world of professional music making, it offers an experience of exceptional value for singers intending to make music their career.  Current members are drawn from throughout the Lower Mainland region, with many also serving as conductors, music educators, and/or professional singers in their communities. 

The Pacifica Singers will perform in four concerts with the Vancouver Chamber Choir in the course of the 2010-2011 season, in addition to one independent production. Repertoire will include masterpieces by Vivaldi, Fauré, Schubert, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and others.

Auditions will be held on selected dates in August 2010.  Rehearsals are held Tuesday evenings beginning in September, with additional dress rehearsals as required.

For more information, or to schedule an audition time, email John William Trotter at jwt@vancouverchamberchoir.com

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, July 25, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

Vaughn Williams Mass in G minor with the Elora Festival Singers

This week on Choral Concert we’ll present a mass setting that Peter Togni calls “one of the great unaccompanied choral works of the 20th century”. Strangely enough this religious work was written by a declared agnostic – the British composer Ralph Vaughn Williams. You’ll hear a pristine performance by the Elora Festival Singers led by Noel Edison.

Also on the show Vivaldi’s Gloria with Tafelmusik, the Medieval Babes, the great Finish sextet Rajaton and quite a bit more.

Visit the Choral Concert blog at:  http://cbc.ca/choralconcert

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Vancouver Sings: 10th Anniversary Choral Concert

Vancouver is blessed with an outstanding choral community and is home to some of the very finest choirs in Canada - and the world! This year MusicFest Vancouver celebrates its tenth year by inviting five of these distinguished choirs together in one hall, on one night, for a powerful and inspiring choral celebration.

Each featured choir, Elektra Women’s Choir, Laudate Singers, musica intima, Vancouver Bach Choir, Vancouver Chamber Choir and special guests, Brilliant Harmony women's choir from Japan, will perform several signature works and all the singers will come together for a grand finale.

This evening of choral music, sung in the superb acoustics of the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC, promises to be a festival highlight. Gather with other choral fans to witness this joyful salute to the power of the human voice on August 13 at 8:00 pm. Tickets available here.

Polyfollia Blog Created

A blog for Polyfollia festival has been created at: http://blogpolyfollia.wordpress.com. It is written in French, but there is a translation available. Feel free to check it.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Vancouver Chamber Choir...your Air Canada enRoute Entertainment

Travelling this summer? The Vancouver Chamber Choir could be flying with you!

If you are travelling with Air Canada between now and December 2010, be sure to tune in to your inflight audio entertainment. After rushing around a busy airport, you can unwind to the beautiful and relaxing sounds of Unexpected Gifts, the second CD in the Choir’s groundbreaking music for healing series.

Here’s how to find us:  Select Entertainment - Audio - Library - Easy Listening - Unexpected Gifts .

Enjoy your flight!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, July 18, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

The archways and pillars of the St Mary Major in Rome is the inspiration for one of the center pieces of this week’s Choral Concert. Alessandro Scarlatti has never sounded so pristine, or so rich and colourful as in this wonderful release by the Netherlands Chamber Choir.  You will hear the glorious "Magnificat Animae Dominum" from the Vespers of the Virgin Mary.

Also on the show is a live performance of Stephen Chatman’s  Earth Songs as performed by the University of British Columbia singers and the CBC radio orchestra conducted by Alain Trudel.

Visit the Choral Concert blog at:  http://cbc.ca/choralconcert

Schola Magdalena Sings Hildegard of Bingen

On Sunday, August 8 at 3 p.m., the five-voice women’s ensemble Schola Magdalena presents music of Hildegard of Bingen at the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, 477 Manning Avenue, Toronto. A “pay what you can” collection will be taken at the door. Schola Magdalena, which specializes in singing ancient music, is led by Artistic Director Stephanie Martin. 

After three years of devotion to medieval music and Gregorian chant, Schola Magdalena tackles this most challenging of chant repertoire, composed by the 12th-century abbess Hildegard of Bingen.

Music Celebrations International 2011 Festival Opportunities

If you are considering having your choir participate in an international choral festival you may wish to consider one of the following: Windy City Youth Choral Festival, Rome International Choral Festival, Mozart International Choral Festival and Somerset International Children's Choral Festival. See dates and contact information.

First International Competition for Choral Composition

The International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM), in cooperation with Europa Cantat and Jeunesses Musicales International, announces the First International Competition for Choral Composition "A Choral Work for Peace" with the aim of promoting the creation and the wide distribution of a new choral repertoire and, above all, of promoting peace among the people of this world with the help of music. Continue reading for details and regulations in English and French.

Saskatoon Chamber Singers Open Auditions

If you are a singer looking for a challenging and rewarding choir, performing richly varied repertoire, we invite you to audition for the Saskatoon Chamber Singers. The Chamber Singers have been one of Saskatoon's premiere choirs for over thirty years, and may be best known for their annual Remembrance Day concert. The schedule is rounded out by a seasonal concert in December or January, and one or two concerts in late winter and spring with varying themes. The Chamber Singers also perform often with the Saskatoon Symphony, and plans are currently being made for their first CD.
August 23–28 (other dates by appointment)
More information at http://www.saskatoonchambersingers.ca/auditions2010 

Praise, Protest and Purpose: An interactive Gospel Music Workshop

An exploration of Afro American Spiritual music. Participants will learn various gospel songs, voice and chorus blending, stage presence. Concert to follow.
3rd. Ave. United Church, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Thursday, August 19–Sunday, August 22
For more information contact Lawrie Stewart: Lawrie@L2o2.com or visit this web link: L2o2.com

Friday, June 25, 2010

Music for a Summer Evening Choral Concert

Join us for an uplifting evening of song as Calgary’s acclaimed Cantaré Children’s Choir, under the direction of Catherine Glaser-Climie, presents choral treasures old and new from their large and varied repertoire. The program will include Bach’s beloved “We will ich mich freuen” and Brewbaker’s thought-provoking “birdsongs.”

The concert will take place on Wednesday, July 7 at 7:30 PM at St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church (2345 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa). Admission is free and all ages are welcome.

University of Regina Music Department Position Available

The Province of Saskatchewan and the City of Regina maintain vibrant choral environments made up of school, church and community choirs. The Department of Music at the University of Regina, a flexible, responsive and dynamic team of performers and scholars, invites applications for a full-time, two-year-term position in Choral Music at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing September 1, 2010. The successful candidate should hold a DMA or PhD in Music and have a proven track record as a choral conductor.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, June 27, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

From Vancouver, the Golden Age of Venice, with the Laudate Singers 

This week on Choral Concert we head to Venice via Vancouver.  The Laudate Singers present Venetian Mosaic, music inspired by the more than 8,000 square metres of golden mosaics that cover the walls, ceilings and floors of St Mark’s Cathedral in Venice. You’ll hear wonderful performances of Gabrielli, Caldara, and the great man himself Claudio Monteverdi.

You will also hear an incredible performance of the finale of Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms in a brand new release from the Collegium Vocale Gent and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic.

Visit the Choral Concert blog at:  http://cbc.ca/choralconcert

Piano Accompanist Wanted

Piano accompanist position available at St. Helen's Anglican Church, Orleans. Our contemporary liturgy, encompassing a variety of musical styles, is enriched through an exciting music ministry team which includes a 20-member choir with choir director. Please see ad at http://choralcanada.org/ACCC_en/Employment.html for more information.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Performing & Cultural Tour Opportunities for Performers

Music, the global language: come, meet and perform together in Europe. Read about the variety of opportunities for choirs, bands, orchestras, dancers and soloists.

Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod 2010 – Top Prize goes to Canada

June 22, 2010—The Canadian choir "Le Collège Vocal de Laval" emerged victorious from the 8th Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod 2010. A top score of 25.1 points and the accompanying Golden Diploma were enough to see the choir, directed by Gregory Charles, take first place. All in all, a total of 500 participants from 6 countries took part in the competition, in the categories “Children’s and Youth Choirs” and “Folklore.”

The second place choir was from Malaysia. The “MIA Ladies Chorus” picked up one of the coveted Golden Diplomas and chalked up a score of 23.43 points. The 8th Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod 2010 was held in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, from 31 May to 7 June 2010.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, June 20, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

From Halifax, the “Tree of Life” with the Camerata Xara young women’s choir

Camerata Xara is a choir that is young in every sense. They are only 2 years old as a group and each member is under 30. They present a wonderful program that includes choreography, sets, lighting and spoken word to generate an atmosphere of pure magic.

You’ll also hear some selections from a brand new release by the Canadian Chamber Choir, and some exquisite Schumann romances by the Stuttgart Chamber Choir.

Plus, in honour of Father’s day Papa Haydn himself. Franz Joseph Haydn is considered the father of the modern symphony and the string quartet and he was affectionately called “Papa Haydn” by none other than Mozart himself. We’ll hear his Nelson Mass with the Trinity Choir and the Rebel Baroque Orchestra.

Visit the Choral Concert blog at:  http://cbc.ca/choralconcert

Monday, June 14, 2010

IX International Sacred Music Festival SILVER BELLS! January 14—16, 2011, Daugavpils (Latvia)

Participants in the Festival may be Children's, Male, Female and Mixed Choirs, Vocal Ensembles and soloists. The participants of the Competition will be awarded a valuable Prize and Diploma with a cash award for the winner of the Grand Prix competition.
http://www.silverbells.narod.ru

Friday, June 11, 2010

Ewashko Songers Présente ‘Jubilate Deo’ le 23 juin

Le groupe Ewashko Singers est ravi de vous convier à son concert ‘Jubilate Deo’ le 23 juin prochain à 20 h, à l’Orleans United Church, située au 1111, Boulevard Orléans, Ottawa.

Avec comme thème la joie et la gratitude, le programme de cette agréable soirée est un savoureux mélange d’oeuvres liturgiques d’Europe et d’Amérique qui débute avec la Kleine orgelmesse aussi connue comme la Petite messe avec orgue, la messe la plus intimiste de Haydn, ainsi que des hymnes slaves de Tchaikovsky, Kalinnikov et Korsakov.