Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Listen online to the CBC Christmas Sing-In

The 33rd annual CBC Christmas Sing-In, presented as part of World Choral Day 2012, is now available for listening online at CBC Music. The Sing-In features music by Honegger, Joubert, Villette, Howells, Duruflé, Warlock, Godfrey Ridout, Mark Sirett, Jonathan Dove, Fredrik Sixten, Derek Holman, Paul Halley, Julian Wachner and others, performed by the Choir of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, with director of music Jonathan Oldengarm at the organ, the Sing-In Brass led by trombonist Guy Bernard, and the audience of more than 1,200 all under the direction of conductor Jordan de Souza.
Link: music.cbc.ca/play/concert/CBC-Christmas-Sing-In-from-Montreal-2012-2012-12-09

CBC/McGill Youth Choir Gala: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Free podcast from CBC Music: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! read by Jonathan Goldstein and featuring the 200 young voices of the 10th annual CBC/McGill Youth Choir Gala and guest conductor Erica Phare, and a jazz trio led by Josh Rager. Available now, until January 6, 2013, from http://cbcmusic.ca/mcgill

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, December 30, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

The 10th anniversary edition of the CBC/McGill Youth Choir Gala

On Sunday December 30th, as we approach the end of 2012 Peter Togni will bring you the 10th edition of the CBC/McGill youth choir gala.

This wonderful collective concert that brings together the best of our youth from Montreal and beyond has become a highlight of the season for many Montrealers, as well as for CBC listeners across the country.

It’s an annual event produced by the CBC and this year you will hear the Choeur des enfants de Montréal, the English Montreal School Board Senior Chorale, the Ensemble vocal senior De La Salle, the McGill Conservatory Youth Choir, the South Shore Children’s Chorus and from Boston – the PALS Children’s Chorus.

All this plus Peter Togni’s top-of-the-list CD releases from 2012,  including the King’s Singers and the Boston Baroque.

Don’t forget that CBCMUSIC.CA has lots to offer for classical music lovers, there are 10 classical streams, available 24 / 7. You can also check out the Choral Concert blog plus extensive videos and concerts in all genres.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

INTERPLAY Interactive Workshops for Canadian Choral Composers

Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir will deliver the award winning Interplay: Interactive Workshops for Canadian Choral Composers February 27, 2013 in Regina, SK and April 10, 2013 in Vancouver, BC.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 18, 2013
The application form is available here.

During this program, composers are allotted individual rehearsal time (usually 30-45 minutes) with the professional chorus and conductor. This time may be used to test completed work and/or try out new concepts. Choir, conductor and composer dialogue about musical and technical features, strengths, flaws, textures, colours, notations and many other aspects of successful choral writing. Each workshop is closely tailored to the needs and interests of the individual composer.

A cross-section of composers, ranging from full professionals to university composition students and representing varied musical styles from avant garde, concert and church music to school and educational repertoire are chosen to participate in the Interplay workshops.

Composers are also welcome to attend the workshops as observers.

There is no charge to composers for this workshop, thanks to the generous support of the SOCAN Foundation.  

Vancouver Chamber Choir presents 11th Biennial Young Composers' Competition

The Vancouver Chamber Choir encourages young composers (ages 8-22) to submit applications to the 11th 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!

ENTRY DEADLINE: 5pm Monday, February 18, 2013

The entry form is available here.

Entries are judged in three age categories: Elementary (8-12), Secondary (13-17) and College/University (18-22), with several special awards for the best submissions by residents of British Columbia.  A panel of musicians selected by the Vancouver Chamber Choir adjudicates the competition by assessing the originality and craftsmanship of the music and, where appropriate, the words.

Finalist compositions will be performed at the concert YOUTH & MUSIC on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 8pm (Ryerson United Church, 2205 West 45th Ave, Vancouver).  Cash awards will be presented to two winners in each age group and also in the special BC categories.  Young composers are encouraged to seek the support of their own choir or school, which may also be eligible for an award.

In addition, all entrants will receive four tickets to a Vancouver Chamber Choir subscription series concert of their choice in the 2013-2014 season.

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, December 23, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Choral Concert presents the other great Christmas Choral work: J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

Handel’s great oratorio Messiah is the hot ticket item every year for classical music lovers. However, there is another masterpiece out there by one of the greatest classical composers of all time: J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.

This music is wide ranging, thoughtful, joyful and personal. It is full to the brim of what makes Bach so appealing;  meaty chorales, immensely interesting solo writing, and choruses that leave you amazed at his insight and complexity.

There are six cantata movements in all, and they are meant to be performed on six separate days throughout the Christmas season. In this edition of Choral Concert, we manage to squeeze in four of them into our two hour time slot.

You will hear a wonderful performance of this work recorded on December 6th with the great Belgian group Collegium Vocal Gent along with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra conductor by Philippe Herreweghe.

Don’t forget that CBCMUSIC.CA has lots to offer for classical music lovers, there are 10 classical streams, available 24 / 7 - plus a special seasonal music stream. You can also check out the Choral Concert blog plus extensive videos and concerts in all genres.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

ACCC Member Alert: Telephone Scam

If you are contacted by someone who claims to be calling from ACCC and asks for your mailing and/or email addresses, please do not give out that information. It is a telephone scam.

Bulletin  alerte; aux membres de l'ACCC: escroquerie téléphonique

Si quelqu'un prétendant vous appeler de la part de l'ACCC vous demande votre adresse postale ou électronique, sachez qu'il s'agit d'une escroquerie téléphonique, et qu'il ne faut en aucun cas lui révéler ces informations.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, December16, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

For this Sunday, December 16th Choral Concert will step aside to present "Joy to the World", our annual all-day celebration of seasonal music on CBC radio 2 with host Peter Togni.

CBC Radio 2 has carried this broadcast for 19 years – and on Sunday December 16 listeners will be treated to concerts from Finland, Denmark, Latvia, the Czech Republic, Iceland, Sweden, Germany, Georgia and Canada.

“Joy to the World” with host Peter Togni, this Sunday December 16th 9:00 - 6 pm, (9:30 - 6:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Diane Loomer Remembered

The Canadian choral community is saddened by the loss of one of our most highly respected and loved conductors. Diane Loomer, C.M.,who passed away on December 10, will be remembered by all who knew her as a wonderful friend, a kind and generous mentor and a superb choral musician. We mourn our loss and celebrate the life of a truly special individual.

Follow this link for some tributes:
http://www.cbc.ca/earlyedition/2012/12/11/remembering-diane-loomer/

Monday, December 10, 2012

i Coristi Chamber Choir Announces Search for Music Director

After 19 seasons as Music Director of i Coristi Chamber Choir, founder Dr. Debra Cairns is retiring. The choir is seeking candidates for a new Music Director.

i Coristi Chamber Choir is an auditioned mixed chamber choir of 20 to 24 volunteer singers located in Edmonton, Alberta. The choir focuses primarily on a cappella masterpieces from the Renaissance to the 21st century, while regularly inviting guest artists to provide accompaniment, and occasionally delving into other musical genres. The concert season typically consists of three concerts, as well as additional community events. The choir has toured nationally and internationally, been prize winners in choral competitions, been heard on national CBC broadcasts, and has appeared several times with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

The choir's artistic and administrative team comprises the Music Director, Assistant Conductor, Accompanist and Administrative Director, each of which is a paid position.

Complete job description and application details are available here.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, December 9, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Choral Concert celebrates World Choral Day with Eric Whitacre conducting the Vancouver Chamber Choir

Sunday December 9th is World Choral Day and to celebrate, Peter Togni brings us a concert with Eric Whitacre conducting his own works with the Vancouver Chamber Choir.

Eric Whitacre is as close to a rock star as you can get in the choral world. His music is featured with astonishing regularity by all of Canada’s choirs, and this high profile concert with the Vancouver Chamber Choir speaks to his international stature and his broad appeal.

You will hear some of his lesser known early works, plus the works that has made him an international celebrity like “Five Hebrew Love Songs” and “Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine”.

World Choral Day is an international choral event created to extol the values of solidarity, peace and understanding. To find out more go to: www.worldchoralday.org

Don’t forget that CBCMUSIC.CA has lots to offer for classical music lovers, there are 10 classical streams, available 24 / 7. You can also check out the Choral Concert blog plus extensive videos and concerts in all genres.

Jamie Hillman Awarded the 2012 Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting

Toronto, December 3, 2012 – The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) and Choirs Ontario today announced Jamie Hillman as this year’srecipient of the Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting. The Leslie Bell Prize will be presented to Mr. Hillman at the Chatham Kent Children’s Chorus Christmas concert on Sunday, December 16, at 6 p.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Chatham, Ontario.

In choosing Jamie, the jury noted that:
"Jamie showed skilled and artistic conducting technique. His supportive and encouraging communication with the choir produced a relaxed yet focused performance."

Le prix Leslie Bell pour chefs de chœur 2012 attribué à Jamie Hillman

Toronto, 3 décembre 2012 – Le Conseil des arts de l’Ontario (CAO) et Choirs Ontario ont annoncé aujourd'hui l'attribution du prix Leslie Bell pour chefs de chœur de cette année à Jamie Hillman. Le prix sera remis à M. Hillman le dimanche 16 décembre, à 18 heures, lors du concert de Noël du Chatham Kent Children’s Chorus qui se tiendra dans l'église évangélique luthérienne Our Saviour à Chatham (Ontario).

En choisissant M. Hillman, le jury a souligné que « ce chef de chœur possède une technique de direction adroite et artistique. Sa communication attentive et encourageante avec le chœur a donné lieu à une prestation décontractée mais bien ciblée ».

Friday, November 30, 2012

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, December 2, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

The Canadian Chamber Choir with Canta Mara in Halifax

This week on Choral Concert Peter Togni brings us the Canadian Chamber Choir in a concert from Halifax. Recorded in the beautiful acoustics of St Patrick’s Church in Halifax, The Canadian Chamber Choir teamed up with Canta Mara - a brand new adult choir based in Nova Scotia.

You’ll hear Julia Davids lead the two groups into some very special choral territory, with some exquisite writing from Canadian composers Jeff Enns and Rupert Lang.

Plus – some sneak previews of Peter Togni’s favourite choral CD’s you might want to find under your tree this Christmas.

Don’t forget that CBCMUSIC.CA has lots to offer for classical music lovers, there are 10 classical streams, available 24 / 7. You can also check out the Choral Concert blog plus extensive videos and concerts in all genres.

Crossroads Singers: A Transformative Experience

In 1998, Dr. Marilyn Hundleby added a choral program to the range of art therapies within the Arts in Medicine Program (AIM) at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton. Dr. Hundleby believed that the physiological, psychological and spiritual aspects of singing in a choir would benefit those who were journeying through the unfamiliar and frightening experience of cancer. As with other art therapies in the AIM program, the choir was open to patients, their supporters, and health care providers – anyone who had been touched by cancer in any way. The choir, which welcomes all voices, is directed and accompanied by Beth MacIntosh. Regular Wednesday afternoon practices prepare the group to extend its message of hope and “Gift of Song” to the community, and twice a year, in the spring and during the Christmas season, the group performs concerts in extended care facilities, hospitals and retirement centres.

As we all well know, the accelerating costs of health care have necessitated many hard choices, and the clinical research to support the effectiveness of adjunctive art-based therapies is easily outweighed by that of traditional interventions like radiation and chemo. So it was a shock, though not a complete surprise, to be told that our choral singing program was being discontinued.

Singing and Depression: Assistance Requested

Vivien Fellegi is a journalist writing a magazine article about the beneficial impact of singing on depression. In her article she will attempt to explain why singing helps to relieve depression with reference to recent studies on this topic by a number of experts. She would also like to collect  experiences from singers who suffer from depression and have been helped by singing. If you are interested in assisting with this research, please contact Vivien at vfellegi@hotmail.ca.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Saskatoon Chamber Singers Releases CD

For the last fifteen years the Saskatoon Chamber Singers has presented a concert of music and readings on Remembrance Day. Drawn from these concerts, the choir's first CD, Remember, commemorates those who fought and died in war as well as those who have gone before us. The selections cover a wide spectrum in their approach to life and its inevitable ending. Most of the music showcases a vibrant contemporary choral repertoire, with over half by Canadian composers. The CD was recently featured on CBC Radio's Choral Concert, which noted the Chamber Singers' "wonderful blend ... and a rich sound, sort of gorgeous velvet."
For more information:  http://www.saskatoonchambersingers.ca/remember

Friday, November 23, 2012

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, November 25, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Choral Concert presents “The Sacred and the Profane” with the Ottawa Bach Choir

This week on Choral Concert Peter Togni delves into the contrasting worlds of the Renaissance master Claudio Monteverdi. He lived at a time of great musical change, where the “profane”, or secular world was becoming as important as the sacred world of the church.

Claudio Monteverdi’s push towards the beauty and simplicity of pure melody and away from big, cathedral-oriented textures earned his place in history as a musical maverick. He was one of the first musicians in history where we can say: “could that man write a melody”!!!

This week on Choral Concert Peter Togni brings you the Ottawa Bach Choir as they tackle the beautiful and innovative world of this great Italian renaissance master, delving into both his sacred and “profane” works.

The Ottawa Bach Choir has come into their own over the past few years, performing a full range of repertoire at a higher and higher level. Not to be missed.

Don’t forget that CBCMUSIC.CA has lots to offer for classical music lovers, there are 10 classical streams, available 24 / 7. You can also check out the Choral Concert blog plus extensive videos and concerts in all genres.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Wanted: New Releases for Review

ACCC would like to review any new choral CDs and/or books related to the choral world for Anacrusis. If you have a new CD or book about choral music, please send a review copy to:
Carolyn Nielsen, VP Communications, 198 Rocky Road, Keswick Ridge, NB E6L 1V2

Recherche: Dernières nouveautés relatives à l'art choral

L'ACCC voudrait évaluer de nouveaux CDs ou/et de nouveaux livres relatifs à l'art choral en vue de la publication de critiques dans Anacrusis.  Si vous avez un nouveau CD ou un livre susceptible de nous intéresser veuillez en adresser un exemplaire à: Carolyn Nielsen, Communications VP, 198 Rocky Road, Keswick Ridge, NB E6L 1V2

International A CAPPELLA Contest Leipzig May 3—June 2, 2013

Applications are now being accepted for the International A CAPPELLA Contest Leipzig. The contest supports the mutual exchange and artistic development of young groups and is open to a cappella groups of all styles. The contest offers the renowned A CAPPELLA Award and price money of € 4.500 altogether, including the Audience Award, the Amarcord Special Prize and future performances at the Festival for Vocal Music “a cappella”.

All participants will benefit from a workshop with Dr. Matthias Becker, singer and leader of the jazz ensemble VoKAL ToTAL.

Vocal groups with three to eight members and a maximum average age of 28 years may apply for participating in the contest. Amplified and non-amplified groups will compete in the same category. The application form can be found on the contest website: www.a-cappella-contest.com. The Application deadline is 15th January 2013.




Thursday, November 15, 2012

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, November 18, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Choral Concert presents “Mysterious World’s” with Pro Coro Canada

This week on Choral Concert Peter Togni brings us legends, fairy tales, distant lands and cloud capped mountains.... through choral music that invokes mysterious places, and mysterious worlds.

Our feature choir is Pro Coro Canada, led by their new director Michael Zaugg. They will bring us a program called “Once Upon a Time” a concert full of legends, heroes and far away places. You will hear the music of Bo Holten, Ugis Praulins, and the Nova Scotian composer and rising star Cy Giacomin.

You will also hear mysterious music by the American composer Eric Whitacre, and the Estonian Cyrillus Kreek.

Don’t forget that CBCMUSIC.CA has lots to offer for classical music lovers, there are 10 classical streams, available 24 / 7. You can also check out the Choral Concert blog plus extensive videos and concerts in all genres.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Múzsa Festivals for Choirs - 2013

The Múzsa Festival Organizing Office in Hungary lists dozens of cultural programmes, competitions and festivals for choirs. You may view the complete listing on their web site: http://www.muzsaoffice.hu/index.php/en/

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Latvian Radio Choir - Livestream on Sunday November 11

For people who don’t live in Toronto or can’t attend the performance of the Latvian Radio Choir with four Canadian University choirs this Sunday, the livestream will be up on the concert event page on the Soundstreams website: http://www.soundstreams.ca/Latvian-Radio-Choir-Concert.

Friday, November 9, 2012

TMC 3rd Annual Choral Conductors' Symposium-Application Deadline Extended to November 23

Noel Edison to lead 3rd annual TMC Choral Conductors’ Symposium January 22-26, 2013 in Toronto

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is now accepting applicants for the 3rd annual TMC Choral Conductors’ Symposium.  The TMC created this national symposium in 2011 as part of its Emerging Conductors Program to bring together emerging choral conductors with acclaimed conductor Noel Edison and two internationally recognized choirs. During the symposium participating conductors work intensively with Noel Edison and the choirs to expand their own choral conducting skills.  In 2013 the five-day Toronto-based symposium will take place from January 22 through 26.

Participating conductors will not only refine their skills in workshops with Noel Edison, but will be given the rare opportunity to conduct the 70-voice Mendelssohn Singers 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.

Five conductors will be accepted into the program.  There will also be opportunities for others to participate as observers.  The deadline for conductors to submit their application to participate is November 23, 2012.  Details, including the registration form, are available on the TMC Choral Conductors’ Symposium web page.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, November 11, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

20 years of remembrance with Vancouver’s Chor Leoni

For the past 20 years, Vancouver's all men's choir Chor Leoni have presented annual Remembrance Day concerts.

These concerts have struck a chord so deeply with audiences that Chor Leoni has to present three performances just to accommodate interest and often, they are so popular that still people are turned away at the door for lack of room.

Their conductor Diane Loomer says that "while the theme and choice of repertoire may have gradually changed by focusing more on songs of peace rather than war, our hopes and our goals for this concert have remained consistent throughout these twenty years.  That is, to provide you with a quiet space to openly mourn, grieve, remember, and reflect.  There are times in all of our lives when loss and feelings of grief seem impossible to express in words.  We hope it helps to say it with music."

For this Remembrance Day Sunday Peter Togni brings us this annual event recorded in a very special studio session with Chor Leoni - created just for Choral Concert.

You will also hear a brand new release of Arvo Part’s Adam's Lament featuring the Latvian Radio Choir.

Don’t forget that CBCMUSIC.CA has lots to offer for classical music lovers, there are 10 classical streams, available 24 / 7. You can also check out the Choral Concert blog plus extensive videos and concerts in all genres.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Hamilton Children's Choir Guests at 1st Xinghai International Choir Championships

This week the Hamilton Children's Choir and Artistic Director Zimfira Poloz depart for China where they will be the special guest star performers at the 1st Xinghai International Choir Championships where they will be joined by over 100 choirs from all over the world, 25 of them from the host country China.

As invited guests, the HCC will sing in the opening and closing ceremonies at the dazzling Guangzhou Opera House, (both of which will be broadcast by CCTV) and perform at the Gala Concert & the Award Ceremony. The choir will compete at Xinghai Conservatory for the Xinghai Prize in a competition that is open only to choirs already experienced in international concerts and competitions and which are ranked amongst the world's best amateur choirs. On November 12th. Artistic Director Zimfira Poloz and her Hamilton Children's Choir will give a workshop for all the other choirs and their conductors at the Choral Symposium.

Following this festival, the choir will travel to Shenzhen to give a workshop for the Shenzhen Choral Association and perform an evening concert at the Shenzhen Concert Hall.


Celebrate World Choral Day December 9, 2012

World Choral Day (WCD) is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday in December: this year December 9. The theme for 2012 is “Solidarity”: choral events organized for WCD on or around that date will form a collective expression of solidarity with all the people who are suffering because of human and natural catastrophes.

We invite you to enter an event for WCD by simply completing the form that is available on www.ifcm.net or www.worldchoralday.org. This only takes 5 minutes, but it makes your event visible to the whole world. You can download the WCD logo and the official WCD proclamation from the same website. The proclamation is usually read during an event, but is not a must, making sure the WCD message is heard all over the world.

We’d appreciate it if you sent us some data and maybe some photos after the event. If you want more information: project.manager@worldchoralday.org


Friday, November 2, 2012

33rd Annual National Conductors' Symposium APPLICATION DEADLINE APPROACHING!

Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir will present the 33rd annual National Conductors' Symposium February 4-9, 2013 in Vancouver, Canada. The symposium offers selected conductors an opportunity to take part in masterclasses with Canada's premier choral ensemble.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 19, 2012

The application form is available here.

Five applicants will be chosen to participate as Conductors, receiving significant time with the Vancouver Chamber Choir in rehearsal and performance in the final concert POETRY IN MUSIC on February 9. As many as 10 additional applicants will be selected as Observers and be involved in all aspects of the Symposium, including one opportunity to conduct.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Call for Research Papers

The Editorial Committee for the Association of Canadian Choral Communities (ACCC) is now accepting research papers for the Spring 2013 issue of Anacrusis, the magazine of the ACCC. For submission guidelines, please visit the ACCC website at http://choralcanada.org/ACCC_en/Guidelines.html. Submissions should be forwarded to the attention of Carolyn Nielsen at academic@choralcanada.org. All papers will undergo a process of blind peer review.
Submission deadline is February 15, 2013.

Appel de communications de recherche

Le comité de rédaction de l'Association des communautés chorales canadiennes (ACCC) accueille des  communications de recherche pour le numéro de printemps 2013 d'Anacrusis, le journal de l'ACCC.  Pour les directives relatives aux soumissions, veuillez consulter le site internet de l'ACCC (http://choralcanada.org/ACCC_fr/Directives_pour_les_soumissions.html. On adressera les soumissions à l'attention de Carolyn Nielsen (academic@choralcanada.org). Toutes les communications seront soumises à un processus d'évaluation par les pairs en aveugle.  
Le date limite pour la soumission est fixée au 15 février 2013.

L’Alliance des chorales du Québec est à la recherche d’une directrice ou d’un directeur général(e)

L’Alliance des chorales du Québec est à la recherche d’une directrice ou d’un directeur général(e) pour assumer les opérations et les activités quotidiennes.

L’Alliance des chorales du Québec (l’ACQ) est un organisme à but non lucratif regroupant plus de 250 chœurs et ensembles vocaux représentant environ 10 000 choristes. Notre organisme a pour mission de promouvoir et de valoriser la pratique du chant choral au Québec et à l’international. Le milieu choral est en pleine effervescence et est l’un des loisirs les plus pratiqués au Québec par des milliers de gens de cœur.

L’Alliance des chorales du Québec souhaite faire des prochaines années une période de développement en suscitant l’intérêt de ses membres. L’ACQ veut mieux répondre aux exigences accrues qu’imposent les besoins de formation et les conditions de pratique du chant choral.

Dans cette optique, l’Alliance fait avancer certains projets clés concernant les communications, l'information et le recrutement de nouveaux membres. La mise en place de nouveaux programmes (formation, spectacles, colloques, séminaires et forums d’échange d’expertise) ou encore des projets de numérisation et d’édition s'inscrivent dans ces priorités. La direction générale a pour mandat d'assurer la direction et la gestion de l'organisme à la lumière de ses orientations stratégiques.

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, November 4, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Choral Concert Classics!

This week on Choral Concert Peter Togni brings us the Choral Concert classics. Over the past four years the Choral Concert team has built up a list of favourite pieces – yours and ours – that have always had the biggest and best response.

On this program you will hear great choral works like Handel’s Zadok the Priest, Hubert Parry’s Jerusalem and the 40 voice motet Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis.

You will also hear some of Peter Togni’s interesting and slightly unusual favourites, pieces like Columba Aspexit by the 12th century Abbess Hildegard of Bingen, and Stravinsky’s Laudate Dominum in a classic 1960’s recording with the CBC Symphony Orchestra and the Festival Singers of Toronto.

 Don’t forget that CBCMUSIC.CA has lots to offer for classical music lovers, there are 10 classical streams, available 24 / 7. You can also check out the Choral Concert blog plus extensive videos and concerts in all genres.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Save 20% Soundstreams’ Latvian Radio Choir Concert

Soundstreams continues its 30th anniversary season with The Latvian Radio Choir at Koerner Hall, University of Toronto, on November 11 at 3:00 pm. This epic choral concert features classics from the Russian and Latvian repertoire (Rachmaninov’s Vespers, Schnittke’s Choral Concerto) as well as two Canadian works. Four university choirs from across Canada join the world-acclaimed Latvian Radio Choir for this event.

Soundstreams is pleased to offer ACCC members 20% off regular priced tickets to this event. Call 416-408-0208 and quote the code “SSLATVIAN” or buy online now at http://www.soundstreams.ca/Latvian-Radio-Choir-Concert

Noel Edison to lead 3rd annual TMC Choral Conductors’ Symposium January 22-26, 2013 in Toronto

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is now accepting applicants for the 3rd annual TMC Choral Conductors’ Symposium.  The TMC created this national symposium in 2011 as part of its Emerging Conductors Program to bring together emerging choral conductors with acclaimed conductor Noel Edison and two internationally recognized choirs. During the symposium participating conductors work intensively with Noel Edison and the choirs to expand their own choral conducting skills.  In 2013 the five-day Toronto-based symposium will take place from January 22 through 26.

Participating conductors will not only refine their skills in workshops with Noel Edison, but will be given the rare opportunity to conduct the 70-voice Mendelssohn Singers 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. Five conductors will be accepted into the program. There will also be opportunities for others to participate as observers. The deadline for conductors to submit their application to participate is November 12, 2012.  Details, including the registration form, are available on the TMC Choral Conductors’ Symposium web page.

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, October 28, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Giants of the Baroque – Bach and Handel

This week on Choral Concert Peter Togni brings us two great composers that defined the baroque era: Bach and Handel.

These two giants were both born in 1685, and with Bach’s intensity, poetry and deep intelligence contrasted by Handel’s grandiose, but direct and immediate passion the two men offer a comprehensive panorama of one the greatest periods in musical history.

You will hear highlights from Handel’s oratorio Israel in Egypt in a live concert with the BBC singers, plus a sneak peak of Tafelmusik’s upcoming release of the Messiah.

From J.S. Bach you will hear his famous cantata Wachet Auf  with the Bach choir of Bethlehem, and Sheep May Safely Graze with the Elmer Iseler Singers.

Don’t forget that CBCMUSIC.CA has lots to offer for classical music lovers, there are 10 classical streams, available 24 / 7. You can also check out the Choral Concert blog plus extensive videos and concerts in all genres.  

Friday, October 19, 2012

Let the Peoples Sing Euroradio Choral Competition 2013

The "Let the Peoples Sing" Euroradio Choral Competition is a Radio Competition organized in odd years under the auspices of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The Competition is open to amateur choirs, recordings of whom are submitted by EBU Active or Associate Member organizations.  The 2013 Competition will take place in Luxembourg, with an international jury listening to recordings (semi-finals) in January 2013 to select the finalists who shall perform on Sunday 13 October 2013 with a live Euroradio transmission.

Complete information is available on the web site:
http://www.ebu.ch/en/radio/competitions/Copy_of_2011_ltps_index.php

Deadline: November 30, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, October 21, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

New Releases and the “Diabolus in Musica”

This week on Choral Concert Peter Togni brings us a full slate of new releases, everything from the latest offerings from The Sixteen to a wonderful new CD by the French group Diabolus in Musica, who dedicate themselves to the performance of medieval choral music.

Diabolus in Musica named themselves after the medieval dictum that a specific musical interval, the tritone (or diminished fifth) is not to be sung under any circumstances. It was considered the “Devil’s Interval” and inspired evil thoughts….

In this edition of Choral Concert you will actually hear Peter Togni sing a tritone on air, and you can judge for yourself whether or not it deserves such a diminished characterization. Nevertheless, I assure you he will survive unscathed  and will go on to bring us some incredible music performed by Diabolus in Musica - a collection dedicated to the great musical master Johannes Ockeghem.

Don’t forget that CBCMUSIC.CA has lots to offer for classical music lovers, there are 10 classical streams, available 24 / 7. You can also check out the Choral Concert blog plus extensive videos and concerts in all genres. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, October 14, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Choral Concert contemplates the great beyond

This week on Choral Concert Peter Togni brings us to the ultimate question, the big one, the vexing pondering of what lies beyond….  with an incredible performance of Mozart’s Requiem.

Whatever you think happens to us in the hereafter, the contemplation of this profound question has led to the creation of some of the greatest music in the western choral tradition.

In this edition of Choral Concert you will hear everything from our feature piece of Mozart’s Requiem performed by the Latvian State Chorus and the Latvian National Symphony, the Elmer Iseler Singers singing motets by Maurice Durufle, to the great Hubert Parry’s “I Was Glad” performed by the Vancouver Bach Choir.

Don’t forget that CBCMUSIC.CA has lots to offer for classical music lovers, there are 10 classical streams, available 24 / 7. You can also check out the Choral Concert blog plus extensive videos and concerts in all genres. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

NATIONAL CONDUCTORS’ SYMPOSIUM February 4 – 9, 2013 Entry deadline: November 19, 2012

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

The Vancouver Chamber Choir’s 33rd 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

http://www.vancouverchamberchoir.com/NCS.pdf

YOUNG COMPOSERS’ COMPETITION Entry deadline: February 18, 2013

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, April 19, 2013 at Ryerson United Church in Vancouver, BC.

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

Application form: http://www.vancouverchamberchoir.com/YCC.pdf

Thursday, October 4, 2012

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, October 7, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Choral Concert celebrates Thanksgiving

This week on Choral Concert Peter Togni brings us the most beautiful music he can find to fit in with your thanksgiving Sunday. It’s a time of year for gathering up, taking in and celebrating family and friends. Whatever you are doing this Sunday, Peter will have music that you will love to hear.

You’ll hear everything from the Vancouver Chamber Choir singing classics like Handel’s Zadok the Priest  and Arron Copeland’s Simple Gifts to the London Philharmonic and Chorus doing the glorious finale of Beethoven’s  Ninth Symphony and the ever transcendent Laudate Dominum of Mozart with the Bavarian Radio Choir.

Don’t forget that CBCMUSIC.CA has lots to offer for classical music lovers, there are 10 classical streams, available 24 / 7. You can also check out the Choral Concert blog plus extensive videos and concerts in all genres.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Call for Papers and Presentations for The Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium IX

If you are interested in singing, the place to be in July 2013 is at FESTIVAL 500, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador!

See the Call for Papers and Presentations for The Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium IX, an integral component of the Festival, co-sponsored by Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Proposals are due OCTOBER 15, 2012! Check it all out at:

http://www.festival500.com/

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Chor Leoni Announces Successor to Founder Diane Loomer, C.M.

Erick Lichte appointed Artistic Director effective September 2013   
Diane Loomer,  C.M., concurrently assumes Conductor Emerita position
 
Vancouver’s renowned pride of singing lions, Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, is pleased to announce the appointment of Erick Lichte as Artistic Director effective September 2013, at which point founder and current Artistic Director, Diane Loomer, C.M., will step into her new active role as the choir’s Conductor Emerita.   
   
Diane expressed every confidence in the transition, saying, “During my 20 years as Founder and Artistic Director of Chor Leoni I have worked with most of the elite male choir conductors in North America. I cannot overstate my sense of pride and delight that Erick, one of the most respected of these conductors, has agreed to succeed me as our new Artistic Director. He has the knowledge, experience, education, and most of all, the spirit, to carry on our legacy.”

As a founding member, singer and Artistic Director of the male vocal ensemble Cantus, Lichte created and sustained one of only two full-time vocal ensembles in the United States. His work with Cantus garnered the 2009 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the highest honor for the professional choral organization Chorus America. He has also been awarded major grants from Chamber Music America and the National Endowment for the Arts.   
    
As Chor Leoni’s Associate Conductor, Lichte accompanied the choir to Europe this past July, where they won twelve major awards at the 51st. Seghizzi Concorso Internationale Di Canto Corale in Gorizia Italy. This experience offered an invaluable opportunity for the choir and Erick to work together intensively and successfully.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, September 30, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Choral Concert goes to the Opera

This week on Choral Concert Peter Togni takes us to the opera! Some of the most beautiful music every written for choirs come from operas or are inspired by opera and we are going to devote our entire program to these glorious musical moments.

You’ll hear the tender “Humming Chorus” from  Puccini’s Madam Butterfly, “Va Pensiero” from Verdi’s Nabucco, opera inspired masses from Schubert and Berlioz and much more.

It’s all meant to stir your heart and rouse your passion - as only the greatest operatic moments can.

Don’t forget that CBCMUSIC.CA has lots to offer for classical music lovers, there are 10 classical streams, available 24 / 7. You can also check out the Choral Concert blog plus extensive videos and concerts in all genres.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Auditions: Boy Treble Voices for Britten's Saint Nicolas

Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir are excited to announce a performance of Britten's Saint Nicolas cantata, with tenor Ben Heppner singing the title role. It will be performed at 8pm Friday, December 7 at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver.

Maestro Washburn will be holding auditions on Sunday, October 14 from 2-4pm for four boy treble roles:

Young Nicolas: able to sustain a high E
3 young boys (often referred to as the "three pickled boys"): range A to high F-sharp

Please note: only unchanged boys' voices will be considered.

Candidates are asked to prepare one song of their choice. An accompanist will be provided.
 
To schedule an audition or for more information,  contact Steven Bélanger:  sbelanger@vancouverchamberchoir.com  (604) 738-6822 ext 22

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, September 23, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

The National Youth Choir with Ivars Taurins

Every night, just before walking on stage, Ivars Taurins gathered the National Youth Choir together and offered them this sage advice: “cool head, warm heart.”

Wise words from one of Canada’s best musical directors, giving these emerging musicians the essence of what it takes to make great music – a clear, calm mind and a deeply passionate soul.

This Sunday on Choral Concert Peter Togni will bring you the National Youth Choir in two concerts they performed this past May, one in Ottawa and the other in La Prairie, Quebec.

The National Youth Choir gathers up the most talented young vocalists from across Canada every two years and gives them a once in a lifetime opportunity - the chance to rehearse intensely and then tour with one of Canada’s best choral conductors.

You will hear them rise to the challenge of performing music that would require even the most hardened  professionals to work up a serious sweat, and you will hear them do it with grace and style. Music by Poulenc, Saint-Seans, Brahms, Tavener and Christos Hatzis.

Don’t forget that CBCMUSIC.CA has lots to offer for classical music lovers, there are 10 classical streams, available 24 / 7. You can also check out the Choral Concert blog plus extensive videos and concerts in all genres.

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Celebrates Culture Days September 30


The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s mission is to provide Canadian audiences with the experience of the classical choral masterworks of the world. We’ve found a new way to do that. On September 30 at 4 pm EDT (that’s 1 pm PDT and 5:30 pm NDT) the TMC will webcast their January 2012 Choral Conductors’ Symposium concert. During the webcast Canadians can also join a conversation about the concert on twitter with TMC Associate Conductor Matthew Otto. Canadians can watch the concert on the TMC’s website at www.tmchoir.org and tweet their comments to @TMChoir. The TMC is very excited to be included amongst nearly 7,000 free activities that are already registered to take place in some 800 communities across Canada for the third annual Culture Days. We’re especially proud to be going national with our Culture Days event to share the experience of great choral music with people from every corner of Canada.

Anyone with internet access can go online and enjoy a choral concert by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Elora Festival Singers, performing great choral works spanning the Renaissance to the 21st century. The TMC is webcasting its January 2012 Choral Conductors’ Symposium concert. This Symposium brought together five emerging conductors for a week-long intensive workshop with TMC Conductor and Artistic Director Noel Edison. It concluded with a free concert in Yorkminster Park Baptist Church where the five participants conducted the full Toronto Mendelssohn Choir in movements from major works by Mozart, Haydn and Handel, and the Elora Festival Singers in chamber works by Byrd, Britten, Rutter and more.

During the webcast TMC Associate Conductor Matthew Otto will be answering questions on twitter.  Matthew Otto was a participant in the first TMC Choral Conductors’ Symposium and in June 2011 was appointed as TMC Associate Conductor.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, September 16, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Music from the Sistine Chapel – with the Elora Festival Singers

The Sistine Chapel is one of the world’s centers of great music. Composers like Palestrina, Allegri, Victoria and Josquin des Prez created some of the most beautiful music of all time for the Sistine Chapel.

This Sunday on Choral Concert Peter Togni will bring us music from the Sistine Chapel performed by one of Canada’s finest choirs, the Elora Festival Singers conducted by Noel Edison. Performed in the beautiful Church of our Lady in Guelph, the resonant sounds wrap you up in a tapestry of glorious interweaving polyphonic musical lines.

You will also hear a brand new release from Vancouver’s Musica Intima, the 20th anniversary celebration.

Don’t forget that CBCMUSIC.CA has lots to offer for classical music lovers, there are 10 classical streams, available 24 / 7. You can also check out the Choral Concert blog plus extensive videos and concerts in all genres.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Vancouver Chamber Choir Auditions September 22

The Vancouver Chamber Choir is holding auditions for professional-level singers. All voices (SATB) are invited.

The Vancouver Chamber Choir is a fully professional choir of 20 experienced, well-trained singers. The key activities of the Choir include a subscription series that is unique in Vancouver, extensive touring in Canada and abroad, broadcasting live concerts on the CBC, recording, commissioning and premiering new choral compositions, and presenting four to five educational programs throughout each season. The Choir demands a major commitment of time and needs to be the singers' top priority.

The Vancouver Chamber Choir usually rehearses on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings. A list of substitute singers is maintained; these people may also be used to augment the Choir if a larger group is needed.

An audition lasts approximately one half hour and singers will be required to sing three or four pieces in different styles and languages; there will also be an interview with Jon Washburn. A formal résumé is required.

Singers are expected to provide their own accompanist for the audition. 

Contact Catherine for an appointment at catherinelaub@hotmail.com

Friday, September 7, 2012

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, September 9, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

New season, new releases

This week on Choral Concert Peter Togni will travel around the world to bring us the best new choral releases for the fall.

You’ll hear brand new music from Canadian groups like Les Voix Baroque, Concerto Della Donna and the Elora Festival singers. You’ll also hear some beautiful international releases including a mass reflecting on the New Zealand earthquake of 2011 by Antoine Brumel performed by the Tudor consort.

Don’t forget that CBCMUSIC.CA has lots to offer for classical music lovers, there are 10 classical streams, available 24 / 7. You can also check out the Choral Concert blog plus extensive videos and concerts in all genres.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Ottawa Choral Society's Open House Wednesday, September 12

Join us at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, September 12, at Blessed Sacrement Church in the Gleeb (corner of Percy and Fourth) for a rehearsal open to the community. Christmas Oratorio scores will be provided (or bring your own). Open to all voices and abilities.

If you like what you hear at the rehearsal you can book your audition immediately following the open house.

Please contact choirmanager@ottawachoralsociety.com with any questions.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

DINNER AT THE GARDEN with special guest Eric Whitacre

You're invited to Dinner at the Garden on Friday, October 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the Visitor Centre, VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver. Join special guest, Eric Whitacre who will conduct the Vancouver Chamber Choir in a sneak preview of the Saturday night concert.

Tickets are $175 ($100 tax receipt) with proceeds in support of the Vancouver Chamber Choir" youth outreach and educational programs.

To reserve your seat. please call 604-738-6822 or email vgoosen@vancouverchamberchoir.com by October 12, 2012.

Pacifica Singers Auditions

The PACIFICA SINGERS will hold auditions for new members on the afternoon and evening of Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Pacifica Singers are a select ensemble of 20-28 voices led by award-winning conductor Kevin Zakresky. The ensemble is now anticipating its fourth season, and exists as part of the Vancouver Chamber Choir organization. The ensemble performs with Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir on three or four concert programmes each season and also presents two independent concerts with Kevin Zakresky.

The Pacifica Singers provide an ideal performance venue for experienced and motivated choral singers whose goal is to make music at a very high level. By providing direct exposure to the world of professional music making, it is an experience of great value for singers intending to make a career in music.

Current members live throughout the lower mainland, with many serving as conductors, music educators, and/or professional singers in their communities. Most rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings, with occasional weekend rehearsals and additional dress rehearsals as required.

For more information on Pacifica Singers click here.

For more information on Kevin Zakresky click here.

For more information or to schedule auditions contact Kevin Zakresky at kevinzakresky@me.com

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Ottawa Choral Society Announces THE DISCOVERY SERIES

This new recital series, designed by OCS Artistic Director Jordan de Souza to compliment the Main Choral Series, will feature both rising stars and celebrated vocal artists in an exploration of the human voice. The inaugural recital on October 15 at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church will feature two of the hottest young talents on today's Canadian classical music scene, bass-baritone Philippe Sly and pianist Jordan de Souza, in an intimate evening of musical conversation and glorious treasurers for the voice.

Please call us at 613-725-2560 or visit ottawachoralsociety.com for more information on our new season.

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, September 2, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Old Music, New Music and nothing in between

This week on Choral Concert Peter Togni will bring us some of the earliest choral works known, but he will also bring us some 20th century choral classics. It’s either old or new, but nothing in between.

There’s a wonderful similarity between these two worlds, as if for many composers the complexity of the music of the 18th and 19th century just disappeared in the 20th, and the celebration of simplicity became the common ground between the old and the new. From the music of Hildegard von Bingen, the earliest known composer of western music to the contemporary sounds of Jan Garbareck and his improvising saxophone, choral concert will span one thousand years in a few moments.

You will also hear the music of Josquin Des Pres, Ralph Vaughn Williams, Thomas Tallis and Carl Orff.

Don’t forget that CBCMUSIC.CA has lots to offer for classical music lovers, there are 10 classical streams, available 24 / 7. You can also check out the Choral Concert blog plus extensive videos and concerts in all genres.

Friday, August 24, 2012

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, August 26, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Music from the USA

This week on Choral Concert Peter Togni will bring us music from the USA.

With the international prevalence of composers like Eric Whitacre, Philip Glass and Samuel Barber, the distinct beauty of American music has touched the world. It’s a sound that could be described as settled, but somehow not content. There is an edge in that glorious beauty that somehow reflects a nation still defining its artistic voice to the rest of the world.

You will hear the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Choir of New College Oxford, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and the Los Angeles Master Choral and Orchestra.

Don’t forget that CBCMUSIC.CA has lots to offer for classical music lovers, there are 10 classical streams, available 24 / 7. You can also check out the Choral Concert blog plus extensive videos and concerts in all genres.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Ottawa Choral Society Names New Artistic Team

The Ottawa Choral Society is pleased to announce the appointment of a strong new leadership team whose wealth of creative energy, talent, expertise and experience will provide exciting challenges and rewards for the 100-plus auditioned members of the Society and its patrons. 

Following an extensive search, OCS President Jim Howse recently announced that Montreal-based Jordan de Souza has been named Conductor and Artistic Director of the Ottawa Choral Society and Kevin Reeves, Resident Chorus Master.  Howse said, “ We are delighted to have two such outstanding choral musicians leading the choir. The board is extremely pleased to have been able to attract Mr. de Souza who, at twenty-four, is already in great demand and is on a fast track to becoming one of Canada’s most visionary and exciting music directors. At the same time, we are very happy to be continuing the important long-term relationship the choir has developed with Mr. Reeves whose skill in choral training has proven invaluable to the choir in past seasons.”  From Edmonton, where he is currently preparing Ariadne auf Naxos, Mr. de Souza said, “It is an honour to be appointed the new leader of the OCS as successor to Matthew Larkin, and it is with great pleasure that I begin my term, alongside Kevin Reeves, this fall: eager to continue and develop the tradition that has long distinguished this outstanding organization. I look forward to getting to know each of the Society's members personally and to engaging with the choir’s patrons. Together we will continue the evolution that keeps the OCS relevant, thriving, and bold in its endeavours.”

Friday, August 17, 2012

Phoenix Chamber Choir Announces New Artistic Director: Dr. Graeme Langager

Following the 2011-2012 season Phoenix embarked upon an international search for a new Artistic Director, searching for that single person to lead us into the 2012-2013 season and beyond. We were looking for an innately musical soul, with a compelling vision for our organization – someone with formidable drive, singular talent, and a deeply passionate heart.

The Phoenix Chamber Choir is pleased to announce our new conductor and artistic director: Dr. Graeme Langager

With a career spanning four degrees (including a Doctorate in Conducting from the prestigious Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and a degree in Jazz Studies from our very own Capilano College), and 18 years of experience directing community choirs and collegiate choral ensembles, Graeme Langager brings a wealth of experience, vibrant leadership style, and an enthusiasm for performing the finest choral repertoire with nuance, brilliance, sensitivity, and heart.

"I am thrilled to be appointed as Phoenix’s new Artistic Director," said Graeme, "and am eager to begin my work with this amazing group of talented individuals. Phoenix has a long tradition of excellence, and I am honoured to be joining them as conductor."

AUDITIONS will be held Tuesday, August 28, 7:00-10:00 pm at the Carousel Theatre Society. Auditions will be 15 minutes in length; please prepare a short selection of your choice to sing a capella.  To reserve an audition time, please email Graeme Langager at director@phoenixchamberchoir.bc.ca

For more information:

info@phoenixchamberchoir.bc.ca
www.phoenixchamberchoir.bc.ca
www.facebook.com/PhoenixChamberChoir

Thursday, August 16, 2012

YOUNG COMPOSERS’ COMPETITION Entry deadline: February 18, 2013

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, April 19, 2013 at Ryerson United Church in Vancouver, BC.

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

Application form: http://www.vancouverchamberchoir.com/YCC.pdf

NATIONAL CONDUCTORS’ SYMPOSIUM 2013

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

February 4 – 9, 2013
Entry deadline: November 19, 2012

The Vancouver Chamber Choir’s 33rd 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


Download the brochure here:
http://www.vancouverchamberchoir.com/NCS.pdf

Florilège Vocal de Tours 2013 International choral music competition National competition

We are pleased to inform you that the rules and registration form of the next Florilège Vocal are available and downloadable from our website.

Florilège Vocal de Tours 2013 Concours international de chant choral Concours national

Nous avons le plaisir de vous informer que les règlements et bulletins d'inscription du prochain Florilège Vocal sont disponibles et téléchargeables sur notre site Internet.

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, August 19, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Music from Russia

This week on Choral Concert Peter Togni will lead us into the sounds of the Russian music tradition. Some of the deepest and most beautiful choral music comes from Russia, it’s a rich and glowing tradition that sets an incredibly high standard for the rest of the world to follow.

You will hear the St Petersburg Chamber Choir, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and the Exultate Chamber Singers.

Don’t forget that CBCMUSIC.CA has lots to offer for classical music lovers, there are 10 classical streams, available 24 / 7. You can also check out the Choral Concert blog plus extensive videos and concerts in all genres.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, August 12, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Music from Northern Lands

This week on Choral Concert Peter Togni will take us to the cool, spacious world of the north.

There is a wonderful and mysterious quality in the music that comes from cultures that live with the cold and dark for many months of the year, and then celebrate the bright and intense light of the brief summer.

Northern countries, including Canada, all have very strong choral traditions. Perhaps it is because singing together brings warmth, light and hope.

You will hear music from Finland, Norway, Estonia, Russia and of course – Canada. Choirs will include the Helsinki University Chorus, the Elora Festival Singers, the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble, the Swedish Chamber Choir, and the Chorovaya Akademia.

Don’t forget that CBCMUSIC.CA has lots to offer for classical music lovers, there are 10 classical streams, available 24 / 7. You can also check out the Choral Concert blog plus extensive videos and concerts in all genres.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

An Invitation to Celebrate Britten 100

Benjamin Britten's 100th birthday is on 22 November 2013. The official Britten 100 celebrations start in September 2012 and end in August 2014, to include the concert seasons either side of the centenary year 2013.

Britten 100 is an inclusive branding developed by the Britten–Pears Foundation to link together the many activities that will mark the centenary of the composer in 2013. The official centenary website is now live at www.britten100.org. The website includes an events database that can help you publicise any relevant activities you might be planning during the centenary period.

Any organisation planning Britten performances or other relevant activities between September 2012 and August 2014 is warmly invited to use the Britten 100 events database to help spread the word, to use our official Britten 100 logo and download our other free online resources. We look forward to hearing about Britten centenary events from every part of the world and from organisations large and small.

Please email or call us at The Red House: info@britten100.org or +44 (0)1728 451700.

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, August 5, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

German Romantics

This week on Choral Concert Peter Togni will lead us into the deep waters of the 19th century German romantics, where we will wallow in the creative tension between passion and intellect. This is the period of the great German masters, where the ideal was to create a new synthesis of art, philosophy and science.

You will hear Brahms, Schubert, Reinberger, and Mendelssohn performed by some of the best choirs from across Canada and around the world – including the Vancouver Cantata Singers, the West Coast Mennonite Chamber Choir, the Corydon Singers and the Monteverdi Choir.

Don’t forget that CBCMUSIC.CA has lots to offer for classical music lovers, there are 10 classical streams, available 24 / 7. You can also check out the Choral Concert blog plus extensive videos and concerts in all genres.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Advertise in Anacrusis

Get the word out about your chorus, event, company, or product by advertising in the national choral journal of the Association of Canadian Choral Communities! By advertising in Anacrusis, you’ll be reaching hundreds of Canadian choral conductors, singers, administrators, composers, and industry leaders, from coast-to-coast.
Advertising Rates for 2012 available here.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, July 29, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

A focus on men’s voices

This week on Choral Concert Peter Togni is bringing the rich, thick and lyrical sound of men’s voices to center stage.

It wasn’t long ago that male choirs seemed to be fading into history. With many choirs abandoning the practice of using boys as trebles, the trend was towards blended choirs – allowing for a full mature sound right across the range of voices.

However, it seems that lately there is a return to same sex choirs, and especially all-male choirs. Their sound is rich, thick and warm - kind of like an orchestra of cellos.

Choirs like Chor Leoni, Chanticleer, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the Mungano National Choir from Kenya have all released superb discs in the past few years, and this Sunday we will sample all of them.

Don’t forget that CBCMUSIC.CA has lots to offer for classical music lovers, there are 10 classical streams, available 24 / 7. You can also check out the Choral Concert blog plus extensive videos and concerts in all genres.

A New Choral Voice


Shattering any sense of social formality that would be expected of an interview at a choral music conference, I quickly direct the conversation to Michael Zaugg’s bid for Artistic Director of Pro Coro instead of asking him about the conference.

“Oh, you’re talking about Pro Coro, not Podium!” Zaugg remarks, surprised at my conversation starter.

“I’m here to talk about you,” I state.

“O.k.!” he says with a smile as he readies himself.

In addition to his roles as the conductor of the St. Lawrence Choir in Montreal, the Cantata Singers in Ottawa, and voces boreales at the Montreal Choral Institute, over this past year Zaugg participated in a comprehensive selection process for the position of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for Pro Coro Canada. As a Pro Coro chorister, I was able to participate in a small portion of this process and blogged about the experience. The news of Zaugg’s successful appointment as Artistic Director was welcome news not only to me but to the entire Edmonton choral community.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Chor Leoni Launches 20th Anniversary By Winning a Dozen Awards at 51st Seghizzi International Choral Festival (Italy)

Vancouver’s Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, Artistic Director, Diane Loomer, C.M., and Associate Conductor Erick Lichte ended an 18 day tour of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Italy with stellar performances at the 51st Seghizzi Concorso Internationale Di Canto Corale in Gorizia, Italy, where they received a dozen prizes including second place in the Grand Prix, and won a total of €6500. The Seghizzi Competition, held July 12 to 15, drew fifteen adult choirs of all voice types (mixed, women’s choirs, men’s choirs) from Canada, Columbia, Croatia, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Poland, and Russia.

“Wins are always exciting but the implications and relevance of wins are often far-reaching,” says Loomer. “Chor Leoni's triumphs at the Seghizzi International Competition in Italy feel especially sweet since they mean a more world-wide recognition of choral accomplishments and excellence coming from Canada. Perhaps the fact that we won so many firsts in various categories, as well as winning both 'audience favourite' awards and 'best artistic programming' tells me that we are achieving our mission of performing a widely eclectic assortment of choral music and doing it well.”

Thursday, July 19, 2012

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, July 22, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Brand new releases for your summer listening part 2

This week on Choral Concert Peter Togni continues to bring you everything that’s new in choral music - all new releases that have come out since the beginning of the year.

You’ll hear the Elektra Women’s Choir from their brand new CD Pure Elektra, some incredible samples from the US choir the Voices of Ascension, the Collegium Stuttgard doing JS Bach, and the Capella Pratensis doing a 15th century masse by Joseph Obrecht.

Capella Pratensis are an all male choir, from the basses right up to the sopranos. They take authentic practice very seriously. They even go so far as to read their music all from one giant book, rather than from individual parts, as was custom in the 1400’s. Many people say this gives the choir a blended, unified sound, and requires deeper listening from each chorister.

You can see and hear more of them at the  Choral Concert blog plus extensive videos and concerts in all genres at  CBCMUSIC.CA

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Vancouver Chamber Choir appoints Kevin Zakresky, Pacifica Singers Conductor

The Vancouver Chamber Choir and Artistic Director Jon Washburn are pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Zakresky as the new conductor of Pacifica Singers. This is the fourth season for Pacifica Singers, an associate vocal ensemble of the Vancouver Chamber Choir. They perform with the Vancouver Chamber Choir regularly each season and also present one or two independent concerts.

"We are pleased with the appointment of outstanding young Canadian musician Kevin Zakresky as the conductor of Pacifica Singers," said Mr. Washburn. "Kevin recently completed his doctorate in conducting at Yale University and also serves as Music Director of the Prince George Symphony Orchestra. He brings excellent musical and leadership skills to his new position and we're all looking forward to working together."

Mr. Zakresky is becoming well known in Canada as an orchestral and choral conductor, clinician, and teacher. He has degrees from UBC and Yale and taught  conducting at the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. He was also an adjunct faculty member at Douglas College and a regular faculty member of the Vancouver International Song Institute. He contributed articles on contemporary choral music to the Association of Canadian Choral Communities' Anacrusis, the American Choral Directors Association's Choral Journal, and the Journal of Singing by the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He will begin conducting Pacifica Singers in September and teaching at the Vancouver Symphony School of Music. For more information, please click here.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, July 15, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Brand new releases for your summer listening

This week on Choral Concert Peter Togni brings you everything that’s new in choral music - all new releases that have come out since the beginning of the year.

You’ll hear the Cambridge Singers, the St Paul’s Cathedral choir, and a wonderful new release by the Arion Baroque orchestra and Chorus doing excerpts of  Bach’s St John Passion.

You will also hear a brilliant new disc by the Elora Festival Singers: “I saw Eternity” features all Canadian composers in a collection that is lyrical, immediate and beautifully  performed and recorded. Composers Leonard Enns, Peter Tiefenbach and Glenn Buhr all get stunning performances in this release.

Don’t forget that CBCMUSIC.CA has lots to offer for classical music lovers with 10 classical streams, available 24 / 7. You can also check out the Choral Concert blog plus extensive videos and concerts in all genres.

Vancouver Chamber Choir introduces Steven Bélanger, General Manager

The Vancouver Chamber Choir and Executive Director Jon Washburn are pleased to introduce Steven Bélanger, the organization's new General Manager. He succeeds Violet Goosen who served as General Manager for 24 years and retired in June.

"Steven has now stepped into the position of General Manager. During the last year he has served with distinction as the Choir's Associate Manager, and has sung with the ensemble for five years," said Mr. Washburn. "He has an excellent array of administrative, managerial, musical and language skills that are going to be of great benefit to our organization. He has a deep love and understanding of choral music and is totally committed to the art form and the Vancouver Chamber Choir's role in sustaining it."

Mr. Bélanger brings a diverse administrative background to the Vancouver Chamber Choir. He has worked with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the award-winning classical music magazine La Scena Musicale, and was the Development Coordinator and Production Assistant of the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal. He has served as Production Coordinator for CBC/Radio-Canada and has participated in several negotiating committees for Union des artistes in Montreal. He has also acted as Communications Director of the Canadian Chamber Choir, as well as serving on their Board of Directors.  His artist biography is available here

Take Every Opportunity: An Interview with Hilary Apfelstadt


Conductor, Music Educator, Scholar, Author, Director of Choral Studies at the University of Toronto (U of T) --- these are all roles which Hilary Apfelstadt has seamlessly integrated into her life. At the Podium 2012 conference, Apfelstaft’s University ensemble, the MacMillian Singers, performed a joint concert with the Elmer Iseler Singers and she discussed with me her experiences within each of these different roles.

While Apfelstadt enjoys conducting a wide range of ages, she confesses that she loves working with University students because “they are still teachable and in the teaching process they have enough knowledge that they can contribute… it is very collaborative.” A recurring theme in our discussion is the concept of education because Apfelstadt first and foremost sees herself as a music educator. She exudes no air of conductor superiority.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Call for Papers: The Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium IX July 7-10, 2013 St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

If you are interested in singing...

The place to be in the summer of 2013 is Newfoundland and Labrador. Indulge your musical, creative and scholarly spirit and join us for this exciting event!

Festival 500, in cooperation with Memorial University of Newfoundland, invites proposals for presentations at The Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium IX. This highly acclaimed symposium is an integral academic component of Festival 500. Its purpose is to gather international expertise and provide a forum for interdisciplinary discourse and performance, the dissemination of research, and the generation of further knowledge relating to the phenomenon of singing. The Symposium invites submissions relating to all aspects of singing and the voice.

Go to http://www.festival500.com to download the Symposium Call for Papers and Presentations brochure... OR continue to read on for information on the following items:
  • Proposal Information
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  • 2013 Invited Keynote Presenters
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CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, July 8, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

The Tallis Scholars in Concert

This week on Choral Concert Peter Togni brings you the Tallis Scholars in Concert. The Tallis Scholars are world renowned for their precise singing, perfect intonation and profound musicality. You will hear them in concert at the Church of Our Saviour in Copenhagen, Denmark.

You will also hear two pieces written by famous composers trying to keep their jobs; find out more at the  Choral Concert blog.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, July 1st, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Canada Day on Choral Concert: Festival 500 - Sharing the Voices!

This Sunday Peter Togni celebrates Canada Day with a special encore presentation of one of our favourite concert broadcasts from this past year – a celebration of Festival 500 from St. John’s Newfoundland, one of Canada’s most treasured choral festivals.

Singing in Newfoundland and Labrador has been a way of celebrating, mourning, and telling their community's stories for over 500 years. That community spirit is still at the heart of Festival 500, as St John’s now reaches out beyond its shores to bring in choirs from across Canada and around the world, to celebrate the power of song.

We’ll hear a broadcast of the highlights from one year ago this July, recorded at the Arts and Culture Centre and Gower Street United Church in St. John's.

Don’t forget that CBCMUSIC.CA has lots to offer for classical music lovers, there are 10 classical streams, available 24 / 7. You can also check out the Choral Concert blog plus extensive videos and concerts in all genres.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Congratulations Lydia Adams, the 2012 Recipient of the Roy Thomson Hall Award of Recognition

On June 21, Dr. Lydia Adams was announced as the winner of the Roy Thomson Hall Award of Recognition, part of The 2012 Toronto Arts Foundation Arts Awards, at the Mayor’s Arts Awards Lunch. Dr. Adams, conductor, pianist, composer, producer, and arranger, received a $10,000 cash prize, her name on the base of the Dora de Pedery Hunt sculpture (located in the lobby of Roy Thomson Hall) and seat endowment in her name.

Lydia Adams is Conductor and Artistic Director of both the Elmer Iseler Singers and the Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto, national leaders in commissioning, premiering, performing and recording Canadian choral works. Dr. Adams believes passionately in the power of music to effect positive change in the lives of people of all ages and consistently demonstrates a true dedication to the creation and growth of Canadian choral music. Her expertise and dedication make her a vibrant and inspiring musical force and a deserving recipient of the recognition.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Choral Concert, with host Peter Togni Sunday, June 24, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the Cologne Radio Choir and Orchestra.

This Sunday on Choral Concert Peter Togni will bring you the great Mass in C Minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
It was a work of  thanksgiving for the recovery of his wife Constanza from a serious illness. When it looked like she wasn’t going to make it he swore he would write a piece of thanksgiving if she did.

She did recover, but from the tone of Mozart’s work it sounds like he was still reflecting on the possibility of what might have occurred. From the first notes the piece is dark, full, rich and intense and it points to Mozart’s awareness of the fragility of life and in some ways, to his own destiny. He died 8 years later in 1791.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Composers, Conductors, and Choirs


The prospect of interviewing Lydia Adams was a formidable one. In my mind, the choral heavy weights in Canada consist of the three professional choirs in our country: The Elmer Iseler Singers, Pro Coro Canada, and the Vancouver Chamber Choir. Thus, the choral influence of each of these respective organizations is due in large part to their Artistic Directors. I knew I better not mess this up. The choral shame would be too much to bear. Adams is the conductor and Artistic Director of the Elmer Iseler Singers. She met with me following her joint concert with the Elmer Iseler Singers and the MacMillian Singers at Podium 2012, which honoured the work of Canadian composer Ruth Watson Henderson.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Choral Concert, with host Peter Togni Sunday, June 17, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

The Huelgas Ensemble in Concert

This Sunday Peter Togni brings you one of the world’s truly great choral ensembles, the Huelgas ensemble conducted by Paul van Nevel. Not only do they have total mastery over pitch, style and rhythm – but they also have a unique sound that is very rich in the mid range, producing a gloriously deep tone. This is the kind of "total immersion" music you could listen to forever.

Based in Switzerland, this group started off as specialists in contemporary music and over the years have become more and more focused on Renaissance and Medieval music. They take their name from a Gregorian Chant manuscript based in Burgos, Spain called the “Codex Las Huelgas”.

In this concert from Lunenburg, Germany you will hear music by Renaissance and Medieval masters Agricola, Rossi, Clemens non Pappa, Orlando de Lasso and with a jump ahead into the 1700’s, you will also hear the great baroque master J.S.Bach.