Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Friday, April 30, 2010

Choralicious No. 8: Summer Choral Opportunities

Summer (apparently) is at our doors. When I think about what made my childhood summers special and memorable, family trips and musical camps come to my mind. I have fond memories of hearing birds in the morning, getting ahead in a new piano piece and singing my lungs off in the choir. I would attend camp as soon as possible anticipating the beauties of the Laurentians and the taste of fresh strawberries. I wish that all of you will have a similarly wonderful experience.

For this last Choraliscious of the year, I searched provincial web-sites to find enticing choral opportunities for children, youth and adults, and conductors. You will find an overview of workshops offered in each province. Until then I hope to see you all at Podium 2010 ! From May 20st to 23th in Saskatoon.

Choeuralléchante no. 8: les programmes de chant choral

 L’été est à nos portes (semble-t-il!) Lorsque je pense à ce qui a rendu les étés de mon enfance inoubliables, je pense aux vacances passées en famille et au camp musical de Lanaudière. J’ai des souvenirs mémorables des oiseaux que j’entendais dès mon réveil, de l’avance que me procurait l’apprentissage d’une pièce de piano et de chanter dans la chorale à pleins poumons. Dès l’école terminée, je vivais l’attente de revoir la beauté du paysage and de goûter les premières fraises de la saison. Je souhaite une expérience estivale tout aussi merveilleuse.
Pour cette dernière édition de l’année de Choeuralléchante, j’ai repéré les programmes de chant choral pour enfants, adolescents et adultes ainsi que les programmes pour les chefs de choeurs. Vous allez trouver un résumé des ateliers et des camps offerts dans chacune des provinces. Et en attendant.... j’espère vous voir à Podium 2010, à Saskatoon, du 20 au 23 mai prochain.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Choral Concert with Peter Togni for Sunday, May 2

Hear Verdi’s Requiem with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir on CBC Radio 2, 9:00 - 11:00 am (9:30 - 11:30 NT).

Peter Togni will also continue his count down to the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs. now sponsored by the Association of Canadian Choral Communities. The finalists in all 12 categories have been announced and we are highlighting as many as we can. This week we’ll hear the University of Guelph Chamber Singers, who are finalists in the Mixed University category.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Greenwood Singers Auditions

Auditions for the 2010-2011 season of Greenwood Singers will take place on Thursday, June 10, 2010 from 7:00-9:00 pm.  For more information and to book an audition time, please contact Kent Sutherland at or 780.982.9916.  Greenwood Singers rehearses Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:30 starting in September. Visit the web site:

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Harmonia Choir of Ottawa Presents Canada Sings!

Harmonia Choir of Ottawa, presents its final concert of the season, Canada Sings on Sunday May 16th, 2010, at 4 pm at St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church, 2345 Alta Vista Drive. The performance will be directed by Kurt Ala-Kantti.

Music from coast to coast (to coast!) will be presented, ranging from new works to favourite folk song arrangements. The choir will also present the finalists from its Canadian Choral Composition Competition.

Vancouver Chamber Choir Fund Raising Event

“Divertimento” is a festive fund raising dinner in support of the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s community outreach and education programs. Savour authentic Italian cuisine at La Piazza Dario Ristorante and bid on silent auction items. Friday, May 14, 6:30 pm. Tickets $135 with tax receipt. Reservations required by May 7. Please call 604-738-6822

Concert: Venetian Mosaic by Laudate Singers

Let Laudate sweep you away on a gondola ride down a moonlit canal... straight to the heart of Venice’s rich musical heritage. The choir will perform a glorious mosaic of works by Monteverdi, Gabrieli, Lotti, Carissimi and Caldara, accompanied by some of Vancouver’s finest early music instrumentalists: Nancy DiNovo and Pat Armstrong (violins), Ariel Barnes (cello), Ray Nurse (theorbo) and organist Christopher Bagan.  May 14, 2010, 8pm, St Andrews United Church, 1044 St Georges, North Vancouver.
Tickets available from 604.729.6814 and $35 general / $30 seniors & students. 17 years and younger free with advance reservation.

Edmonton Columbian Choirs Bring The Best of Broadway

In their annual tradition, the Edmonton Columbian Choirs present Night on Broadway at the Royal Glenora Club (11160 River Valley Road) on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8, 2010 with cocktails at 6:00 PM and show & dinner at 6:30 PM both nights.  Well-known Edmonton media personality Colin MacLean will emcee the evening. This concert is proudly presented by Magic 99 and Vue Weekly.  NOTE: Tickets go fast for this event.

Grand Philharmonic Choir Presents: Verdi: Requiem and Gala Farewell Reception for Howard Dyck

As a gala conclusion to the season and to his long tenure with the Grand Philharmonic Choir, Howard Dyck has chosen a work which has played a pivotal role in his career. Verdi’s dramatic Requiem has never been surpassed in its beauty, power and pathos. Four celebrated opera stars join the choir and orchestra in this grand climax to an unforgettable season.  May 8, 2010, at 7:30 p.m., Centre In The Square, 101 Queen Street N., Kitchener.

Oriana Presents: Love Is Here to Stay

The early part of the Twentieth Century was brightened by the lively music of George Gershwin. Decades later, the glow remains. ORIANA'S popular concerts are always big hits, and this one, featuring Gershwin's fascinating rhythms, promises to be just as much fun. Saturday May 8th, 2010 at Grace Church-on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd. Toronto. Visit ORIANA at

A Time to Heal CD Supports Many

In October 2009, the Vancouver Chamber Choir joined with other well-known artists in a concert spearheaded by First United Church. The performance A Time to Heal: moving beyond homelessness was intended to raise funds and awareness of Vancouver's homelessness issues.

We are pleased to partner again to assist the community through the creation and sales of the CD A Time to Heal: moving beyond homelessness.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Don’t miss Podium 2010 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from May 20 – 23!

1 Fabulous Location + 4 Days + 10 Concerts + 18 Choirs + 20 Presenters + 40 Sessions = one of the best Podiums ever!   Have you registered yet?
More Podium info
Feature HighLight Concert: Canadian Chamber Choir, Thursday, May 20, 2010
Convocation Hall, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm)  Tickets - $20 Adult, $10 Student/Senior

Friday, April 23, 2010

Choral Concert Features an Encore Broadcast of Festival 500 – The Power of Song

If there is any event that reinforces the idea that choirs are the soul of our communities, Festival 500 is it. The biennial event has become a magnet for choirs from Newfoundland and Labrador, across Canada and around the world. 23 choirs, 775 participants, conductors, clinicians, workshops and venues spread out across the city.   For a week the city pulses with the sound of singing, it’s a true choral paradise!

On Sunday, April 25th  2010, 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2, Choral Concert we’ll hear an encore broadcast of the highlights recorded at the Arts and Culture Centre and Gower Street United Church in St. John's.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Université de Sherbrooke École d’été de chant choral 2010: Du 26 juin au 3 juillet 2010

W.A. Mozart Messe en do mineur, K 427 (K417a) pour chœur, solistes et orchestre; Robert Ingari, directeur artistique.

Stage intensif de chant choral
  • Classes de maître (chant)
  • Récitals de chantCours de direction chorale (intermédiaire, avancé) avec chœur témoin
  • Conférences
  • Grand concert gala avec orchestre

Monday, April 19, 2010

Vancouver Chamber Choir: Famous Choruses from Great Composers May 8

Artistic Director Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir are pleased to celebrate the 30th annual presentation of the National Conductors’ Symposium with a concert of choruses from choral masterworks. MASTERPIECE will be at 8pm Saturday, May 8 at Ryerson United Church, Vancouver with the workshop’s five participants as guest conductors and Stephen Smith, piano.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Vancouver Chamber Choir Auditions April 23 & May 15, 2010

The Vancouver Chamber Choir is holding auditions for professional-level singers on Friday, April 23 and Saturday, May 15. All voices (SATB) are invited to audition. Please call Natasha at 604-943-9789 or email for an appointment or further information.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Four of Canada's Top Composers Donate New Choral Works

Bid on a New Choral Work written especially for you and your choir. Canadian composers, Leonard Enns, Ruth Watson Henderson, Jon Washburn and Donald Patriquin have all donated their talents to write a new composition or arrangement specifically tailored to the choir lucky enough to place the highest bid during the Silent Auction held during Podium 2010, May 20—13 in Saskatoon. These original compositions have been hotly contested items at recent conferences so be sure to come prepared to bid!

De nouvelles oeuvres chorales offertes par quatre des compositeurs canadiens les plus connus.

Mettez une enchère sur une nouvelle oeuvre chorale composée exprès pour vous et votre chorale. Quatre compositeurs canadiens dont Leonard Enns, Ruth Watson Henderson, Jon Washburn et Donald Patriquin ont tous offert de composer un arrangement ou une nouvelle oeuvre adaptée particulièrement à la chorale qui aura fait la meilleure offre à la vente aux enchères silencieuses qui aura lieu à l'occasion de Podium du 20 au 23 mai à Saskatoon.  Soyez donc pret à porter une enchère sur une oeuvre qui sera certainement fort prisée à l'avenir.

Prairie Voices Inc. Now Accepting Applications for Position of Artistic Director

The search committee will begin interviewing applicants in Winnipeg, Manitoba after May 14, 2010. Applicants should indicate all their areas of expertise and competencies in their application. A background in choral music with evidence of teaching effectiveness at the collegiate level, or evidence of extensive background conducting choral ensembles at the collegiate or professional level is required. Special consideration given to applicants with advanced degrees in choral conducting. Payment of an honorarium (assigned according to qualifications), expenses incurred while performing the functions of Artistic Director and preauthorized professional development opportunities are negotiable.

Women in Song - Seattle 2010: April 22-25

Elektra is thrilled to be a featured ensemble for Women in Song - Seattle 2010, a choir festival that brings together women's choirs from Alaska, BC, Arizona, and Washington state to sing under the direction of our own Artistic Director, Morna Edmundson. The festival concert program will consist of a diverse repertoire including Dona Nobis Pacem by Ko Matsushita, Magnificat by Christine Donkin, as well as a piece by Vancouver composer Tim Corlis called The Garden of Dreams.  Other participating choirs are Cantora Arctica (Alaska), Southern Arizona Women's Chorus (Tuscon, Az) and Con Brio Women's Choir (Seattle, Wa). For information view the concert flyer.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Bel Canto Singers of Fredericton in Concert

The Bel Canto Singers of Fredericton, under the direction of Anne Sessa, present a varied spring program including selections by Byrd, Morley, Willan, Chilcott and Chatman. Saturday, May 1, 7:30 pm at Grace Memorial Baptist Church, Fredericton, NB and Sunday, May 2 at Trinity-St. Stephen's United Church, Amherst, NS.

Lyric Singers Present Surge Illuminare

The Lyric Singers directed by Nancy Rahn will present Surge Illuminare: women in music, yesterday and today on Saturday, May 1, 7:30 pm, at Holy Trinity Cathedral, 514 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster, BC.

DaCapo Chamber Choir Presents Love ~ embracing its many faces

DaCapo Chamber Choir, directed by 2010 Juno Award nominee, Leonard Enns, will present their final concert of the season on Saturday, May 1, 8:00 pm, at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, Kitchener, Ontario. The program includes the premieres of "I carry your heart" by Jeff Enns and "Wie sind di Tage schwer" by Leonard Enns,  Flower Songs by Benjamin Britten, and Five Hebrew Love Songs by Eric Whitacre featuring talented local high school violinist, Victoria Melik. For information visit:

Kaleid Choral Festival 2010: April 30—May 2, Ottawa

The Kaleid Choral Festival enriches, energizes and inspires community choral artists of all ages and levels of experience!  Our Kaleidoscope of Voices celebrates community and choral art through workshops and performances in a non-competitive festival environment. Join us for our 5th anniversary Kaleidoscope of Voices featuring Finland's a cappella sensation, Rajaton, at Dominion Chalmers United Church, 335 Cooper Street at O'Connor. For information on workshops and performances contact the Ottawa Children's Choir:

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Société chorale de Saint-Lambet/St. Lambert Choral Society in Concert April 18, 3 pm

Veuillez employer le lien suivant pour trouver des détails d'un concert à donner par la Société chorale de Saint-Lambert le 18 avril 2010 chez le Paroisse Saint-Lambert.
Supportez un de nos chœurs gagnants!
Please use the above link to find details of a preview concert to be given by the St. Lambert Choral Society on April 18, 2010 at the Paroisse Saint-Lambert.
Please support one of our prize-winning choirs!

Capilano University Presents Faure's Requiem: Saturday April 17 at 8pm and Sunday April 18 at 3pm

Capilano University presents a choral concert of wonderful contrasts: Faure’s Requiem – beautiful and awe-inspiring with orchestra, soprano Heather Pawsey and baritone George Roberts; Stephen Hatfield’s Dubula – exuberant; Moses Hogan’s Battle of Jericho – powerful; Sam Pottle’s Jabberwocky – fabulous fun! Lars Kaario directs. Capilano Performing Arts Theatre, 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver, BC; $20 general • $15 students & seniors • $10 children 12 years and under Box Office 604.990.7810 or

5th International Summer Academy of Choral Conducting and Music Pedagogy, July 4—16, 2010

5th International Summer Academy of Choral Conducting and Music Pedagogy, in collaboration with Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Islands, Spain), Capital University (Columbus, Ohio, USA) and Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil), will take place in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria - Canary Islands (Spain). International faculty includes Lilla Gábor, Hungary, Director; Juan José Falcón Sanabria, Canary Islands, Spain;  Joan Litman, USA; Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Spain; Jeanette Massocchi, United Kingdom; Nauzet Mederos, Canary Islands, Spain; Dr. Marco Antonio da Silva Ramos, Brazil and special guests Dr. Sandra Mathias, USA and  Elaine Quilichini, Canada.
For further information contact: or visit

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Choral Symposium: Art Song Goes Choral! June 10—13 with Kevin Zakresky

Presented in conjunction with Vancouver International Song Institute
An exciting opportunity to sing through and study the choral works of Barber (on this, his 100th year) and talk about how we, as singers, interpret text as a group. Included in the choral symposium is access to many of VISI's masterclasses and lectures as well, including a presentation by Samuel Barber biographer, Barbara Heyman.

Friday, April 2, 2010

6th Warsaw Choir Festival, "Varsovia Cantat": November 12-14, 2010 (Poland)

Choirs are invited to participate in the 6th International Warsaw Choir Festival "VARSOVIA CANTAT". The festival will take place at the prestigious Chopin University of Music, November 12–14, 2010 in Warsaw (Poland). Choirs will compete in four categories for statuettes of Gold, Silver and Bronze Lyre. Head of the Jury will be composer Romuald Twardowski. 
For more information visit

Choral Concert to Highlight Finalists in the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs

On Sunday, April 4, Peter Togni, host of CBC 2's Choral Concert heard from 9:00–11:00 am, will start the count down to the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs, sponsored this year by the Association of Canadian Choral Communities. The finalists in all 12 categories have been announced and over the next 7 weeks Choral Concert will be highlighting as many of these choirs as possible.