Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

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?
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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

The Canadian Chamber Choir/Choeur de Chambre du Canada (CCC) is a national choral ensemble that provides a professional choral environment for Canadian singers, conductors and composers. The CCC has a mandate to perform new and existing Canadian choral works, apprentice choral conductors, and facilitate workshops in all sizes of Canadian communities. Under the artistic direction of Dr. Julia Davids, the CCC continues its commitment to promote choral excellence in Canada.

'In Good Company ' to be released at Podium 2010!

A roster of CCC singers found themselves in residence at Mennonite Collegiate Institute in peaceful and beautiful Gretna, Manitoba in August of 2009. After 8 years of labouring with love, the CCC organization has realized its dream of recording an all-Canadian CD.

The recording features special guests, mezzo-soprano Christianne Rushton of Nova Scotia and talented cellist, Se Hee Kim. The recording promises to be a breath-taking one with pieces by Canadian composers including: Allan Rae; Jocelyn Morlock; Lionel Daunais; Jeffrey Ryan; as well as the CCC's recently commissioned piece "At Sunset" by beloved CCC Composer-in-Residence, Jeff Enns of Elmira, Ontario...the repertoire is truly a treasure chest of Canadian jewels. The first phase of editing is finished and we are bursting with pride to release 'In Good Company' to Podium and to the world this May!
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This Week's Featured SpotLight Concerts

University of Manitoba Singers
Lux Luceat in Concert

Saturday, May 22, 2010 - 4:30 pm


EnChor & Elektra Women's Choir in Concert
Friday, May 21, 2010 - 4:30 pm

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Podium Presenters

Brian Tate
An award-winning composer, as well as an accomplished and versatile musician, choir director, and educator, Brian attributes the success of his multifaceted career to a love of working with people and a passion for the arts.  His love for music of many kinds has led to a diverse career that includes orchestral and choral conducting and performing, musical theatre, and composing music for film, television, stage, and the concert hall.

Brian is known far and wide for his lively choir workshops, excellent conducting skills and gift for bringing out the best in choirs, and for his exhilarating and inspiring choral compositions.  As a speaker, educator, and facilitator, Brian takes the elements of creativity, intuition, and improvisation from the performing arts and transforms these elements into powerful, interactive group experiences that develop leadership, innovation, and team-building.

Brian brings spontaneity, humour, and originality into all of his presentations. Participants experience growth not only in their work, but in all areas of their lives.

Caron Daley
Caron maintains an active career as a conductor, music educator and soprano.  She has studied the Dalcroze method at Longy School of Music, the New York Dalcroze School, and The Ohio State University. She regularly gives presentations on the applications of Dalcroze to choral singing and conducting, including a lecture-demonstration at the Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium VII in 2009. 

Morna Edmundson
Morna is one of Canada’s best-known choral conductors, with special interests in the areas of tone colour, language, and interpretation. As a conductor, singer, and administrator, her professional music career spans over twenty-five years, including eight years as a professional singer in the Vancouver Chamber Choir.

Ms. Edmundson is best known for her 22 years of accomplishment as Co-Founder and Co-Conductor of Elektra’s Women’s Choir, with which she has received numerous honours and awards.  Morna’s career as a choral musician has followed her passion for a cappella singing, for contemporary music, for early music, and for integrating the beauty of folksong traditions into choral repertoire.  She has adjudicated in North America and Asia, conducted honour choirs in several states, co-directed the ACDA National Women’s Honour Choir, and gives frequent workshops with choirs of all ages.

Dr. Elroy Friesen
Dr. Elroy Friesen is Director of Choral Studies at the University of Manitoba where he conducts the University Singers, Cantata Singers and Women’s Chorus as well as teaches conducting, graduate conducting and music education. He has recently completed his doctoral studies at the University of Illinois focusing his research on the choral music of Finnish composer, Einojuhani Rautavaara.

Dr. Friesen is is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor, having performed throughout Canada and the United States and has recently had conducting engagements in Sweden and South America.

Podium Schedule-at-a-Glance

Sessions, Sessions, Sessions

It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing: Singing Jazz - Tate
Jazz is one of the most liberating, exciting, creative, colorful, and limitless styles of music that any singer can explore. Whether as a choir or a soloist, singing jazz will expand your technical, musical, and creative range like nothing else! This workshop can be for beginning to advanced jazz choirs (or choirs with little or no experience singing jazz), soloists with choir, or soloists alone. The workshop includes:

Jazz rhythms: swing and syncopation; getting tight by getting loose!
Jazz phrasing: the "elastic line" and rhythmic freedom
Jazz harmonies: fine-tuning your ear to extended harmonies
Jazz color: "playing" your voice like an instrument; expanding your palette of sound
Improvisation: allowing your own spontaneous musical ideas to bloom

Oldies But Goodies: Senior But Still Skilled Singers!  Loomer
It's time to recognize, encourage and celebrate the ever-increasing role of 'seniors' choirs!

Aging doesn't have to mean the song's over for senior singers.  Learn how to work with a choir of senior but still skilled singers.  This session will present information on how to set programs, pick appropriate repertoire for those programs, create 'friendly' auditions, work with vocal problems that come with age and more.  Watch as Diane works with EnChor, Vancouver's celebrated Ambassadors for Senior Choirs, to demonstrate these techniques and more.

Technology for the 21st Century - Copeland
Discuss the fast paced changes of our world and some of the particular challenges of dealing with today's student, the "Digital Native."  Learn how technology can impact the essence of what we do in our profession in both the narrow scope of our individual jobs and the larger potential implications for the world of choral music.  Discover technologies that can advance communication, protect privacy and refine a choral director's personal digital strategy and talk about the current and future technology trends Dr. Copeland sees for choral music.

The Choral Music of Robin John King - Hooper
Robin John King has written a wide range of choral music – from accessible short church anthems to significant commissions by professional Canadian choirs. While some is in print, much is still in manuscript. Through recordings and reading, his music will be introduced and shared by John Hooper, a collaborator and colleague of the composer. His rich chords, expressive dissonances and innovative rhythms are particularly attuned to the meaningful texts which he selects. Rev. King is now a pastor in the United Church of Canada and will be celebrating his 50th birthday in 2011, an opportunity to program his works. Thanks to King’s generosity, sample music will be made available.

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Prairie Welcome Reception
Enjoy a warm Prairie Welcome at one of Saskatoon's finest private clubs!

Ukrainian Fowl Supper
Join us for a traditional Prairie fowl supper enhanced with some favourite Ukrainian treats and entertainment!

Picnic Lunch Hamper
Enjoy a picnic lunch in the beautiful Meewasin Valley Park along the mighty South Saskatchewan River!

Gala Banquet & National Awards Ceremony
Enjoy this beautiful evening in the Castle on the River as friends and colleagues are recognized for their contribution to Canadian Choral Music.

Pitchfork Fondue
What the heck's a Pitchfork Fondue?  If you thought pitchforks were only for tossing hay and props in Grant Wood paintings, better check this out!  Bring your vegetarian friends - we'll have something special for them too!

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MarketPlace Trade Show

Bring your shopping list!  Exhibitors registered to date include:

  • Ellison Travel & Tours
  • Coastal Sound International
  • University of Saskatchewan Music Department
  • Editions GAM
  • ACFGA Tour Consultants
  • Donald Patriquin
  • Lotto Quebec World Choral Festival
  • Long & McQuade
  • Small World
  • Canada-Cuba Sport & Cultural Festivals
  • The Bandstand

Interested in a Trade Show booth?

Sponsors, Advertisers & Benefactors

We've saved the best for last!

Thank you to our valuable Sponsors, Advertisers & Benefactors.  Podium wouldn't happen without you!

  • Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation
  • SaskCulture Inc. (Capacity Building Grant)
  • University of Saskatchewan Music Department
  • City of Saskatoon (Community Grant Program)
  • Diane Taylor-Neale
  • Marcel A Desautels University of Manitoba Music Department
  • Festival 500
  • University of Lethbridge Music Department
  • Music Celebrations International
  • Ellison Travel & Tours
  • Saskatchewan Music Festival Association
  • Le Mondial Choral Loto-Quebec
  • Manitoba Choral Association
  • Saskatchewan Band Association
  • Garry & Pam Frigon
  • Elektra Women's Choir
  • Chor Leoni Men's Choir
  • Lighthouse Music Publications

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1 comment:


It's always been a pleasure to be a part of events like Podium. Thanks to all the people who make it happen, year after year. We love the opportunity to meet choral community members - and show off the World's Best Music Folders. Hope to see everyone at Podium 2012!