Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Monday, April 12, 2010

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:
Youth from across Ontario have the unique opportunity to come together to sing in workshops and performances, facilitated by Ottawa Children’s Choir Artistic Director Jackie Hawley, and Guest Clinician Jennifer Moir, culminating in an evening concert in which participants perform with acclaimed artists-in-residence.  Eclectic programs by local ensembles as well as featured performances by the dynamic guest artists create concerts of wide public appeal and inspiration.

We are thrilled to announce that RAJATON, the six-voice a cappella singing sensation from Helsinki, Finland will be the Kaleid 2010 artists-in-residence, offering participants across the province the opportunity to work and sing with these incredible artists!.  Join us as we celebrate our 5th Anniversary in style!

The Finnish word Rajaton translates as "boundless" – a word that so accurately describes the way this six voice a cappella ensemble approaches music. Rajaton exposes audiences to the kind of diversity of repertoire, singing style, and stage presentation that has made them a phenomenon on the world stage.
Performing at concert halls, churches, jazz and choral festivals, this distinct group of musicians approach all styles of music with the same level of commitment and integrity, making it difficult to imagine an audience that Rajaton could not inspire, or a type of music Rajaton could not make it’s own. But it is perhaps their deep passion for choral art, their generosity of spirit and their sheer enjoyment of singing that has won the hearts and acclaim of audiences and critics everywhere. Their energy – infectious; their ability to entertain and inspire - Rajaton!
The voice is boundless!

Kaleid…On the Road 2010: OTTAWA
What Is Involved?
There are two opportunities for choristers to take part:
Friday, April 30th is designed for Ottawa area school choirs to come together for a mass choir project and performance
Saturday, May 1st is designed for Ottawa area Community Choirs to come together for a mass choir project and performance

During both days participants will join forces for workshops, rehearsal and performances of mass choir music with clinicians Jackie Hawley, Jennifer Moir, (London, ON) and our Kaleid 2010 artists-in-residence, RAJATON.

In addition to a day of singing and fun, each mass choir will rehearse and perform a solo piece on the evening concert program with our guest artists, RAJATON. The Kaleid Festival is pleased to provide a curriculum package for primary school teachers to make the most of the event prior to, during and after the Festival experience.

Who can participate?
Elementary and High School Students of treble choirs, Grade 4 – 12, their music teachers and students from private music studios are all welcome to take part on Friday, April 30th.

Community Choirs, individual choral singers, teachers and students from private music studios are all welcome to take part on Saturday May 1st.  

How do we register?
Individuals can register by contacting the Ottawa Children’s Choir: or 613-233-4440 to receive a registration package which includes a music package, rehearsal instructions and other general festival information.

Choirs, classes and groups of 10 or more can also register by contacting the Ottawa Children’s Choir or 613-233-4440 to receive a group registration package which includes rehearsal instructions and other general information.  Groups are responsible for the purchase of their music. 

What Music Will We Be Performing?

Music for this year’s Treble Choir has been commissioned from Canadian Composer Sarah Quartel and will be available for distribution by November 2009. This new work is an arrangement of Finnish folk song "Ihme ja kumma" that will be performed with RAJATON at the evening showcase concert. The Treble choir will also perform "To the Beat of a Different Drum", Quartel and "The Rainbow" by Canadian composer Lori-Anne Dolloff.

Music for the Mixed Choir:
  • Alice – Sarah Quartel
  • I Have Had Singing – Ron Jeffers
  • My Own Two Feet – Sarah Quartel (performed with Rajaton)
  • On Suuri Sun Rantas Autius – arr. Jeff Smallman (performed with Rajaton) 

Do We Need To Learn Our Music In Advance?
Yes, choristers are expected to have rehearsed the music in advance of their workshop day. The more confident participants are, the more they will be able to enjoy the workshops and performance!

What Will The Schedule Look Like? (subject to change)
9:00 a.m.               Participants arrive for registration
9:30 a.m.               Rehearsal begins – Jennifer Moir, Jackie Hawley, Clinicians                                     
12:00 p.m.             Break for lunch
1:00 p.m.               Rehearsal/workshop for all Participants with guest artists,
3:00 p.m.               Buses arrive for pickup (on school choir day);
                            participants leave for dinner break
6:15 p.m.               Call for concert – Treble and Mixed Choirs warm-up
6:50 p.m.               Mass choir participants will be seated in designated area in
7:00 p.m.               Concert begins

Where Will The Festival Take Place?
Friday, April 30th Workshops/rehearsals and the Showcase Concert in the evening at 7:00 pm - all take place at Dominion Chalmers United Church, Ottawa, ON.
Saturday, May 1st Workshops/rehearsals and the Showcase Concert in the evening at 7:00 pm - all take place at Dominion Chalmers United Church, Ottawa, ON.
Sunday, May 2nd Rajaton in concert!
Dominion Chalmers United Church, 4:00 pm Ottawa, ON.

What Will It Cost To Take Part in Kaleid 2010?
Individual packages:               $30.00 per participant
Groups of 10 or more:              $300.00 per group
Schools are responsible for music purchase for their ensemble. 

Other Kaleid Festival Information:
HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING? … Other Kaleid 2010 Performances!

Thursday, May 6th:  LONDON, ON: Showcase Concert featuring London and Area Youth Music Project, Youth Choirs from London and area and a cameo performance by RAJATON.

Friday, May 7th:  WOODSTOCK, ON: Showcase Concert featuring performances by Oxford and Beyond YMP acclaimed Ontario choirs plus a cameo performance by guest artists, RAJATON.

Saturday, May 8th:  WOODSTOCK, ON: Evening Gala Concert featuring the performance of the Mass Choir Project and full program presented by RAJATON.

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