Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Friday, June 25, 2010

Music for a Summer Evening Choral Concert

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

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

University of Regina Music Department Position Available

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

Thursday, June 24, 2010

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

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

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

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

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Piano Accompanist Wanted

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

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Performing & Cultural Tour Opportunities for Performers

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

Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod 2010 – Top Prize goes to Canada

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

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

Thursday, June 17, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday, June 14, 2010

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

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

Friday, June 11, 2010

Ewashko Songers Présente ‘Jubilate Deo’ le 23 juin

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

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

Ewashko Singers Present "Jubilate Deo" June 23

The Ewashko Singers are pleased to announce their upcoming concert, “Jubilate Deo,” to be presented on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 8:00 p.m., at Orleans United Church, 1111 Orléans Boulevard, Ottawa.

With a theme of joy and thanksgiving, we will be presenting a delightful evening of music that combines Eastern and Western sacred works with music from the Old World and the New.  The most intimate of Haydn’s masses, the Kleine orgelmesse, or “Little Organ Mass,” interspersed with Slavic hymns by Tchaikovsky, Kalinnikov and Korsakov, opens the program.

L'Alliance des chorales du Québec Présente l'Atelier: du 22 au 24 octobre 2010

En collaboration avec le Département de musique du CEGEP de Sherbrooke. Formateurs: Walter Wittich et Normand Robert.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Alliance des chorales du Québec Workshop: October 22–24, 2010

In collaboration with the Music Faculty of Sherbrooke CEGEP and instructors Walter Wittich and Normand Robert. The workshop will be presented in French but both clinicians are bilingual and able to translate as needed.

Choral Concert, with host Peter Togni for Sunday, June 13

From BC, The Phoenix Chamber Choir perform “On the Threshold of Heaven”

From Gregorian Chant to Gospel, to the crystalline sounds of Latvian composer Rihards Dubras, the Phoenix Chamber Choir brings heaven to earth this Sunday with a program dedicated to all things celestial and otherworldly. Tune in this Sunday, 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2, and find out why the choir won first place 12 times in row in the CBC National Choral Competition for Amateur Choirs.

You’ll also hear a remarkable performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in a choir version performed by France’s versatile choir “Accentus”.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Dark Star Requiem: A World Premiere Special Ticket Offer June 11-20, 2010

Dark Star Requiem
Produced in association with Tapestry new opera works
June 11 - 12
The Royal Conservatory, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, Koerner Hall

A haunting new oratorio explores the complex issues of HIV-AIDS in Africa and around the world. Commissioned by Luminato, co-produced with Tapestry new opera works, and featuring four outstanding soloists together with two of Canada's most lauded ensembles, the Elmer Iseler Singers and the Gryphon Trio, this inspiring fusion of word and music illuminates the darkness of its subject with the redemptive power of hope.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Coastal Sound International Choral Festival 2011 Application Deadline: July 1, 2010

Henry Leck & Rollo Dilworth for your Children's or Youth Choir!!! Less than a month left to get those application forms in - deadline is July 1, 2010 for July 4 - 9, 2011 festival. Don't be disappointed!! Website: or

Friday, June 4, 2010

General Manager Required for Cantilon Choirs

The Cantilon Choirs, founded in 1999 by Artistic Director, Heather Johnson is looking for a General Manager. Deadline for Applications is June 18. For complete job description and application information view the ad at Employment Opportunities.

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni for Sunday, June 6, 2010, 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

From Newfoundland, Lady Cove in Concert

There is a magic about Lady Cove. The 50 voice strong all women’s choir from St John’s floats on a sea of community support that propels them into a remarkably high standard of choral performance. Not to mention their talented and tireless director Kelly Walsh, who directs them with talent and grace into higher and higher levels of excellence. In this concert they teamed up with a trio of great percussionists: Bev Johnston, Bill Brennan, and Rob Power to create a concert called “Rhythm Song” .

You’ll also hear new CDs from the Elora Festival Singers, and the Netherlands Chamber Choir.

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Choral Festival Opportunities

If you are considering taking your choir to one of the many national or international choral festivals, be sure to check some of the possibilities listed on the ACCC web site Festivals page.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Recommended Video: The Art of Choral Conducting

"The Art of Choral Conducting" is really much more about the art of choral singing with an insightful discussion about choral singing in of the hotbeds for choral singing in Europe.

The video was filmed at an Europa Cantat conducting competition. You will get to see (and hear) Sonja Greiner, Executive Director of Europa Cantat, who will be at Festival 500 in 2011 as part of the "Growing Choral Communities" panel.

Choral conductors might even find some new Slovenian repertoire here.

DaCapo Chamber Choir Performs on Sunday, June 6

The DaCapo Chamber Choir, directed by Leonard Enns, will be performing at the Kitchener-Waterloo Arts Awards this Sunday night at the Centre in the Square.  We will be singing the Juno-nominated Nocturne by Leonard Enns. 

Nocturne appears on the CD ShadowLand...for which the choir just received the 2010 National Choral Award for Outstanding Choral Recording from the Association of Canadian Choral Communities.

For more information about the KW Arts Awards, including a list of other performers, and to order tickets online, visit

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Chor Leoni Appoints Kevin Zakresky as Assistant Conductor

Vancouver's Chor Leoni Men's Choir is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Zakresky as Assistant Conductor. A recent graduate of the MMA program in Choral Conducting at Yale University, Kevin was born in Saskatchewan and grew up in northern British Columbia.  He attended the University of British Columbia, where he received a BMus in Voice, with an undergraduate concentration in voice, conducting, and collaborative piano, and an MMus in Choral Conducting. While at UBC he receive the UBC School of Music Medal and he won the UBC Concerto Competition in 2005. His conducting credits include operas, choruses, operettas, and musical theatre.  He is also an Associate of the Royal Conservatory in Toronto in piano performance.

VII Masterclass & Choral Conducting Course: Murcia, Spain August 21—28, 2010

Information is now available on the VII Masterclass & Choral Conducting Course organized by the Federation of Choirs of the Region of Murcia (Spain) and the University of Murcia, which will take place in August 2010, with Martin Schmidt, Néstor Zadoff and Albert Alcaraz. Details and Registration follow (in Spanish) or you may visit the website:

Toronto Children’s Chorus and Beyond the Pale Present “Around the World in 80 Minutes”

The Toronto Children’s Chorus is pleased to present Around the World in 80 Minutes, Saturday, June 5, 2010, 7:30 pm, Koerner Hall, The Royal Conservatory of Music, 273 Bloor Street West. Tickets ($44.50 - $$34.50) may be purchased by calling  416-408-0208 or  Around the World in 80 Minutes is an extraordinary musical journey circumnavigating the globe with music from Canada, New Zealand, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America. The Chorus will première a newly commissioned work for treble choir and Klezmer band written by Klezmer guru, Martin van de Ven of Beyond the Pale. The concert will also feature the Toronto Children’s Chorus Alumni Choir and special guests Beyond the Pale. Visit the TCC web site:

Creative Music Workshop July 11—17, Halifax, NS

This year the Creative Music Workshop, held as part of the Halifax Jazz Festival, is offering a morning Creative Process program. The idea of the program is to understand how and why we create, and to caste off the shackles of social inhibitions to serve the art to the best of ones abilities. While the program is part of the Creative Music Workshop, it not only for musicians but for anyone who is passionate about the art that they create. Details and Registration below.