Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Friday, October 29, 2010

Vancouver Chamber Choir Auditions November 13, 2010

The Vancouver Chamber Choir is holding auditions for professional-level singers on Saturday, November 13. All voices (SATB) are invited to audition. Please contact Natasha at for an appointment or call Violet at 604-738-6822 for further information.

The Vancouver Chamber Choir employs professional singers for approximately 10 local concerts and up to two tours per year, plus other engagements. Regular rehearsals are Tuesday through Thursdays, 10:00 am – 12 noon. Additional rehearsals are required near concert dates and will be scheduled as needed.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, October 31, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

Sinners and Saints: From Carmina Burana to the Spiritual Madrigals of Roland de Lassus

This Sunday Choral Concert brings you a celebration of both All Saints day and Halloween – music for both saints and sinners in one choral package.

In the sinner category Peter Togni will bring you Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, the collection of bawdy songs and choruses written by a group of renegade monks that celebrates wine, women and song. You’ll hear an incredible performance by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Orchestra along with Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal, all conducted by Jacques Lacombe.

In the saintly category you’ll hear a collection of spiritual madrigals by Roland de Lassus performed by the impeccable Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montreal conducted by Christopher Jackson.

Visit the Choral Concert blog at:

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ottawa Bach Choir: Baroque Masters • Maîtres du baroque

Baroque Masters features Schütz’ "Musikalische Exequien", Buxtehude’s "Alles, was ihr tut", JS Bach’s "Der Geist hilft", Charpentier’s "Nisi Dominus" and Telemann’s "Fürwahr, er trug unsre Krankheit" and "Rufe mich an in der Zeit". The choir is joined by several soloists, including Agnes Zsigovics, Nils Brown, Michiel Schrey and Alex Dobson, and baroque orchestra playing on period instruments. The performance will be Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 8:00 p.m., at St. Matthew's Anglican Church, Ottawa.

The concert will also be recorded and broadcast on CBC Radio 2's Choral Concert hosted by Peter Togni on December 12th at 9:00am.

Visit the Ottawa Bach Choir web site at

The Amadeus Choir Presents Through the Eyes of Children

The 2010-2011 season of the Amadeus Choir ( gets underway on Saturday, November 6, with the first concert, Through the Eyes of Children, at the Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge Street, Toronto, at 7:30 p.m.  The program will include a diverse selection of works including Prayer for Peace by Eleanor Daley, Dona Nobis Pacem by R. Vaughan Williams and Fauré's Requiem.

Songs of War and Peace

The Chorale du Gesù women’s choir, under the direction of Patricia Abbott, sings Songs of War and Peace as part of the Midi es musicà series at the historic Gesù Church in downtown Montreal. Works by Jeff Enns, Pierick Houdy, Philippe Rombi, François Terral and Ross Whitney, Readings by poet Aimée Paradis complete this Remembrance Day theme program. Free admission.
Concert takes place on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 12 noon, at Gesù Church, 1202 Bleury, Montreal, QC.

Visit the web site at

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Musica Sacra 2011 International Composers Competition, Poland

Submitted compositions must be unpublished, should not have been previously performed in public, and should also not have been awarded a prize at any other competition. For more details please contact Pawel Lukaszewski: or visit the web site:

Deadline: January 31, 2011

Friday, October 22, 2010

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, October 24, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

The Vancouver Chamber Choir in Concert

This Sunday on Choral Concert Peter Togni brings you one of finest chamber choirs in Canada, the Vancouver Chamber Choir conducted by its founder, Jon Washburn. This choral institution has been around for 40 years, toured the globe, and been across our own country many, many times. You will hear them in a concert from Ryerson United Church in Vancouver. It’s their home church and they performed this concert right after a tour of western Canada. Not to be missed.

You will also hear a new CD from a wonderful Italian group, the Bozen Baroque orchestra and Choir, as they put together some truly juicy performances by the red priest himself - Antonio Vivaldi.

Visit the Choral Concert blog at:

Noel Edison to lead first Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Choral Conductors’ Symposium

The TMC is launching a symposium where emerging and experienced choral conductors will work intensively with acclaimed conductor Noel Edison and two internationally recognized choirs to expand their choral conducting skills from January 25 through 29, 2011.  Participating conductors will not only refine their skills in workshops with Noel Edison, but will be given the rare opportunity to conduct the 150-voice Toronto Mendelssohn Choir 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.

The deadline for registration is December 1, 2010.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

CMC-BC Region and the Canadian League of Composers Present Composer Mentoring Project

Call for Applicants

The Canadian Music Centre, BC Region (CMC BC) and the Canadian League of Composers (CLC) are partnering to launch a new initiative to serve emerging composers in British Columbia.  This program aims to give participating composers tools and resources to help connect them with the music community, develop their professional and artistic skills, and navigate the challenging passage from student to professional.

Deadline: Monday, November 15, 2010

Applications must be delivered to the CMC BC office (837 Davie St., Vancouver BC, V6Z 1B7) no later than 5PM, November 15, 2010. Only complete applications will be accepted.

DaCapo Chamber Choir NewWorks National Choral Composition Competition

The winning entry will receive a $1,500 cash award and a performance by the DaCapo Chamber Choir under director Leonard Enns, in the 2011/2012 season. Young composers (25 and under) are also encouraged to submit compositions for consideration in our new Young Composers Reading Sessions.

Full details and composition guidelines available at
Deadline - February 14, 2011

Monday, October 18, 2010

Trends & Issues in the Not-for-Profit Arts

Live Webcaste by Robert Hunter, Director General, Department of Canadian Heritage. Join us for this live audio transmission of a presentation being made at Arts Consultants Canada/Consultants Canadiens en arts (ACCA) on Friday, October 29, 1:15 pm–2:45 pm EST. Go to
Click on poster to read details.

24th annual Amadeus Choir Christmas Carol and Chanukah Song Writing Competition Deadline Extended to Friday, October 22

Entries must be original, unpublished music compositions and can be submitted under any of the following Composer Categories: Individual Compositions – Child (under 10 years, 10-12 years and 13-14 years), Individual Compositions – Youth (15-17 years and 18-20 years) or Group Compositions (group of two or more individuals and small class or smaller group of children). Voicing Categories include: Unison unaccompanied, Unison with accompaniment by organ or piano, Harmony (e.g. SATB, SSA or other combination) unaccompanied and Harmony (e.g. SATB, SSA or other combination) with accompaniment by organ or piano.

For more information contact:

Federation of Canadian Music Festivals Announces Choral Competition Winners 2010

Congratulations to all the participants in the many Canadian music festivals during the past year. Please continue reading for the complete list of national winners in the Choral Competition classes.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

World Choral Day / Dia Mundial del Canto Coral December 12, 2010

An international choral event to extol the values of solidarity, peace and understanding The International Day of Choral Singing is an initiative of Alberto Grau from the Latin American Vice-Presidency of the International Federation for Choral Music, proposed and approved by the General Assembly of IFCM held in Helsinki in August, 1990, within the framework of the 2nd World Symposium on Choral Music:

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, October 17, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

Les Voix Baroque and Skye Consort present “Love, Death and the lady”

This Sunday on Choral Concert Peter Togni brings you a concert from the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival called “Love, Death and the Lady”.  Back in the 16th century it was popular for the male poets and artists of the time to link the feminine with death. A strange association to our modern minds, but the justification of the time was that it encouraged more virtue. Nevertheless it certainly inspired some beautiful music, and you will hear everything from John Dowland to Orlando de Lassus in a collection of absolutely stunning performances.

You will also hear some new cuts from the latest ECM release of the million copy selling combination of Jan Garbareck and the Hilliard Ensemble, it’s called “Officium Novum”.

Finally, a truly glorious collection of new choral works from the Polish film composer Zbigniew Preisner. 

Visit the Choral Concert blog at:

Vancouver Chamber Choir Releases Schafer CD

The Vancouver Chamber Choir and Grouse Records (its publishing arm) announce the release of their latest compact disc in the Canadian Composers Series: Imagining Incense, The Choral Music of R. Murray Schafer, Vol. 3. This disc is the third in a series of three all-Schafer CDs of choral music sung by the Vancouver Chamber Choir.  The new release includes many of Schafer's choral works from 1990 to 2005. Large or small, these are mature works marked by the richness of Schafer's unique choral style. Often virtuosic in its requirements of the singers, the panorama of Schafer's choral style is evident when one listens to the 20 works from four decades which are included on these three discs.

Imagining Incense is available online,  by email , or by phoning 604-738-6822.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, October 10, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

From MusicFest Vancouver: Ludus Modalis in Concert

For our thanksgiving day program Peter Togni brings you “Ludus Modalis”,  a french choir that focuses on the renaissance and early baroque periods. Their program “Sacred and Profane Love” fits in beautifully with thanksgiving as it is a time we give thanks for those we love in a celebration that has both sacred and secular elements.  “Ludus Modalis” pays particular attention to pronunciation and true intonation,  and the 5 members of the choir that perform in this concert create a beautiful “sonic bloom”.

You will also hear thanksgiving music the way Bach created it, and a taste of a brand new disc from the Belle Canto choir based in Edmonton, in their take on Eleanor Daley’s “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”.

Visit the Choral Concert blog at:

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

EnChor and Vancouver Children's Choir Present Over the River and Through the Woods

A celebration of Thanksgiving in hymns and song: Sunday, October 17, 3:00 pm, Ryerson United Church, 45th Avenue and Yew Street, Vancouver. Admission by donation with pumpkin pie reception to follow.
Visit: and

Laudate Singers Begin Season with Gala Fundraiser October 26

Laudate Singers, based on the North Shore of Vancouver, has a wonderfully varied season in store for its audience. We begin with our annual gala fundraiser, this year with Italy and opera as the theme, on October 26th at the Seymour Golf & Country Club.  We are honoured to be providing the music for the official North Vancouver City Remembrance Day service. We will perform our free kids Christmas concert twice this year on December 19th in both North and West Vancouver.  For more information about Laudate, visit

In Celebration of Chopin & Schumann: 200 Years Young!

Just returning from a successful tour in Italy, the Ewashko Singers are pleased to invite you to join them in celebrating the bicentennial of the births of Frédéric Chopin and Robert Schumann.  A concert featuring the works of these great masters of Romantic music will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, 30 Cleary Avenue.

200 ans et jamais démodés, un hommage à Chopin et Schuman

De retour de sa tournée réussie en Italie, le groupe Ewashko Singers est ravi de vous inviter à vous joindre à eux pour commémorer le bicentenaire des naissances de Frédéric Chopin et Robert Schuman. Ce concert qui mettra en valeur les œuvres de ces deux grands de la période romantique aura lieu samedi le 23 octobre prochain à 19 h 30, à la First Unitarian Church Congregation d’Ottawa, située au 30, avenue Cleary.

Vancouver Chamber Choir: NOVA Rising Choral Stars

Choral music is a very dynamic field, with hundreds of unsung heroes - young or little known choral composers from all around the world who are creating the next generation of wonderful choral pieces.

For the first half of this concert conductor Jon Washburn has chosen seven talented rising composers which he thinks you will want to know. They are Damijan Močnik (Slovenia), Ivo Antognini (Switzerland), Timothy Corlis (Canada), Evgeny Shcherbakov (Canada), Fredrik Sixten (Sweden), Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (Finland), and David MacIntyre (Canada).

8 pm Friday, October 15, 2010, Ryerson United Church (2195 West 45th Avenue at Yew Street, Vancouver)

Pax Christi Chorale presents Faure Requiem

In the opening concert of our 24th season, guest conductor Stéphane Potvin will lead Pax Christi Chorale and Pax Christi Youth Choir in a performance of the Fauré Requiem on Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 3:00 pm, at Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd, Toronto. Our guest soloists will be Canadian soprano Teri Dunn and baritone Michael Robert-Broder. The program will also include additional works by Samuel Sebastian Wesley in celebration of the 200th anniversary of his birth. Teri Dunn will perform the beautiful “Les Angélus” (The Angelus Bells) by Louis Vierne.

Visit our web site:

Vancouver Chamber Choir presents 10th Biennial Young Composers’ Competition

The Vancouver Chamber Choir encourages young composers (ages 8-22) to submit applications to the 10th 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!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5pm Friday, March 7, 2011

For more details and to download an application form visit Forms are also available by emailing or phoning 604-738-6822.

Vancouver Chamber Choir presents 31st Annual National Conductors’ Symposium

Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir will present the 31st annual National Conductors’ Symposium February 7-12, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada.  The symposium offers selected conductors an opportunity to take part in masterclasses with Canada’s premier choral ensemble.


Application forms: Visit to download a brochure.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium VIII * St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador * July 10-13, 2011

Reminder of upcoming deadline for proposals - October 15, 2010.
If you are thinking about presenting a research paper, lecture-recital, workshop, panel or round table dialogue or poster... be sure to submit your 250-300 word abstract by October 15!
Visit the web site: or contact for more information.

Music Conference Alberta November 4–6, 2010, Red Deer

Music Conference Alberta includes sessions designed for elementary music teachers, choral conductors, band directors, and studio instructors.  It provides an opportunity for musicians and music educators from across the province to attend workshop sessions, concerts, masterclasses, and social events. The conference is host to a large trade fair which includes more than 40 exhibitors annually. In addition, Alberta’s music education awards are presented at the MCA delegate luncheon.

For conference details and registration information, visit the Music Conference Alberta page on the ACF website.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Call for Peer Reviewed Articles

The Editorial Board for Anacrusis is accepting articles related to the choral art and of interest to choral musicians across the country. Articles on Canadian aspects of choral music are particularly welcome. Articles may be in French or English and should be submitted to:
Please see Guidelines for Submission for details.

Demande d'articles revus par des pairs

Le comité de rédaction d'Anacrusis reçoit des articles sur l'art choral et d'autres articles susceptibles d'intéresser des musiciens, en anglais ou en français.  Nous recherchons surtout des articles portant sur le milieu canadien.  Veuillez vous reporter aux lignes directrices relatives aux soumissions.  Veuillez soumettre vos articles à

Podium 2012 Call for Choirs

Podium 2012, Canada's National Choral Conference, is now accepting applications from choirs interested in performing in Ottawa, May 17—20, 2012. You may download details and an application form here.  
Deadline for applications is March 15, 2011.

Podium 2012 Appel aux chorales

Podium 2012, le congrès national du chant choral au Canada, reçoit désormais des demandes de la part des chorales voulant se produire à Ottawa du 17 au 20 mai 2012.   Vous pouvez télécharger des informations et un formulaire de demande ici.  Date limite des demandes: le 15 mars 2011.

Celebrating Culture Day with A Random Act of Choral Music in Halifax

Participants in workshops organized by the Nova Scotia Choral Federation and the Association of Canadian Choral Communities, conclude the day with a public performance and community sing led by Willi Zwozdesky, (British Columbia) and accompanied by Rob Neufeld (Manitoba).

2011 dates announced: September 30 – October 2