Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Call for Proposals Podium 2012 May 17-20, 2012 • Ottawa, Ontario

The Podium 2012 organizing committee invites you to submit your proposal for a session at Canada’s  next national choral music conference, Choral Célébration Chorale. Please include:
  • 250-word proposal (full description of proposal for a 75 min. session)
  • 35-word session description (that will appear in program book)
  • One page resumé
Please send submissions before January 15, 2011 to Podium 2012, c/o Choirs Ontario, A-1422 Bayview Avenue, Toronto ON M4G 3A7, or, email to Elizabeth Shannon at
For more information call Choirs Ontario at 416-923-1144 or 1-866-935-1144.

Appel de propositions Podium 2012 * 17 - 20 mai 2012 * Ottawa, Ontario

Le comité responsable de l'organisation de Podium 2012 vous invite à soumettre une proposition de séance à l'occasion du prochain congrès national choral de l'ACCC, Choral Célébration Chorale.  Veuillez y conclure:
  • une proposition de 250 mots (une description complète d'une séance de 75 minutes)
  • une description de 35 mots (laquelle figurera dans le programme)
  • un résumé d'une page
Veuillez adresser les propositions avant le 15 janvier 2011 à: Podium 2012, aux bons soins de Choirs Ontario, A-1422 Bayview Avenue, Toronto ON M4G 3A7 ou au Elizabeth Shannon at
Pour de plus amples renseignements téléphonez à Choirs Ontario au 416-923-1144 ou au 1-866-935-1144.

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, January 2, 2011 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

SMAM presents: “The Monteverdi Vespers of 1610”

This week on Choral Concert Peter Togni brings you Studio Musique Ancienne de Montreal, performing the Vespers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of 1610 by Claudio Monteverdi, “one of the most spellbinding, heartwarming, and sensuous works from any composer” according to Peter Togni. Perfect for the first Sunday of 2011.

It’s the most ambitious sacred work to have been written before J.S. Bach. From the Church of Notre Dame de Bon Secours in Montreal, the performance also includes musicians from the ensemble Montreal Baroque.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, December 26, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

“The Montreal Youth Choir Gala”

For the last Sunday of 2010, and boxing day Peter Togni brings you a concert that has become a Montreal tradition: “The Youth Gala Concert”, where you will hear Montreal’s best youth choirs in a festive spirit performing along with the wonderful Ensemble Caprice.

You will also hear a very special broadcast of  what is now considered the oldest Canadian Christmas Carol composed in Quebec City at the Ursuline convent in 1639. That pre-dates the Huron carol by about 30 years.

All that, and a wide selection of some of the best Christmas discs, and a few other surprises, from 2010.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Amadeus Choir announces the winners of the 24th annual Christmas Carol and Chanukah Song Writing Competition

Just in time for the holidays, the internationally-acclaimed Amadeus Choir ( is pleased to announce the winners of its 24th annual Christmas Carol and Chanukah Song Writing Competition.  This year's competition, which was open to children and youth, attracted a diverse range of submissions from across the GTA and beyond.

14-year old Heather Buisman, a grade nine student from Guelph, won first place in the category Child 13-14 years, for her original composition, Angel Choirs.  She is proud to continue the family tradition for choral excellence as her sister Sarah has also won the competition in the past.  Julia Naus, a 10-year old Scarborough resident, took home first place for her winning composition titled, On That Night, in the category Child 10-12 years.  Finally, eight-year old Francesca Hauser of Markham was awarded first place for her composition, On One Holy Night, in the category Child under 10 years.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Chor Leoni Men's Choir Presents Yuletide Fires

Candlelight beckons, inviting you into a concert of reflection and calm amidst the busy days of December. Yuletide Fires is an opportunity to refocus on the original intent of the season. With repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant, traditional carols, and recently arranged seasonal favourites by Stephen Chatman, Don Macdonald, Miles Ramsay, and Stephen Smith, Yuletide Fires offers an oasis of peace amidst the holiday bustle. Chor Leoni and Diane Loomer, C.M., Artistic Director, will present Yuletide Fires on Friday, December 17, 2010, 7:30 pm at St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church, 1022 Nelson St at Burrard, Vancouver; Saturday, December 18, 2010, 1 pm at St. Mary's Kerrisdale Anglican Church, 2490 W 37th Ave, Vancouver and Saturday, December 18, 2010, 7:30 pm at West Vancouver United Church, 2062 Esquimalt Ave, West Vancouver.


The Amadeus Choir: Sing with the Angels

On Saturday, December 18, the Amadeus Choir will present Sing with the Angels at the Metropolitan United Church (58 Queen Street East, Toronto) at 7:30 p.m.  This joyous celebration of music, featuring works by Benjamin Britten and John Rutter, will also feature the renowned Bach Children's Chorus as well as the winning compositions from the choir's 24th annual Christmas Carol and Chanukah Song Writing Competition. 

"Music and the holidays always go hand in hand and through our varied choral repertoire, we hope to be able to spread a little holiday cheer this season," said Lydia Adams, Conductor and Artistic Director, the Amadeus Choir.


A Dylan Thomas Christmas - A Child's Christmas in Wales

Back by popular demand, A Dylan Thomas Christmas features the famous Welsh poet’s story A Child’s Christmas in Wales read by Bard-on-the-Beach actor Russell Roberts and illustrated with Christmas carols and songs chosen by Jon Washburn. Also, Hugo Distler’s exquisite variations on a familiar Christmas song, and Washburn’s rendition of Carl Sandburg’s evocative poem The Star. Saturday's family concert is a new feature: a shorter program, particularly well-suited to families with children nine or older, with guests the University Community Children’s Choir and conductor John William Trotter.

Friday, December 17, 2010, 8 pm; Saturday, December 18, 2010 (NEW! Family concert), 3:30 pm; and Sunday, December 19, 2010, 3 pm. All performances at Ryerson United Church, 2195 West 45th Avenue at Yew Street, Vancouver. Vist

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, December 5, 2010 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

The Elmer Iseler Singers in the “Glory of A Cappella”

This Sunday on Choral Concert Peter Togni brings you the Elmer Iseler Singers straight up, as in “a cappella”, or voices alone without accompaniment. You’ve got to respect and admire any choir that can pull off an entire concert unaccompanied - kind of like Cirque de Soleil performing without safety nets.

The Elmer Iseler Singers are one of Canada’s truly great professional choirs and they rise to both the challenge, and the occasion. As Peter Togni says, this broadcast is deep, rich, resonant and in many places incredibly moving. You'll hear an all Canadian program with music by Eleanor Daley, Healey Willan and John Estacio.

You’ll also hear a true gem from the past. It’s a recording from 1963 with the Festival Singers of Toronto (which was then conducted by Elmer Iseler himself), the CBC Symphony Orchestra (which was then based in Toronto) together in a rare performance of a movement from Igor Stravinsky’s beautiful work the “Symphony of Psalms”.

Finally, in honour of the fact that December 5th is the 219th anniversary of the death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, we will open and close the show with his “Ave Verum”, considered to be one of the last pieces he wrote.

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