Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Saturday, May 28, 2011

ACCC Competition for Choral Writing

As part of its mandate to promote Canadian choral music, the ACCC is once again pleased to announce this year’s competition for choral writing in conjunction with its associated publisher, Cypress Choral Music ( The goal of the competition is to stimulate Canadian composers to write music and to encourage choirs throughout Canada to commission and perform new Canadian works. The winning work will be published by Cypress Choral Music (available for purchase at Podium 2012) and performed by the National Youth Choir at Podium, May 2012, in Ottawa.

Entries must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2011. For more information: Competition for Choral Writing

Concours de composition chorale de l'ACCC

Dans le cadre de son mandat de promouvoir la musique chorale canadienne, l'ACCC est encore ravie d'annoncer le concours de composition chorale de cette année conjointement avec Cypress Choral Music, sa maison de publication ( L'objectif du concours consiste à motiver des compositeurs canadiens à composer de la musique chorale et à encourager les chorales canadiennes à commander et à interpréter de nouvelles oeuvres canadiennes. L'oeuvre gagnante sera publiée par Cypress Press (disponible à la vente à Podium) et sera interprétée par le Choeur national des jeunes à Podium à Ottawa en juin 2012.

Les soumissions porteront un cachet de la poste du 1er octobre 2011 au plus tard. Pour de plus amples renseignements: Concours de composition chorale

Friday, May 27, 2011

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, May 29, 2011 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

The Elmer Iseler Singers In Concert

This Sunday on Choral Concert Peter Togni brings you Canada’s choral treasure; the Elmer Iseler Singers. Conducted by Lydia Adams, the Iselers consistently deliver a luminous, rich and powerful sound that is unique in Canada and throughout the world. Having released over 30 CD’s since they were established in 1979 by Elmer Iseler, they remain deeply committed to Canadian choral music. In this concert called “Sing for the Earth”, they present 3 Canadian world premieres in the beautiful acoustic of “Our Lady of Perpetual Help” in Toronto.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

DaCapo Chamber Choir Call for Auditions

DaCapo Chamber Choir, Waterloo, Ontario,  is currently holding auditions to fill a number of open positions within the choir.  We are looking for first sopranos in particular, but will consider all voice parts.  If you are interested in auditioning, please email to schedule a time.

Their 2011-2012 season with concerts in November, February and May, will feature the 2011 NewWorks winner (to be announced shortly), premieres of a number of new Canadian works, Persian-Canadian vocal soloist Amir Haghighi, cellist Ben Bolt-Martin, and much more.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Le Choeur dʼété Montréal

Le Choeur dʼété Montréal est présentement en période de recrutement et dʼinscription. Nous somme à la recherche de choristes de tous les âges et de tous les niveaux. Nous recherchons des sopranos, altos, ténors et basses.

Les répétitions auront lieu au sous-sol de lʼéglise Immaculée-Conception de Montréal à compter du 14 juin 2011 de 19 h 00 à 22 h 00. Lʼéglise Immaculée-Conception est située au 1855 rue Rachel, à lʼangle de Papineau.

Il y a trois possibilités pour sʼinscrire, soit:
La période dʼinscription se terminera le 28 juin 2011, 22 h 00. Au delà de cette limite il ne sera plus possible de sʼinscrire. 

Pour des informations, supplémentaire veuillez communiquer avec nous soit par courriel:, ou par téléphone au 514-743-7626.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, May 22, 2011 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

Verdi’s Requiem with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

Even though it isn’t an Opera in any sense of the word, Guiseppe Verdi’s Requiem is often called his greatest opera. That’s because it’s big, grand, dramatic, and powerful and hardly seems like it should be performed as part of a church service.

Nevertheless, in spite of his classic operas like Aida and Rigoletto -  his Requiem is truly  his greatest work. You’ll hear it in a stunning performance with Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir conducted by Gianandrea Noseda.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Announces 2011/12 Season

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s vision is to make choral masterworks available, accessible, and inspirational to all listeners. Through performances and educational programs, the TMC plays an important role in the choral community in Toronto, in Ontario and in North America.

For the 2011/12 season artistic director Noel Edison has chosen major symphonic works that haven’t been performed in Toronto for a number of years. Performances will bring together the 150-voice Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Festival Orchestra (TMC’s longstanding professional orchestra) and noted soloists.  Highlights include A Night of Brahms featuring Ein Deutsches Requiem in the fall and Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast in the spring, both at Koerner Hall. Popular annual traditions complete  the season:  Festival of Carols at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, this year welcoming Richard Ouzounian as narrator; Handel’s Messiah with the TSO; and Sacred Music for a Sacred Space on Good Friday at St. Paul’s Basilica.  The TMC will also perform regularly with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, including the June 2012 performances of Mahler’s massive Symphony #8, known as “The Symphony of a Thousand.”  The full TMC concert season is outlined below.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Pacifica Singers Auditions May 31

The Pacifica Singers will hold auditions for new members on the evening of Tuesday, May 31. 

The Pacifica Singers are a select ensemble of 16-18 voices led by award-winning conductor John William Trotter, Assistant Conductor of the Vancouver Chamber Choir.  The ensemble was established in 2009 to provide a performance venue for experienced and motivated choral singers whose goal is to make music
at a very high level.  In providing direct exposure to the world of professional music making, it offers an experience of exceptional value for singers intending to make music their career.  Current members are drawn from throughout the lower mainland with many also serving as conductors, music educators,
and/or professional singers in their communities. 

The Pacifica Singers will perform in four concerts with the Vancouver Chamber Choir in the course of the 2011-2012 season, in addition to an independent production.

Most rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings, with occasional Sunday rehearsals and additional dress rehearsals as required.

For more information on Pacifica Singers click here.

For more information on John William Trotter click here.

For more information about auditions or to schedule an audition time contact John William Trotter at .

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Fabulously, Elegantly, Simply Elektra

If you plan to be in the Vancouver area on June 5, why not treat yourself and your Significant Other to Simply Elektra, a sparkling fundraiser in support of the choir! Held in the elegant surroundings of Terminal City Club, 837 W Hastings St, Vancouver, Simply Elektra includes a beautifully prepared dinner, witty banter from our celebrity emcees Lana Penner-Tovey and Bramwell Tovey, and beautiful entertainment provided by Elektra members. It's an opportunity to meet Elektra singers in person, enjoy a convivial evening and support your favourite women's choir!
June 5 · 6 pm * Terminal City Club, 837 W Hastings St, Vancouver * Tickets $130 each (with a $50 tax receipt) * Available now through the Elektra office 604.739.1255

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, May 15, 2011 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

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 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 remarkably versatile choir “Accentus”.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Young Composers Competition Winners

The Vancouver Chamber Choir and Artistic Director Jon Washburn have drawn their 40th concert season to a close with the performance of YOUTH AND MUSIC and winner announcements of the 2011 Young Composers Competition.

The competition finalists came from all over North America and were selected from 71 pieces submitted. The judges were composer Larry Nickel, conductor John William Trotter and Vancouver Chamber Choir Conductor and Artistic Director Jon Washburn. Each piece was performed by the Vancouver Chamber Choir prior to winner announcements.

Elementary (Ages 8 - 12)
1st Prize    Jane Lange    "Sing a Springtime Song"
2nd Prize   Jane Lange   "Through the flowing river"

Secondary (Ages 13 - 17)
1st Prize    Dylan Glenn   "Who is Sylvia?"
2nd Prize    Jenny Li   "Clouds"

College/University (Ages 18 - 22)
1st Prize    Matthew Emery   "Peace, my heart "
2nd Prize   Lyon Hazzard   "The Blue Bird"

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, May 8, 2011 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) 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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