Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Saturday, July 30, 2011

30th International Choral Festival of Preveza - 18th International Competition of Sacred Music

Applications are now being accepted for the 30th International Choral Festival of Preveza - 18th International Competition of Sacred Music, which will take place in the town of Preveza on 5 - 8 July 2012.

For more information about the previous festivals, the jury committee, the town of Preveza and the Choral Society Armonia please visit our website

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, July 31, 2011 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

“Seventeen  Voyces” perform a “Journey of Ireland”

This Sunday on Choral Concert Peter Togni will bring you music from Ireland with the group ”Seventeen Voyces”, led by Kevin Reeves. Seventeen Voyces is dedicated to finding musical gems that are off the beaten track, and they do it with a wonderful suppleness and clarity of sound.

You’ll also hear the choral magic of Edmonton’s “Kokopelli”,  and the beautiful Mass in F by the 17 year old Franz Schubert – a bright, lovely and sunny work perfect for a Sunday in summer.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Florilège Vocal de Tours 2012

International choral music competition & International competition for children choirs and youth choirs

We are pleased to inform you that the rules and registration form of the next Florilège Vocal are available and downloadable from our website.

Florilège Vocal de Tours 2012

Concours international de chant choral & Concours international de choeurs d'enfants et de choeurs de jeunes

Nous avons le plaisir de vous informer que les règlements et bulletins d'inscription du prochain Florilège Vocal sont disponibles et téléchargeables sur notre site Internet.

The Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation Announces Award in Choral Conducting

The Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation is pleased to announce its Award for 2012, in Choral Conducting, in the amount of $12,000.  In conjunction with the Association of Canadian Choral Communities, Choirs Ontario and the Elmer Iseler Singers, the final round of the award process will take place at Canada’s National Choral Conference, PODIUM, in Ottawa on May 19, 2012.  Three finalists, selected through a competitive process that is national in scope, will work with the Elmer Iseler Singers in front of a jury and live audience.  Candidates should be at an advanced stage of their musical education, typically at the graduate level. Details of the award process will be announced in the Fall of 2011. Further information on the Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation can be found at:

La Fondation commémorative Sir Ernest MacMillan est fière d'annoncer que sa bourse sur la direction de chorale

La Fondation commémorative Sir Ernest MacMillan est fière d'annoncer que sa bourse 2012 d'un montant de 12 000 $ portera sur la direction de chorale. En collaboration avec l'Association des communautés chorales canadiennes, Choirs Ontario,  et les Elmer Iseler Singers la ronde finale pour l'octroi de la bourse se tiendra à Ottawa le 19 mai 2012 au PODIUM. Les trois finalistes, choisis à la suite d'une sélection nationale, se produiront alors avec les Elmer Iseler Singers devant un public et devant jury. Les candidats doivent être rendus à une étape avancée dans leurs études musicales, de préférence au niveau des études supérieures. Les détails concernant le processus de demande pour la bourse seront annoncés à l'automne de 2011. Pour en savoir plus sur la Fondation Sir Ernest MacMillan, vous pouvez consulter:

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Singing Revolution - TV Airdates Now Scheduled

Public Broadcasting Stations around the U.S. have begun to announce their schedules, and starting July 26th through September airdates have been scheduled.

Check the list of stations for dates/times in your area on the TSR website; you can search by station or city: 

Many stations do not finalize their schedules until a few weeks before broadcast, so if your local station is not listed yet, check back in a week. The list will be updated each Monday with all broadcast information. 

After September, there will also be repeat broadcasts and these will be posted as well.

So please check the site to see when The Singing Revolution is playing in your area and share it with your friends.

Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Toronto, Requires Choir Director

Our parish, a vibrant mix of many ethnic groups, deeply appreciates the place of musicians and choirs in helping us to enter ever more deeply into the liturgy of the Church. We are looking for one who can embrace congregation and choir, encouraging a deepening of faith through the beauty of music in this leadership role.
See details at Employment Opportunities.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Call for Nominations


How did Bryan Adams, Robert Lepage, Karen Kain, Yvon Deschamps and Buffy Sainte-Marie become laureates of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award?

They were nominated by people like you—members of the arts community and arts fans across Canada, who wanted to see their performing arts heroes recognized for their passion, creativity and inspiration.

You can play a role in Canada’s most prestigious performing arts awards! Your nomination could determine who receives a Governor General's Performing Arts Award in 2012, the 20th Anniversary of the Awards.

The process is simple and you can do it online. A letter of recommendation and a short biography of the nominee are all that are required for your favourite Canadian performing artist to be in the running.

Nominations for the 2012 Awards are being accepted until September 23, 2011. For complete details, visit

Foundation des prix du gouverneur général pour les arts du spectacle Appel de candidatures


Comment Bryan Adams, Robert Lepage, Karen Kain, Yvon Deschamps et Buffy Sainte-Marie sont-ils devenus lauréats des Prix du Gouverneur général pour les arts du spectacle?

Leur candidature a été soumise par des gens comme vous, des membres de la communauté artistique et des passionnés d’art de partout au Canada qui souhaitaient voir leurs héros culturels récompensés pour leur passion, leur créativité et leur inspiration.

Les PGGAS représentent la plus haute distinction accordée dans le domaine des arts du spectacle au Canada. En proposant un candidat, vous jouez un rôle déterminant; celui-ci pourrait remporter un PGGAS en 2012, année qui marque le 20e anniversaire des prix.

Le processus est simple et peut même se faire en ligne. Vous n’avez qu’à envoyer une lettre de recommandation et une courte biographie et votre artiste préféré sera en lice.

Nous acceptons les mises en candidature jusqu’au 23 septembre 2011. Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements, consultez le site

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, July 24, 2011 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

Camerata Nova in Concert, H’Sao in concert, and more.

This Sunday Peter Togni brings you a whole range of wonderful choirs, everything from the Toronto Consort doing music of Queen Elizabeth the first, to the music of H’Sao (ASH sow), a vocal sextet from Chad now based in Montreal. Their music is influenced by gospel and the unique, lilting rhythms that come from their native country.

You’ll also hear Camerata Nova, an innovative choir based in Winnipeg from a concert they did at the Rideau Chapel in Ottawa.

All that plus the Canadian Chamber Choir, the Vocal Concert Dresden, and Accentus – the only choir on earth that is brave enough to pull off a transcription of Vivaldi’s four seasons.

Is music a universal language? Tell us what you think. Visit the Choral Concert blog at:

Monday, July 18, 2011

Croatian Choral Directors Association International Choral Institute Call for Papers

The second International Artistic and Scientific Symposium on Choral Art, Singing and Voice, ARS CHORALIS 2012, will be held in Zagreb, Croatia, 12th - 14th April 2012. We invite you to participate in the Symposium as a lecturer or a delegate. Lectures and workshops can be held in Croatian or English (no translation).

If you want to present a lecture or a workshop, please send a completed application form and an abstract of the lecture or workshop (up to 300 words) by electronic mail (MS Word). You can download the application form from our website:

Application deadline is the 15th of December 2011. Participation fee is 100 Euros.

CROATIAN CHORAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION    Vrbik 11    10000 Zagreb    Croatia Mob. +385-98-275961    Phone +385-1-6198469    Fax +385-1-6198468

Concert Gowns Available for Sale

The Ottawa Choral Society has a number of concert gowns in good condition now available for sale. The easy to care for gowns (wash in cold water, hang to dry) are perfect for travelling. Specific inventory available on request. For details please contact Pat MacDonald:

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, July 17, 2011 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

The Swingle Singers in Concert

This week on Choral Concert you hear the Swingle Singers. Yes, the same choir that sang all of that swinging Bach back in the 60's... they are still around but they don't just do Bach. Their vocal agility, close to the microphone technique, and their beautiful intonation allow them to do a full range of music. You will hear them doing everything from Manuel de Falla to Sting.

You’ll also hear a wonderful CD featuring the Elmer Iseler Singers doing the music of Poulenc.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Loss of a Brilliant Composer Malcolm Forsyth (1936 ‐ 2011)

Stellar Canadian composer Malcolm Forsyth passed away on July 5 at the age of 74. Widely known for the high quality of his original works for orchestra and his pieces for brass ensemble, Dr. Forsyth recently had the world premiere of his large‐scale orchestra‐choral work Ballad for Canada performed by the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Pinchas Zukerman, conductor), which includes his daughter, Amanda Forsyth, principal cellist in the ensemble; the work was co‐commissioned by NACO and the Edmonton Symphony orchestra who will also perform the work November 11‐12, 2011 at the Winspear Centre with the Richard Eaton Singers.

Conducting Position Available Immediately at St. Michael's Choir School

ST. MICHAEL’S CHOIR SCHOOL was founded in 1937 to provide sacred choral music for St. Michael’s Cathedral and to train young men for leadership roles in parishes across the city of Toronto. The legacy of leadership continues to guide and shape all of our activities.

ST. MICHAEL’S CHOIR SCHOOL operates under a unique collaboration between the Toronto Catholic District School Board and the Archdiocese of Toronto. The school’s complete curriculum of academic studies for boys in grades 3 to 12, meets the highest standards of the school board and Ontario Ministry of Education.  Our distinctive learning environment features a supportive community, individual attention, and a focus on leadership and service.

POSITION: Conductor, Junior Choir
Part-TIME, 22 hours per week, 10 month renewable contract

Details on the position and how to apply are available on the ACCC web site: Employment Opportunities

Thursday, July 7, 2011

National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs 2011 Winners Announced

The Association of Canadian Choral Communities (ACCC), in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts and CBC Radio/Radio-Canada, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs. The awards were presented on July 6 during the Opening Gala Concert of Festival 500 in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. The winning choirs will be highlighted on CBC's Choral Concert with host Peter Togni on Sunday, July 10, 2011.

Thank you and congratulations to all the choirs who participated in this year's Competition.

Concours national pour chœurs amateurs canadiens 2011

L'Association des communautés chorales canadiennes (ACCC), en partenariat avec le Conseil des Arts du Canada et la CBC/Radio-Canada, est heureuse d'annoncer les lauréats du Concours national pour choeurs amateurs canadiens de 2011.  Les prix seront distribués  le 6 juillet lors du gala d'ouverture de Festival 500 à St-Jean, Terre-Neuve et Labrador.  Les choeurs gagnants seront mis en vedette lors de Choral Concert animé par Peter Togni le dimanche 10 juillet 2011.

Nous tenons à remercier et à féliciter tous les choeurs qui ont participé au concours de cette année.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Arts Administrator Job Posting

The Association of Canadian Choral Communities (ACCC) is seeking an Arts Administrator to be contracted on a part time basis. The candidate should have experience in arts administration and the not-for-profit sector. Working closely with the Board of Directors, the Arts Administrator will be responsible for the day to day functioning of the organization, book keeping, maintaining and developing the membership data base, and contributing to projects as designated by the board.

Offre d'emploi, directeur artistique

L'Association des communautés chorales canadiennes (ACCC) recherche un directeur artistique à temps partiel sous contrat. Le candidat retenu aura acquis de l'expérience dans l'administration des arts dans le secteur à but non lucratif. En collaboration étroite avec le conseil d'administration, le directeur artistique sera responsable du fonctionnement quotidien de l'association, de la comptabilité, de la mise à jour et du développement de la base des données des membres, enfin, de contribuer à la réalisation des projets conformément aux souhaits du conseil d'administration.

Annual General Meeting Notice

The Association of Canadian Choral Communities will be holding an annual general meeting by teleconference on Sunday, August 7, 2011 at 7:00 PM EST

The membership may vote electronically on the motions of the meeting between Thursday, August 4 and Sunday, August 7. The agenda is below. Minutes of the last meeting, motions proposed for this meeting, reports of the President, Executive Director and Treasurer, and financial statements will be circulated with the link for electronic voting on Wednesday, August 3.  Members may also request to attend the teleconference by contacting Elizabeth Shannon: or 416-927-7291 by 5:00pm EST on Tuesday, August 2, 2011.

Annonce de l'assemblée générale annuelle

L'assemblée générale annuelle de l'Association des communautés chorales canadiennes aura lieu par téléconférence le dimanche 7 août 2011 à 19h00 heure de l'est.

Les membres pourront voter électroniquement sur les motions soulevées du jeudi 4 août au dimanche 7 août. Pour l'ordre du jour de la réunion voyez ci-dessous. Le procès verbal de la dernière assemblée, les motions proposées pour l'assemblée de cette année, les rapports du Président, du Directeur général et du Trésorier, ainsi que le compte-rendu financier seront distribués le mercredi 3 août avec le lien pour les votes électroniques. Les membres peuvent aussi demander d'assister à la téléconférence en s'adressant à Elizabeth Shannon: ou au 416-927-7291 avant 17h00 heure de l'est le mardi 2 août 2011.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, July 3, 2011 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

The Ottawa Bach Choir Performs Monteverdi

This week on Choral Concert Peter Togni brings you the Ottawa Bach Choir in Concert. The Ottawa Bach Choir has come into their own over the past few years, performing a full range of repertoire at a higher and higher level. This week they tackle the beautiful and innovative world of the great Italian renaissance master Claudio Monteverdi.

You’ll also hear a full review of the finalists from this year’s National Competition of Canadian Amateur Choirs.