Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Monday, April 30, 2012

World Youth Choir 2012 Announces Audition Results

An international jury has finalized the selection of new members for the World Youth Choir, including Canadian singers and former NYC members, Eve Richardson and Nathan McDonald. New members will join re-invited singers from the choir’s 2010 session for an unforgettable social and artistic life time experience, August 4th—September 3rd in Cyprus. New singers were selected from 188 singers from 44 countries who applied/auditioned for World Youth Choir.

The World Youth Choir is a project of the Foundation "World Youth Choir", supported by three patron offices: the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat; the International Federation for Choral Music and the Jeunesses Musicales International. In 1996, the UNESCO honored the World Youth Choir with the title "Artist for peace", recognizing its success as a platform for intercultural dialogue through music.

Learn more about WYC here.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Invitation to America Cantat 7

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, April 29, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

This week on Choral Concert it’s about Chant in all its forms. Our concert feature is Winnipeg’s Camerata Nova and their program called Chant!

Chant describes any type of music that uses a single line melody as its basis. Everyone has heard of Gregorian Chant, but there are hundreds of other forms of chant around the world  - and it is safe to say that most music has its foundation in a single, melodic line.

This Sunday’s Choral Concert features the Winnipeg based choir Camerata Nova and their program called Chant!  It’s a concert of vocal chants rooted in Persia, Corsica, Norway, Italy, France and the Ukraine to name just a few.

You’ll also hear a wonderful performance with the Corydon Singers doing Maurice Durfle’s Requiem. A piece based entirely on Gregorian Chant.

Don’t forget that CBCMUSIC.CA has lots to offer for classical music lovers, there are 10 classical streams, available 24 / 7. You can also check out the Choral Concert blog plus extensive videos and concerts in all genres.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, April 22, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

This week on Choral Concert we will feature the Vancouver-based Elektra Women’s Choir, led by Morna Edmunson, and their adventurous foray into Farsi poetry.

Elektra has taken many adventurous turns in their music over the past quarter century, and the centrepiece in this concert is no exception – it’s an exotic, thrilling and evocative work by Abbie Betinis called From behind the Caravan: songs of Hafez. It’s set in Farsi, the language of Persia.

The words are by Mohammed Hafez-e Shirazi, the author of almost 400 poems called Ghazals.
Ghazals are lyric poems in the Sufi tradition about longing for truth, love, kindness and ultimately for the Beloved. It’s beautiful stuff.

Abbie Betinis is not Persian, she’s American, but she pushed herself to hear the qualities of these words, to let them evoke sounds and images that express this deep and rich culture. One image that rushed upon her was “a distant memory of being four years old and dancing – joyfully and tirelessly – to music that whirled feverishly around me.”

You’ll also hear a wonderful performance with the Elmer Iseler Singers teaming up with the Canadian Brass from back in 1973, and some incredible Schubert with the Immortal Bach Ensemble.
Don’t forget that CBCMUSIC.CA has lots to offer for classical music lovers, there are 10 classical streams, available 24 / 7. You can also check out the Choral Concert blog plus extensive videos and concerts in all genres.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Festival 500 July 3—10, 2013

Looks like it will be an exciting time at next year's Festival 500 in St. John's, Newfoundland!
(Click on the poster to view)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, April 15, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

Choral Concert explores inner and outer worlds.

This week on Choral Concert Peter Togni is going to directly contrast music that is outgoing, bold, brash and big with music that is reflective, contemplative and inward. The inner and outer spaces of choral music.

On the big and bold side you will hear "Glory", from Songs of the Forest by Dimitri Shostakovitch. It’s a grand throwback to the Soviet era where composers were required to create music to glorify the accomplishments of the empire. In this case it was the huge re-forestation program in Siberia in the late 1940’s. You’ll hear a big, passionate performance with the Yurlov Russian Choir and the Moscow Philharmonic orchestra.

On the inner and reflective side we are going to turn to David Mott. Mott is a Canadian mystic, a composer, a zen meditator, a baritone sax virtuoso and a karate master.

He has written a piece for the Edmonton based choir Pro Coro that features the choir along with the occasional interjection from Mott on his baritone sax.

It’s a piece that plays a lot with inner space,  he calls it “Heart Meditations”.  In it David expresses a lifetime of disciplined practice, both in music and in meditation. The piece is an expression of a form of Buddhist meditation called the “heart practice”, a practice that focuses on the still, divine heart within.

So join us this Sunday for Choral Concert: Inner and Outer Worlds.

Don’t forget that CBCMUSIC.CA has lots to offer for classical music lovers, there are 10 classical streams, available 24 / 7. You can also check out the Choral Concert blog plus extensive videos and concerts in all genres.

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal presented to Jon Washburn

The Vancouver Chamber Choir is pleased that its founder and Artistic Director Jon Washburn has received one of the highest honours in the country for his lifetime contribution to the choral art. The Honourable Steven Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia presented the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to him at a special ceremony on April 11.

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty's accession to the Throne. In addition to honouring the Queen for her service to the country, the medal also recognizes contributions and achievements made by Canadians.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Greenwood Singers Auditions Thursday, May 10, 2012 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Greenwood Singers rehearses Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:30 starting in September and usually going until our concert in April. Their 2012-2013 Season will see the choir perform their own concerts in December and April as well as a Carol Service at St. Joseph's Basilica.

The audition consists of singing a song or aria of your choice with piano accompaniment. Those auditioning are asked to bring music for our accompanist, with whom they will be able to rehearse before the audition. Following the song, our music director takes each singer through various vocalises to determine range and tessitura. There will also be a pitch-retention test, during which singers are asked to sing back short melodies played on the piano and also to sing the lower note of harmonic intervals and the middle note of a 3-note chord. Finally, there is sight-reading.  This is a very important skill for members of Greenwood Singers as we often have to prepare music with very little rehearsal time.

Auditions will be held on the 4th Floor, Education Building South, Room 464, University of Alberta Campus. To book an audition time, or for more information, please contact Kent Sutherland at 780.982.9916 or

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Choral Concert with host Peter Togni, April 8, 2012 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NL) on CBC Radio 2

Easter Sunday with Bach’s B minor Mass and Handel’s Messiah

This Sunday we continue with a Choral Concert Easter Sunday tradition: a performance of J.S. Bach’s great Mass in B minor. However, we will also re-kindle another tradition: that is to celebrate Easter with Handel’s famous oratorio Messiah. You will be hearing highlights of both pieces.

The B minor Mass is considered by many critics and scholars as one greatest masterpiece of western civilization. It certainly is the culmination of a lifetime of extraordinary work by one of our most respected composers, and this week’s performance is truly extraordinary and not to be missed. You will hear an incredible performance by the Amsterdam Orchestra and Chorus.

You will also hear highlights of the great and wonderful Messiah by George Frederic Handel, in another stellar performance with Canada’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.

Ever wondered why there is a tradition of standing up in the Halleluiah Chorus of the Messiah? Check out the Choral Concert blog on CBCMUSIC.CA and weigh in with your vote on what you do with our listener’s poll.

Choral Concert: The Easter Edition runs this Sunday from 9 to 11 a.m. (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2.

Pacifica Singers Seeking New Conductor

Pacifica Singers is a select vocal ensemble, now anticipating its fourth season, which exists as part of the Vancouver Chamber Choir organization. The ensemble performs with Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir on three or four concert programmes each season and also presents one or two independent concerts with its own conductor.

The choir is searching for a new conductor to begin preparation for fall concerts in September 2012. Candidates should be fully qualified and experienced musicians, capable of leading an ensemble to a high level of excellence. They should have appropriate education and training in choral conducting and other musical disciplines.

For details and further information on how to apply, contact Steven Bélanger at

Applications are due in the Vancouver Chamber Choir offices by 5:00 pm Friday, May 4, 2012.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Young Composers Reading Session

As part of our 2011 NewWorks competition, two young composers were chosen, based on their composition entered, to participate in our very first Young Composers Reading Session (YCRS).
On Saturday April 21st, at 2pm in the Conrad Grebel University College chapel, DaCapo will host an open rehearsal where we will "read through" these two entries. Joining us will be young composers Melodie Laton of Waterloo, and Blair Ellis - all the way from New Brunswick!

We are excited to work through the compositions with these young composers and are inviting anyone interested in a behind-the-scenes look at music making to join us for this free event.  No tickets are necessary, but an RSVP to is encouraged.