Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Université de Sherbrooke des études supérieures en direction chorale

Vous envisagez poursuivre des études supérieures en direction chorale?
Compléter une demande d’admission ou aidez-nous à promouvoir nos programmes en transférant ce courriel à votre réseau de contacts.

Suivez une formation dynamique et pratique offerte à temps partiel au Campus de Longueuil de l’Université de Sherbrooke sur la Rive Sud de Montréal.

Cliquez ici pour accéder aux renseignements sur nos programmes.

Université de Sherbrooke Graduate Studies in Choral Conducting

Interested in graduate studies in choral conducting or know someone who might be?
Apply now or help us promote this dynamic and practical part-time training program.

Consider our programs at the Longueuil Campus of Université de Sherbrooke on the south shore of Montreal.

Find answers to your questions about the programs here: 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Join us for the One Earth Choir 201

Your Voice for One Earth Choir on the February 21, 2013. One common language on earth, represented by music.
  • One day – 21. 02. every year
  • One hour – 11:00 Greenwich mean time
  • Seven continents, people in cities wherever
  • One global video transmission
  • Choirs schools theatres orchestras companies associations & you will sing - perform - listen together to the same music simultaneously, conducted by the same conductor.
Read more about how it will happen. Subscribe on

ÌNIN - One Earth Choir is in Affiliate Partnership with the International Federation for Choral Music IFCM.

Call for Submissions: NCCO Choral Music Series 2013 NCCO Conference, College of Charleston October 31–November 2, 2013

 The National Collegiate Choral Organization is pleased to announce a call for submissions to the NCCO Choral Music Series. In 2011, four outstanding choral compositions were selected for the series and presented in a literature session at the 2011 NCCO Conference held November 3–5 in Fort Collins, CO. NCCO invites submissions to be chosen and presented at the 2013 NCCO Conference to be held October 31–November 2 in Charleston, SC.

Submission deadline for consideration: April 1, 2013 
Final selections announced will be announced June 1, 2013

Thursday, January 24, 2013

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, January 27, 2013 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Choral Concert: The “Dead of Winter” edition

England, Finland, Russia and northern Germany - on this mid-winter Sunday Peter Togni will bring you music from the north.

Not that we planned it this way, we started off with a beautiful live concert with the Vancouver Chamber Choir called “The English Touch”. Once we had decided on that we went looking for something special that would compliment it, and we just kept on finding music that was from other northern countries.

So on this Sunday’s dead of winter edition of Choral Concert you will hear the Vancouver Chamber Choir doing 500 years of great British choral music - but you’ll also hear lots of other great northern music, starting with Jean Sibelius, and the Helsinki University Chorus in a performance of his very rousing “Patriotic Songs”.

Go to  CBCMUSIC.CA and check out the new choral stream!!!!  A 24/7 collection of a wide choral gems from J.S. Bach to John Rutter. Perfect programming for choral music lovers performed by some of our greatest choirs like the Elmer Iseler Singers, The Elora Festival Singers and Musica Intima.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Patricia Abbott Receives the Diamond Jubilee Medal

Pat Abbott (left) being presented with the Diamond Jubilee Medal by her Member of Parliament, Ève Péclet, in her home riding of Pointe-de-l’Île (Montreal). Photo credit: Yvan Fortin
Former ACCC Executive Director (1993-2009) Patricia Abbott was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal on January 14 in recognition of her work in the choral community and in particular for her work in sharing her passion for music and singing with young people.

The medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne, and is being presented to 60,000 Canadians from all walks of life for their contributions and distinguished service to their community and to the country.

Pat is now the artistic director of the CAMMAC Lake MacDonald Music Centre and continues to conduct the Chorale du Gesù, the English Montreal School Board Chorale, the Ensemble vocal Cantivo and Les Voix du Carrefour. She is an instructor in choral conducting at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music. She also serves on the artistic committee of the Polyfollia International Choral Festival in France and continues to give of her time to ACCC in the area of communications.

La médaille du Jubilé de diamant de la reine présentée à Patricia Abbott

Patricia Abbott (à gauche) lors de la remise de la médaille par sa Députée fédérale, Ève Péclet, dans sa circonscription de Pointe-de-l’Île (Montréal). Crédit photo: Yvan Fortin
L’ancienne Directrice générale de l’ACCC (1993-2009) Patricia Abbott a reçu la Médaille du Jubilé de diamant de la reine Elizabeth II le 14 janvier en reconnaissance de travail dans le milieu chorale et en particulier pour avoir partagé sa passion pour la musique et le chant avec les jeunes.

La médaille souligne le 60e anniversaire de l’accession au trône de la reine Elizabeth II. Elle sera décernée à 60 000 Canadiens et Canadiennes de tous les milieu pour leur contribution et services rendus à leur collectivité et au pays.

Patricia est maintenant directrice artistique du Centre musical CAMMAC au lac MacDonald et dirige toujours la Chorale du Gesù, la Chorale de la Commission scolaire English-Montréal, l’Ensemble vocal Cantivo et Les Voix du Carrefour. Elle enseigne la direction chorale à l’école de musique Schulich de l’université McGill. Membre du comité artistique du Festival international Polyfollia en France et elle continue de donner de son temps à l’ACCC surtout dans le domaine des communications.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, January 20, 2013 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Choral Concert celebrates the anthem

This week on Choral Concert Peter Togni celebrates one of the great choral traditions of the western world – the anthem!

The anthem is a huge part of the Anglican church music tradition, and some of  England’s greatest composers have written them.

We will hear from everyone from Thomas Tallis, Henry Purcell and the great George Frederic Handel, in performances by the Swedish Radio Choir, the Elora Festival Singers and The Sixteen.

Go to  CBCMUSIC.CA and check out the new choral stream!!!!  A 24/7 collection of choral gems from J.S. Bach to John Rutter. Perfect programming for choral music lovers performed by some of our greatest choirs like the Elmer Iseler Singers, The Elora Festival Singers and Musica Intima.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Choral Heaven, 24/7

CBC Music adds Choral to its web radio lineup, becoming one of the 10 permanent classical stations offered by the service. Available for listening exclusively in Canada, Choral features an impressive roster of choirs and vocal ensembles from around the world, not to mention some of the finest music ever composed for the human voice. For more information, please visit

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Reminder - NewWorks deadline - February 18th

This is a reminder that the deadline for DaCapo Chamber Choir's 4th annual, national choral composition competition, NewWorks, is fast approaching.  All entries must be postmarked February 18th, or earlier - only one month away!
Full information - including entry form - is available on our web site:  www.dacapochamberchoir,ca/newworks .   

The purpose of the NewWorks competition is to foster new and engaging choral works by Canadian composers.  The DaCapo Chamber Choir was founded in 1998 and is dedicated to exploring unaccompanied music, primarily of the 20th Century and later. We are continually looking for new pieces to perform which will challenge us and our audiences - both musically and emotionally.

We have thrilled with the entries over the last three years; this November, we performed last year’s winning entry, "Song of Invocation" by Sheldon Rose (Toronto, ON).  In the spring, we will be hosting a public workshop featuring three winners of our Young Composers Reading Sessions, where their compositions will be read by the choir. Composers will have opportunity to interact with the conductor and choristers in an effort to continue to refine their compositional craft.

The 2013 winning entry will receive a $1,500 cash award plus travel expenses to Kitchener to attend
the premiere of his/her composition by the DaCapo Chamber Choir, under director Leonard Enns, in the choir’s 2013/2014 season.  We are also inviting young composers (aged 25 and younger) to submit compositions for consideration in our Young Composers Reading Sessions.
Entry deadline is February 18th, 2013.

Do we have the "Glee Effect" here?

Mireille Theriault is a staff writer at the MB Teacher working on an article about the apparent increased popularity of vocal and choir groups and would like to speak with people, particularly in Manitoba, who can provide evidence of this trend.

Statistics from the US indicate that high schools and universities for example have seen a dramatic increase in interest and participation in the performing arts (actually termed the “Glee Effect” ) over the last couple of years tied to the popularity of programs like “Glee”, "...Idol" "The Voice" and others.

If you could be of any assistance in contributing or pointing Mireille toward someone who would be able to speak on this topic she would appreciate hearing from you at your earliest convenience.

Mireille Theriault
MTS – Publications Dept.
204-837-4666 ext 354

World Choir Games 2014 Registration Information Now Available

The registration forms for the World Choir Games 2014 in Riga, Latvia are available. The official registration deadline is December 1, 2013. Choirs that register by September 15, 2013 will receive a special discount on the event package. More information can be found here.

At the World Choir Games in Riga choirs can sign up for a total of 29 competition categories including new categories for Male Vocal Ensembles, Female Vocal Ensembles, Mixed Vocal Ensembles in The Champions Competition; Barbershop Quartets in both The Champions Competition and The Open Competition and Senior Choirs in The Open Competition.


Au nom de l'École de musique de l'Université de Sherbrooke, je vous invite à répondre au sondage suivant afin de nous aider à bâtir le chœur pour la 13e édition de l'École d'été de chant choral, une édition bien spéciale pour célébrer le 20e anniversaire de l'École de musique de l'Université de Sherbrooke . Mes étudiants de la maîtrise en direction chorale y seront, ainsi qu'une équipe dynamique qui vous offrira une formation de haute qualité. Dans les Cantons de l'Est, sur le beau campus de l'Université de Sherbrooke, la semaine promet d'être une des plus belles Écoles d'été de chant choral depuis son début en 2000. En plus d'offrir un stage de répétitions chorales, des classes de maître en direction chorale et de chant solo, des conférences et récitals, cette année nous offrirons un cours intermédiaire de direction chorale.

Répondre au  sondage ne vous oblige à rien. Mais les réponses nous aideront dans nos préparations. Les détails sur le répertoire et l'équipe enseignante ainsi que les différentes options d'hébergement seront disponibles dans les prochaines semaines.

Interplay Composers' Workshops - APPLY BY FRIDAY!

Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir will deliver the award winning Interplay: Interactive Workshops for Canadian Choral Composers February 27, 2013 in Regina, SK and April 10, 2013 in Vancouver, BC.

The application form is available here.

During this program, composers are allotted individual rehearsal time (usually 30-45 minutes) with the professional chorus and conductor. This time may be used to test completed work and/or try out new concepts. Choir, conductor and composer dialogue about musical and technical features, strengths, flaws, textures, colours, notations and many other aspects of successful choral writing. Each workshop is closely tailored to the needs and interests of the individual composer.

A cross-section of composers, ranging from full professionals to university composition students and representing varied musical styles from avant garde, concert and church music to school and educational repertoire are chosen to participate in the Interplay workshops.

Composers are also welcome to attend the workshops as observers.

There is no charge to composers for this workshop, thanks to the generous support of the SOCAN Foundation.  

Celebrate Benjamin Britten's centenary year at Singsation Saturday February 2

Mark February 2 in your calendar for the next Singsation Saturday workshop sponsored by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Join guest conductor Mark Vuorinen, some TMC choristers and alumni, and other enthusiastic singers to sing through Benjamin Britten's St. Nicolas Cantata. This cantata was Britten's first professional work intended primarily for performance by amateur musicians.

Mark Vuorinen is the Artistic Director and Conductor of two choral ensembles: Kitchener-Waterloo's Grand Philharmonic Choir and the Toronto Chamber Choir. He is also an active church musician and is currently the George Black Fellow in Sacred Music at the Church of the Redeemer.  Mark just performed this work with the Grand Philharmonic Choir in December.

Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 10:30 am to 1 pm
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Cameron Hall
1585 Yonge St. (1 block north of  St. Clair Ave)

Workshop fee: $10 which includes refreshments. We provide the music to borrow. You can register at the door. (If you are a TMC Alumni or TMC donor at the Friends level we will waive your workshop fee.)

For more information, call TMC at 416-598-0422, ext 24 or visit

CBC Music Invites Choirs to Create Artist Pages

A CBC Music artist page is your online gateway to Canada’s vast and diverse musical community. It is a multifaceted tool for self-promotion so that, no matter what genre you specialize in, you can showcase your valuable contributions to our cultural landscape.

With the creation of a CBC Music artist page, you can:
  • Create an artist profile that includes a bio, photos, links to your website(s) and social media accounts.
  • Upload (unlimited amounts of) your music and videos to be seen and heard by the public. Listeners can create custom playlists with artist-uploaded tracks.
  • Promote your upcoming events on the CBC Music concert calendar. This calendar is searchable by date, location and genre, and is one of the most comprehensive concert listings in Canada.
  • Maintain a personal blog where you can provide up-to-date news about your activities.
  • Gain fans who can “like” your page. You then gain an automatic fan feed that emails your fans whenever you add new music, announce an event, or make any other significant changes to your page.
In addition, CBC Music periodically features various artist pages, so there’s a chance you could receive added exposure.

Bruneau Centre for Excellence in Choral Music Established at Memorial University of Newfoundland

The Bruneau Centre for Excellence in Choral Music at Memorial University of Newfoundland is being created through a generous donation of $1 million from Drs. Jean and Angus Bruneau. The announcement was made recently at Memorial’s School of Music on the university’s St. John’s campus.

The new centre will promote and foster research and community projects that seek to understand, encourage and enhance the powerful impact that choral singing can have on individuals and communities. It will support projects that have the potential to stimulate excellence in community music-making locally, nationally and internationally.

Read the full press release here.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Nova Scotia Youth Choir Auditions

The Nova Scotia Choral Federation is announcing this year’s auditions for the Nova Scotia Youth Choir.  This season’s guest conductor will be Elise Bradley from the Toronto Children’s Chorus. This ensemble draws the most talented singers ages 16-25 from across the province and is dedicated to providing them a challenging opportunity to work, develop and perform music together under the leadership of talented local educators and the most accomplished Canadian conductors.

Audition dates are as follows:  Wolfville on February 3rd, Liverpool on February 8th, Halifax on February 9th, Sydney on February 22nd, and New Glasgow and Truro on February 23rd.   Visit the Nova Scotia Choral Federation website, for detailed information and to register for an audition.  You can also call the NSCF office at 423-4688 (toll free in NS 1-888-672-3969) or email

Submit Your World Choral Day Event

Many of you took part in World Choral Day celebrations this past December 9th, 2012. Hundreds of organizations around the world did, creating a platform for thousands of singers across the globe to unite in song and friendship, transcending all barriers in a universal message of peace and understanding.

                                                       Tell us how did it go!!!

We are interested in knowing what was sung, what organization(s) took part, how many singers were involved, what was sung, how many people were in attendance. When compiling this information globally, we can further measure the scope and relevance of this important event and make it grow every year. You can help us by taking two minutes to submit your event on and upload your photos or video of your celebration.

Remember to mark your calendar for December 8th, 2013 so you can join us again this year!

Friday, January 11, 2013

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, January 13, 2013 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Choral Concert celebrates the mass

This week on Choral Concert Peter Togni will celebrate the western world’s oldest musical form; the mass.

There has been more music set to the words of the mass than any other text since the beginning of western music. That’s because the mass, and its essential parts —the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus and Agnus Dei—have been the centre of Christian worship for over a thousand years and it is almost always presented in some form of singing.

This Sunday you will hear SMAM (Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montreal) in a live performance of the Berliner Mass by the Estonion composer Arvo Part, as well as a truly astounding recording of a 40 (yes 40!!) part mass setting by the great renaissance composer Alessandro Striggio as well as two beautiful mass segments by Karl Jenkins and Igor Stravinsky.

Go to  CBCMUSIC.CA after January 17th and check out the new choral stream!!!!  A 24/7 collection of a wide choral gems from J.S. Bach to John Rutter. Perfect programming for choral music lovers performed by some of our greatest choirs like the Elmer Iseler Singers, The Elora Festival Singers and Musica Intima.

Friday, January 4, 2013

7th International Amadeus choral composition contest

Information on this annual international contest of choral composition being held for the seventh time in 2013 and sponsored by Consejería de Educación y Cultura of Gobierno de Extremadura, may be found in several languages on the web site:  or download the English pdf:

A Celebration of Life for Diane Loomer, C.M.

A 'Celebration of Life' will be held to remember and rejoice in Diane's remarkable sojourn here on earth. The format will be a concert sung by her 3 latest choirs, Elektra, Chor Leoni and EnChor. There will also be chances for all of us to sing together. It will be on January 11th (7:30pm) at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in Vancouver. You are all invited to attend. Be sure to get there early as there are no reserved seats and it will likely be quite full.

A Celebration of Life for Diane Loomer, C.M.
Friday, January 11, 2013 * 7:30pm
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC
6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver

La journée m'enchante 2 février 2013

La journée du 2 février 2013, plusieurs groupes chanteront partout au Québec et dans le monde entier.
L’intention du projet est de créer ainsi une énorme vague de joie et d’amour avec les gens touchés par la tristesse et la solitude.

Depuis la première édition en 2005, des groupes totalisant 2400 "enchanteurs" ont laissé des traces de sourires à plus de 10000 personnes dans toutes les régions du Québec. L’idée du projet a pris naissance en 2005 au Québec et au fil des années a pris de l’ampleur pour s’étendre à l’échelle internationale: des groupes du Nouveau Brunswick, de Belgique, d’Italie et de France se sont joints ainsi au projet! L’objectif à chaque année est de faire chanter la planète. Vous êtes invité à votre tour, à faire partie de la vague 2013.

Pour inscrire un groupe ou pour obtenir plus d’informations, vous êtes invité à communiquer avec moi par courriel ou à visiter le site internet du projet à :

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Peter Togni Sunday, January 6, 2013 9:00 - 11:00 am, (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Choral Concert presents “Beethoven bookends”

Choral Concert starts with a bang this week, with the opening crash of the finale of Beethoven’s ninth symphony.  It’s the first of 2 great choral works created by Ludwig von Beethoven that you will hear on choral concert this week. 

We’ll start the show with a live performance of the finale of the 9th Symphony with Toronto’s
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, and finish with the Choral Fantasy in a performance with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn Choir, and pianist Anton Kuerti.

In between these two great masterworks you will also hear a beautiful rendition of Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Munich Pro Arte Orchestra.

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, January 3, 2013

World Youth Choir Announces Changes for Summer Session in 2013

Due to the unstable economic situation in Europe, The World Youth Choir Foundation has announced their decision not to organize a regular summer session with the usual recruitment procedure in 2013. However, there will still be opportunities for more than 1000 World Youth Choir alumni members to choose to gather again in Portugal, at the Lisbon summer Music Festival in June 2013. Further special projects are possible for 2013 and will be announced on the World Youth Choir web site.

Information on the recruitment process for the 2014 summer session in Croatia and neighboring countries hosted by Jeunesses Musicales Croatia, and other new plans will become available later in 2013.

For information and announcements: