Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Stratford Summer Music and the Laurier Centre for Music in the Community launch inaugural Choral Symposium

This summer Stratford Summer Music and the Laurier Centre for Music in the Community will launch We Sing the World – A Choral Symposium in Stratford, Ontario, for anyone who loves to sing, from Thursday, July 18 – Sunday, July 21, 2013. These musical delegates will enjoy a weekend of singing and artistic experiences, presented by 12 leaders from a variety of international musical disciplines, to explore and celebrate how choral music and choir singing are evolving in the 21st century.

Delegates will enjoy live performances of Murray Schafer’s Music for Wilderness Lake on Patterson Island and concerts by Anúna, Ireland’s National Choir. Workshops and panel discussions will be held on a variety of topics, including Global Song & Traditions, Gifts of World Cultures to Choral Music, and Ghanaian, Latin/Caribbean and South Indian musical perspectives. All the participants will be part of the Symposium Chorus where rehearsals will include familiar and new scores related to the Symposium’s two main themes: the Environment, and, World Cultures as influences on modern choral repertoire. The weekend concludes with the Symposium Chorus presenting a finale concert at St. Andrew’s Church, hosted by CBC broadcaster Peter Togni host of Choral Concert each Sunday on CBC Radio Two.
Among the artists leading the Choral Symposium are R. Murray Schafer, internationally acclaimed Canadian composer, music educator and author; Michael McGlynn, founding conductor of Anúna, Ireland’s National Choir; Suba Sankaran, DORA award winning and Juno nominated artist, and performer with the acclaimed world music ensembles Autorickshaw and Trichy’s Trio; broadcaster Peter Togni; soprano Eleanor James, and organist Christopher Dawes.

Registration for We Sing the World – A Choral Symposium opens on April 15. The cost is $50 for Students; $175 for adults’ early registration (before June 15) or $200 (after June 15). Registration includes copies of all the scores which delegates can keep at the end of the Symposium. Tickets to Stratford Summer Music performances, meals and accommodations are not included in the registration fee. The Choral Symposium brochure, additional details and registration information are available at

We Sing the World – A Choral Symposium is just one of the many events scheduled during Stratford Summer Music’s 13th annual summer music festival season. The festival runs July 15 – August 25, 2013 and features an array of free and ticketed musical events, concerts and recitals performed by Canadian international artists from an array of musical and artistic genres. The main theme of this year’s festival focuses on choirs and choral music. For complete programming information or to order tickets, log on to or call 1-866-288-4313. Full season details will be released to the public on April 22, 2013.

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