Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Friday, January 31, 2014

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Nick Halley Sunday, February 2, 2014: 9:05 - 10:00 am, (9:35 - 10:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Bach and the people who egged him on...

Do you have someone you always compare yourself to? Someone who does what you do, but somehow seems to do it so well that they inspire you to push yourself further?

Well, in the world of musicians almost everyone has this competitive muse…and for J.S. Bach perhaps Handel fell into this category. There was a healthy competition going on between these two great composers who lived in different countries at just about exactly the same time.

Because while Handel’s biblical oratorios were all the rage in London, Bach was doing something very similar in Liepzig—churning out his vast output of Church cantatas. So even though they didn’t actually ever meet face to face, it’s a safe assumption they were keeping pretty good tabs on each other.

This week on Choral Concert Nick Halley will bring you a whole slate of composers that had a healthy influence on Bach, including the great Handel, Johan Eckhard and Marc Antoine Charpentier.

Friday, January 24, 2014

2014 World Choral Symposium-—Seoul

The Tenth World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM10) will be held in Seoul, South Korea, from August 6-13, 2014. Details at:

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Nick Halley Sunday, January 26, 2014: 9:05 - 10:00 am, (9:35 - 10:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Great revolutionaries: Beethoven and Gardiner

On Choral Concert this Sunday Nick Halley brings you two true revolutionaries: the conductor John Eliot Gardiner and the composer Ludwig van Beethoven.

In his time, Beethoven’s music was a slap in the face to the ruling musical establishment, he pushed all the boundaries and changed music permanently. Over time though, his music has become more associated with the tried and true—and has in turn become part of the musical establishment of our time.

Well move over musical establishment and bring in John Eliot Gardiner. He is breathing life back into Beethoven, and playing it the way it was first heard. Gardiner is blowing off the cobwebs of any normal interpretation of the great master, giving all his musicians the same instruments that were used in Beethoven’s time (without the bells and whistles we have nowadays) and letting them loose to express the joy of the original sound of this incredible music.

Tune in this Sunday to hear Beethoven’s revolutionary music played with punch, in John Eliot Gardiner’s performance of Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis”.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Chor Leoni Announces New Website

Vancouver’s Chor Leoni Men’s Choir and Artistic Director Erick Lichte are pleased to announce a completely revised website, Built by Vancouver’s Raised Eyebrow Web Studio, the choir’s new site is built on the Wordpress platform and sports a clean, modern look. Mobile responsiveness was a major consideration, and the new easily scales for viewing on everything from smartphones and tablets to desktop computers.

The site showcases Chor Leoni’s music with extensive use of video throughout, and is built to encourage social media sharing and interaction. A new system of online reviews for CDs, events, and blog posts also includes audience interaction, as once a review has been submitted other readers are welcome to rate its usefulness on a scale of one to five.

Chor Leoni’s musical products include CDs, digital download cards, and iTunes-only releases. These are beautifully showcased alongside integrated sample tracks in a new Music Store, which is searchable by category, seasonal offerings, and genre.

“Chor Leoni is proud to have a website that seeks to communicate with our audience with the same clarity as our singing, “ says Artistic Director Erick Lichte. “We hope that this new site will help us connect with many more people around the world and help us spread the love and joy of choral singing.”

Listen to music, watch videos, purchase tickets for an upcoming performance, read press releases or blog posts, submit a review, or browse the music store: Experience!

About Chor Leoni

Known internationally and loved locally, Chor Leoni Men’s Choir is recognized as one of the vanguard male vocal ensembles in North America. With stylistic grace and an adventurous spirit, Vancouver’s Singing Lions have enriched and transformed people’s lives through singing for over twenty years. Chor Leoni performs in many languages and styles and genres, always aiming to communicate, engage, and entertain.

Chor Leoni was founded in 1992 by Diane Loomer C.M. and is currently conducted by Erick Lichte.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Canadian Choral Celebration: Special Offer from Soundstreams

Soundstreams is pleased to offer a 20% discount to choral community members for our February 2 concert at Koerner Hall, Canadian Choral Celebration.

A celebration of 60 years of professional choral singing in Canada, the concert features the Elmer Iseler Singers, Pro Coro Canada and the Vancouver Chamber Choir, conducted by Kaspars Putnins. Highlighted works include Gorecki’s monumental Miserere and a world premiere by R. Murray Schafer.

This discount is good for tickets priced $45-$65 and can be used by quoting the code SSCHORAL when calling the box office at 416-408-0208 or buying online at

There are also a series of three 1-hour recitals taking place on February 2 with each of the choirs. Tickets to these are $25 each or $60 for all three. More details here:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

TheC7Prize FOR CHORAL COMPOSITION 2014 Edition: SATB choral works. Deadline March 10, 2014

TheC7Prize–calling all Composers, Conductors, and Choirs…

TheC7Prize: “Conductors, Choirs and Composers Collaborating on a Choral Composition Competition” is a competition with one to three top monetary prizes, and ‘performance prizes’ in the form of performances of two-dozen or more works as one of its chief aims.

COMPOSERS: TheC7Prize is open to citizens of, and all full-time students in, Canada and the USA.


CONDUCTORS: TheC7Prize invites conductors everywhere to join in the Marketplace Showcase adjudication aspect of the competition. Once signed up, conductors are asked to peruse ‘Recommended Works’ with a possible view to performing one or more of them.


PRIZES: There is a top monetary prize for as-yet-unperformed works. As well, there is the likely possibility of performance by choirs around the world. (see ‘Conductors’ above).


Due the innovative nature of TheC7Prize competition, this allows for
  • no composer age limit 
  • sacred or secular works 
  • original and arranged works
  • piano-accompanied or a cappella works 
  • any language 
  • performed as well as not-yet-performed works 
  • works from 2’30” to 5 minutes 
  • composer-published (though not ‘traditionally’ published) works 
  • works composed within five years of the entry deadline 
  • a wide variety of styles & genres which, while embracing mainly classical and art music traditions, also include world music, jazz–influenced, gospel… 
  • display of ALL Recommended Works at 2014 ACCC and 2015 ACDA conferences.
Complete information, at

Friday, January 17, 2014

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Nick Halley Sunday, January 19, 2014: 9:05 - 10:00 am, (9:35 - 10:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Great choral music with an Elizabethan bent

On Choral Concert this Sunday Nick Halley brings you the music of Orlando Gibbons, along with some composers from our time that were inspired by him.

Now here’s something you might not think about every day—what did this music actually sound like, sung in the English of that time? We know that 500 years ago, people weren’t talking the way they do now (not even the funniest accent in England is really approaching it), but how DID they talk?

Well the great tenor Charles Daniels has wondered just that and thought about it a lot. He’s come up with some great performances that do sound pretty funny—just a little bit like a cross between a Scottish bard and a Monty Pythonesque cockney crooner. But it is done so brilliantly, it just makes you want to dance.

You'll hear Charles tackle Orlando Gibbon's "This is the record of John" along with a lot more choral music that is sure to lift your winter-worn spirits.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Reminder - NewWorks Deadline February 17th

Just over one month remains until the entry deadline for our 5th annual, national choral composition competition, 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. In the past number of years we have premiered a number of exciting works discovered through the NewWorks competition, most recently This Evening of our Life by Matthew Emery (a 2011 NewWorks submission).

For this year's competition, all entries must highlight a Canadian text. The 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 17th, 2014.

Full information is available on our web site: www.dacapochamberchoir,ca/newworks and we hope you will share this information with your students and/or colleagues.

Monday, January 13, 2014

2014 Auditions Choral Conducting Université de Sherbrooke

Auditions for the University of Sherbrooke's graduate programmes in choral conducting will take place at the Longueuil campus on April 13, 2014 .

Auditions 2014 Direction chorale Université de Sherbrooke

Les auditions pour les programmes de 2e cycle en direction chorale de l’Université de Sherbrooke auront lieu le 13 avril 2014 sur la le Campus de Longueuil.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

CHORAL CONCERT, with host Nick Halley Sunday, January 12, 2014: 9:05 - 10:00 am, (9:35 - 10:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Great choral music inspired by nature

On Choral Concert this Sunday Nick Halley brings you an hour of some of the finest secular choral music composed through the ages. So much great choral music is inspired by religious words, but if you look a little deeper, there is also a lot of wonderful choral music that uses secular texts.

Ok - what is “secular” music? Well, maybe it’s easier to say what it isn’t. It’s choral music that uses texts that do not come from a religious tradition, so if your text is from the Bible, the Koran, the Hebrew scriptures or the Tibetan book of the dead, well – you aren’t secular.

There are TONS of secular themes to choose from and one of the finest is nature. And on this Sunday’s Choral Concert you will hear some beautiful songs about nature – about the sea, about natural hot springs, about spring, about the beautiful Irish air, and even one about the mapping of the planetary cosmos.

Student Chapter Deadlines for Podium Extended!

We've extended the application deadlines for everyone applying to present at the ACCC Student Chapter Poster Session at Podium 2014 conference in Halifax.

If you're interested in applying to conduct in one of two public Conducting Master Classes with Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt and the National Youth Choir, we've extended your application deadline as well!

Materials for both events are due on 3 February 2014. For more information, please contact us at

Vancouver Chamber Choir Auditions Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Vancouver Chamber Choir is holding auditions for professional-level singers. All voices (SATB) are invited.

The Vancouver Chamber Choir is a fully professional choir of 20 experienced, well-trained singers. The key activities of the Choir include a subscription series that is unique in Vancouver, extensive touring in Canada and abroad, broadcasting live concerts, recording, commissioning and premiering new choral compositions, and presenting four to five educational programs throughout each season.
The Choir demands a major commitment of time and needs to be the singers' top priority.

The Vancouver Chamber Choir usually rehearses on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings.
A list of substitute singers is maintained; these people may also be used to augment the Choir if a larger group is needed.

An audition lasts approximately one half hour and singers will be required to sing three or four pieces in different styles and languages. There will also be an interview with Jon Washburn. A formal résumé is required. Singers are expected to provide their own accompanist for the audition. 

Contact Lucy for an appointment at