Established in 2001 to commemorate Choirs Ontario’s 30th anniversary, the President’s Leadership Award recognizes individuals who, through their support or engagement in choral music-making, have made an exceptional contribution to the promotion and advancement of choral music in their communities. Choirs Ontario is proud to present this year’s award to Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt and Linda Beaupré in recognition of their remarkable contribution to the promotion and advancement of choral music in the province. The jury panel commended recipients’ outstanding impact on choral education and larger arts community in this province.
Linda Beaupré, through her amazing career, has changed the lives of thousands of young singers through her two exceptional organizations, The Bach Children’s Chorus/Bach Chamber Youth Choir and the Guelph Youth Singers. With her joyous approach to music making, and her unstinting dedication to excellence, Linda Beaupré is truly one of the foremost conductors in this country.
Ms. Beaupré is a musical force of nature who exemplifies the very best of humanity. Through her inspired leadership in her exemplary career, and with her excellence, inspiration, vision and artistry, her dedication and integrity, she has made a truly positive difference in Ontario and the world to thousands of children, creating and nourishing, over 30 years, organizations that count themselves among the very best internationally. Linda’s outstanding career as a conductor, educator, adjudicator, arranger, author and editor has positively inspired thousands of children and children’s choir conductors in Ontario and internationally.
Dr. Apfelstadt has been a model leader and educator. In her role as the Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Conducting, she fostered a collegial and collaborative community across all the Faculty of Music choral ensembles. During her tenure as the Elmer Iseler Chair of Conducting and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Toronto, Dr. Apfelstadt created one of the most diverse programs for choral conducting in the country. Her conducting, mentorship, and high standard of excellence and artistry fostered a love of choral music in all her students who continuously showcase her lasting positive impact in their ongoing work as some of the province’s leading conductors, music educators, and singers. An advocate for choral music across the broader community, she built and strengthened connections between the University of Toronto and various schools, youth groups, and community choruses such as the Orpheus Choir, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Young Voices of Toronto Choirs, and Cawthra Park High School Choirs. Dr. Apfelstadt has a sincere passion for promoting Canadian music locally and internationally.
Choirs Ontario applauds Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt’s and Linda Beaupré’s work and is pleased to be honouring them with this award.
The 2018 Presidents’ Leadership Awards presentation times and locations:
December 2, 2018 @ 2:30 PM
Choirs in Concert: For the Joy of the Singing – A Tribute to Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt
Elaine Choi, Trevor Dearham, Lori-Anne Dolloff, Mark Ramsay, conductors
Join the choirs of the Faculty of Music as they pay tribute to Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt, recently retired Director of Choral Activities, with a concert featuring the music of Orban, Balfour, and Pinkham.
MacMillan Theatre, 80 Queen’s Park
$30, $20 senior, $10 student | BUY TICKETS ONLINE or call 416-408-0208
December 8, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
Mystical Light – A 2018 Holiday Concert by Bach Children’s Choir and Bach Chamber Youth Choir
A Tribute to Linda Beaupre
Presenting a glowing holiday concert including “Chasing the Northern Lights” to and “I Want To Stare At My Phone With You”. Our award-winning choirs will feature music from Raffi, Gordon Lightfoot, as well as many festive choral favourites!
Toronto Centre for Performing Arts, 5040 Yonge Street
$35/$40 | BUY TICKETS ONLINE
Amadeus Choral Composers Workshop
Saturday, January 19, 2019
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Eglinton St. George’s United Church, Toronto
35 Lytton Blvd, Toronto
Guidelines for Participation
The Amadeus Choir’s Conductor and Artistic Director Lydia Adams is pleased to announce the inaugural Amadeus Choral Composers Workshop.
The workshop is open to both emerging and established composers of sacred and secular choral music. Three participants will be selected through an application process to work with Lydia Adams, our special guest clinician, composer Eleanor Daley and the Amadeus Choir.
Thanks to the support of our sponsors, the workshop is being offered to participants at no charge. Auditors are also invited to attend free of charge and are asked to register in advance.
Workshop format: This is an interactive workshop for choral composers who wish to try out new compositions or techniques with a live choir and conductor. They may bring a segment of a work in progress, or a recently completed work. Each session will be 45 minutes and will allow the composer to work freely with Lydia Adams, Eleanor Daley and the choir.
Composers will submit the following by the deadline date:
- Registration form – name, address, contact info
- Letter of intent
- Resumé of music education and experience
- List of compositions (published and unpublished)
Application Deadline: December 1, 2018. Composers will be notified of acceptance by December 20, 2018.
Workshop Clinician Biographies
Lydia Adams, one of Canada’s most distinguished conductors, has been conductor and artistic director of the Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto since 1984 and of the Elmer Iseler Singers since 1998. Under her direction, both choirs have become leading choral forces in Canada, commissioning, premiering, performing and recording Canadian choral works. Lydia is also an arranger of choral music and has composed choral works which are performed worldwide.
Lydia Adams has conducted for and recorded a number of award-winning compact discs with her Toronto choirs and has toured extensively throughout Canada and the United States. Hailed by the Canadian Music Centre as “the new leading exponent of the Canadian choral composer,” Lydia was named one of the CMC’s 50 ambassadors in 2009, honored for her outstanding contributions to Canadian music. Lydia’s received the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2013 and an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Cape Breton University in 2018.
Eleanor Daley has been the Director of Music at Fairlawn Avenue United Church in Toronto, Ontario since 1982. She holds degrees and diplomas from Queen’s University, Trinity College, England, and the Royal Conservatory of Music. One of Canada’s most recognized composers of choral music, her works have been widely performed, recorded and aired throughout North America, Great Britain, Europe, South Africa and the Far East. Her compositions are distinguished by a rich imagination and lyricism – enduring qualities that are immediately appealing to singers and listeners alike. Her compositions have been widely performed, recorded, and aired throughout North America, Great Britain, Europe, South Africa, and the Far East.
As well as being a highly respected choral clinician in Canada and the US, Eleanor has had the privilege of accompanying choirs under the baton of Lydia Adams, Jean Ashworth Bartle, Linda Beaupré, the late Dr. Elmer Iseler and the late Sir David Willcocks. She has been the accompanist for the Bach Children’s Chorus since 1995 and was the accompanist for the Amadeus Choir from 1991-2006.
Conductor, pianist and organist Shawn Grenke is Director of Music at Eglinton St. George’s United Church in Toronto, Associate Conductor and Accompanist for the Amadeus Choir of Toronto, and Accompanist to the Elmer Iseler Singers of Toronto. Shawn is also the Interim Director of the 80-voice Achill Choral Society in Orangeville, Ontario.
Shawn has made international appearances as conductor, pianist and organist in Poland, at the ‘Let the Future Sing’ Choral Festival in Sweden, the ‘Le Mondial Choral Loto-Québec World Choral Competition’ in Laval, Québec, ‘Xinghai Choral Competition’ China, Seoul Korea, Roy Thomson Hall, CBC Radio, and other various festivals, concert series and recitals throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.
Mr. Partridge served as a Board President (1974-75), member of the Advisory Council and a tireless supporter of Choirs Ontario and our choral community. During this time, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday, October 27th at 11am in Partridge Hall at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St. Paul St., St. Catharines.