Toronto, Ontario, September 2019 — The Amadeus Choir has announced the artists selected for its 2019-20 Emerging Canadian Voices (ECV) program, supported by a three-year gift from the Azrieli Foundation. In this inaugural year, the program includes six singers who will hold leadership positions in the Amadeus Choir during weekly rehearsals and perform at all Amadeus concerts and events.
The Amadeus Choir’s 2019/20 Emerging Canadian Voices are: Nicholas Wanstall, Emily Lynch, Elizabeth Wanstall, Matthew Chan, Allison Winn, and Meredith Wanstall.
All six ECV singers also perform with Octava Vocal Ensemble, a group of eight young musicians who have dedicated the past three years to honing their craft, working to a professional standard of excellence in a cappella performance. As an ensemble-in-residence, all eight members of Octava will benefit from mentorship and professional development workshops led by Artistic Director and Conductor Kathleen Allan, the choir’s senior section leads, and the Amadeus Choir’s community partners. Each ECV participant will also receive a stipend.
This project is one that the choir could only put into action with the assistance of a committed sponsor. The choir is grateful for the three-year commitment the Azrieli Foundation has made to support the evolution of the ECV program.
For more information about the Amadeus Choir or ECV program, or to schedule an interview, please contact Keith Loach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto
Founded in 1974, the Amadeus Choir has become known for its professionalism, exceptional musicality, and diverse, high-quality programming. Now under the direction of Kathleen Allan, the choir is committed to promoting the work Canadian composers and sharing the power of choral music with Toronto, Canada, and beyond.
MA Music, MBA
Managing Director, Amadeus Choir
2019 marks TMC’s 125th anniversary. Founded in 1894, the Choir has performed in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, as Toronto went from a city of 200,000 to the Greater Toronto Area of over 6 million. Over its 125-year history the TMC is proud to have played a role in the development of Canadian classical choral music, particularly in Toronto. Discover some of Toronto’s choral music history through the TMC’s history. Visit the TMC History Tidbits page (https://www.tmchoir.org/tmc-history-tidbits/) for weekly stories about the music, the people, the places and the events that have been an important part of TMC and Toronto musical history.
The Choir was founded by Augustus Stephen Vogt in 1894. Vogt went on to become principal of the Toronto Conservatory of Music in 1913 (later known as the Royal Conservatory of Music) and he helped establish the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto becoming its first Dean in 1918.
In the early years of the 20th century (before the founding of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1922), the Choir brought a number of stellar American orchestras to Toronto for concerts, including the Theodore Thomas Orchestra of Chicago (which became the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), the Pittsburgh Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Cincinnati Orchestra.
The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir presented the Canadian premieres of a number of major symphonic choral works: Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony in 1921; William Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast in 1936; Hector Berlioz’s Requiem in 1938; Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem in 1964; and Krzysztof Penderecki’s St Luke Passion in 1971.
The TMC has commissioned and premiered a number of works by Canadian composers, from Healey Willan’s An Apostrophe to the Heavenly Hosts in 1921 up to Andrew Balfour’s Mamihcimowin in 2019 (to be premiered at the TMC’s 125th anniversary Gala concert with the TSO on October 20th https://www.tmchoir.org/201920-season/125-gala-concert/ ).
Learn more about these and many other historical events on the TMC History Tidbits webpage (https://www.tmchoir.org/tmc-history-tidbits/) which will be added to throughout the summer and fall, or by following TMChoir on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Change is in the air for the Carleton University Choir (CUC). This fall the 50-member ensemble will not only change its rehearsal schedule and location, but it will also welcome Antonio Llaca as their choral conductor and newly appointed director of Choral Activities for the Carleton Music program.
The CUC has been a prominent part of the Ottawa music community for more than 40 years, with a vibrant membership that includes music students, Carleton staff, alumni and members of the community. Carleton has recently acquired the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre and, starting this fall, the CUC will hold weekly rehearsals there on Wednesday evenings.
“I am extremely excited and honoured to assume the directorship of the CUC,” says Cuban-Canadian conductor Llaca.
Llaca has been a part of the Carleton teaching staff since 2016, teaching undergraduate courses in choral and instrumental conducting. As director of Choral Activities he will serve as choral conductor for the CUC, conductor of the smaller Student Vocal Ensemble, and he will teach undergraduate courses in choral and instrumental conducting.
“Choral studies are an integral part of the training of any musician,” said Llaca. “I personally see great opportunities in Carleton’s music program and exciting prospects for collaborations with other choral and instrumental groups.”
“We anticipate great things ahead with Llaca at the helm of the CUC,” said Alexis Luko, associate professor of Music and assistant director in the School for Studies in Art and Culture. “The new energy of this dynamic conductor and the new rehearsal space at Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre will showcase the talents of our Carleton music students and further strengthen our collaborative efforts within the Ottawa community.”
About the Carleton University Choir
The CUC is a large choral ensemble of as many as 90 voices. The choir is open by audition to Carleton students, members of the university community, and the public. The choir presents two major public concerts during the academic year. These events showcase a variety of large- and small-scale choral works and frequently feature orchestra and soloists.
The CUC rehearses Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre (355 Cooper St, Ottawa, ON K2P 0G8). The smaller Student Vocal Ensemble will meet in Carleton’s Loeb Building on Wednesdays from 2:35 p.m. to 5:35 p.m. Auditions will take place in early September. Those interested in joining the choir are encouraged to contact Llac at AntonioLlacaBuznego@cunet.carleton.ca for more information.
About the Conductor
Cuban born, Llaca is an active choral conductor, teacher, and clinician. He studied choral conducting and classical guitar both in Canada and in South America. He holds a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from Université de Sherbrooke (Montreal) and has studied with masters such as Michael Zaugg, Christopher Jackson, Robert Ingari, Patrick Roux, Laurence Ewashko and Luis Zea. In addition to his work at Carleton, he is also a professor at the Conservatoire de Musique de Gatineau where he conducts the choirs and orchestra. In this position he founded and currently conducts the award-winning Choeur de Chambre du Conservatoire. Since 2009, Llaca has conducted Coro Vivo Ottawa (CVO). In addition to this, he often collaborates with numerous ensembles and prepares choruses for Canadian orchestras and artists such as The Tenors and touring international orchestras, such as the China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra. His choral ensembles have performed on national and international stages including the National Arts Centre, the Tintqiao Performing Arts Centre (China) and Carnegie Hall.
Llaca is a sought-after choral clinician, having had a chance to present workshops at various Canadian and international institutions and festivals, including with the 2018 International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) in Beijing. As an instrumentalist, he has had the opportunity to perform in several festivals and instrumental ensembles across Canada including the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain.
Llaca has toured in Canada, Latin America and Asia with his ensembles. He has earned a reputation for being a passionate conductor and pedagogue who is regarded for his musicality and knowledge of the choral art. Llaca’s 2019-2020 season will include performances with visiting choral ensembles from the USA and the Czech Republic, a joint performance of the Brahms Requiem with the Orchestre Symphonique de Gatineau and he will lead a conference on Cuban choral music at the PODIUM national conference in Montreal.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 2, 2019 (Toronto, ON)
Choirs Ontario is pleased to introduce Preferred Partner Program (COPPP) as a new benefit to our members.
This program provides Choirs Ontario member exclusive, high-value discounts and benefits from a growing list of partners including:
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The full list of current Partners and Special Offers is available on our website: https://choirsontario.org/partners/
For instructions on how to take advantage of these offers, please log into your Member Account.
As the provincial network for Ontario’s 11,000 choral groups, we’re in a unique position to develop partnerships with local businesses, social enterprises and other organizations that work with and support the choral and non-profit sectors.
The team at Choirs Ontario is continually sourcing new partner offers – benefits that our members will desire most. Please feel free to contact us if you have any suggestions for products and services you’d like to see as part of the COPPP.
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Guelph, Ontario – March 13, 2019 – After an extensive search process, we are delighted to welcome
Dr. Charlene Pauls as the new Artistic Director and Conductor of the Guelph Chamber Choir.
Dr. Pauls’ brings with her an extensive background in choral conducting enhanced by experience as a recognized international soprano soloist and degrees in Early Music and Vocal Performance. This past Fall, Dr. Pauls was awarded the 2018 Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting by the Ontario Arts Council.
In accepting the appointment, Dr. Pauls said: “This is a group of wonderful musicians who, under the direction of Dr. Gerald Neufeld, have made a strong impact on the artistic landscape of the Guelph community and beyond. I am honoured to be part of the next chapter for this organization and look forward to the many musical opportunities ahead.”
We look forward to welcoming Dr. Pauls to the podium for the 2019-2020 season.
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Toronto, ON (December 20, 2018): The Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto’s Board of Directors is very pleased to announce the appointment of Kathleen Allan to the position of Artistic Director and Conductor starting July 1, 2019.
Originally from St. John’s, NL, Ms. Allan is a conductor, composer, and soprano who has rapidly become internationally respected for her compelling performances and engaging compositions. She is currently the Artistic Director of Canzona, Winnipeg’s professional Baroque choir, Director of Choral Studies and Associate Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra at the Vancouver Academy of Music, and Associate Conductor of the Vancouver Bach Choir. “I am honoured to accept this role and I look forward to furthering the exceptional tradition of music-making for which the Amadeus Choir is known.”
For the past 35 years, the Amadeus Choir has thrived under the inspirational leadership of Conductor Lydia Adams. During this time, it has built a reputation as one of Canada’s preeminent choirs, presenting a wide range of choral repertoire. Guided by Ms. Adams, the Choir has been a leading force in commissioning, premiering, performing, and recording Canadian choral works.
“We are truly grateful to Lydia for the vision and passion she has brought to our community. We wish her well as she moves on to pursue other creative projects,” says Mary Gray, President of the Amadeus Choir Board of Directors. “It is an exciting transitional era for the Choir as we look forward to welcoming Kathleen Allan to our organization.”
Lydia Adams is delighted that Ms. Allan has accepted the position as her successor. “Kathleen is a superb musician who will continue to bring the Amadeus Choir forward with excellence and imaginative programming. This appointment is exciting for the Choir, and I wish both Kathleen and the Amadeus community every success in the future.”
For more information or to schedule interviews, please contact
Mary Gray, Board President
Kathleen Allan is the Artistic Director of Canzona, Winnipeg’s professional Baroque choir, Director of Choral Studies and Associate Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra at the Vancouver Academy of Music, and Associate Conductor of the Vancouver Bach Choir. Her expertise ranges from medieval repertoire to contemporary works, and she is particularly interested in the intersections found between music of diverse genres.
In high demand as a conductor, composer, and soprano, Ms. Allan made her Asian conducting debut in 2015 performing Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Sir Ernest MacMillan Prize in Choral Conducting which accompanied her appointment as Apprentice Conductor of the National Youth Choir of Canada. She is the founding co-artistic director of Arkora, a chamber music collective dedicated to interdisciplinary performance. Her compositions have been commissioned, performed and recorded by ensembles throughout the Americas and Europe and have been featured at two World Symposiums on Choral Music.
Also active as a soprano, she has appeared as a soloist with the National Broadcast Orchestra of Canada and Berkshire Choral Festival Choir, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and the Vancouver Bach Choir. A passionate interpreter of new music, she has premiered over two dozen solo works for the voice. In addition to freelancing regularly in Canada and the United States, she has sung as a member of the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the Vienna-based Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Skylark Vocal Ensemble in Atlanta, Clarion Choir in New York City, and the Yale Schola Cantorum.
Having nurtured a passion for early music since childhood, Ms. Allan has studied and performed with many of Baroque music’s leading figures including Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Masaaki Suzuki, Nicholas McGegan, Helmuth Rilling, and Simon Carrington. She holds a degree in composition from the University of British Columbia and a master’s degree in conducting from Yale University.
AMADEUS CHOIR OF GREATER TORONTO
Enlivening Toronto’s arts community for 45 years, the award-winning Amadeus Choir is a semiprofessional mid-sized choir of auditioned voices from all parts of the GTA and surrounding areas. Led by Artistic Director and Conductor Lydia Adams since 1984, the choir champions the best of choral music and premieres works of Canadian and international composers through a selfproduced Toronto concert series, guest performances, and special events. Known well beyond Toronto through tours, festivals, recordings, and national and international radio broadcasts, the choir partners and collaborates with many professional performing arts organizations in the GTA.
In addition to its choral workshops for conductors and students, the Amadeus Choir engages in educational and community outreach by commissioning works from established and emerging Canadian composers. The Amadeus Choir has received numerous awards throughout its history, most recently when it travelled to Nova Scotia as the keynote choir at Podium 2014, Choral Canada’s biennial conference. There the choir was awarded the ACCC Outstanding Innovation Award 2014 for “Music of the Spheres,” a multi-media collaboration with the Elmer Iseler Singers, The Ontario Science Centre, and The Roberta Bondar Foundation and directed by conductor Lydia Adams.
For more information or to schedule interviews, please contact
Mary Gray, Board President
“The Spirit of Singing” Conducted by Jon Washburn
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 26, 2018 (Toronto, ON)
Forty of Ontario’s finest young choral singers have been chosen to form the prestigious 2018 Ontario Youth Choir (OYC), a program of Choirs Ontario. Every year, singers between the ages of 16 and 23 are auditioned across the province to form this exceptional group and create a wonderful experience for the singers, audiences and communities they perform in. Established in 1971, the program serves as a unique opportunity for young singers to develop their choral skills under the direction of some of Canada’s outstanding choral leaders. OYC offers a rare bridge from school choirs to professional choirs and serves to inspire young choristers to continue to pursue the choral arts.
2018 edition – The choir meets on August 10th at the University of Toronto for a week of challenging rehearsals and choral training, followed by a tour of three concerts. The 2018 choir is led by guest conductor Jon Washburn. Mr. Washburn is the longtime Conductor and Artistic Director of the Vancouver Chamber Choir. He is well known internationally for his mastery of choral technique and interpretation and travels widely as guest conductor, lecturer and clinician. The recipient of many awards, Jon Washburn is recognized for innovative and entrepreneurial spirit in the development of a professional choral art.
Concert program – The choir will perform “The Spirit of Singing!” a concert program including an eclectic range of repertoire, from musical giants like Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, Britten, Fauré and Bernstein to young Canadian composers of today and tomorrow. The spirit of singing and the spirit of youth are very similar – both, in fact, are irrepressible. This is sure to make for some excellent and exciting music-making.
Training tomorrow’s leaders – Singers are provided with the rare opportunity to receive training from Canada’s best in the choral industry. Young choristers are inspired to pursue artistic excellence, and take these skills back to their own towns, sharing their passion for choral singing and providing better leadership within their communities. Indirectly, other youth are inspired to join choirs and experience the life-long involvement that choral singing provides.
The Ontario Youth Choir is a signature program of Choirs Ontario, provincial service organization for the choral community. For more information, please visit www.choirsontario.org.
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