New music festival gives choral music lovers a chance to learn and perform together with musicians from around the world.
February 24, 2020. Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. On June 26 & 27, Choral Mosaic 2020 will gather choral music enthusiasts from around the world at The Living Arts Centre for unprecedented opportunities to learn and perform together with top professional musicians. No auditions will be held and singers of all levels and abilities are invited to participate and perform.
Workshops and master classes will explore a wide range of interactive topics for singers of all levels. Then, all festivalgoers will gather onstage in a massed choir of four hundred singers to perform at the Grand Finale Gala Concert with top musicians and conductors with The Mississauga Symphony Orchestra.
Workshops – a diverse offering of choral workshops for singers of all skill levels led by esteemed clinicians from across Canada:
- Pre-festival bonus workshop: “Start Your Voices – A Choral Mosaic Vocal Warmup” with Dr. Darryl Edwards, University of Toronto;
- Master Class by Rajaton, superstar a capella group from Finland;
- Respectful Collaboration with Indigenous Artists with Dr. Lori-Anne Dolloff, University of Toronto
- Singing Gospel: An Introduction with Dr. Karen Burke, York University and Toronto Mass Choir;
- Embodied Choral Singing with Dr. Kimberley Barber, Wilfrid Laurier University;
- Free Your Voice: Learning Healthy and Expressive Vocal Technique with Dr. Elroy Friesen, University of Manitoba;
- Who are the people in your neighbourhood? Exploring multicultural connections through community music with Dr. Charlene Pauls & Natalie Fasheh of the Mosaic Music Collective;
- An Introduction to South Indian Singing with Suba Sankaran and Dylan Bell of Auto Rickshaw;
- Raising Voices: Choirs for People Living with Dementia with Bob Anderson, Conductor/Director and Ruth Watkiss, Certified Music Therapist with the Alzheimer Society Peel.
Learn more about the Choral Mosaic 2020 workshops here.
Grand Finale Gala Concert repertoire – all 400 festival attendees are welcomed onstage to perform onstage in a massed choir:
- This Massed Choir will perform a new work by Danish composer Kim André Arnesen specially commissioned for the Choral Mosaic 2020;
- The Massed Choir will also perform these powerful master and contemporary works:
- Laudate Dominum from Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore;
- Excerpts from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story;
- Excepts from Handel’s Messiah (Worthy Is the Lamb That Was Slain and Amen Chorus);
- a capella works by contemporary composers Eric Whitacre and Sara Quartel;
- Guest Conductors Dr. Karen Burke and Lori-Ann Dolloff will join Conductor and Artistic Director David Ambrose with The Mississauga Symphony Orchestra.
- Spotlight Performances showcasing visiting choirs from around the world will round out the program:
- Rolnička Praha from Prague, Czech Republic (Traditional, Folk, Contemporary);
- Bishop’s Crew from Nairobi (Gospel, Pop);
- more Spotlight Performances to come!
Artistic Director David Ambrose explains his choice of repertoire for the Grand Finale Gala Concert: “I chose the bigger works for the power of singing these masterworks with massed choir and full orchestra. Many choristers will have sung these masterworks with piano and organ before, but the fullness and majesty of the sound will be unlike anything they’ve ever experienced. Eric Whitacre is wildly successful and Kim André Arnesen is the most frequently performed classical composer out of Norway today. And Sara Quartel is a great rising Canadian talent. They each have their own unique voice.”
Tickets to Choral Mosaic 2020 on sale now at www.choralmosaic.com.
Choral Mosaic 2020 welcomes choral music lovers everywhere to share and explore the wonder and passion of choral music.
The Toronto Consort presents Crossing the Channel
Date(s): March 6 & 7, 2020 at 8pm
Leading scholar, Blue Heron’s Scott Metcalfe guest directs The Toronto Consort’s core ensemble in an exploration of the contenance angloise, a fashionable musical style from the rivalling 15th-century courts of England, France, and Burgundy.
As part of our community engagement program, we would like to offer Choirs Ontario members 50% off all tickets to our upcoming world premiere of Jacqueline, running this February 19th-23rd. Jacqueline explores the powerful legacy of the late virtuoso cellist Jacqueline du Pré. This fiercely talented teenage cellist defied all odds to become the best in the world, only to face a terrifying fight with a mysterious illness at the height of her fame.
50% OFF ALL TICKETS when you use the code JACQUELINE at https://tapestryopera.com/tickets/
Good for performances on Thurs Feb 20 & Fri. Feb 21
Valid for any seat in any seating section
OFFER VALID UNTIL FEB 18TH
Seating is limited, book early to avoid disappointment.
I hope you will join us for this world premiere presentation! For more information on Jacqueline visit https://tapestryopera.com/performances/jacqueline/
Chef de chœur, Choral Conductor
Robert Filion’s choirs are celebrated across Canada, earning top awards at the local, provincial and national level. His vocal ensembles at the Centre d’excellence artistique de l’Ontario (École De La Salle) have won six national championships and can be regular heard on the CBC and Radio-Canada. The voice programme he heads in the CEAOhas three times been designated Best Music Programme in the National Capital Region by the Kiwanis Music Festival and the CBC—in 2008, 2012 and 2017.
A talented musician and artistic director, in 2011 Robert Filion was appointed Artistic Director of Unisong, the annual Canada Day festival of Canadian choirs at the National Arts Centre. He works with the National Arts Centre Orchestra on concerts involving youth choirs. He focuses on new works and music from around the world, and has collaborated on productions of original Canadian works by, among others, Ruth Watson-Henderson, Laura Hawley, Kelly-Marie Murphy, Stephen Hatfield, Donald Patriquin, Frédéric Lacroix and Clifford Crawley.
In January 2018, M. Filion accepted with great enthusiasm the position of Choir Conductor for the University of Ottawa Choir. He looks forward to renewing his ties to his Alma Mater. In 2013 Mr. Filion received the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence.
Les chœurs dirigés par Robert Filion sont reconnus partout au pays, décrochant des premiers prix à l’échelle locale, provinciale, nationale et internationale. Les ensembles vocaux sous sa direction au Centre d’excellence artistique de l’Ontario (École secondaire De La Salle), qu’on peut entendre régulièrement sur la CBC et Radio-Canada, ont remporté six concours nationaux. Le programme de musique vocale qu’il dirige au CEAO s’est vu attribuer à trois reprises (en 2008, 2012 et 2017) la désignation de Meilleur programme de musique de la capitale nationale par le Festival de musique Kiwanis et le réseau CBC.
En 2011, Robert Filion a été nommé directeur artistique de Unisong, le festival des chorales canadiennes qui se déroule chaque année au Centre national des arts, à l’occasion de la Fête du Canada. Il collabore avec l’Orchestre du Centre national des arts pour des concerts auxquels participent des chœurs de jeunes. Il met l’accent sur les œuvres nouvelles et la musique de différents pays, et il a apporté son concours à des productions d’œuvres canadiennes originales, notamment des œuvres de Ruth Watson-Henderson, Laura Hawley, Kelly-Marie Murphy, Stephen Hatfield, Donald Patriquin, Frédéric Lacroix et Clifford Crawley.
C’est avec la plus grande fierté qu’en janvier 2018 M. Filion accepte de prendre la direction musicale de la Chorale de l’Université d’Ottawa. Il entame cette nouvelle aventure avec beaucoup d’enthousiasme où il souhaite solidifier ses liens avec son Alma Mater. En 2013, M. Fillion s’est vu décerner le Prix du premier ministre pour l’excellence dans l’enseignement.
It is with deep sadness that we announce the recent passing of Ken Fleet of London. Ken taught Music at Medway High School for 30 Years and at Western University in the Faculty of Music and the Faculty of Education periodically throughout his career. He conducted London Pro Musica for 23 years and was co-conductor of the Amabile Boys and Men’s Choir for 15 years.
In addition to serving on the Board of Choirs Ontario, Ken conducted the Ontario Youth Choir in 1999 and was a tireless supporter of the program until his health deteriorated.
Donations in Ken’s memory can be made to the Ken Fleet Choral Conducting Scholarship Fund (lcf.on.ca), Growing Chefs! Ontario (growingchefsontario.ca), or a Choral Ensemble or Charity of your choice.
Remembered: Choral director Ken Fleet found a special song in everyone: https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/remembered-choral-director-ken-fleet-found-a-special-song-in-everyone
We invite you to join us on Sunday June 9 at 2:30 pm EST for a look back at some of our recent activities, and the year ahead.
This is also our chance to hear from you! Ask us questions in person, or send them by email or via our social media.
Afterwards, you’re invited to enjoy a session on indigenous singing perspectives presented by Mino Ode Kwewak N’gamowak (Good Hearted Women) led by Kelly Laurila. Session admission pay what you can.
The effects of colonization and racism have necessitated the need for Indigenous spaces within urban settings that nurture and provide opportunities for “re-membering” cultural teachings. The drum circle of Mino Ode Kwewak N’gamowak (Good Hearted Women Singers) is one such space. Kelly Laurila, Theresa McGregor, and Hope Engel will share their experiences and insights of singing with Settler choirs, express their thoughts regarding song and culture appropriation, and how Settler choirs can engage in meaningful and respectful singing exchanges with Indigenous peoples. In the spirit of creating positive relations, we will invite individuals present to sing with us! All my relations ~ Kelly (songcarrier)
Sunday, June 9, 2019
The meeting will run
from 2:30 to 3:15 pm EST.
The session and reception will follow
until 5:00 pm.
Atrium (main entrance)
Timothy Eaton Memorial Church
230 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, ON M4V 1R5
FREE parking available on church premises
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.