In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Denmark, Canada, Sweden, Norway, and across the U.S., from San Francisco to Washington, DC girl's choirs are singing beautiful music everywhere. And they're singing it all - from contemporary classical, jazz, to Americana, sacred and folk. The talents of these girls choruses and their directors are inspirational; every choral music library should have a selection of treble choir titles and these are some of the best.
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Amabile Choirs of London, Canada is an educational program welcoming children, youth and adults who wish to develop their musical talents as part of a vibrant, award-winning chorale organization. (Amabile is pronounced Ah-MAH-bee-lay).
Young people audition for a place in the Choir and are challenged to fulfill the mission of the organization under the direction of dedicated professionals who willingly give their expertise and time for a very nominal fee.
Active in London, Canada since 1985, there are now more than 300 choristers singing with Amabile ranging from ages 8 to adult. Together they form a total of ten choirs - five for female singers and five for male singers. Girls and women move up through the Amabile family of choirs as their voices and experience level develops; the same is true for the boys and young men as voices change and expertise is mastered.
Bella Voce Young Women's Choir is based in Rochester, Minnesota. Founded in 2007 as part of the independent non-profit organization Sing Out Loud, the choir consists of 65-70 singers in grades 8-12 drawn from communities throughout southeastern Minnesota. Our purpose is to create an inviting and safe community in which young women can share musical excellence, build confidence, and gain perspective about the world through the gift of music. The purpose of Bella Voce is to inspire young women, through singing, to realize their highest potential in order to more broadly impact the world.
The Vorosmarty Grammar School , celebrating their 20th anniversary next year, has run special music classes from the beginnings formed and built up by Miklos Csik. The beautiful concerts and competition achievements of the first 15 years were all attached to his name. In 2005 Sandor Kabdebo took over the direction of the music classes and became the conductor of the girls' choir as well. Since its formation the choir has been awarded the "Choir of the Year" title several times and among other achievements won First Prizes at the International Choir Competitions in Giessen in 2005, Celje 2009 and Neerpelt 2010. The choir regularly performs at national choral events and is an active participant in the cultural life of Budapest. Their work was acknowledged with the For Budapest Prize in 2006.
Calgary Girls Choir was founded in 1995 by Elaine Quilichini and has flourished and grown under her direction and inspiration. Throughout its career, critics and adjudicators have acclaimed its performances. The repertoire of the Choir ranges from folk song to contemporary classical music with the emphasis always on repertoire of the highest quality. The philosophy that only the best is good enough has been a constant guiding principle. CGC is known for gorgeous resonant tone, impeccable technique and for the artistry and sincerity of its performances.
The Choir has gained renown nationally and internationally. Tours have included Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Wales, England and Italy, in addition to touring extensively in the USA and Canada. The Choir has been featured in numerous radio and TV broadcasts and is a three time winner of the CBC National Radio Competition for Amateur choirs.
Cantamus Girls Choir based in Mansfield was founded in 1968 by Pamela Cook, who is still its director. Throughout its career critics and adjudicators have acclaimed its performances. The repertoire of the choir stands at around 250 items - all sung from memory in 13 languages - ranging from contemporary music to folk song. It consists of 44 girls aged between 13 and 19 who attend various schools in the locality and is organized on an independent basis.
The choir's impeccable technique and unfailing ability to captivate its audiences are brought about by its talented team of teachers: Ann Irons, Elaine Guy and Joy Nicol, all of whom were taught by Pamela Cook. They help to develop the girls' organisational skills in addition to their vocal and musical abilities.
The Copenhagen Girls' Choir rates among the best of its kind in Denmark and has its home at the Sankt Annae Gymnasium, the Copenhagen Municipal Choir School. The Choir has a broad repertoire with special focus on new music and popular music. Many composers of stature have felt persuaded to write for the choir, among them Knut Nystedt, Ib Norholm, Svend S. Schultz, Thomas Clausen, Leif Kayser and Michael Bojesen. This music is often taken up by other girls' choirs. The choir also performs older music by composers such as Gabriel Faure and Johs. Brahms.
The Copenhagen Girls' Choir is characterized by its homogenous sound, partly resulting from the fact that the girls are of the same age, partly a result of the careful voice-training that all the pupils of the Sankt Annae Gymnasium go through.
The Danville Girls Chorus (DGC) is incorporated as a non-profit, independent music education organization. DGC offers a complete program of choral music education through a variety of learning experiences and performance opportunities. Singers are taught the basics of vocal production and learn the fundamentals of musicianship and note-reading. They are exposed to a variety of musical styles ranging from classical and folk tunes to contemporary and pop music.
Tallinn Children's Choir was founded in 1951 by Heino Kaljuste. In 1969 the choir was named Ellerhein. A year later, Tiia-Ester Loitme began working with the choir as an assistant conductor and since 1989 she has been the choir's chief conductor. The choir's current assistant conductor and music theory teacher is Ulle Sander, the accompanist is Katrin Kuldjarv and the vocal coach is Eha Parg. Ellerhein has received wide international acclaim for its beautiful sound and is the winner of many choir competitions. The choir has received the 1st prize in Celje (Slovenia, 1977), Powell River (Canada, 1988), Giessen (Germany, 1990 and 1997), Tolosa (Spain, 1990 and 1997), Nantes (France, 1993), Tallinn (Estonia, 1994, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2008), Arezzo (Italy, 1994), Ankara (Turkey, 2005), Wuppertal (Germany, 2007), as well as the European Grand Prix in Tolosa (Spain, 1997), Takarazuka (Japan, 1995), Tolosa (Spain, 1997). In 2007 the choir won the Estonian Radio prize The Best Estonian Choir and in 2008 they won the Grand Prix at the international choir competition Kathaumixw in Canada. At the same competition they also received the 2nd prize in folk & cultural traditions category.
In 1990, a Music Studio was founded under the auspieces of the children's programme of Estonian Television (ETV). Aarne Saluveer (music director of the studio 1990-2004) founded Estonian Television Girls' Choir, ETV Children's Choir and Toddler's Choir, which at present are all among the very top of Estonian Choirs.
In 1997 Aarne Saluveer and Eve Viilup established nonprofit institution Lasteekraan Music Studio, and gained the licence for choir school the same year.
The cast comprises 30 girls of 15 to 21 years of age. The programme includes spiritual and secular music of different ages, folk music with effective dance movements and modern programmes of pop music and jazz. The numerous contest firsts prove their internationally high professional level. The Estonian TV Girls' Choir has collaborated with Arvo Part, Veljo Tormis and other well-known contemporary composers, appeared at a number of international conferences and symposiums and participated in the City of Tallinn programme of the Eurovision Song Contest of 2002.
HARMONIES GIRLS CHOIR has been recognized as an "elite" treble choir since its first appearance, in November 2002, for the dedication of St. Thomas Church , where they sang works by Mozart and Michael Praetorius. Since that year, they perform every year at the St. Sophia Orthodox Cathedral with great acclaim at its annual classical Christmas concert. They were soon invited to perform at the Our Lady of Los Angeles Cathedral , where now they are booked frequently for many events and in many other churches in L.A. and outside, including the Mission of St Ynes , in Solvang, CA
In July 2004, HARMONIES traveled to GERMANY to its first international tour since the group was selected to participate as a performing choir at the PUERICANTORES CHOIR FESTIVAL 2004. The girls sang at the Karmelitenkirche and Brendlorenzen in Bad Neustadt; Bad Konigshofen kirke ; the Wurzburger Dome in Wurzburg; Bad Kogahofen Kirke in Kaarst; the Folk im (Dom) Forum and the Great Cathedral of the Magi , in Cologne. The tour was a success, and Mr. Espinal and the choir were widely acclaimed by a warm German audience. Harmonies received reviews on the German newspapers "Bad Neustadt" and "Rhon-u Saalepost".
The internationally acclaimed Klarup Girls Choir was founded in 1980 as part of the Klarup School Choir. One of the leading choirs in Denmark, it has received much recognition. In 1984 the choir won the Danish choral championship for school choir. Five other wins subsequently followed. They have often been broadcast on Danish radio and television. In 1993 the choir achieved a high placing in the international competition, "Let the People Sing." Led by Jan Ole Mortensen, this choir continues to maintain the high standards of choral singing found across the Scandinavian countries.
Northwest Girlchoir promotes artistic excellence by and for young women through extraordinary performance and education experiences, in a community that fosters personal growth, friendships, and respect for diversity.
Five auditioned choir levels-Fresca, Amabile, Vivace, Amore, and Ensemble, serve 170 choristers, grades 3-12. Three non-auditioned programs, Songbirds, Music Makers and Prep Choir, serve girls age 4 - Grade 2.
The mission of the Peninsula Girls Chorus is to engage the hearts and minds of girls and young women from diverse backgrounds through a comprehensive experience in choral music. We strive to demonstrate our commitment to excellence through a rigorous music education and literacy program. These skills serve as the foundation for outstanding performances of the highest quality choral literature that reflects humankind. It is our vision that our choristers will live life more deeply through their involvement and participation in choral music.
In 1989, thirty-nine singers attended the first rehearsal of the Girlchoir. As we enter our 20th Season, 130 singers experience the challenge of mastering complex and exciting music; make lifelong friends in a unique musical community; work with world-class choirs, composers, and conductors; and perform beautifully. Singers in five progressive ensembles, ranging in age from 6 to 18, travel from throughout the metro-Portland and SW Washington areas to participate in Girlchoir's comprehensive choral music program.
For more than 30 years, the San Francisco Girls Chorus has been recognized as one of the world's most respected vocal ensembles. Its level of training, performance, quality, range, and leadership in commissioning music for treble voices are lauded by musicians, critics, and audiences. San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas says, "The San Francisco Girls Chorus is a treasure. Their training, musicality, and vibrant spirit are evident whenever they perform. I have enjoyed our long association and look forward to many years of collaboration."
The Sandefjord Girls' Choir was founded in 1956 by its conductor Sverre Valen. The choir first made an international name for itself in 1969 when it won the BBC world contest "Let The People Sing". Since then the choir has won many contests such as the "Weltjugenfest fur Musik" in Vienna. The choir tours extensively in Europe and the United States. It has taken part in many international music festivals and sung in famous concert halls and cathedrals such as Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center, St Mark's Cathedral in Venice and St. Peter's in Rome. Their reviews have always been excellent and are truly a youth choir of international standing.
Founded in 1982, SGC provides a comprehensive and progressive choral education with an emphasis on classical music and ensemble performance, music theory and composition for girls in the Puget Sound region between the ages of 6 and 18. During their years with the choir, the girls gradually acquire musical and performance skills appropriate for their level of development, from the youngest singers in our Dolcine choir, ages 6-7, to our most accomplished high school aged Prime Voci choir. The choir regularly collaborates with other Seattle area arts organizations and performs at some of the most prestigious national and international choral festivals and competitions.
The mission of the Tucson Girls Chorus is to prepare a diverse group of young women to be confident leaders through participation in a well-constructed educational program that emphasizes music, performance, leadership training and community service.