Canada has produced many internationally-known talents in the arts, but Canada has produced so much more than Celine Dion and William Shatner. These choral CDs, from both children's and adult ensembles, have sounds that range from "charming" to "breathtaking." In particular, Canada produces exquisite children's choirs. If you have a young singer in your life, or simply have an appreciation for the pure tones only a child's voice can create, look no further.
Since its creation in 1992 by conductor Diane Loomer, Chor Leoni has become a fixture in the upper echelons of the Canadian choral world. A combination of riveting stage presence, imaginative and eclectic programming, quality a cappella singing, and a willingness to "try anything once" has captivated audiences across Canada and guaranteed wildly enthusiastic sell-out crowds wherever the lions appear. Chor Leoni was a triple winner in the biennial 2002 CBC Radio National Competition For Amateur Choirs, winning first place honours in the Men's Category, a competition-wide prize for the Best Performance of a Canadian Work, and the first time that a male choir has won this distinction - the top prize in the Contemporary Category. The choir had previously won top honours in the Men's Category in 1994 and 2000.
Diane Loomer, one of Canada's best-known musicians, has achieved international recognition as a choral conductor, teacher, and musician. An honours graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College and the University of British Columbia's School of Music, she is founder and conductor of the prize-winning men's choir, Chor Leoni, co-founder and co-director of the outstanding Elektra Women's Choir, and taught on the music faculty at the University of British Columbia for six years. Her choral compositions have been published, performed, and recorded internationally, and she has frequently appeared on CBC national radio as a commentator on and champion of the classical arts in Canada. She is the only woman to have conducted the prestigious National Youth Choir of Canada. Recordings
Calgary Girls Choir is one of Canada's most dynamic and celebrated choirs. Founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Elaine Quilichini, the Choir, a collection of six choral ensembles, offers exceptional choral music education and performance opportunities for girls and young women ages four to twenty-five years. Although the choirs frequently perform in public venues across Calgary, they have also brought their gift of music to many audiences throughout North America and Europe. The Artistic Director is its founder, Elaine Quilichini, recognized as one of North America's outstanding choral leaders.
The Amabile Choirs of London, Canada is a not-for-profit organization with the purpose of bringing together young singers from London and surrounding areas. This family of choirs began in 1985 with the founding of the Amabile Youth Singers and has since grown to seven choirs under the direction of eight conductors. The Junior Amabile Singers followed in 1989, and the Amabile Boys Choirs were established in 1990. The Amabile Chamber Choir, comprising of the oldest tenors and basses from the ABCs, and the oldest singers in the AYS was founded in 1993. Their mandate is to develop the musical talents of our singers and give them high calibre musical experiences while singing a wide range of repertoire. As a further endeavour, The Amabile Choirs of London, Canada will be promoting composers' works under the Amabile Choral Series with John Barron as editor. Over the years, the choirs have entertained audiences in the Canada, the United States, Great Britain, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Australia and New Zealand. In addition to this, they have presented renowned international talent to the London community by hosting various musical ensembles from the United States, Europe and Japan. Recordings
Founded in 1981, the St. Marys Children's Choir has become one of Canada's finest! The choir was created over two decades ago by Mrs. Baldwin and three other schoolteachers. They saw the need for a community children's choir that could offer the experience of fine choral music making, and also focus on musicianship, personal growth and the encouragement of a lifelong love of choral music. Eileen Baldwin is the Artistic Director and only remaining founder of a choir that has seen over 400 children participate, in a span of 20 years.
Guelph Youth Singers (GYS) has become a high profile representative of the City of Guelph in the field of choral music. Founded in 1991 as Guelph Children Singers, this organization was formed to provide children and youth with an opportunity to experience a professional level of musicianship. The four treble choirs in the organization are: Choir I, a training choir of children aged 6 and up; Choir II, a more advanced training choir of children and youth aged 9 and up; Choir III, a choir for singers who have superior singing and music reading skills, aged 11 and up; and Choir IV, an advanced ensemble for young women aged 16 and up. Weekly instruction includes vocal technique, theory and sight singing, and is augmented with workshops by guest clinicians in drama, movement and voice throughout the year. GYS performs up to five major concerts per season as well as workshop, festival, corporate, community and guest performances. Recordings
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