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St. Marys Children's Choir

St. Marys Children's Choir


St. Marys Children's Choir and Festival Youth Singers was founded in 1981. Over its history, more than seven hundred young people have participated in its training programs. Because of their involvement with the choir, many choristers have made and continue to make a contribution to the cultural life of Canada through their participation in church choirs, school and community bands, professional and community orchestras and some have chosen a professional singing career.

The choir has three divisions. Piccolo is a preparatory choir for children as young as six. Presto is the senior treble choir, which performs advanced-level repertoire and tours widely. Festival Youth Singers is a choir for boys with changed or changing voices and girls sixteen years of age and older. Individual coaching , by professional vocal coaches, and theory instruction is offered to choristers in the three treble divisions.

The vocal coaching and theory instruction programs, in the context of a children's choir, were pioneered by St. Marys Children's Choir and have since become a standard part of the programming of many other children's choirs in Ontario.


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St. Marys Children's Choir : Angel Choir : 1 CD : Eileen Baldwin : 

St. Marys Children's Choir : Angel Choir

Review: Regarded as one of Canada's finest children's choirs since its formation in 1981, the choir focuses on musicianship, personal growth and a lifelong love of music. "Angel Choir" is a joyous Christmas collection of 25 songs. Included here are songs we haven't heard, like "The Angel Choir and the Trumpeter," the Catalonian carol "Winter Heaven's Opened," "Christmas Angel," the lilting "Christ is Here," "All Winter Long," Bob Chilcott's "Mid-winter" and "This Joy," Mansel Thomas' "Christmas Star," W.H. Anderson's "Sleep, Little Jesus," Alexander Tilley's "When Christ Was Born of Mary Free," Michael Coghlan''s "December's Rose," Peter Cornelius' "The Three Kings" and others. Combine those with favorites such as "Gesu Bambino," "Carol of the Bells," "O Holy Night" and "Ring Those Christmas Bells," and you have a memorable, joyful Christmas album you will want to play year after year! Some narration, and light accompaniment, particularly piano, on most cuts.

Songlist: The Angel Choir and the Trumpeter, The Task, Book VI, Winter Walk at Noon, Gesu Bambino, Winter heaven's Opened, Christmas Angel, Christ is Here, A Merry Note, All Winter Long, Mid-winter, Christmas Star, Prepare Thyself, Zion, Sleep, Little Jesus, Luke 2 verses 1-14, When Christ Was Born of Mary Free, Love Came Down at Christmas, December's Rose, The Three Kings, This Joy, From the Bells, Kling Glockchen, Nino Lindo, Carol of the Bells, O Holy Night, A Visit from St. Nicholas, Ring Those Christmas Bells

7683c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella Mixed Childrens Choirs

St. Marys Children's Choir : Heart Of Courage : 1 CD : Eileen Baldwin : 

St. Marys Children's Choir : Heart Of Courage

Review: The 90 singers of St. Mary's Children's Choir & Festival Singers are divided into 3 groups conducted by Eileen Baldwin, Brio and Presto, both treble voice choirs, and the Festival Youth Singers, a chamber choir for mixed voices; they are four-time winners of the national Association of Canadian Choral Festivals Competition and have won many more awards. "Heart of Courage" is an inspirational collection of 21 religious, classical and folk tunes, all accompanied by either piano or organ. Favorite religious cuts are John Rutter's "I Will Sing With the Spirit," Handel's "Awake the Trumpet's Lofty Sound," Eleanor Daly's "The Birds," Mozart's "Alleluia," Mendelsson-Bartholdy's "Ye Sons of Israel," Mark Sirett's "Praise to God," Simon Lole's "The Father's Love" and John Butler's "Psalm 150." Favorite folk songs are Martin Shaw's "The Song of the Music Makers," the rousing "John Barleycorn," the Scottish folk song "Ae Fond Kiss," the Newfoundland folk song "I'se The B'y" and three "Reflections of a Lad at Sea," "The Captain's Mate," "Thoughts of Home" and "The Ghost Ship." Another great collection by one of Canada's favorite, most professional children's groups.

Songlist: The Song of the Music Makers, I Will Sing With The Spirit, Awake the Trumpet's Lofty Sound, Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley/Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen, The Birds, I Vow to Thee My Country, Alleluia, Ye Sons of Israel, John Barleycorn, Ae Fond Kiss, The Trout, Praise to God, I'se The B'y, The Father's Love, Psalm 150, Panis Angelicus, Reflections of a Lad at Sea, -The Captain's Mate, -Thoughts of Home, -The Ghost Ship, Flying Free, Blessing

7682c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella Mixed Childrens Choirs

St. Marys Children's Choir : The Music In Us : 1 CD : Eileen Baldwin : 

St. Marys Children's Choir : The Music In Us

Review: St. Mary's Children's Choir has been providing performing experiences for youth in southwestern Ontario, Canada since 1981. The 139 choristers of SMCC range in age from 6 to 20 years, and are divided into 4 choirs. These 33 beautiful, upbeat songs, some piano accompanied, are also divided into four groups, "Praise," "Nursery Rhymes," "Around the World" and "The Music In Us." Favorites are Eleanor Daly's "Rise Up, My Love" and "Canticle to the Spirit," the Jutland folk hymn "When the Stars Fall," the spiritual "Ride The Chariot," "Grand Old Duke of York," Ralph Hunter's "Humpty Dumpty," "Little Bo Peep"and "Old King Cole," the traditional Scottish "Loch Lomond," Japanese children's song "Hotaru Koi," the French Canadian folk song "Vive la Canadienne," "Homeward Bound," James Taylor's "That Lonesome Road," the spiritual "Let It Shine," and Berthold Carriere's "Butterfly Dreams," "Important to Me" and "The Music in Me." A feel-good, fun, joyous collection from one of Canada's most talented, entertaining children's choirs!

Songlist: Little Wheel Spiritual, The Children's Friend, Children Blessed of the Lord, Rise Up, my Love, Canticle to the Spirit, When the Stars Fall, The Word was God, A Celtic prayer, Cantate Domino, Ride the Chariot, Sing A Song Of Sixpence, Grand Old Duke of York, Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo-Peep, Little Jack Horner, Old King Cole, White Paternoster, Bless You, Ein hennlein Weiss (A Little White Hen), Loch Lomond, Braul amestecat (Mixed Brau Dance), Watane, Hotaru Koi, Vive la Candienne (Long Live the Canadian Girl), The Lake Isle of Innisfree, Homeward Bound, That Lonesome Road, Say, Love, Eletelephony, Let It Shine, and more

7681c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella Mixed Childrens Choirs

St. Marys Children's Choir : Winter Walk : 1 CD : Eileen Baldwin : 

St. Marys Children's Choir : Winter Walk

Review: St. Marys Children's Choir & Festival Youth Singers was founded in St. Marys, Ontario in 1981 and since then, over 700 young people have participated in its training programs, winning many first places in Canadian Music Festivals Competitions. "Winter Walk" refers to a lovely evening stroll in "Stonetown," along the Thames River, Trout Creek and Little Falls, leading up to a Christmas display of lights in St. Marys' "The Flats." 23 lightly accompanied Christmas songs. Particularly nice (and new to our ears) to hear are songs written by Canadian composers: "What is this Lovely Fragrance" and "In Bethlehem Tonight" by Norman Nurmi," "Watts' Cradle Song" by Ruth Watson Henderson," "Tyrley, Tyrlow" and "I Heard the Bells" by Mark Sirett, and Eleanor Daley's "Rejoice and Sing this Christmas Morn." We also particularly liked the title tune, "Take a Winter Walk with Me" by Mary Donnelly, but there are many wonderful and rarely-heard tunes in this magical collection--that's a sure bet to put you in a Holiday mood, like an evening winter walk in Stonetown.

Songlist: Winter Sleighride, What Is This Lovely Fragrance, Let Us Dance And Sing, Wintersong, Watts' Cradle Song, Here's A Pretty Little Baby, Jesus Sleeping In The Manger, I'll Go To Bethlehem, Tyrley, Tyrley, I Heard The Bells, Joy Be Yours In The Morning, Come, Ye To Bethlehem, Brightest And Best, Baloo Lammy, Rejoice And Sing This Christmas Morn, I Hear The Bells, Behold That Star, In Bethlehem Tonight, How Far To Bethlehem, Take A Winter Walk With Me, Christmas Is A Feeling, Stars That Twinkle And Shine, We Need A Little Christmas

8616c | 1 CD | $15.95 Mixed Childrens Choirs

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