Toronto, ON June 15, 2019 – A treasured Canadian choral tradition, the celebrated National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs inspires choirs to strive for excellence, provides visibility for amateur choirs of all types and traditions, and encourages the creation and performance of Canadian works. The Competition, presented by Choral Canada in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts, and with support from CBC Music, Centre d’excellence artistique de l’Ontario and UNISONG is open to all Canadian amateur choirs and attracts diverse participants from coast to coast.
Please note that finalists are listed in alphabetical order.
The 2019 Finalists are:
Category 1: Children’s Choirs
Bach Children’s Chorus – Charissa Bagan and Sarah Buisman (Toronto, ON)
Category 2: Upper-Voice Youth Choirs
Cantemus – Valdine Anderson (Winnipeg, MB) Cantilon Chamber Choir – Heather Johnson (Edmonton, AB) Raise Her Voice Chamber Choir – Sarah Morrison and Charlene Pauls (Oakville, ON)
Category 3: Lower-Voice Youth Choirs
Amabile Young Men’s Ensemble – Mr. Jeff Beynon and Mr. Don Sills (London, ON)
Category 4: Mixed-Voice Youth Choirs
Amabile Chamber Choir – Mrs. Brenda Zadorsky, Mr. Jeff Beynon and Mr. Don Sills (London, ON) Edmonton Youth Choir – Dr. John Wiebe (Edmonton, AB) Quintessential Vocal Ensemble – Aquae – Susan Quinn (St. John’s, NL)
Category 5: Collegiate Choirs
Gryphon Singers (University of Guelph) – Marta McCarthy (Guelph, ON) Schulich Singers (McGill University) – Jean-Sébastien Vallée (Montréal, QC) Western University Singers (Western University) – Jennifer Moir and Patrick Murray (London, ON)
Category 6: Mixed-Voice Adult Choirs
Capital Chamber Choir – Jamie Loback (Ottawa, ON) Chœur du Plateau – Roseline Blain (Montréal, QC) Vancouver Cantata Singers – Paula Kremer (Vancouver, BC)
Category 7: Mixed-Voice Adult Chamber Choirs
Ensemble vocal Sainte-Anne Singers – Margo Keenan (Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue,QC) Exultate Chamber Singers – Mark Ramsay (Toronto, ON) Prairie Chamber Choir – Melissa Morgan (Regina, SK)
Category 8: Equal-Voice Men’s Choirs
Ensemble Phœbus – Roseline Blain (Montréal, QC) Newman Sound Men’s Choir – Jennifer Hart (St. John’s, NL)
Category 9: Equal-Voice Women’s Choirs
Chœur Adleisia – Amelia McMahon and Virginie Pacheco (Montréal, QC) Ensemble Gaïa – Roseline Blain (Montréal, QC) Ventus Women’s Choir – Regan Brooks (Lethbridge, AB)
Category 10: Pan-Cultural / Traditional Folk Music
Chœur Baobab – Claude-Marie Landré (Montréal, QC) Kappella Kyrie Slavic Chamber Choir – Dr. Melanie Turgeon (Edmonton, AB)
Category 11: Contemporary Music
Eastern Horizon Chamber Choir – Jack Bennet & Christina Murray (Halifax, NS) Edmonton Youth Choir – Dr. John Wiebe (Edmonton, AB)) Vancouver Cantata Singers – Paula Kremer (Vancouver, BC)
Winners will be announced on-air on CBC Music’s Choral Concert with host Katherine Duncan on Sunday, June 30th. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top performances in each category, as well as a $1000 prize for the choir with the Best Performance of a Canadian Work, and $500 for the choir with the Best Performance of a French Canadian Work (Centre d’excellence artistique de l’Ontario Prize). Listeners will have to wait to find out the winner of the prestigious $5000 Canada Council for the Arts Healey-Willan Prize which will be announced and presented live in our nation’s capital on the UNISONG Festival’s stage on Canada Day. Representatives from Choral Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts will present the award.
Each choir has created a SoundCloud page, where audiences can listen to performances by and engage with the participating choirs. Links to the finalists’ SoundCloud pages will be available on the Choral Canada website. For links, please visit http://www.choralcanada.org/national-competition-for-canadian-amateur-choirs.html Outstanding performances from select participants will be featured on CBC Music’s Choral Concert in the coming weeks. The National Competition of Canadian Amateur Choirs is a signature program of Choral Canada, Canada’s national arts service organization for choirs and the choral community. For more information please visit www.choralcanada.org.
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