A Community Choir in North Perth

Joyful Voices is a new auditioned SATB community choir, co-founded in September 2018 by conductor Todd Kasenberg of Atwood and pianist Michelle Kyle of Monkton for people in or near North Perth, Ontario who love to sing. Our choir season runs from September to April, with concerts in December and April. Our repertoire includes secular and sacred music of different styles and cultures. We welcome singers of diverse backgrounds, and are open to repertoire suggestions from our members. We aim to choose music that is fun to sing and enjoyable for our audience to hear. Here is a Listowel Banner news article with more information about the choir.


Mar. 8, 2019 - We will do four free community performances in April. On Sunday, April 7, we will perform at the 11 am church service at St. Andrew's in Molesworth. On three consecutive Wednesday evenings, we will perform at local retirement homes: April 10 at Huronlea in Brussels, April 17 at Knollcrest Lodge in Milverton, and April 24 at Maitland Terrace in Listowel.

Feb. 4, 2019 - Our members have voted on seven potential recipients, and we have decided that our spring concert on April 28 will benefit the Canadian Mental Health Association, Huron Perth branch.

Jan. 1, 2019 - We've chosen the repertoire for our spring program, including works of Thomas Morley, Mozart, Schubert, Sally DeFord, Pete Seeger, Gordon Lightfoot, Oscar Peterson, the Beatles, Three Dog Night, Carly Simon, and Pharrell Williams. Our first two rehearsals on January 8 and 15 are open houses, and anyone interested can participate.

Dec. 10, 2018 - Our inaugural concert with 25 performers was well attended and appreciated. Many thanks to our choir members for the wonderful selection of cookies and other treats served at intermission, Mary Robinson for making the choir's scarves and decorating, Howard Mitchell for carpentry, Betty and Howard Mitchell for ticket handling, John Robinson and Jim Stewart for ushering, and all audience members for supporting our new choir. We donated $1,350 to the North Perth Community Hospice.

Dec. 8, 2018 - The day before our concert, 125 tickets are sold, and 25 will be available at the door.

Nov. 28, 2018 - Over 90 of 150 tickets for our December 9 concert are now sold. We welcome guest violinist Nora Pellerin from Guelph, who will perform with us in this concert.

Nov. 14, 2018 - With thanks for hosting our choir rehearsals and concerts, we will sing a few songs at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church service on Sunday, December 2 at 11 am in Molesworth. Our December 9 concert will include a vocal trio featuring Meredith Vair, Darlene Galbraith, and Elizabeth Seary.

Oct. 24, 2018 - We have accepted an invitation from North Perth Community of Character to perform on Thursday, November 8 at the Listowel Agricultural Hall at 6:30-6:40 pm. This is our first public performance. Come out for spaghetti dinner at 5:30 and hear us sing!

Oct. 19, 2018 - Our members voted on eight potential recipients, and chose North Perth Community Hospice for our donation from proceeds of our December 9 concert. Tickets will be $20 per person, with half going toward choir expenses and half donated to the hospice. We will perform free concerts for residents of Knollcrest Lodge in Milverton on Nov. 28 and for residents of Livingstone Manor in Listowel on Dec. 6.

Oct. 12, 2018 - We've closed our intake of new members for the fall program. The choir has stabilized with 25 people - conductor, pianist, seven sopranos, seven altos, five tenors, and four basses, ranging in age from 17 to 73! If you would like to join in January when we open our intake for the spring program, please contact us.

Sept. 26, 2018 - Our third rehearsal was an open house, so people could try us out without having to audition first. Four auditioned afterwards, and we now have 26 singers. We are accepting new members of all voice types until October 2, and especially hope that two more basses will step forward!

Sept. 19, 2018 - We held our second rehearsal, and now have 22 singers. We have outgrown Choirs Ontario's Vocal Ensemble category for up to 20 singers, and are upgrading to Small Choir. We now have enough men to move forward as a mixed SATB choir. Joyful Voices is now incorporated as a federal non-profit corporation.

Sept. 12, 2018 - We held our first rehearsal yesterday, with conductor, pianist, and 15 singers. The choir sounds good already! We need basses and tenors, and welcome new members of all voice types until our fourth rehearsal on October 2. We are now a member of Choirs Ontario.

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