North Perth's Community Choir
Joyful Voices is a new auditioned SATB community choir, created 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 will run from September to April, with a Christmas concert in December and a final concert in April. Our repertoire will include secular music, some sacred music at Christmas, and music from different cultures. We will choose music that is fun to sing and enjoyable for our audience to hear.
Rehearsals and Concerts
Rehearsals and concerts take place at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Molesworth, just west of Listowel on Highway 86. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 6:15 to 8:30 pm - an hour of music, a 15-minute break, and another hour of music. The fall term begins on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, with 13 rehearsals on consecutive Tuesdays, ending on December 4. The winter term begins on January 8, 2019, with nine rehearsals, a week off for reading week, then six more rehearsals, ending on April 23.
Our concert dates are Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm and Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 2:00 pm. We look forward to sharing beautiful music with our community at these events. Reserve the dates now!
Who can join?
Membership is open to adults and mature children who can sing in tune or "mostly" in tune, and who can either read sheet music or learn music by ear. Since this is a four-part choir with sopranos, altos, tenors and basses, singers must be able to stay on their own part, along with others who are singing the same part.
There is an annual membership fee that helps to pay for music and other ongoing costs. The membership fee per person for the entire season from September to April is:
- $120 per member
- $100 per second member at the same address: spouse, sibling, parent, or child
- $80 per member under age 18
People who would like to sing in the choir must audition, since we hope to make a beautiful sound. We will hold individual 20-minute auditions before rehearsals begin. If you would like to audition, please contact us to book an audition time. Auditions will take place at St. Andrew's:
- Thursday, August 23, 2018, 6:20 pm to 9:00 pm
- Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 6:20 pm to 9:00 pm
- Saturday, September 8, 2018, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
At the audition, be prepared to sing one or two songs of your choice. You can sing unaccompanied, bring your own pianist, or bring your sheet music for Michelle to sight-read to accompany you. We will hear you sing a scale with the piano to find out your upper and lower range, and you will do some sight-reading, or if you don't read music, we will sing musical phrases and hear you sing them back to us.
I would have to miss some rehearsals. Can I participate in just the fall term, or just the winter term? Participants need to commit to the entire season from September through April. If you will have to miss some rehearsals, talk to us about it.
Will there be any other major expenses for participants in the first year, like matching outfits or travel? No.
Can I bring a recording to sing along with in my audition? If you wish, you can bring an instrumental backing track (without any recorded singers) for your one or two songs on your own device with a speaker.
When will I find out the result of my audition? We will let you know within 24 hours after you audition.
Todd Kasenberg has music deep in his blood. His great grandmother is said to have been the owner of the first piano to reach Saskatchewan. His parents both had professional careers as musicians, and his dad still plays 4 nights a week at the age of 79. Todd had better-than-average opportunity to sing as a youth, and took advantage of it. He was fortunate to be coached by great teachers, including David Shanks, a choir master with classical training in Ireland. Todd has led choirs over the past 15 years, and upon contemplating his move to North Perth, wondered about the possibilities of a community choir. His fortunate encounter with Michelle Kyle has brought Joyful Voices into existence.
Todd is not a professional musician – but a talented and passionate amateur conductor and group motivator who brings fun to choral singing. He loves the dynamic of group accomplishment, and is a sensible, patient coach. He is a precisionist about enunciation and breathing in singing. He expects his choirs to be committed to strong beginnings and strong finishes. He likes seeing choirs smile.
Professionally, Todd works in the digital enablement of learning and marketing. He owns his own consultancy, and has clients in the high tech, healthcare and not-for-profit sector. He facilitates group meetings and focus groups. He is also a software entrepreneur. When not getting excited about Joyful Voices, he is running for Mayor of North Perth, pitching in as a member of the Atwood Lions, and enjoying laughs and skill improvement with the Linguists of Listowel Toastmaster Club. Choir members will likely be regaled (and become fed up) with references to Star Trek.
Michelle Kyle has been a pianist since age four, and a professional musician since age 11, when she played piano and accordion for five Ottawa dance studios. Childhood music experience included formal piano, cello and voice lessons, and family gatherings at Saskatchewan farms, playing music in fields on guitars, pots and pans. At age 16, she was assistant principal cellist of the Saskatoon Symphony. She studied cello performance at Brandon University and Wilfrid Laurier University, then earned a Master’s degree at McGill University and a Fellowship diploma from Trinity College of Music in England, considered equivalent to a doctorate without dissertation, both in piano performance.
Michelle has been a professional musician in many contexts across Canada. She has played music for weddings and special events for over 25 years. As a pianist, she has accompanied choirs, individual singers, instrumentalists, and dancers. She has played cello in symphonies and string quartets. She has been music director for professional musical theatre productions, artistic director of a Toronto concert series, church organist and choir director, singer-pianist in restaurants and retirement homes, and artistic director of the choir and orchestra of the Toronto Heliconian Club, a meeting place for professional women in the arts and letters, founded in 1909.
Michelle has also been a lawyer, rock climbing instructor, photographer, editor, and web developer at a major bank, and she rode her bicycle across Canada. She has lived in the Monkton area since 2011. She teaches adult skills upgrading in Listowel, is the pianist at St. Andrew's, runs several part-time businesses, and is the chief litter box cleaner for 19 cats.
If you would like to book an audition, or for more information, you may either call Todd at 226-816-7469 or provide your contact information below.