A Community Choir in North Perth
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 runs from September to April, with concerts in December and April. Our repertoire includes secular and sacred music of different styles and cultures. The December concert features diverse music celebrating winter, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, Chalica, and Festivus. We welcome singers of diverse cultures and backgrounds, and we 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.
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. New audition dates are posted. We are now a member of Choirs Ontario.
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. 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!
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.
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.
Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings, at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Molesworth, just west of Listowel on Highway 86. This is a lovely historic building with stained glass windows, built in 1897. The address is 7104 Perth Line 86, Listowel, Ontario, N4W 3G6. It's a seven minute drive west from Tim Horton's on Line 86 in Listowel. Rehearsals begin at 6:15 pm and end at 8:45 pm, with a 15-minute break for socializing and snacks. Rehearsals are led by Todd and accompanied by Michelle on a beautifully resonant and responsive Zimmermann piano imported from Germany. 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 public concerts take place at St. Andrew's in Molesworth, on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm and Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 2:00 pm. We are also doing private concerts at retirement residences.
We look forward to sharing beautiful music with our community at these events. Reserve the dates now!
New Intake in January
We will have some openings for new members in January for the next program. Men are needed, especially basses. We will post on this website whether or not we will also accept more sopranos and/or altos at that time. Stay tuned!
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