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. 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.
New Intake and Open Rehearsal
We invite singers of all voice types - sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses - to join us in January for our spring program to be performed in April. Men are needed, especially basses. Our first two rehearsals, on Tuesday, January 8 and 15, 2019 from 6:15 to 8:45 pm, are "open houses," and you are invited to come and sing with us! After the rehearsals, we will hear those who would like to join, in 10-minute individual informal auditions. If you would like to sing with us starting in January, preferably please contact us so we expect you, or you can just show up on January 8 or 15. New members need to pay their membership fees by January 15 so we know how many committed members we have, to order enough copies of our sheet music.
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.
Jan. 1, 2019 - We've chosen the repertoire for our spring program, including works of Thomas Morley, Mozart, Schubert, Sally DeFord, Gilbert & Sullivan, Pete Seeger, Gordon Lightfoot, 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. New audition dates are posted. We are now a member of Choirs Ontario.
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