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Chorus York is seeking new voices for an exciting virtual project

If you like to sing and have always had the desire to join an ensemble, now may be your chance.

Chorus York is a growing community auditioned soprano, alto, tenor and bass (SATB) choir that was formed in 2016 and has more than 30 members. Driven by a passion for singing, Chorus York set out to inspire the growth of choral music in York Region through the performance of a variety of choral music ranging from Bach to Broadway, Show Tunes to Classical.

Chorus York is led by director Stéphane Potvin, an accomplished, creative conductor recognized for his impeccable technique, highly efficient rehearsal technique, and his profound and inspirational approach to music making. With more than 20 years of experience, Potvin is able to coax lyrical performances from orchestras, choirs and chamber ensembles alike. A respected composer, arranger and clinician, he also has a wealth of experience in education and adjudication.

Looking for talent

Right now, Potvin is looking for talent to join an exciting virtual project.

Chorus York is looking for folks to participate in the creation of a Virtual Choir Performance of Jazzy and Classical Music that will be presented online at the end of June 2022. In this time of social distancing and online conferencing when they can not rehearse together physically, Chorus York is exploring new avenues of artistic expression and collaboration.

Repertoire to include:

  • Blue Skies – Irving Berlin
  • On The Sunny Side of the Street – Dorothy Fields
  • They Can’t Take That Away – George & Ira Gershwin
  • Sixteen Tons – Merle Travis
  • Chattanooga Cho Cho – Harry Warren
  • Halleluia Amen – Georg Friedrich Handel
  • Laudate Pueri – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Jesu Bleibet – Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Sing Sing Sing – Louis Prima
  • Fly Me To The Moon – Bart Howard

Singers wishing to participate should register by email to info@chorusyork.ca by January 14, 2022.

How it works

  • Singers sign up to take part in the project. Participation is $100 (includes scores, guidetracks, and online sessions).
  • Upon registration singers will receive a link to a Dropbox folder where all the material will be found.

*You must have a Dropbox account (it is free) and most importantly to install the Dropbox desktop application on your computer.

  • Singers receive their toolkit to help learn their part. The material will be available as of January 5.
  • The material includes: scores, practice tracks, a guidetrack for the final recording, specific guidelines for the recording.
  • Singers attend a 60-minute online project orientation and introduction to the pieces on January 18 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Singers prepare their parts and attend regular “rehearsals” for the opportunity to dive into the pieces, hear demonstrations, meet the other singers involved, etc.
  • Singers create and send in/upload audio and video recordings of their part via Dropbox.
  • Post-production audio and video work will be done by the artistic team.
  • Singers are invited to attend a preview performance prior to the world premiere in mid to late June.

For more information, email to info@chorusyork.ca

To see and hear more of Chorus York, please visit https://www.chorusyork.ca/ or click on the link below to view their special three-song Christmas carol offering:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTloXgaKI6Y

 

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