National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs

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PRESS RELEASE – Choral Canada congratulates WINNERS in 2015 National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs (July 1, 2015)

Winner of the $5000 Healey Willan Prize

Winner of the 2015 Healey Willan Prize

Click here to meet the 2015 Jury!

2015 Choral Competition Jury at Canadian Music Centre, Toronto

2015 Choral Competition Jury at CMC Toronto

PRESS RELEASE – Choral Canada Announces FINALISTS in 2015 National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs (June 1, 2015)

PRESS RELEASE – Canadian Amateur Choirs Enter the Biennial National Competition (May 21, 2015)

2015 Participants

(Finalists listed in Press Release link above)

Category Category Name Choir Conductor(s) CBC Artist Page
1 Children’s Choirs Bach Children’s Chorus Linda Beaupré http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Bach-Childrens-Chorus-and-Bach-Chamber-Youth-Choir
1 Children’s Choirs Crofton House School Chamber Choir Anne Bonnycastle http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/CHS-Chamber-Choir
1 Children’s Choirs Coastal Sound Children’s Choir Diana Clark http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Coastal-Sound-Childrens-Choir
2 Upper-Voice Youth Choirs Ensemble vocal sénior De La Salle Robert Filion http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Les-ensembles-vocaux-De-La-Salle
2 Upper-Voice Youth Choirs Maureen Forrester Singers Elvera Froese http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/WLU-Maureen-Forrester-Singers
3 Lower-Voice Youth Choirs Amabile Young Men’s Ensemble Don Sills & Jeff Beynon http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Amabile-Choirs-of-London-Canada
4 Mixed-Voice Youth Choirs Canterbury High School Chamber Choir James Caswell http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Canterbury-High-School-Chamber-Choir
4 Mixed-Voice Youth Choirs CCH Chamber Choir Don Sills http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/CCH-Chamber-Choir
4 Mixed-Voice Youth Choirs Edmonton Youth Choir John Wiebe http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Edmonton-Youth-Choir
4 Mixed-Voice Youth Choirs Kokopelli Scott Leithead http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Kokopelli-Choir-Association
4 Mixed-Voice Youth Choirs Langley Fine Arts School Chamber Choir Jim Sparks http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Langley-Fine-Arts-School-Chamber-Choir
4 Mixed-Voice Youth Choirs Quintessential Vocal Ensemble Mixed Youth Chorus Susan Quinn http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/QVE-Mixed-Youth-Chorus
4 Mixed-Voice Youth Choirs Vancouver Youth Choir Carrie Tennant http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Vancouver-Youth-Choir
5 Mixed-Voice Collegiate Choirs McMaster University Chamber Choir Rachel Rensink-Hoff http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/McMaster-University-Chamber-Choir
5 Mixed-Voice Collegiate Choirs Near North Voices Adam Adler & Raymond Gauthier http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Near-North-Voices
5 Mixed-Voice Collegiate Choirs Thames Scholars Gerald Neufeld http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Thames-Scholars
5 Mixed-Voice Collegiate Choirs Trinity Western University Chamber Choir Joel Tranquilla http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Trinity-Western-Universitys-SAMC-Chamber-Choir
5 Mixed-Voice Collegiate Choirs UBC University Singers Graeme Langager http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/UBC-University-Singers
5 Mixed-Voice Collegiate Choirs Univeristy of Regina Chamber Singers Dominic Gregorio http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/University-of-Regina-Chamber-Singers
6 Mixed-Voice Adult Choirs Chœur du Plateau Roseline Blain http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Choeur-du-Plateau
6 Mixed-Voice Adult Choirs Chorale Saint-Jean Laurier Fagnan http://music.cbc.ca/#!/search/?q=chorale%20saint-jean
6 Mixed-Voice Adult Choirs Chronos Vocal Ensemble Jordan Van Biert http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Chronos-Vocal-Ensemble
6 Mixed-Voice Adult Choirs Quintessential Vocal Ensemble Susan Quinn http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Quintessential-Vocal-Ensemble
6 Mixed-Voice Adult Choirs Sympholies Vocales Julie DuFresne http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Sympholies-vocales
7 Mixed-Voice Adult Chamber Choirs Cantabile Chamber Singers Cheryll Chung http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Cantabile-Chamber-Singers-Toronto
7 Mixed-Voice Adult Chamber Choirs DaCapo Chamber Choir Leonard Enns http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/DaCapo-Chamber-Choir
7 Mixed-Voice Adult Chamber Choirs Ensemble vocal Sainte-Anne Singers Margo Keenan http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/LEnsemble-vocal-Sainte-Anne-Singers
7 Mixed-Voice Adult Chamber Choirs Phoenix Chamber Choir Graeme Langager http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Phoenix-Chamber-Choir
7 Mixed-Voice Adult Chamber Choirs That Choir Craig Pike http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/That-Choir
8 Equal-Voice Men’s Choirs Ensemble Phoebus Roseline Blain http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Ensemble-Phbus
8 Equal-Voice Men’s Choirs Newman Sound Men’s Choir Jennifer Hart & Colin Taylor http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Newman-Sound-Mens-Choir
8 Equal-Voice Men’s Choirs Victoria Scholars Men’s Choral Ensemble Jerzy Cichocki http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Victoria-Scholars-Mens-Choral-Ensemble
9 Equal-Voice Women’s Choirs Ariose Women’s Choir Jolaine Kerley http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Ariose-Womens-Choir
9 Equal-Voice Women’s Choirs Ensemble Laude Elizabeth MacIsaac & Carolyn Howe http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Ensemble-Laude
9 Equal-Voice Women’s Choirs McMaster University Women’s Choir Rachel Rensink-Hoff http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/McMaster-University-Womens-Choir
10 Pan-cultural Traditions Kappella Kyrie Slavic Chamber Choir Melanie Turgeon http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Kappella-Kyrie-Slavic-Chamber-Choir
11 Contemporary Music i Coristi Chamber Choir Rob Curtis http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/i-Coristi-Chamber-Choir
11 Contemporary Music Cantabile Chamber Singers Cheryll Chung http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Cantabile-Chamber-Singers-Toronto
11 Contemporary Music Chronos Vocal Ensemble Jordan Van Biert http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Chronos-Vocal-Ensemble
11 Contemporary Music Conspirato Chamber Singers Liska Jetchick & Melissa Lalonde http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Conspirato-Chamber-Singers
11 Contemporary Music DaCapo Chamber Choir Leonard Enns http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/DaCapo-Chamber-Choir
11 Contemporary Music Phoenix Chamber Choir Graeme Langager http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Phoenix-Chamber-Choir
11 Contemporary Music Quintessential Vocal Ensemble Susan Quinn http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Quintessential-Vocal-Ensemble
11 Contemporary Music UBC University Singers Graeme Langager http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/UBC-University-Singers
11 Contemporary Music Xara Choral Theatre Christina Murray http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Xara-Choral-Theatre

 

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: APRIL 1, 2015

CATEGORIES:

Category 1: Children’s Choirs

Unchanged voices, singers not older than 16 years*, may be community-based or school-based

Category 2: Upper-Voice Youth Choirs

Equal-voice S/A choirs, singers not older than 23 years*, may be community-based or school-based; must not qualify for category 5

Category 3: Lower-Voice Youth Choirs

Equal-voice T/B choirs, singers not older than 23 years*, may be community-based or school-based; must not qualify for category 5

Category 4: Mixed-Voice Youth Choirs

Mixed-voice youth choirs, singers not older than 23 years*, may be community-based or school-based; must not qualify for category 5

Category 5: Mixed-Voice Collegiate Choirs

University or college choirs of mixed-voice adults with a minimum of 17 singers; must not qualify for category 4

Category 6: Mixed-Voice Adult Choirs

Adult mixed-voice choirs with a minimum of 29 singers; must not qualify for category 5

Category 7: Mixed-Voice Adult Chamber Choirs

Adult mixed-voice choirs with a minimum of 17 and a maximum of 28 singers; must not qualify for category 5.

Category 8: Equal-Voice Men’s Choirs

Adult equal-voice men’s choirs with a minimum of 17 singers

Category 9: Equal-Voice Women’s Choirs

Adult, equal-voice women’s choirs with a minimum of 17 singers

Category 10: Pan-cultural Traditions

Open to all choirs who perform music within a specific cultural tradition (world music, ethnic, First Nation, national folk music — does not include vocal jazz and barbershop). No limit in size

Category 11: Contemporary Music

Open to all choirs that comply with Category 11 repertoire requirements (see below). Choirs entering this category may not repeat repertoire submitted in previous categories

*Age limits are effective as of the Competition Entry Deadline on April 1, 2015.

Repertoire Requirements:

1. For all categories:

  • All selections must be unaccompanied (un-pitched percussion instruments are acceptable). Failure to observe this rule will result in disqualification
  • Translations in English or French should be provided for any selection performed in a language other than English or French.
  • Recorded material should be no more than 12 months old at the time of submission.

2. For Categories 1 to 9:

  • Each recording must include FOUR (4) separate and contrasting works whose total time must not exceed 18 minutes.
  • The repertoire in these categories should cover as wide a range of period, style and mood as possible, while reflecting the special qualities of the category entered.
  • The FOUR (4) individual works must include ONE (1) original work by a Canadian composer (in any language). An arrangement of a folk song or any existing tune will only be accepted from entrants in Category 10.
  • The FOUR (4) individual works must include at least ONE (1) selection in French and ONE (1) selection in English. (The original Canadian work may also fulfill this requirement.)

For Category 10:

  • Each recording must include FOUR (4) selections whose total time must not exceed 18 minutes.
  • The repertoire in this category should reflect the specific cultural tradition of the choir.
  • The selections may be sung in any language(s) and should be as contrasting in mood as is possible within the cultural tradition.
  • Inclusion of a Canadian work as one of the FOUR (4) individual selections is not mandatory; however Category 10 Entrants who do include at least ONE (1) original work by a Canadian composer (in any language) will be considered for the Prize for Best Performance of a Canadian Work.

For Category 11:

  • Each recording must include TWO (2) contemporary works, one of which must be an original work by a Canadian composer, and one of which must have been written in the last ten years.
  • The TWO (2) selections must not exceed a total time of 18 minutes.
  • The selections should be contrasting works in a contemporary musical idiom, reflecting 20th- and 21st-century compositional techniques. The year of composition for each selection must be indicated on the entry form.

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Eligibility Rules & Regulations 2015

Application Form 2015

Entry Waiver 2015

CBC Artist Page 101

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: APRIL 1, 2015

For information or questions, please contact info@choralcanada.org

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