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Website sites you may find of interest
Choirs, singers and musicians
- Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto: A 90-voice choir in Toronto, and was conducted by Lydia Adams for 35-years until 2019. Founded in 1975, this group offers a subscription concert series, with performances at the George Weston Recital Hall and other venues throughout the Toronto area. Members of the Amadeus Choir often perform with the Elmer Iseler Singers with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
- ChoirPlace: Launched on 2011, ChoirPlace is an online community-based center for choir members and vocal music lovers. It’s aim is to be the ultimate place for easily finding information about choirs and vocal groups, for finding and watching videos of choral music that were added by the community members.
- Eleanor McCain: Eleanor launched her 4th recording, Holiday, in November 2011 that includes the Elmer Iseler Singers as guests. After graduating from the music program at New Brunswick’s Mount Allison University, ECMA-nominated recording artist Eleanor McCain moved to Toronto where she concentrated on expanding her vocal style from pure classical to classical crossover with a fusion of pop and folk. Influences of the Maritimes still permeate Eleanor’s singing and spirit. Eleanor is featured in the Singers’ May 6, 2017 concert, “O Canada! 150th Celebration!”.
- Jeff Reilly: This is the website for bass clarinetist, composer, improviser and music producer Jeff Reilly. Jeff is the bass clarinet soloist in the recording of Peter Togni’s Lamentations of Jeremiah with the Elmer Iseler Singers.
Choral arts organizations
- Alliance chorale du Québec (French only): The Foundation acts on three main areas: the sustainability of the Alliance, its national and international recognition and the maintenance and development of activities in the choral community throughout the province.
- BC Choral Federation: A non-profit gathering place for many choristers, musicians, directors, and teachers who strive to make British Columbia a better place through choral singing.
- Canadian Art Song Project: The Canadian Art Song Project fosters the creation and performance of Canadian art song repertoire by commissioning Canadian composers to write for Canadian singers; to facilitate a collaborative process between the composer and the performer; and to promote artistic excellence and the Canadian experience in the living art of song.
- Canadian Music Centre: The Canadian Music Centre has been supporting, preserving, and celebrating the works of Canadian composers since 1959. As proud and passionate advocates, they offer innovative resources for discovering, exploring, listening to and playing Canadian music online and in five regional hubs.
- Choir Alberta: Choir Alberta elevates the choral community in the province by offering programs, resources, training, and performance opportunities that celebrate diversity, inclusivity, diversity, and excellence in choral art.
- Choirs Ontario: Choirs Ontario is an arts service organization whose mission is to foster vibrant, inclusive and accessible choral communities by providing programs, services and resources; creating opportunities; and engaging Ontario’s diverse population in the transformative power of choral music.
- Choral Canada: Choral Canada is the national voice of the Canadian choral community, representing and uniting a network of conductors, educators, accompanists, composers, students, administrators, choral industry leaders, and more than 42,000 member choral singers from coast to coast to coast. Choral Canada promotes, celebrates and advocates for Canadian choral music and musicians nationally and internationally.
- Chorus America: Chorus America is the national service organization that promotes the highest artistic quality, development and growth of vocal ensembles, advocates the fair remuneration of professional singers and choruses, and stimulates greater understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of choral music throughout North America.
- Manitoba Choral Association: Manitoba Choral Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting, strengthening, and promoting the choral arts in Manitoba.
- New Brunswick Choral Federation: The New Brunswick Choral Federation (NBCF) was founded in 1979 to promote and encourage the art of choral music in the province of New Brunswick. A non-profit arts organization and registered charity, they represent individual choristers, choral conductors, accompanists, music teachers and others who care about New Brunswick’s rich choral tradition, and provide a vital link to the larger Canadian choral community.
- Nova Scotia Choral Federation: The Nova Scotia Choral Federation is a voluntary not-for-profit organization which exists to serve the needs of the choral community, to raise public awareness and to foster an appreciation and enjoyment of choral music.
- Saskatchewan Choral Federation: Saskatchewan Choral Federation is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to the elevation and enhancement of choral music in Saskatchewan. Established in 1978, SCF works to promote the art of choral music, encourage high standards of artistic achievement, maximize the number of singers and choirs in the province, develop appreciative audiences, and communicate the benefits of singing as a healthy lifestyle choice.
Charities and nonprofits
- Canada Helps: For more than 20 years, CanadaHelps has been the trusted charity, informing, inspiring and connecting charities and donors, with the causes they care about.
- CharityVillage: Charity Village is Canada’s supersite for the nonprofit sector. Every day, you’ll find more than 3,000 pages of news, jobs, resources, how-to articles, volunteer and event listings, educational opportunities, and much more.
- PayPal Giving Fund Canada: PayPal Giving Fund Canada helps people support their favourite charities online and raises funds to benefit charities through PayPal and other technology platforms. Their operating costs are covered by their partners, so they don’t charge for their services. 100% of donations made to PayPal Giving Fund go to Canadian charities.
Choral music media
- ChoralNet: The major choral music resource on the Internet. List of choirs worldwide. Links to many musical and choral organizations, databases and resources, including Musica database.
- MP3 Classical Music Directory: Despite it’s name, this site has far more than just MP3 downloads: it is also a great resource for teachers and classical music enthusiasts, with composer biographies, music reviews, and articles on classical music.
- Musical Toronto: The Elmer Iseler Singers are a member of Musical Toronto, – an independent digital news media website and blog supported by its audience and sponsors. Their primary focus is on arts coverage, including news reporting and criticism. Musical Toronto is tasked with keeping Canada’s arts community accountable, and critiquing both emerging and established artists and arts productions. Michael Vincent is the editor and publisher.
- The New Classical 96.3 FM: “The Nation’s Classical Music Station”. Frequently broadcasts interviews and mini-concerts from its with studios at Queen and River in downtown Toronto.
- Soundstreams Canada: Established in 1982 by Lawrence Cherney, Soundstreams Canada commissions and presents Canadian and international new music, generating opportunities for dynamic encounters among composers, performers and audiences. Over the years, members of the Elmer Iseler Singers have participated in numerous Soundstreams performances.
- Toronto Concert Reviews: This website offers music reviews of the finest concerts in Toronto: symphonic, choral, opera, chamber, jazz and period music. By reviewing important live performances, this site hopes to pique the curiosity of Torontonians.
- WholeNote Magazine: This magazine, often thought of as the Toronto Concert-goer’s “Bible”, has a very complete, interactive Website, too, that lists upcoming classical and post-classical music events in and around Toronto.