GMSM is thrilled to be presenting some of the top Youth Choirs from across the country, Edmonton, Oakville, Toronto, Hamilton, Nova Scotia, and the National Youth Choir. These wonderful young singers will be joined by local participants from our first annual Choir Camp.
Oakville Choir for Children and Youth
For nearly 25 years, Oakville Choir for Children and Youth (formerly The Oakville Children’s Choir) has provided exceptional music education and leadership training to young people. As a forward-thinking organization, we believe that providing a fun, safe and educational space for youth to express themselves, encourages them to find their voice and use it as a force for good in this world. Currently, we offer a collaborative and comprehensive choral music education program to over 200 young people. Building on our strong national and international reputation, we engage our singers through exploring a wide range of repertoire, diverse musical programming, and high standards of performance. As a dynamic and award-winning choral organization, we are most proud of the choral collaborations that we have created through partnerships with other arts and community organizations both locally and internationally through our touring program. We continue to focus on empowering all youth to use their voice to lead, connect, learn, and build confidence in their community and beyond.
Dr. Sarah Morrison, Artistic Director
Dr. Sarah Morrison maintains an active career as a choral conductor, music educator, and performer. She is delighted to be entering her eleventh season as the Artistic Director of the Oakville Choir for Children & Youth (OC). A passionate educator, Dr. Morrison is the Director of Learning and Teaching Innovation at Appleby College where she leads the choral program and teaches vocal music and musical theatre. Her choirs have been recorded by CBC radio and have won awards at both the national and international level including second place in the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs in 2017 and a Gold Medal at the 8th World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia. Dr. Morrison is known for her energy and creativity in working with young voices.
Dr. Charlene Pauls, Associate Music Director, Conductor
Dr. Charlene Pauls has enjoyed a multifaceted career as a Soprano Soloist, Choral Conductor, Pedagogue and Voice Clinician across Canada and on international stages. She has appeared as soloist with conductors such as Robert Shaw and Helmuth Rilling and has directed choirs on stages that include the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia, and Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. Her background as a professional singer has greatly informed her approach to choral directing and has provided a strong foundation in building healthy choral sound. Dr. Pauls has been affiliated with the Oakville Choir for Children & Youth since 2005, acting as Vocal Coach, “Raise Her Voice – Chamber” conductor, and more recently Associate Music Director. Highlights from recent years include collaborating with Dr. Sarah Morrison on the production of Oakville Choir 2016 recording, “Shine On.” In addition to her involvement with OC, Dr. Pauls is also Artistic Director of the London Pro Musica Choir, a longstanding Community Chorus of fifty voices with a full performing season. Dr. Pauls maintains active Voice Studios at St. Michael’s Choir School in Toronto and in Oakville, is in demand as an Adjudicator, and frequently presents research at academic conferences across North America. She is also Music Director at the Anglican Church of the Incarnation in Oakville.
For more information visit https://oakvillechoir.org/
Edmonton Youth and Children’s Choir
Edmonton youth choir is the oldest choir in Edmonton Youth & Children’s Choir family, focuses on advanced un-accompanied music and tours regularly. Quality vocal and musical instruction are key to the success of the ensemble, with the artistic director Dr. John Wiebe and various vocal clinicians providing expert guidance. This choir has competed successfully in festivals and competitions across Canada and Europe has been heard nationally on the CBC Radio Two network and has recorded three CDs. Tours have taken the group to locales across western Canada, Europe and Asia (Germany 2003; Wales and England 2005; Russia, Estonia and Finland 2007, Peru 2009 and China 2011). When not touring the choir has presented full-scale choral-orchestral works at the Winspear Centre with members of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Edmonton Youth Orchestra.
Dr. John Wiebe, Artistic Director & Youth Choir
Dr. John Wiebe is an award-winning conductor and pianist based in Edmonton, Alberta where he runs the Edmonton Youth & Children’s Choirs and teaches at the University of Alberta-Augustana campus. Choirs under his leadership have received many awards, including two GOLD MEDALS at the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia, this past July. He is the President-Elect for Choral Canada and has studied at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Alberta, with Frieder Bernius from Stuttgart, Germany, and in Vienna, Austria. John is a regular clinician and adjudicator across Canada who likes to keep in shape for his music schedule by traveling with his family, running, and playing hockey.
For more information visit http://www.edmontonyouthchoir.ca
Tickets coming soon!
Performance Times and Locations
July 5, 2018