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.
Hamilton Children’s Choir
Since its beginning over 40 years ago, the Hamilton Children’s Choir has provided choral training and music education to countless children and youth in the Hamilton area. In 1975, the Choir was founded after a discussion between Donald Kendrick, the organist at Christ’s Church Cathedral and Joe Fricker, the Dean of the Cathedral. Soon, a summer camp and weekly meetings for a small group of singers found its home at Christ’s Church Cathedral. Mr. Kendrick served as the Artistic Director until 1978 and while doing so, led the choir through two recordings and numerous concerts. After Mr. Kendrick’s departure, John Laing served as Artistic Director from 1978 to 1985. During this time, the Choir first established relationships with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and Boris Brott to put on the Opera entitled “The Little Sweep” by Benjamin Britten, which would be the first of many collaborations with these esteemed organizations. In 1985, John Laing passed on the torch to David Davis, who served as Artistic Director of the Choir from 1985 to 2002. During this time, the choristers furthered their reputation with performances with the Bach Elgar Choir, the Canadian Male Orpheus Choir, and with Celine Dion at the 1999 Juno Awards. The choir appeared on national television, produced several recordings and performed at the International Choral Kathaumixuu in Powell River, B.C. The choir traveled to France, New York City, Pennsylvania and to the East Coast several times for a total of eight out of province trips. The Hamilton Children’s Choir has gathered children and youth together in song, enriching their lives and the lives of those touched by their magnificent music-making.
Zimfira Poloz, Artistic Director, Conductor: Ilumini
Zimfira Poloz is a highly respected conductor, educator, and adjudicator with a distinguished international reputation. She has been decorated with numerous awards in her long career, including the Honoured Representative of Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan Award, the city of Hamilton’s V.I.P. Award, and the Leslie Bell Prize Award for Choral Conducting from the Ontario Art Council. She is invited regularly to serve as the clinician for festivals, lead workshops for educators, and jury International Choir Competitions, including the renowned Choir Olympics. Zimfira first established her musical credentials in Kazakhstan, founding the country’s first Choir School. The school provided an outstanding music program that grew to employ 35 music teachers with an enrollment of 450 children. In addition to her duties as Principal of the school, she also served as Artistic Director and Conductor of the school’s Concert Choir, “Koktem”. It was through her strong leadership, vision and musical expertise that “Koktem” attained top international choral status and was a recurring prize-winner in choral competitions and festivals around the world. Immediately upon her arrival to Canada, Zimfira’s boundless energy and her passion for choral music found an outlet, first as a member of the Toronto Children’s Chorus Artistic Staff and later as the vocal coach at St. Michael’s Choir School. At present, Zimfira is the Artistic Director for both the Hamilton Children’s Choir and the High Park Choirs of Toronto. She has enjoyed the recognition earned at national and international festivals/competitions with both choirs. As a leader in her field, Zimfira has been awarded the Audience Choice Award & 2nd Place at the Tolosa Choral Competition in Spain (2006), won the CBC Radio National Choral Competition in both the Children’s Category and Best Canadian Performance by a Children/Youth Choir (2008), earned the Cantabile ‘Grand Prize’ Award for best performing choir at the CBC Radio National Choral Gala Competition in Quebec (2008), obtained the Grand Prize Award at the World Choral Singing Competition (2009) and was awarded first place in the Children’s Category at the 2009 “Let the People Sing’ Euroradio Choral Competition in Oslo, Norway. In addition to her global travels as clinician and conductor, Zimfira still continues to teach, lecturing on ‘Vocal Pedagogy for Young Choirs’ at the University of Toronto. She now makes her family home in Toronto, and she continues to work tirelessly with educators and children alike in the pursuit of musical excellence.
For more information visit https://www.hamiltonchildrenschoir.com/
Toronto Children’s Chorus
Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in the 2017-2018 season, the Toronto Children’s Chorus is recognized as one of the finest treble choirs in the world. The Chorus is committed to the enrichment of children’s lives through the discipline, teamwork and unique camaraderie of fine choral singing. The unparalleled music education and life-changing opportunities to perform exceptional music in local, national and international venues help to promote the personal welfare, growth and a portfolio of life skills that prepare children to become effective citizens.
The TCC offers artistic excellence, character-building experiences and leadership opportunities while nurturing musical academic and individual achievement. For 4 decades, the TCC has built a musical education structure that includes sight singing, theory training, master classes and workshops with expert clinicians while offering exceptional performance opportunities and collaborations with other musicians such as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The choir’s vast repertoire embraces diverse cultures and traditions and covers an extensive range of musical genres. The TCC has commissioned many new Canadian works that have greatly influenced the treble voice repertoire.
For more information visit https://www.torontochildrenschorus.com/
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Performance Times and Locations
July 6, 2018