Do you love to SING? Would you like to sing in a choir with other like-minded adults? Join Jennifer Beynon-Martinec, Linda Butler-Carr, and Gary Graham along with several renowned national choral conductors this summer at the GMSM Choir Festival: July 3-6, 2018 for 4 days of intensive choral singing! Experience the joy of choral singing with fellow participants, learn proper vocal technique, and perform with world-renowned choirs in an enjoyable, supportive environment.
The adult camp will be held daily from 4:30 – 6:30 at the Quality Inn, 64 Maple Valley Rd. and St John the Evangelist Church, 25 Main St. The adult participants will have the opportunity to perform in two concerts that will take place on Thursday, July 5 and Friday, July 6 at 7:30pmfeaturing the Toronto Children’s Chorus, Oakville Children’s Choir, Hamilton Children’s Choir and Edmonton Youth Singers.
Don’t miss your opportunity to learn from internationally acclaimed conductors and perform with four celebrated choirs.
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.
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.
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.