In 1980 a group of choral music lovers decided that Guelph needed a new choir dedicated to singing the finest works of the repertoire with skill and musical sensitivity. Our first performance on December 7, 1980 featured twenty-six singers in front of an audience of nearly two hundred at Harcourt Memorial United Church. Conductor Gerald Neufeld has lead the choir for all but two years of its history when Katherine Laurin ably took the baton.
Over the years our ranks have swelled and our talents deepened. Now at forty voices strong we still hold close to the ideals of chamber singing: lightness and clarity of tone, subtle blending of developed voices, and clear communication of the meaning and spirit of both text and music.
Singers in the Guelph Chamber Choir represent various walks of life; their common bond is to foster community enjoyment and appreciation of choral music through performances, outreach, artistic collaboration, and community partnerships.
We remain an integral part of the strong musical heritage of Guelph. Our performances include repertoire from Renaissance masters to contemporary composers, from classical styles to Broadway and vocal jazz, and from unaccompanied choral gems to masterworks with full orchestra.
We often collaborate with other choirs from across Canada and within our own community. We have participated in festivals throughout Ontario and have toured Great Britain, Ireland, Germany and Sweden. Our success has been recognized through a number of broadcasts on national radio and prizes in the CBC National Competition for Amateur Choirs.
For more information visit http://www.guelphchamberchoir.ca/