By Brenda Lewis
After an extensive search process and two concerts this season with the finalists, the Guelph Chamber Choir will introduce Charlene Pauls as its new Artistic Director and Conductor.
Dr. Pauls’ brings with her an extensive background in choral conducting enhanced by experience as a recognized international soprano soloist and degrees in Early Music and Vocal Performance. This past Fall, she was awarded the 2018 Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting by the Ontario Arts Council. In accepting the appointment, Dr. Pauls said “This is a group of wonderful musicians who, under the direction of Dr. Gerald Neufeld, have made a strong impact on the artistic landscape of the Guelph community and beyond. I am honoured to be part of the next chapter for this organization and look forward to the many musical opportunities ahead.”
Up Next With the Guelph Chamber Choir:
The Guelph Chamber Choir Welcomes The Elora Singers for Choral Masterpieces: Music for Two Choirs and Organ
Under the baton of guest conductor Gerald Neufeld, The Guelph Chamber Choir is pleased to announce that it will be joining forces with guest choir The Elora Singers for “Choral Masterpieces: music for two choirs and organ” on Saturday, April 6th, 2019 at 7:30 pm at St. George’s Anglican Church. Accompanying the choir on the church’s mighty and beautiful Casavant organ is Christopher Dawes, well known to both Guelph Chamber Choir and The Elora Singers audiences.
Conductor Gerald Neufeld noted, “I’m excited to present this concert augmented by the professional voices of The Elora Singers. With almost 60 strong voices, we will be able to present some of my favourite choral works. Among them is Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem for choir and organ. Universally-praised for its exquisite beauty and luminescence and ideally suited for this pre-Easter time, it deserves to be heard in the marvelous acoustical environment of St. George’s Church.”
Single tickets are now available for only $25 each or 4 for $80. We encourage young adults to attend with $10 tickets for students and those age 30 and under, and only $5 for youth 14 and under. Tickets are available online at https://tinyurl.com/ChoralMasterpieces or call (519)763-3000.
Springtime Fun at Guelph Chamber Choir’s “Down and Derby” Fundraiser
Mark it On Your Calendar! Saturday May 4th at 5pm is Guelph Chamber Choir’s “Down and Derby” event at The Bullring on the University of Guelph campus. This fun-filled evening will include tempting tapas – hot and cold, delicious drinks (cash bar), a silent auction full of scintillating items to bid on provided by our generous donors, and prizes for best Fascinator (’Smitten Apparel’ sells a wonderful array of them) and funkiest Bow Tie. Cheer on your favourite horse as we ponder who will win the 2019 Kentucky Derby! Listen to snappy songs from Guelph Chamber Choir’s lighter repertoire led by choir member Brad Halls – including numbers from Guys and Dolls. Order your tickets securely online at: https://guelph.snapd.com/events/view/1234697
As well, this will be your last chance to buy raffle tickets for the $5000 certificate from Celebrity Cruises and ExpediaCruiseShips Centres Guelph. The winning ticket will be drawn at 8:30pm. Tickets are limited so best to get yours in advance – for purchasing details, scroll down on Guelph Chamber Choir’s homepage at: http://www.guelphchamberchoir.ca