Two choirs visiting Wolfville

Wendy Elliott
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Due to the national choral conference in Halifax next month, Wolfville will be hosting two special choral concerts.

On May 9, the National Youth Choir of Canada will perform Canadian Choralscapes: From Sea to Sea at Denton Hall at 7:30 p.m. This is a rare opportunity to hear the ensemble perform as they tour the Martimes.

Every two years, singers between the ages of 18 and 25 are auditioned across the country to form the National Youth Choir. Initiated in 1984, the choir has won critical acclaim across Canada since its inception. Some of the finest Canadian choral conductors have been invited to conduct the choir, including icons such as Elmer Iseler, Diane Loomer and Jon Washburn.

This year's ensemble will be led by Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt, director of choral programs at the University of Toronto. She has conducted many honour choirs and all-state choruses throughout the United States and has guest conducted in Canada, Cuba and England.

In 2009, she conducted the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in a public broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word. She has led choral festivals in Switzerland and Austria, and conducted at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome in 2011. She is a frequent lecturer and clinician at professional conferences and universities, mentor to many young conductors and choral educators, and active researcher within her field.

This year's edition of the National Youth Choir marks the 30th anniversary of the ensemble. In celebration of this long-running program, Canadian Choralscapes: From Sea to Sea highlights sacred texts, art music and colourful arrangements of folk songs from Canada. The collective voices of the country's top emerging choral musicians will bring life to this all-Canadian composed program. From the sacred works of Imant Raminsh and Healey Willan to the celebration of folk traditions, the program will provide the audience with a magical experience and a true reflection of the Canadian mosaic.

Members of this impressive ensemble include students and graduates of the Acadia University School of Music. Tickets are available at the door at Denton Hall Auditorium.

The other unique Podium concert coming to Wolfville features Shallaway, formerly the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Choir. This organization of 220 young people from the St. John’s area was founded by artistic director Susan Knight over 20 years ago.

The choir will perform on May 14 with the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir at
7:30 p.m. at the Wolfville Baptist Church.


Organizations: University of Toronto, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Acadia University School of Music Annapolis Valley Honour Choir Wolfville Baptist Church

Geographic location: Canada, Wolfville, Halifax United States Cuba England Switzerland Austria Rome

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