Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Auditions - Edmonton Columbian Choirs

Edmonton Columbian Choirs announce auditions for 2010/2011 season

The Edmonton Columbian Choirs (Edmonton’s family of choirs), under the direction of Artistic Director Heather Bedford-Clooney, is pleased to announce auditions for its 44th Season.

Auditions will take place on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at St. Joseph Catholic High School (10830 109 Street) starting at 6:30PM.

This year, the Edmonton Columbian Choirs has opportunities for singers in the following choirs: Young Columbians (Boys and Girls aged 6-11) – conducted by Elaine Dunbar, BMus, ARCT, BFA, Edmonton Voice and Piano Teacher – Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:00

Columbian Junior Singers & Edmonton Catholic School Honour Choir (A JointVenture for Boys and Girls aged 11-15) – conducted by Vern Slipetz, BMus, Choral Director at Louis St. Laurent Junior/Senior High School – Rehearsals are Monday evenings from 6:30-8:00

Chanteuses Ladies’ Choir (Adult Women 18+) – conducted by Heather Bedford-Clooney, BEd, ARCT, ATCL, LTCL, Edmonton Voice Teacher and Executive Director of the Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival – Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30

For information on the choirs and to arrange an audition time, please contact either Brenda Thiru-Chelvam at 780.760.3270 or, or Heather Bedford-Clooney at 780.484.8325 or

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Coming in August

The 2010 - 2011 season starts with free concerts at the ESO: the ESO Showcase, Duo Majoya, and the National Youth Orchestra. Something for everyone this month with electroacoustic music at the Wunder Bar, the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir (if you've never heard 50 rugged Welsh men singing together, I highly recommend it!), and of course Il Duo at the Fringe if you like tenors (who doesn't?) and you're eager to poke fun at the 'pop-era' phenomenon of the "Canadian-Italian-English-French-Irish-pick-a-country-tenors"!

Our concert calendar is almost complete except for some choral ensembles and academic instituions who have yet to post their 2010-2011 season.  After assembling the concert calendar, there are a few things that I am really looking forward to - the Beijing Opera (because when does authentic Chinese opera come to Edmonton??), Anton Kuerti (because he almost never plays intimate spaces like Con Hall), the rarely-performed, newly-discovered "Gloria" by Handel sung by Jolaine Kerley, and who couldn't resist a tuba concerto with the ESO?

What are you looking forward to? Our C.M.E. reviews will start shortly ...