SingOntario January 25-26, 2014

A choral festival for choirs, conductors and choristers. Space still available!


January 25-26, 2014

In Partnership with the City of Brampton and the Brampton Arts Council

The Rose Theatre, 1 Theatre Lane, Brampton

Space still available!


Register now for SINGONtario! A choral festival for choirs, conductors, choristers, and choral music lovers. Choirs of all ages, voicing and ability are welcome; children, youth, adult, jazz and show choir.


  • adjudicated choir performances and clinics
  • dynamic workshops for conductors and choristers

Guest Adjudicators:

  • Robert Cooper
  • Mark Sirett
  • Brenda Uchimaru

Registration Open!


Robert Cooper: One of Canada’s foremost choral musicians, Robert Cooper is the Artistic Director of the Orpheus Choir of Toronto,Chorus Niagara, the Opera in Concert Chorus and the newly created Ontario Male Chorus. In addition to his work with choirs, Mr. Cooper has been involved with the presentation of more than 100 operas and has conducted symphony orchestras and opera companies across Canada. He received the Order of Canada as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his significant contribution to the Canadian choral community.







Dr. Mark Sirett: Conductor, composer, pianist, and organist, Mark Sirett is the founding Artistic Director of the award-winning Cantabile Choirs of KingstonHe holds a masters and a doctorate in choral conducting and pedagogy from the University of Iowa, and has taught at the University of Alberta, the University of Western Ontario, and Queen’s University. Dr. Sirett has won prestigious awards for his conducting and composing, and is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician. He has adjudicated choral festivals both internationally and in Canada.









Brenda Uchimaru has enjoyed thirty-seven years in music education with the Hamilton and Waterloo School Boards as teacher, department head, and consultant. She has recently retired from teaching vocal music full-time at York Region’s Unionville High School, home to one of Ontario’s premiere arts programs. Ms. Uchimaru is the founder and director of Kokoro, conducts the Cambridge Male Chorus, and is the artistic director of Toronto’s Bell’Arte Singers. Ms. Uchimaru, fondly  known as the “Ooch”, is a frequent guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician at festivals and conferences.








Now in its sixth year, That Choir combines a high standard of performance with storytelling through choral music as one of Toronto's most exciting a cappella. Formed in 2008 by artistic director Craig Pike and fourteen of his theatre school classmates, That Choir now draws together twenty auditioned singers with diverse backgrounds in work and study.

Along with their annual concert series, That Choir has performed at community events and arts festivals across Toronto and in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Recent appearances include SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival, the Toronto AIDS Candlelight Vigil and the Yelp! Toronto MS Society Fundraiser. In May 2013 the choir shared a stage with Sir Christopher Plummer and George Stroumboulopoulos as featured performers at the Shakespeare Globe Centre of Canada's annual gala.

That Choir has received funding from Choirs Ontario and the Ontario Arts Council to help fund their projects including a choral symposium with renowned conductor and clinician Susan Quinn, and a performance of Ola Gjeilo's work for choir, string quartet and piano Dark Night of the Soul. In 2013, they placed second in the ACCC’s National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs in the Adult Mixed-Voice category.

Looking forward, That Choir is thrilled to be the special guest choir at Choirs Ontario’s weekend choral festival SINGONtario! in January 2014 and they will also be opening the Colours of Music Festival in Barrie in the fall of 2014. That Choir released their self-titled, debut album in the spring of 2012; it is available for purchase through their website. 


SINGONtario! Schedule 


Saturday January 25


Choir Performances


Workshops – 75 min. each


The Rose Theatre

1 Theatre Lane


St. Paul’s United Church

30 Main St. South


St. Paul’s United Church

30 Main St. South Sanderson Hall

8: 00

Registration Opens









Vocal Tone with Darryl Edwards

Darryl Edwards

Bodyworks for Singers

Jennifer Swan


To the King Male Chorus

Mendelt Hoekstra, Conductor



A Young Singer’s Journey

Linda Beaupré & Eileen Baldwin

Curing the Basement Boys

James Pinhorn


Milton Show Choir

Bob Hall, Conductor





Windsor Essex Youth Choir

Susan Belleperche, Conductor



Vocal Tone with Darryl Edwards

Darryl Edwards

A Voice for Life

Victoria Meredith







Curing the Basement Boys

James Pinhorn

Working with Adult Voices

Victoria Meredith


Chorale De La Salle

Robert Filion, Directeur Musical





Parry Sound Singers

Gaylle Turner, Conductor


Choral Improvisation

Dr. Gerard Yun

Bodyworks for Singers

Natasha Nunes-McKenzie


Gaudeamus Youth Choir

Diane Murray-Charrett, Conductor






Sunday, January 26


The Rose Theatre



Sectional – Treble Voice – in the Theatre

Brenda Uchimaru

Sectional – Mixed Voice – in the Studio

Robert Cooper


Massed Rehearsal – Theatre

Mark Sirett




Doors Open

2:00 –



Featuring That Choir, Two Invited Choirs and Massed Pieces



A Young Singer’s Journey:  an integrated approach to musical literacy and ear training

Linda Beaupre and Eileen Baldwin, along with Jean Ashworth Bartle, are co-authors of A Young Singer’s Journey... a series of workbooks and other materials which teach an integrated programme of theory and ear training through enjoyable and rewarding exercises based on singing. Linda and Eileen will give an overview and representative exercises of the programme that has been embraced by children, youth and adults in schools, community choirs and voice studios throughout North America.

  • Eileen Baldwin - Founder of the award winning St. Marys Children's Choir, conductor with the Bach Children's Chorus 
  • Linda Beaupré - Founder of Guelph Youth Singers, founder/director of the Bach Children’s Chorus and Bach Chamber Youth Choir, co-winner of the 2006 Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting, awarded by the Ontario Arts Council and Choirs Ontario and in 2002 she received the Women of Distinction Arts and Culture Award from the Guelph YM/YWCA.

A Voice for Life – sing your best at any age

In this interactive session, singers will explore a variety of vocal conditioning techniques that contribute to the preservation of the voice and a lifetime of fulfilling choral singing. Applying the principles of exercise physiology to maintaining a healthy singing voice at any age, Dr. Victoria Meredith addresses changes and challenges that singers tend to experience across time, and relationships between choral singing and various aspects of health.

  • Dr. Victoria Meredith - Associate Dean and Coordinator of Choral Activities at Western University’s Don Wright Faculty of Music

Working with Adult Voices

Designed for conductors of adult choirs, this session explores: what happens as voices mature and how conductors can encourage singers to produce their best sound at any age; repertoire selection guidelines useful for choosing music for adult choirs; and rehearsal techniques successful with adult singers. The primary goal of this session is to help choral conductors to keep their choir members singing as well as possible for as long as possible!

  • Dr. Victoria Meredith - Associate Dean and Coordinator of Choral Activities at Western University’s Don Wright Faculty of Music

Curing the Basement Boys: The Young Male Changing Voice and Improving Pitch Matching

Have you ever had one of those singers in your choir who has a range of a perfect fifth, and who sings the melody a tritone below all the rest of the men in your choir?  How about the singer who performs the bass line an octave lower than written no matter how many times you remind him?  Ever wonder why these singers are usually basses and not tenors?  You are not alone!  These are very normal, healthy and usually very fixable steps stages that some male singers go through after their voices transition from soprano/alto into the new tenor or bass range. I will offer some tips and tricks that have been very successful in bringing the basement boys up into a range where they can match pitch with the rest of their counterparts in the bass section of the choir.

  • James Pinhorn - Instructor in the award winning choral programme at Agincourt Collegiate Institute and an expert at keeping young men singing!

Tips from an Insider: Vocal Tone in the Voice Studio and the Choral Rehearsal

This workshop is filled with tips, tools and strategies for all vocal occasions in your classroom and choir rehearsals. It will bridge your needs, too, for your choral and solo repertoire teaching.
Some whole group singing will be involved, and I’ll handle all the solo singing. You will acquire step-by-step  access for how your choirs and soloists can build their skills, confidence and style flexibility over all their singing. You can take your singers “from awkward to awesome,” and it will feel and sound exhilarating!

  • Darryl Edwards is Head of Voice Studies, University of Toronto and Artistic Director of the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy.

Bodyworks for Singers: an interactive workshop that applies the principles of Pilates to the performance practice of singers – and instrumentalists too!  Focusing on alignment, breath and stamina, singers will participate in hands-on sessions and learn how to use the body for optimal singing. Separate sessions for children-youth / adults.

  • Jennifer Swan, a trained dancer and Stott’s Pilates instructor, has taught the Bodyworks for Singers programme to voice students at the University of Toronto, and to singers at the Toronto Children’s Chorus, the Canadian Opera Company, and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy. 

Improvising for Skills, Expression, Health, and Community

Improvisation is no longer the sole territory of jazzers and “new music” practitioners. It is the basis for musical practices in health and wellness, self-expression, and community building. Dr. Gerard Yun has been practicing “choral improv” since 1999 while trying to find ways to assess and improve the aural skills of incoming university students. Initially explored as a performance medium, group improvisation is now central to the blossoming field of “Community Music” and “Music and Wellness.” It is also at the centre of the growing field of “community music therapy.” Open yourself to this fun, fulfilling, and “good for you” practice that is gaining increasing attention worldwide.

Gerard Yun teaches Music and Meaning in Community in Wilfrid Laurier University’s new master’s degree of Community Music. He practices choral improvisation with the WLU Concert Choir and University of Waterloo University Choir. He explores cross-cultural improvisation in Waterloo’s East-West Concert Series and the Dark Horse Ensemble, which he directs. He was most recently part of Thinking Space’s, Spirits Sing: Symposium on Improvisation and Spirituality, sponsored by the Institute for Improvisation, Community and Social Practice (ICASP).