The 2015-2015 academic year brought many exciting changes to the music program in SoCA, one being the revival of the UWindsor Chamber Choir. During this past season the University heard and saw the presence of the Chamber Choir from performing during the Fall University Open House, entertaining for University functions and most recently in their Spring 2016 Tour of Southern Ontario. Over 5 days, the Chamber Choir presented 15 concerts and workshops to Elementary, Middle, and Senior High Schools from Windsor to Toronto and performed a pre-show lobby concert in the Festival House of Canada’s Stratford Shakespearean Festival.
The UWindsor Chamber Choir performed works from their April 8th Spring Choral Concert while on tour. Audiences rousingly welcomed hearing Brahms Neue Liebesliederwalter, Op 65, as well as new choral works by Runestad, Koppin, and Orbán, and arrangements of popular songs, Let the River Run, I Love You/What A Wonderful World, and Africa. Choristers not only presented these works but had the opportunity to work with High School Choirs in workshop settings and meet UWindsor Music Alumni. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to connect with schools and other Ontario Communities. The example set by our Alumni and the quality of their work with their choral ensembles reinforced the strength of the Music Program and the preparation they received while in SoCA at the University of Windsor.
We would like to thank Melissa Danese, BMus ‘07, Sarah Preney, BMus ’06, Scott Bastien, BMus ’89, David Weaver, BMus ’85, Julia Chang, BMus ’08 and Antoni Cimolino, BFA, Acting ’84, for their hospitality and support of the SoCA Choral Music Program.
This fall, the UWindsor Chamber Choir has been invited to be a workshop test choir for the Ontario Music Educators’ Conference (OMEA) in Niagara Falls. If you are interested in hosting the UWindsor Chamber Choir for a performance at your school, church or service organization please contact Mr. Trevor Pittman firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Bruce Kotowich email@example.com.
Enjoy some photos from our workshops and taking the Warehouse Tour at the Stratford Festival.