Madison ToulouseMusic student Madison Toulouse is one of many members of the WSO Chorus with a UWindsor connection: students, alumni, staff and faculty sing with the group.

Orchestral chorus to take centre stage Friday

Although she is studying to be a solo vocalist, there is something about singing in a choral setting, says Madison Toulouse.

The senior music student will perform as a member of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra Chorus in its spring concert Friday, May 12, at the Capitol Theatre.

“I don’t know exactly what it is, but singing together with a group of people, bringing the voices together to create one glorious sound, it’s magic,” Toulouse says. “Singing in a choral setting allows me to work on a variety of skills that I don’t necessarily practice as a solo artist, like balance, blend, and harmony.”

She says she also values the experience of work with a professional orchestra and director, music professor Bruce Kotowich.

Toulouse adds that she is excited about Friday’s program, which draws on classical and pop genres with works ranging from Haydn and Handel to the traditional spiritual Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen.

“I think the audience will enjoy the variety between the different pieces,” she says. “There is definitely something for everyone.”

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the theatre at 121 University Avenue West. Tickets are $20, with a student rate of $10, available at the door or in advance at