Sharing Joy Through Song!

Achill — Your Community Choir since 1982!

ACHILL CHORAL SOCIETY WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS

Achill is growing and we are looking for new members. Please join us if you love to sing choral music, want to be part of a vibrant community, and wish to grow musically under expert leadership. We are a welcoming choral community that strives to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. This fall we will be led by Guest Director Jenny Crober of the VOCA Chorus of Toronto while Shawn Grenke is on sabbatical. Nancy Dettbarn Sicsic, our regular Collaborative Accompanist, will continue to support us.

Our weekly Wednesday rehearsals will resume on September 7, 2022 from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. in the beautiful sanctuary of Westminster United Church, 247 Broadway, Orangeville, L9W 1K6.

We practice a careful Covid protocol, including full vaccination, risk self-assessment, wearing singers’ masks indoors (provided), and observing spatial distancing. We want our singers and staff to be as safe as possible.

After a free 2-week trial with us, new members will participate in a short vocal placement exercise with Jenny, to best blend their voices within the choir’s beautiful sound.

Please contact info@achill.ca if you wish to attend and for more information. Also you can connect with us on facebook.com/AchillChoralSociety

We look forward to welcoming you in September!

 

Live December Concert!

We will have a wonderful live and in-person concert for you on Saturday December 10th, 2022 at 3:00 P.M. at Westminster United Church on Broadway in Orangeville. Our Guest Director, Jenny Crober, will be conducting Achill!

Jenny Crober, Guest Director

Jenny Crober has had a richly varied professional music career of over 40 years as a choral conductor, collaborative pianist, coach, clinician, choral arranger and teacher. She has been the Artistic Director/Conductor of the VOCA Chorus of Toronto since 2004. Jenny co-conducted Scott Macmillan’s Celtic Mass for the Sea at Carnegie Hall in 2015. Following a 2016 VOCA workshop with renowned composer Ola Gjeilo, she assembled numerous choristers at his request to perform in a 2018 mass choir concert featuring his work, Dreamweaver, at Carnegie Hall, which VOCA later performed as a Canadian premiere. VOCA also performed the world premiere of Anang (A Star) by celebrated Cree composer Andrew Balfour at their recent Star Songs concert, and will perform it again, with other works – featuring Shawn Grenke and guests – in April 2023, part of Roy Thomson Hall’s Choir & Organ Noon hour Concert Series.

In the Spring of 2017, Jenny conducted Achill performing the marvellous Missa Gaia: Earth Mass by Paul Winter. Welcome back, Jenny — we are looking forward to working with you again!

Shawn Grenke, our Artistic Director, is currently on sabbatical in Edmonton acquiring his doctorate in choral conducting. Shawn and our Guest Director Jenny Crober are working closely together to plan our 2022 fall season and winter concert.

 

“Keep a Song in Your Heart!”

A favourite song of ours, and one that illustrates many of our values is Leon Dubinsky’s We Rise Again. According to Dubinsky, the song is about “the cycles of immigration, the economic insecurity of living in Cape Breton, the power of the ocean, the meaning of children, and the strength of home given to us by our families, our friends and our music”.  Shawn’s introduction here is an even more personal interpretation.