Sharing Joy Through Song!


Achill — Your Community Choir since 1982!

The Achill Choral Society has been fostering local singers and presenting annual concerts for more than 35 years. We draw our members from the headwaters area and beyond. We are a mixed voice, auditioned, 70 member choir composed of singers dedicated to becoming better musicians and delivering sparkling performances to our communities.

We hope to be resuming our full operation in September. Come and join us at our first practice!

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Due to escalating concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, the Achill Choral Society is cancelling all rehearsals and concerts this season, with intentions to resume in the fall of 2020. It is with deep regret that we make this decision. The health and safety of our...

Shawn Grenke, Artistic Director

We are delighted to have Shawn Grenke as our Artistic Director. We admire his fresh and spirited conducting approach.

Conductor, pianist and organist, Shawn Grenke is Director of Music at Eglinton St. George’s United Church in Toronto, Associate Conductor & Collaborative Pianist for the Amadeus Choir of Toronto, and Accompanist to the Elmer Iseler Singers of Toronto. He has performed at Roy Thomson Hall, on CBC Radio, and in many festivals, concert series and recitals throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.

“Keep a Song in Your Heart!”

We are nourished by the beauty of the earth and we honour it. The Blue Green Hills of Earth is from Missa Gaia, by the Paul Winter Consort. Words and music of this contemporary hymn are by Kim Oler, and the choral setting is by Paul Halley. In this recording from May 2017, Jenny Crober is our guest conductor. Shawn Grenke, now our Artistic Director, stepped in to prepare the choir. The accompanists include the Andrew Gilpin Ensemble, and Chris Dawes. Alicia Ault is our wonderful soprano soloist. Enjoy!