Sharing Joy Through Song!

Achill — Your Community Choir since 1983

Thank you for joining us in our Celebration of 40 rejoicing in our 40-year history of the Achill Choral Society!

Over the last several weeks, we had fine Celebration concerts, one in Orangeville, and one in Alliston. Among other hightliights,  our Artistic Director, Shawn Grenke, invited former Achill singers to lend their voices to join our present choir in performing long-time Achill favourites, Birthday of a King, and the Hallelujah chorus from Messiah.

 


 

As the Headwaters Region’s premier community choir, we currently have 65 singers. There’s always room for more! Our concerts feature songs diverse in style, culture and message.

Rehearsal Location: Upstairs at Westminster United Church, 247 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 2Z5
Date: Wednesdays @ 7 P.M.

All new singers are invited to participate in the first three rehearsals at no charge. After a free 3-week trial with us, new members will participate in a short vocal placement exercise with our Director, Shawn Grenke, to determine how best to blend your voice with the choir’s beautiful sound. If you then wish to join Achill, a year’s membership fee of $300 will be payable. We look forward to welcoming you in January!

Please contact info@achill.ca if you wish to attend and to receive further details including a Pre-registration Form so that you can pick up your set of vocal scores at the first rehearsal. These are on loan, to be returned to Achill’s librarian.

Also you can connect with us on facebook.com/AchillChoralSociety

Shawn Grenke, Artistic Director

Shawn Grenke, Artistic Director

Conductor, pianist and organist Shawn Grenke is Director of Music at Eglinton St. George’s United Church in Toronto, Collaborative Pianist with the Elmer Iseler Singers of Toronto, and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Achill Choral Society. We are so happy to have Shawn leading us!

Shawn has appeared in concerts in Poland and South Korea, at the Let the Future Sing Choral Festival in Sweden and the Xinghai Choral Competition in
China, as well as the Le Mondial Choral Loto-Québec World Choral Competition in Laval, Québec, Roy Thomson Hall (Toronto), Winspear Centre, (Edmonton), CBC Radio, and other festivals, concert series and recitals throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.

Shawn has finished his second year of doctoral studies in Choral Conducting at the University of Alberta with Dr. Timothy Shantz. He was very honoured to be awarded the Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship Award, the Opera Edmonton Assistantship Award and the Centennial Bursary Fund Award. While in Alberta, Shawn was also the Artist in Residence at St. George’s Anglican Church and held a teaching assistant position with the University of Alberta’s Opera Program under the direction of Shannon Hiebert.

Achill Celebrates Moving Forward

Watch here for further details about our upcoming Spring concert