Sharing Joy Through Song!

Achill — Your Community Choir since 1982!


Achill is a welcoming community that strives to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment and we are looking for new choristers. If you love to sing choral music and like to learn please join us for our weekly online rehearsals. Although we cannot come together at this time, our plan is to meet as soon as it is safe to do so. Led by our Artistic Director Shawn Grenke and Collaborative Pianist Nancy Sicsic, we will be focusing on singing uplifting and fun pieces.

Beginning on January 12, our rehearsals will take place on Zoom every Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M.  Please feel free to join us anytime throughout the season.

For Zoom rehearsals there are no fees or auditions. For further information please email Also, be sure to visit us on Facebook!



The link for this re-release of last year's JOURNEYS virtual concert has been taken down. Thanks to your continued and generous support, we are planning a live concert for this coming 2022 December 10th on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 P.M. in Orangeville. Stay tuned for...

Shawn Grenke, Artistic Director

Conductor, pianist and organist, Shawn Grenke is Director of Music at Eglinton St. George’s United Church in Toronto, Accompanist to the Elmer Iseler Singers of Toronto, and was Associate Conductor & Collaborative Accompanist for the Amadeus Choir of Toronto for 15 years. 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. We are so fortunate to have Shawn as our Artistic Director!

“Keep a Song in Your Heart!”

We have been working hard to keep our choir community together — and will continue to do so! Join us to be part of our coming productions!
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.