The Choir was started in September, 1972, when Professor Dilmore of the University of Western Ontario agreed to set up a community orchestra (now The Georgian Bay Symphony). He needed a group of singers to accompany the orchestra in some of the Christmas choruses from Handel’s Messiah. That group of singers eventually became what’s known today as the Georgian Bay Concert Choir.
At the time, there were many fine choral ensembles in the area, but the choir members decided that the community needed a larger four part ensemble to perform the major works of the music repertoire. Its mandate, therefore, was to assemble the necessary forces required to present master works such as Handel’s Messiah, using, where possible, up and coming soloists and musicians from the area. It was also decided to perform as much music as possible written by Canadian composers. To date, two works have been commissioned by the choir: “A Celebration of the Nativity” by Keith Bissell (a former Meaford area resident) and “People and the Land” by Jeff Smallman.
A few of the major works performed by the choir and orchestra since their founding are:
- Mendelssohn’s Elijah
- Haydn’s Creation
- Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass
- Handel’s Acis and Galatea
- Handel’s Messiah
- Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury (fully staged)
- Dvorak’s Mass in D- (massed choir)
- Vaughn Williams’ Hodie
- Faure’s Requiem
- Rutter’s Gloria
- Durufle’s Requiem
- Brahms German Requiem (guest director – Jeanette Steeves)
- Vivadi’s Gloria (Jeanette Steeves)
- Andrew Agar’s Christmas at Sea Opus 24 (commissioned by the orchestra)
- Bach’s St. John Passion
CHOIR LEADERS (Past to Present)
|1972 – 1975||Professor Herman Dilmore, Choir Founder:
James Cranney, Assistant Director
|1976 – 1985||James Cranney, Director|
|1986 – 1991||David Tupper|
|1992 – 1998||Glyn Lloyd, Director|
|1999 – 2004||Richard Hansen, Director|
|2006 – 2011||Henriette Blom, Director|
|2011 – 2014||Regan MacNay, Director|
|2014 –||Dan Lenz, Director|
BOARD MEMBERS 2018-2019:
Vicki Tichbourne – President
Maureen Solecki – Secretary
Jan Brand – Treasurer
Angela Lessard – Publicity and Promotions
Tim Pointon – Communications and Membership
Jackie Mersich – Member at large
Joan Spence – Member at large
Margaret Anderson – Sponsorship and Fundraising
Carol Holland – Past President, ex officio
Dan Lenz – Music Director, ex officio
New members welcome!
Georgian Bay Concert Choir is always looking for new members.
- Like to sing?
- Have the ability to read music?
- Want to have fun?
Previous experience singing in a choir is an asset but is not necessary.
Rehearsals are held every Tuesday starting right after Labour Day, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, at Harmony Centre Owen Sound (890 4th Ave. East, Owen Sound)
Choir fees are $225 for a full season, or $150 for a half season.
Contact us for more information or to arrange an audition.