Village Voices

A not-for-profit adult mixed voices community choir performing in Markham, Ontario and surrounding area

Shirley Madden, Artistic Director

Welcome to the Village Voices of Markham website! Whether you are interested in joining our choir or coming to our next concert, you’ll find all the info you need right here. You’ll also get to know some of our choristers, special guests, repertoire, past concerts and various choir activities. Feel free to contact us through e-mail, or visit us on Facebook or Instagram. We’d love to connect with you!

Meet some of our singers

Kody P - Bass Lead

Why do you love singing with Village Voices of Markham?

I love singing with Village Voices because it’s an opportunity to participate in collaborative singing. The group is so full of life and it’s one of the highlights of my week to see my fellow choristers. The wonderful repertoire picked out for the occasion never disappoints as one cohesive thematic message, and being able to bring it to the stage for our friends and family is such a pleasure!

Other than singing with Village Voices, what do you do for fun?

Besides singing, I spend a lot of my free time reading and playing all sorts of games, ranging from video games, tabletop games, and board games.

Lynda D - Alto

Why do you feel a community choir is important?

In our choir I feel I am in just the right place at the right time. It is a place where I do something I love, with a team who feel the same way. When singing, it is possible to lose “me” and become a part of “we”. The music itself becomes, for an evening, more important than anything. It also gives the week a healthy structure. If there is choir practice this Wednesday then all is right with the world.

As we sing I glance around and see other choristers doing the same thing…. glowing with happiness and putting their all into this project. I like being part of a community choir.

Elizabeth C - Soprano

Why do you love singing with Village Voices of Markham?

I hadn’t sung in a choir for a very long time before I joined Village Voices, but the idea of doing so again came to  me when I attended a Village Voices concert.  I like singing because it makes me happy.  Village Voices does do some fairly challenging pieces such as The Messiah the first year I was a member!  And there is also the satisfaction of having a piece “come together” over time.

Other than singing with Village Voices, what do you do for fun?

Other than singing, I like to spend my time cycling, hiking, gardening and reading.

Margaret B - Soprano

Why do you feel a community choir is important?

I think it helps to enrich the community and promote the arts which provide entertainment and raise the spirits of those attending. As well as our paid concerts, we provide free concerts to the community in a variety of settings. Traditionally we perform a carol concert at one of the Seniors’ Residences in the community before Christmas, including a sing-along which the seniors really enjoy. We also perform excerpts from our major spring concert each year at 2-3 other Seniors’ Residences.

Who we are

Village Voices Community Choir has served the Markham area since 1989. It is a non-auditioned SATB choir of approximately 55 members, performing two large concerts every year (pre-pandemic).   We also perform smaller outreach concerts. Our repertoire includes works from a variety of Canadian and International composers, including Ola Gjeilo, Frank Ticheli, Eleanor Daley, Tawnie Olsen, Elaine Hagenberg and Morten Lauridsen, as well as more traditional choral classics.

Under the leadership of Music Director, Shirley Madden, rehearsals are held once a week (Wednesday nights) at Unionville Presbyterian Community Church and we look forward to moving from on-line to in-person rehearsals soon!

Season update

In May 2020, Village Voices was all set to perform our spring concert “Homeward Bound” with songs of devotion, parting, travel, turning back and homecoming. Due to the pandemic, however, the Board had to make the difficult decision to cancel the concert and subsequently the 2020-2021 season.

Thanks to technology, we have not been idle during these uncertain times.  Since February this year, members of the choir have been meeting every other week through Zoom to continue to hone our skills as choristers under the direction of our music director Shirley Madden. We have also started work on repertoire which we hope to bring to our audience when the pandemic is over and we can start giving concerts again.  So stay tuned!

We'd love to hear from you!

To ask about ways to get involved, or for any other inquiries, please send us a message!

    Rehearsal Address:
    Unionville Presbyterian Church
    600 Village Parkway
    Markham, Ontario L3R 1Y6