The 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 musical leadership of Artistic Director, Shirley Madden, rehearsals are held once a week (Wednesday nights) at Unionville Presbyterian Community Church and look forward to moving from on-line to in-person rehearsals soon! For more information, feel free to contact us via email at info@villagevoices.ca.

A Pandemic Pivot for the Village Voices!

January 31, 2021

Have you ever experienced the joy of singing beside a really good singer?

Suddenly your own voice just blossoms! It is such a great feeling! And that is the magic of singing in a choir! And now that you are singing better, the folks around you are singing better too! And they in turn improve the experience for the singers around them!

Taking that understanding to the next level, we know that if we can improve the skills of even one singer, we have improved the singing of a whole choir!

Beginning Wednesday February 10th , 2021, at 7:30pm, our Music Director, Shirley Madden, will be leading us through a series of eight bi-monthly Singing Sessions using “Zoom” to hone our skills for when we can return to normal in-person rehearsals.

Goals for the Singing Sessions

  • To have every participant gain confidence in their sight reading skills and see measurable improvement over the course of eight sessions
  • To learn and practice good singing technique in order to maintain and improve the function of healthy vocal muscles
  • To continue to work on ear training in order to promote good tuning
  • To have fun!!

Last week, we helped participants self-assess their skills in order to place them in the correct group. (Our three vocal coaches will be helping our director lead four groups of various experience and comfort zone levels).

Here’s a comment from one of our participants:

“I loved last night! I’ve wanted to hone my sight singing, solfeggio skills, for years. Typically, I start and as quickly, usually stop.  If you’re looking for feedback (or whether you want it or not 😊),  I say it’s a wonderful track to put us all on and I’m truly grateful. Thanks for everyone’s hard work in getting this rolling!”

Interested? Contact us at info@villagevoices.ca