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

Barb C - Soprano

Why is a Community Choir important to me?

I love making music with others and hearing us doing it in harmony!  It’s also important to be part of the local community.

Why is a community choir important to our community?

It is important as it shows the community what is available to the residents and forging better community bonds.

Linda W - Alto

Why do I love singing with the Village Voices?

I love singing with Village Voices because I get to create beautiful music with the nicest people, and it’s a great stress reliever after a long day at work.

Why is a Community Choir important for our community?

A community choir is important to our community because it unites people, provides a sense of togetherness, and fosters an environment for friendship, learning, and support.

Chris N - Tenor

Why is a Community Choir important to me?

To be a part of something special, working with other individuals with the same passion for music towards a common goal.

Other than singing with VV, what do you like to do for fun?

I bowl 10-pin in a men’s league & play the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) competitively, mainly out of the store where I work.

Margaret C - Alto

Why do I love singing with the Village Voices?

Village Voices is diverse in ages, ethnicity and talents. Village Voices is representative of the community in which we live. It’s a wonderful opportunity to participate in a musical experience that improves my quality of life and to enjoy the music we make together.  Such a community choir is accepting of everyone.

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
    Canada

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