University of Guelph Chamber Singers, Guelph, Canada

Conductor: Marta McCarthy

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Programme

Preliminary Round

Clément Jannequin (1485–1558): Le chant des oyseaux
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897): Darthulas Grabesgesang
Alberto Grau (1937): Kasar mie La Gaji
Morten Lauridsen (1943): O magnum mysterium
Ruth Watson Henderson (1932): The Solo (aus: Dream Seq)

Final Round

Thomas Tomkins (1572–1656): When David Heard
Francis Poulenc (1899–1963): Un soir de neige
Julian Wachner (1969): There is a moon sole
Jeff Enns (1972): O magnum mysterium
Guido Lopez-Gavilan (1944): El Guayaboso (Der Lügner)

The University of Guelph Chamber Singers is comprised of students and alumni who specialize in fields as diverse as Veterinary Medicine, International Development, Languages, Applied Sciences, and Music. In addition to performing at University functions, the choir has been featured at national events such as Podium 2002, (and will appear again at Podium 2012 in Ottawa, Canada) as well as international festivals such as Festival 500 (2005) in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Kathaumixw International Choral Festival (2006) in Powell River, British Columbia. The ensemble performs every two years in University Voices, a 4-day event offered to the top University choirs in Canada and conducted by Robert Sund (2002, 2004), Martin Neary (2006), Maria Guinand (2008) and Tonu Kaljuste (2010).

In 2002, we recorded a CD entitled “The Bells of Peace” in order to fundraise for War Child Canada. In 2005, the choir joined the internationally renowned Elora Festival Singers for a full week of rehearsals and a joint concert led by Noel Edison. UGCS also gave their own concert at the Elora Festival in July 2006. In 2007, we were chosen to perform the choral works of John Weinzweig at a gala concert in his honour, recorded at Glenn Gould Studio and later broadcast on CBC radio. In 2011, the choir received First Place in the ACCC National Amateur Choir Competition for the Collegiate category.