Choral News

From Germany to Korea and back again: Recent achievements of our choral students, professors, and alumni.

Laurelle Miciak - 22 August 2013

We are pleased and proud to acknowledge the recent achievements of our choral colleagues, students and graduate alumni:

• 70 members of the Richard Eaton Singers, conducted by Professor Leonard Ratzlaff, toured Germany from July 4-15 this summer. The tour featured performances at Leipzig's Thomaskirche, where J.S. Bach lived and worked, and in Berlin, Ehingen, Erfurt, Jena and Ulm.

• The I Coristi Chamber Choir, conducted by Professor Debra Cairns, and the Spiritus Chamber Choir, conducted by alumnus Timothy Shantz, were selected as finalists in their categories of the Association of Canadian Choral Communities' 2013 National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs. The Spiritus Chamber Choir went on to win the competition's major prize, the Healey Willan Award.

• The I Coristi Chamber Choir recently selected DMus candidate Rob Curtis as its new artistic director. Rob succeeds founding director Debra Cairns, who conducted the choir for 19 years.

• MMus student Tammy-Jo Mortensen, director of music at Robertson-Wesley United Church in Edmonton, has been selected by the Handbell Guilds of Canada to represent Canada at the 16th International Handbell Symposium, in Jeju, Korea in August 2014, as its massed ringing conductor. This event will feature upwards of 800 ringers from around the world.

• The Richard Eaton Singers recently appointed DMus student Sara Brooks as its choral assistant for the 2013-14 season.

• Congratulations to Marvin Dueck (DMus), Abra Whitney (MMus) and Anna Chen (MMus) on their Convocation in June.