Podium Choir Blog Series: La Rose des Vents

Today's blog post is the twelfth of many interview previews of performing choirs for PODIUM ON THE EDGE taking place from June 28 - July 3, 2018 in St. John's NL.

Fondée en 1996, la seule chorale française d’adultes à Terre-Neuve et Labrador, La Rose des vents, est un chœur communautaire de francophones et francophiles qui se rencontrent pour le plaisir de parler et chanter en français. La chorale est un projet de l’Association communautaire francophone de Saint-Jean; depuis dix ans, sa direction est assurée par Claire Wilkshire (cheffe) et David Green (pianiste). Cet ensemble connu pour leur joie de vivre interprète un répertoire varié de chansons à boire, cantiques sacrés, chants traditionnels et mélodies des grands chanteurs, de la Renaissance jusqu’au présent. La rose des vents a hâte de monter sur scène lors du concert d’ouverture de Podium!

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Podium Choir Blog Series: Chronos Vocal Ensemble

Today's blog post is the eleventh of many interview previews of performing choirs for PODIUM ON THE EDGE taking place from June 28 - July 3, 2018 in St. John's NL.

Since its inception in 2013, Chronos Vocal Ensemble has built a reputation for innovation and excellence. Under the leadership of Jordan Van Biert, the choir focuses on collaborative learning and careful preparation, to deliver compelling performances to enthusiastic audiences in Edmonton and beyond. Chronos singers bring varying backgrounds and skills to the ensemble, and are united in their appreciation for inspired music-making and significant repertoire. 

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Meet the Podium Social Media Team

Recently, I've been a busy gal with all things choir, including my Podium Choir Blog Series highlighting performing choirs forPODIUM on the EDGE 2018 in St. John's NL!

This will be my second time attending this wonderful, choir nerd-fest of a conference (click here to see my team from Podium 2016) and also the second time being part of the Podium Social Media Team as the social media coordinator!

Meet my talented team members and I, coming from across Canada to join forces for Podium 2018 social media takeover. This ranges from concert, sessions, and interviews with on site action-packed coverage to bring together our love for music and all aspects of choir! 
Want to know more about the team? Keep on reading where the team answers some fun choir questions!

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Podium Choir Blog Series: Ensemble Laude

Today's blog post is the tenth of many interview previews of performing choirs for PODIUM ON THE EDGE taking place from June 28 - July 3, 2018 in St. John's NL.

For close to two decades, Ensemble Laude women’s choir has enchanted audiences on Vancouver Island with its creative blend of medieval repertoire and contemporary choral works from around the world. Ensemble Laude is a community of women united by a passion for choral music and the vision of our Artistic Director, Elizabeth MacIsaac. We celebrate the beauty and resilience of women’s vocal traditions through the ages and seek to share this art form through joyful, soulful, and life-enhancing performances that gladden the heart, lift the spirit, and expand the mind…

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Podium Choir Blog Series: Sirens Choir

Today's blog post is the ninth of many interview previews of performing choirs for PODIUM ON THE EDGE taking place from June 28 - July 3, 2018 in St. John's NL.

Named after the singing femmes fatales of Greek mythology, Sirens is an award-winning women’s choral ensemble based out of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Under the artistic direction of Kelsea McLean, the group has developed a strong following of supporters and has been lauded for its pure tone quality, sensitive musicality and tight ensemble. Sirens produces two full-length concert programs each season while maintaining a busy schedule performing at a variety of concerts, fundraisers, events and workshops.

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Podium Choir Blog Series: Aurora Women's Choir

Today's blog post is the eighth of many interview previews of performing choirs for PODIUM ON THE EDGE taking place from June 28 - July 3, 2018 in St. John's NL.


Formed in September 2014, the Aurora Women’s Choir is a project of the Coastal Sounds Choir Association, based in Conception Bay South, NL. Aurora is an auditioned ensemble of about 20 members that performs both a cappella and accompanied repertoire of all styles and in all languages. Having grown out of a desire to challenge the singer in a fun and friendly setting, Aurora seeks to master a range of choral repertoire while exploring connections to home and heart. The choir holds at least two concerts and a fundraiser each season and takes part in various special events, shared concerts, workshops, festivals and Church services throughout the year…

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Podium Choir Blog Series: That Choir

Today's blog post is the seventh of many interview previews of performing choirs for PODIUM ON THE EDGE taking place from June 28 - July 3, 2018 in St. John's NL.

Celebrating their 10th Anniversary season in 2017|2018, That Choir is one of Toronto’s most exciting a cappella ensembles, combining high-calibre performance with storytelling through choral music. Founded in 2008 by Artistic Director Craig Pike, That Choir now draws together close to thirty-five auditioned singers with diverse backgrounds in culture, work and study…

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Podium Choir Blog Series: Elektra Women's Choir

Today's blog post is the sixth of many interview previews of performing choirs for PODIUM ON THE EDGE taking place from June 28 - July 3, 2018 in St. John's NL.

The Elektra Women’s Choir was formed by Co-Founders Morna Edmundson and Diane Loomer, C.M. (1940 – 2012) in 1987. In 2009 Morna Edmundson was appointed Artistic Director and Diane Loomer, became Conductor Emerita. The choir is honoured to work with an outstanding accompanist, Dr. Stephen Smith

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Podium Choir Blog Series: The Oakville Choir For Children & Youth

Today's blog post is the fifth of many interview previews of performing choirs for PODIUM ON THE EDGE taking place from June 28 - July 3, 2018 in St. John's NL.

Founded in 1994, the Oakville Choir for Children and Youth (formerly The Oakville Children’s Choir) is made up of seven different choirs. Holding fast to our mission as a welcoming, professional and innovative community that provides exceptional music education, leadership development and performance opportunities, we are a comprehensive music education program for over 200 auditioned choristers ranging in age from 4 through 25 years…

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Podium Choir Blog Series: Capital Chamber Choir

Today's blog post is the fourth of many interview previews of performing choirs for PODIUM ON THE EDGE taking place from June 28 - July 3, 2018 in St. John's NL.

I am particularly thrilled on today's preview as I got to interview my own choir, 
Capital Chamber Choir with Artistic Director, Jamie Loback!

The Capital Chamber Choiris an auditioned ensemble of advanced singers from the Ottawa region. The choir and Artistic Director, Jamie Loback, are committed to bringing a diverse range of choral music—in particular modern, Canadian, and local works—to audiences through high-calibre and engaging performances. Community outreach as well as support for new composers and local musicians are important elements of this mandate…

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Podium Choir Blog Series: Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal

Today's bilingual blog post is the third of many interview previews of performing choirs for PODIUM ON THE EDGE taking place from June 28 - July 3, 2018 in St. John's NL!

Inscrite dans la tradition des grandes maîtrises dont les origines remontent en Europe au VIe siècle, la Maîtrise des Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal a été fondée à Montréal en 1956 par père Léandre Brault de la congrégation de Ste-Croix…

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Podium Choir Blog series: Toronto Childen's Chorus

Today's post is the second of many interview previews of performing choirs for PODIUM ON THE EDGE taking place from June 28 - July 3, 2018 in St. John's NL!


The Toronto Children’s Chorus has just celebrated its 40th Anniversary season, ‘Fire and Ice’ - and has also marked its eleventh year under the dynamic leadership of Artistic Director Elise Bradley, MNZM. Since its founding in 1978 by Conductor Laureate, Jean Ashworth Bartle, C.M., O.Ont., the Chorus has been committed to the enrichment of children’s lives through the discipline, teamwork, joy, and unique camaraderie of fine choral singing. Its multi-faceted music education programs, challenging and diverse repertoire, and life-changing opportunities to perform on local, national, and international stages help prepare over 300 young choristers each season to become ambassadors of music - and caring citizens of the world...

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Podium Choir Blog Series: University of Redlands Chapel Singers

Our own Podium social media representative, Amy Desrosiers of the “Blonde in the Choir” blog starts off 2018 with a blog series devoted to the Spotlight and performing choirs for #PODIUM2018!

Today's post is the first of many interview previews of performing choirs for PODIUM ON THE EDGE taking place from June 28 - July 3, 2018 in St. John's NL!

...and what better way to begin the previews with none other than Newfoundland-born conductor and educator, Dr. Nicholle Andrews of the University of Redlands Chapel Singers!  

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