Primus: Amabile Men’s Choir
Carol Beynon & Mark Payne, conductors
Denise Jung, collaborative pianist
Primus is known for its deeply sonorous and rich sound that rewards listeners with a strong identity without sacrificing the sound of one uniform voice. Formed in the fall of 2000, Primus involves students and professionals in all walks of life who enjoy the pursuit of the choral art and the camaraderie that develops so naturally in male ensembles. The members act as active mentors to the high school choristers and boys in the treble choirs of the Amabile organization. The men also provide leadership development workshops on a regular basis for music educators, university music education classes, and students in schools, promoting the healthy benefits of being a male singer. In its short history, the choir has achieved an international reputation that places it in a leading position in the world of male choral singing. Primus was thrilled to be invited to perform at two of the world’s largest conferences, the Sixth World Choral Symposium in Minneapolis and the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Los Angeles. The men have also been honoured to act as choir-in-residence for the 1st World Festival of Singing for Men and Boys in Prague during 2004 and were again invited to co-host the event in the 2008 season. This role provided Primus with the opportunity to showcase a strong Canadian presence on the world stage. The choir has won the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs, Equal Voice Male Category on several occasions. Locally, Primus has performed with the renowned Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Autorickshaw, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and London Symphonia. The choir is featured on the CBC documentary Where Have All the Tenors Gone? Last season, Primus presented the headliner concert for the American Choral Directors Association (MI), and this season, are proud to be part of the highlight concert series at Podium on the Edge in St John’s.