Oakville Choir for Children & Youth was formed in 1994 and has quickly risen to become one of Canada’s foremost community children’s choir programmes. Holding fast to our mission as a welcoming, professional and innovative community that provides exceptional music education, leadership development and performance opportunities, the OC is a comprehensive music education program for over 200 auditioned choristers ranging in age from 4 through 25 years. This year, the OC is celebrating their 23rd season under the artistic leadership of Sarah Morrison, Artistic Director. The OC’s wide range of repertoire, diverse concert programming and high standard of performance have all contributed to its excellent reputation within the performing arts community - both locally and internationally. The OC organization presents five annual concerts to the community featuring all seven of our choirs. In addition, the OC performs at workshops, provides guest appearances at community events and collaborates with other choirs and artistic ensembles in Ontario. Recently, the OC Senior Choir won a Gold Medal at the 8th World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia as part of a European tour which also included artistic collaborations and performances in Estonia and Finland. The OC has also developed a comprehensive education outreach program which includes the young leader program, hosting and attending provincial choral festivals and various community collaborations with other arts and education organizations. The OC organization is committed to fostering leadership skills and creating community through choral singing.
Dr. Sarah Morrison is celebrating her tenth season as the Artistic Director of the Oakville Choir for Children & Youth. She also serves as the Curriculum Chair of the Arts Department at Appleby College where she has taught vocal and choral music for 15 years. She is also an adjunct faculty at Queen’s University teaching courses in the Graduate Faculty of Education. Dr. Morrison is known for her energy and creativity in working with young voices. She is the 2010 winner of the Leslie Bell Award for Choral Conducting awarded by the Ontario Arts Council. She writes the Youth Choir column for Choral Canada’s Anacrusis and served the board of Choirs Ontario as the Vice-President. Dr. Morrison sang soprano with the JUNO-nominated Canadian Chamber Choir for the past decade and is a frequent conference presenter and guest conductor in Canada and the United States. She believes passionately that involvement in choral music can make a positive impact in the lives of young people.
Dr. Charlene Pauls is the Associate Music Director of the Oakville Choir for Children & Youth and the Artistic Director of the London Pro Musica Choir. She is also on the teaching staff at St. Michael’s Choir School in Toronto. She has appeared as a Soprano soloist with orchestras across Canada and Europe, including the Vancouver Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and with ensembles in Germany, Spain, France, and England. Her work as a voice clinician has led to invitations to adjudicate vocal and choral festivals across the country.