Amabile Choirs of London, Canada

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Amabile Choirs of London, Canada
Abbreviation ACL
Formation 1985
Type Choir organization based in Canada
Legal status active
Purpose advocate and public voice, educator and network
Headquarters London, Ontario, Canada
Region served
London, Ontario, Canada
Official language
English, French
Website Official website

The Amabile Choirs of London, Canada is a nonprofit organization with the purpose of bringing together young singers from London, Ontario and surrounding areas. This family of choirs began in 1985 with John Barron and Brenda Zadorsky founding the Amabile Youth Singers, and has since grown to eight choirs under the direction of seven conductors. The Junior Amabile Singers followed in 1989, and the Amabile Boys Choirs were established in 1990.[1] The Amabile Chamber Choir consisting of the oldest tenors and basses from the ABCs, and the oldest singers in the AYS was founded in 1993.

Overview[edit]

Amabile for Girls and Women[edit]

There are five levels of choirs for girls and women within the Amabile organization. The Amabile Da Capo Choir is a training choir welcoming girls aged 8 to 11. The aim of Da Capo is to provide a choral venue for young choristers and serve as a training choir for the Junior Amabile Singers. Da Capo performs as guests of the more senior Amabile Choirs throughout the season under the direction of Jacquelyn Norman and Wendy Landon. The Junior Amabile Singers (JAS) is an all-female choir for singers aged 9 to 14. The JAS are under the direction of Jacquelyn Norman and Wendy Landon. The Amabile Youth Singers (AYS) is an all-female choir featuring singers who range in age from 13 to 22. Both the AYS and the Women's Ensemble are under the direction of Brenda Zadorsky. Prima is the women's choir, open to adult women (over 18), who have highly experienced vocal skills and wish to work on advanced repertoire. On occasion, the AYS and Prima will perform together as the Amabile Young Women's Ensemble (AYWE).

Amabile for Boys and Men[edit]

There are five levels of choirs for boys and men within the Amabile organization. The boys' and men's choirs are under the artistic direction of Dr. Carol Beynon and Ken Fleet, with the assistance of Don Sills and Jeff Beynon who work with the TTC and the TCC. The Treble Training Choir (TTC) is a training choir welcoming boys ages 8 and up. For many younger boys who audition, this is their first experience with choral singing. The Treble Concert Choir (TCC) is an all-boy choir for unchanged voices. Boys aged 8 and above with experience singing may audition for this choir but most become part of the training choir first, for one or two years, before joining this group. The Amabile Young Men's Ensemble (YM) is an all-male choir for changed voices, made up primarily of young men of high school age. Primus is the men's ensemble and is made up of adult men (over 18) with advanced vocal skills. Primus is pronounced PREE-moose. Quite often, the Young Men and Primus perform together as the Amabile Young Men's Ensemble (AYME).

Achievements[edit]

  • The Junior Amabile Singers competed in the 2012 Golden Gate International Children's and Youth Choirs Festival in Berkeley California. They were awarded first place in the Children's Folk Music Category and second in the Children's Historical Music Class. The choir previously earned gold medals in the 1st Choir Olympics, Linz Austria and 3rd Choir Olympics, Bremen Germany.
  • They performed at Victoria Park during the welcome ceremony for the Olympic Torch in 2010.[2]
  • In 2010 the Jack Richardson Music Awards steering committee inducted them into the London Music Hall of Fame.[3]
  • Amabile Choirs Youth Singers won the 1986 CBC Choral Competition, and second place at the International Koorfestival in Holland in 1987.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amabile Choirs of London, Canada". The Canadian Encyclopedia/The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada. Historica Foundation. Retrieved 2012-02-25. Amabile Choirs of London, Canada. Family of youth choirs based in London, Ont, comprising four main choirs as well as smaller vocal ensembles. The choir family began as the Amabile Youth Singers, a 60-voice choir for females ages 12-23, founded in 1985 by John Barron and Brenda Zadorsky. In 1989 the Junior Amabile Singers (girls 9-16) were added, followed in 1990 by the Amabile Boys Choirs (boys and men ages 12-23; founded by Carol Beynon and Bevan Keating), and in 1993 by the Amabile Chamber Choir. 
  2. ^ "Olympic Torch Rides on Double-Decker Bus". Aroundtherings.com. 2009-12-24. Retrieved 2012-02-25. 
  3. ^ Reaney, James (2010-02-05). "Amabile, Kittie to join class of 2010 | James Reaney | Columnists | Entertainment | London Free Press". Lfpress.com. Retrieved 2012-02-25. 
  4. ^ "Amabile Choirs of London, Canada". The Canadian Encyclopedia/The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada. Historica Foundation. Retrieved 2012-02-25. The original Amabile choir established its solid reputation when the Youth Singers, within months of their formation, won the 1986 CBC Choral Competition youth category. The next year, they took second place at the International Koorfestival in Holland. 

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