In celebration of our 40th Anniversary Season, ORIANA Women’s Choir presents

The competition provides three $1,000 prizes for compositions in the following categories:

  • one $1,000 prize for a new setting of the text Silent Night
  • one $1,000 prize for a new setting of the text Laudate Dominum
  • one $1,000 prize for a setting of the poem Rubies, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The winning compositions will be performed by ORIANA Women’s Choir on:

  • Saturday, November 26, 2011: Silent Night
  • Saturday, March 3, 2012: Laudate Dominum
  • Saturday, May 5, 2012: Rubies

Entry deadline: August 1, 2011
Entry fee: $25 per composition
Duration of composition: not exceeding 4 minutes
Type of composition: for SA/SSA/SSAA voices, a cappella or with piano accompaniment

Competition Background

Over the past 15 seasons, under the direction of Artistic Director William Brown, ORIANA Women’s Choir has commissioned and premiered over 60 new choral works by Canadian composers. ORIANA Women’s Choir is extremely proud of this accomplishment. Many of the commissioned composers have had their works published and ORIANA is now able to share these compositions for treble voices with choirs around the world. To celebrate the choir’s 40th Anniversary, we have chosen to focus on the future of choral music in Canada by highlighting the work of up-and-coming Canadian choral composers (30 years of age and under). We introduce this new competition to showcase new Canadian talent, and so that we can continue to publicly perform new compositions during this special 2011–2012 season.

For more information, contact William Brown, Artistic Director:

Enhancing Quality of Performance

Master class for vocal artists with Lori Holmes, Speech-Language Pathologist & Voice Coach

Thursday April 28, 2011
Time: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Fee: $50 / Students/ Seniors & ASO: $40
Location: Toronto Western Hospital, 399 Bathurst Street, 3rd Floor, McLaughlin Wing 3-405

This master class will focus on various aspects of voice work including breath, formation of sound, resonance, and articulation. Participants will be invited to explore each of these components to help move towards vocal freedom in performance. Extending the voice work toward vocal color and expression, each performer will have the opportunity to read a piece of text (4-5 lines) and receive feedback from Lori. This session is suitable for emerging and professional artists, as each participant will uncover different moments of discovery depending upon their understanding of their own voice and their current career demands.

Lori Holmes (B.Sc.CD; M.Sc.) is a highly respected speech-language pathologist with over 20 years of experience, integrating a solid background in science with practical experience in training the voice. Since 2001 she has had the joy of combining her love of theatre with her love of voice at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and has since become an integral part of the coaching team. In London, her private practice, WellSpoken, provides expertise in communication and speaking skill enhancement, accent reduction and rehabilitation for injured voices. A dynamic speaker, she provides workshops in voice care and training for various professionals throughout Ontario. She currently teaches the graduate course in Voice and Voice Disorders to speech-language pathology students at The University of Western Ontario. She regularly lectures to the otolaryngology residents at the Shulich School of Medicine and is the speech-language pathologist at The Vocal Function Clinic, London Health Sciences Centre. She is a guest presenter with the Artist’s Health Centre in Toronto providing workshops and lectures to professional artists and students in training.

Pre-registration is required, as space is limited. To register please contact us at:
Phone: 416.351.0239
Fax: 416.595.0009

The AHCF appreciates recognition of our cancellation policy, student rate and senior discount requirements. Thank you.

For your comfort, this is a scent-free workshop. Please refrain from wearing any perfume, cologne, aftershave or scented products. Thank you.