The City of London honours Amabile

An Amabile Shoutout to our AYMEs who performed for City Council on Tuesday Jan 14th.  Amabile Choirs of London, Canada  was presented with a Certificate of Recognition, as “London’s Featured Community Organization” by Mayor Joe Fontana and City Council,  for contributions to our community.

Congrats to the “Amabile Young Men’s Ensemble” who represented all 300 choristers and sang “The Chemical Workers Song” for the mayor and Councillors, from the second-floor public gallery, without conductor — (and no rehearsal since October in Barrie on that piece.)

Mayor Fontana and Amabile

In the photo, Mayor Fontana, Carol Beynon (Artistic Director of the Amabile Boys and Men’s Choirs), Chris Harding (Amabile FDO), Wade Baillie (Board Chair), Nicole St John (Pillar Non-Profit Network who nominated Amabile), and Don Sills (YM Conductor).

Feedback: Great singing on Tuesday! I know the members of council appreciated the incredible showcase of talent.

24th Amabile Festival

celebrate-finalSunday March 2, 2014

24th Amabile Festival at First-St. Andrew’s United Church, London, ON
with two concerts: 2:30 pm and 7:00 pm

The only concert all year with all eight world-class Amabile Choirs
with Dr. Julia (Olson) Davids, special guest conductor and Amabile alumna

Advance Tickets are $20.
After February 18th, all tickets are $25.
Get your tickets by calling 519-641-6795
or contact us via e-mail at info@amabile.com.

Amabile Bursary Fund

The Amabile Choirs Bursary Fund  

We never turn away talented, deserving singer for ANY reason, including those who have financial challenges. Currently upwards of 10% of the great voices in our Amabile choirs are being subsidized within our organization – last season that cost ran to over $15,000. However, layoffs, referrals from social agencies, family illness, and unemployment are among the daily realities that impact our choristers. Some come from low-income homes; others are footing their own education bill; still others have no family support, while others are new in Canada.

JAS Fest 2012While membership in the Amabile family is open to everyone, at our present funding levels it is challenging to support new singers and invest in our future, but your support can change that!

Amabile needs to continue to maintain the ability to reach and engage everyone is who interested in singing with our choirs: from the at-risk children and youth to the stressed out university student for whom Amabile offers a home away from home.

We want to continue to extend our friendly welcome to all choristers, and provide those in need with both financial and family support.

Keep Our Voices Singing! Make your tax-deductible gift today by clicking here

A night of music by women, for women made a difference!

The audience of over 800 leapt to their feet time after time, to show support for not only the outstanding music, but the cause. It truly was an evening of music, by women, about women, for women!

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The four female Amabile choirs: Amabile Da Capo Choir, Junior Amabile Singers, Amabile Youth Singers and Prima: Amabile Women’s Choir, hosted the amazing “A Song For Our Sisters” benefit concert at The Grand Theatre last November and at their Christmas Concert last month the singers were able to present cheques to Plan Canada’s “Because I Am A Girl” initiative, and to Brescia College’s “Girls LEAD” program.

It has been often said that “when you educate a girl, you change her community”. As the Amabile Choirs rehearsed and prepared for “A Song for our Sisters”, the themes of education and community surfacing often – in the music commissioned for the event, the songs choices and the four “Reason To Sing” guest speakers who offered encouragement and motivation to the singers at their rehearsals.

It therefore seemed appropriate that the choir chose to direct concert proceeds plus matching funds, totaling $60 000 to girls’ education initiatives all over the world:

• Bursaries for Brescia “Girls LEAD” allowing 6 girls in financial need to attend Brescia’s excellent summer leadership camp
• Educational scholarships for 100 girls in developing countries
• Literacy training for 230 women in developing countries
• Monthly Food Rations for 600 girls who must regularly attend classes in order to receive their rations, encouraging families to keep sending their daughters to school.

“We are very grateful to celebrities Liona Boyd, first lady of the guitar who also performed, and Marnie McBean, who hosted the evening, for sharing their incredible talents towards this worthwhile cause,” said Lisa McCracken, co-organizer of the event. She continued, “To the “A Song for our Sisters” community of volunteers, “Reason to Sing” motivational speakers, financial sponsors, conductors, musicians, choristers, and organizing committee members, thank you for helping to raise money and awareness for girl issues.”

The incredibly talented girls & women of Amabile, conducted by Brenda Zadorsky, Jackie Norman and Wendy Landon, raised their beautiful voices to create positive change for their sisters in London and around the world.

Their songs truly made a difference.