Congratulations John!

Another amazing announcement from the Association of Canadian Choral Communities this afternoon!

Congratulations to Amabile co-founder John Barron!

ACCC is pleased to announce that John Barron has been awarded the 2014 Distinguished Service Award.

This national award is given in recognition of significant, transformative, long-term service to choral music in Canada. It is reserved for only the most highly respected choral leaders in our country who are considered exemplary by their colleagues, having made a profoundly positive impact on the Canadian choral landscape.

John’s vision, influence, and leadership have ensured a rich and sustained musical future for thousands of young Canadian singers. His work with Amabile Choirs, Ontario Youth Choirs, London Pro Musica, Middlesex Country Board of Education, Western Ontario Kodály Society, and numerous other choral organizations over a 45-year career is truly outstanding. ACCC is delighted to thank and honour an extraordinary conductor, teacher, music consultant, composer, author, editor, arranger and administrator.  Congratulations, John!

The 2014 Distinguished Service Award was presented to John at his home in Toronto on March 27, 2014, by Marta McCarthy (President-Elect) and Elizabeth Shannon (Executive Director, Choirs Ontario). Other ACCC choral awards will be announced and presented at Podium on May 18, 2014.

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Congrats Matt!

Congratulations to Amabile Alumni Mathew Emery!

Choral Canada is the national voice of the Canadian choral community, representing and uniting a network of conductors, educators, composers, administrators, choral industry leaders, and more than 40,000 choral singers from coast to coast to coast.

From their website comes this great news: Association of Canadian Choral Communities (ACCC) is pleased to announce that Matthew Emery has been selected as the winner of the 2014 Competition for Choral Writing and the recipient of the Diane Loomer Award of $1500. Matthew’s composition, “The Lover’s Chant”, will be published by Cypress Music and premiered by the 2014 National Youth Choir/Chœur National des Jeunes, conducted by Hilary Apfelstadt, at PODIUM 2014 in Halifax, NS this May.

Matthew Emery (b.1991) is a Canadian composer whose music has been performed across North America, Europe and Asia. His music has also been broadcast on national television and radio. Matthew is the 2013 ACDA Raymond W. Brock composition winner. Emery’s choral works have been performed by renowned vocal ensembles including the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Pro Coro Canada, Canadian Chamber Choir, Da Capo Chamber Choir, choirs at the University of Louisville, University of Manitoba, University of Western Ontario, University of British Columbia, Amabile Choirs, Ontario Youth Choir and the Nova Scotia Youth Choir. Matthew studied with Dr. Stephen Chatman at the University of British Columbia and is published by: Alliance Music Publications, GIA Publications, G. Schirmer, Pavane Publishing and Santa Barbara Music Publishing. Matthew is a member of the Canadian League of Composers.

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Plan Canada’s “Because I Am A Girl” Thank Yous

Plan Canada posted an acknowledgement and Thank You on their “Because I Am A Girl” blog this week, in tribute to the 150 women of Amabile who performed at last November’s “A Song For Our Sisters” concert at The Grand Theatre.


Concert proceeds were also shared by Brescia University College’s “Girls LEAD” program.

Read Plan Canada’s blog

Thanks again to Liona Boyd, First Lady of the Guitar, and Olympian Marnie McBeam, who emceed the evening…and to our amazing choristers, who rose to the challenge of making a difference in the lives of girls around the world, with their songs and actions.

The story of the concert and the “Reasons To Sing” educational speakers series


JAS in Toronto

Junior Treble Festival Public Concert
April 5, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church,
1585 Yonge St,
Toronto, ON M4T 1Z9

The Junior Amabile Singers will join with the Toronto Children’s Chorus at this year’s Junior Treble Festival in Toronto, alongside many of the area’s best children’s choirs. Celebrated Canadian composer Stephen Hatfield will be the guest clinician. A public concert will take place at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in the evening.

AYS & Prima headed to Ridgetown

Amabile Youth Singers & Prima: Amabile Women’s Choir are looking forward to a performance at Mount Zion Presbyterian Church at 59 Main Street East in Ridgetown, 7:00pm on Sunday May 25th, 2014. It’s all part of their 160th Anniversary celebrations!

More concert information is available from the church office at 519-674-3487. Mount Zion`s Secretary/Coordinator Bethe Carnie’s office hours are: Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to noon.