Primus Accomplishments and Recognition

Primus: Amabile Men’s Choirs

Primus was thrilled to be invited to perform for choral conductors at two of the world’s largest conferences, the Sixth World Choral Symposium in Minneapolis (2002) and the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Los Angeles (2005).

The men have also been honoured to act as choir-in-residence for the 1st World Festival of Singing for Men and Boys in Prague during 2004, and were again invited to co-host the event in the 2008 season. This role provided Primus with the opportunity to showcase a strong Canadian presence on the world stage. Most recently, the choir won the 2013 National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs Equal Voice Male Category.

Locally, Primus has performed with the renowned Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Autorickshaw, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra London, and has been invited to perform at national meetings of Choral Canada (2002, 2006, 2014). The choir was also featured in the CBC Radio 1 documentary, Where Have All the Tenors Gone?

This past season, Primus has been invited to present the headliner concert for the American Choral Directors Association in Michigan.

Amabile Young Men’s Ensemble Accomplishments and Recognition

Amabile Young Men’s Ensemble

Performing locally, nationally and internationally, they have been featured several times of CBC, Radio L’espace, French public television, and Czech Public Radio; and were winners of the National Choral Canada Competition for Youth Choirs – Equal Voice Male in 2004, 2008, and 2015. 

Previously, the choir is honoured to be invited as the featured performers for the 100th Anniversary Memorial of Vimy Ridge.

Amabile Young Women’s Ensemble Accomplishments and Recognition

Amabile Young Women’s Ensemble

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Amabile Youth Singers hosted a reunion concert on May 31st 2015, featuring 71 present and 76 past choristers. AYWE premiered a new composition honouring this occasion written by Matthew Emery, an Amabile Alumni and Amabile Composer-in-residence in 2014, 2015. In the summer of 2016, the AMYE toured Prague, Vienna, Salzburg and Budapest, where they sang in beautiful venues such as St. Nicholas Church in Prague, Dome in Linz Austria, and St. Stephan’s Cathedral in Vienna.

Amabile Youth Singers Accomplishments and Recognition

Amabile Youth Singers

The choir has won 11 national competitions, including the 2000 CBC National Competition for the Amateur Choirs Youth Category and the Best Performance of a Canadian Work.

They also won the Youth Category Award for Let the Peoples Sing which is the European International Choral Festival.

In 2005, the AYS were awarded the London Music Award for the Best Classical Ensemble and in 2007, 2011 and 2014 were the recipients of the Jack Richardson Music Award.

While on tours, the AYS have won 5 international competitions. Most recently, they received 2 gold medals and were nominated as the Best Overall Choir in the International Choral Competition in Preveza, Greece in 2013.

Junior Amabile Singers Accomplishments and Recognition

Junior Amabile Singers

The most recent tour the JAS took to England and France where they performed massed choir concerts in Canterbury Cathedral and Southwark Cathedral, London under the direction of David Flood and Henry Leck, as well as a solo performance at Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.

Previous Concerts

California, 2012: The Golden Gate International Children’s and Youth Choir Festival

  • 2 Golden Awards: First Folk, Second Historical

Hawaii, 2009: Pacific Rim Children’s Choir Festival

St. John’s Newfoundland in 2007: Festival 500

France, Belgium and Germany, 2004: 3rd Choir Olympics; Bremen Germany

  • Gold, 5th place

British Columbia, 2002: 10th Choral Kathamumixw, Powell River

Austria, Czech Republic, 2000: 1st Choir Olympics; Linz, Austria

  • Gold, 5th place

England, Scotland and Wales, 1997; Llangollen International Eisteddfodd, Wales

Iowa, 1995: Des Moines Children’s Choral Festival

The choir has been named national finalists in two CBC Biennial Competitions for Amateur Choirs, placing 2nd in 2000.