Amabile Boys and Men’s 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.

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.

International Volunteer Day

Today, December 5th is #InternationalVolunteerDay. According to the United Nations General Assembly, it is a day for us to “celebrate the efforts, share the values and promote the work [of volunteers] among their communities, NGOs, United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector.”

In a movie once watched, a line stuck out at me for a while: “There’s nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.” and I truly believe that is embodied in all of our volunteers at Amabile Choirs.

We’d like to take today to thank ALL our volunteers who help us at Amabile Choirs with all the work they do – whether it’s putting together the a concert program, helping set up concerts, helping out our choirs and everything else in-between, we would like to thank you for all that you’ve done. Without you, we wouldn’t be where we are today.

To read more about the United Nation General Assembly’s International Volunteer Day mandate, click here.


The Holiday Concert Series with Amabile Choirs

In Merry Measure

Saturday, December 1 2018
New St. James Presbyterian Church 
2:30 P.M.

“Follow me, In Merry Measure” – and follow we did! Our Junior Amabile Singers, Da Capo Choir and Treble Training Choir kick started our Holiday Season with a rousing set list that had everyone singing and laughing.

Thank you to all those who braved the cold and had the line up going out the door, to come and hear our youngest angels. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Thank you to our wonderful conductors: Kathy McNaughton, John Vermue, Jackie Norman, and Wendy Landon; and our amazing accompanists for the afternoon, and all our volunteers for their hard work. And a special thank you to our singers and their families for all the effort and work they have put in to ensure this concert would be a great one!

Lights! … Camera! … Christmas!

On Saturday, December 15th, we saw our 2nd Holiday Concert, performed by the Amabile Youth Singers, Prima: Amabile Women’s Choir, and Primus: Amabile Men’s choir.

With a full house, our three choirs journeyed through years of holiday favourites with a few surprises and lots of laughs, along with the men of Primus giving us an impromptu dance number! (Click here to see it!)

This performance also took the opportunity to invite former choristers to come up and perform with the choirs. We also took the time tonight to thank past Amabile Chair, Sue Hale for all her work with Amabile, and for all her support. A special thank you went out to our artistic directors and conductors: Carol Beynon, Brenda Zadorsky, and Mark Payne for all the hard work they have put into making the concert a success. Thank you to all of our immensely talented singers for their time and dedication to their craft.

Thank you to all our volunteers for their hard work and dedication into making all our events and concerts run as smoothly as they do. Finally, thank  you to everyone who came out tonight to support our choirs and enjoy the holiday music!


GLORIA! A Christmas Celebration of Music

The third and final concert Amabile held this year was with Encore: The Concert Band! It was a performance to remember – we didn’t even get started on time due to the amount of people who came out to hear the music. Performed by the Amabile Trebel Concert Choir, Amabile Young Men’s Ensemble and Encore: The Concert Band, they capped off the end of our Holiday Concert Series with the majestic Gloria! by John Rutter, written for professional adult choirs, but performed flawlessly by the Boys and Young Men of Amabile, and accompanied by brass, including some of Rutter’s sublime and most pieces.

Everyone got into the holiday spirit with the audience singing up a storm during the Leroy Anderson Christmas Festival finale.

We would like to extend thank you’s to our artistic directors and conductors: Don Sills and Jeff Beynon, who worked with our boys and young men to make this concert special. To our boys and young men: thank you for giving us your time, energy and effort to making this concert as great and sound as beautiful as it was! To all the members of Encore, you all played wonderfully and beautifully, with Gwyn Beynon doing a superb job conducting not only the band, but the choirs AND the audience! Your hard work and talent insurmountable and incomparable. Thank you to Carol Beynon for doing a great job as our MC!
To all the volunteers who helped set up and helped throughout the event to ensure that it went as smoothly as it did: thank you so very much!

Finally, thank you to everyone who came out today to a full house to support our two organizations – you’re one of the many reasons why we do what we do!

Thank you so much for all your support in 2018 and we wish you all the best for the new year! With that being said – we hope to see you all at our 2019 concerts!