The Amabile Boys and Men’s Choirs, founded in 1990, draws singers from across Southwestern Ontario and provides musical experiences of the highest level for male singers in the region. The ABMC focus on character development and mentorship through singing and artistic excellence. The choirs champion music by Canadian composers and commission new pieces annually.
Amabile Treble Training Choir
Under the direction of Lydia Kendell and John Vermue, the Treble Training Choir (TTC) allows young trebles to gain experience in singing and performing while learning proper vocal technique, posture, breathing, tone production, music reading, and basic music theory before moving into the Treble Concert Choir. The TTC performs as part of our regular concert series.
Amabile Treble Concert Choir
The Treble Concert Choir welcomes experienced singers with unchanged voices ranging from 11 to 15 years of age. Mentored by Amabile Young Men’s Ensemble, and conducted by Amabile alumnus Jeff Beynon and Rosemary Bannerman, the program consists of vocal instruction and Theory rudiments through diverse rehearsals and performances.
As well as singing on world stages, this choir has been guest performers with the Toronto International Film Festival, Orchestra London, the Windsor Symphony, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. The choir has performed for such notable persons such as Bishop Desmond Tutu, the Prime Minster of Canada, and has toured extensively over the years to Europe, the Caribbean, and across Canada.
Amabile Young Men’s Ensemble
Under the direction of Jeff Beynon, the Amabile Young Men’s Ensemble (AYME) is a tenor-bass choir made up of secondary and post-secondary school students. Trebles from the Concert Choir have immediate access to the AYME as their voices change. The choir focuses on healthy vocal development during the expanding voice period and introduces singers to advanced tenor-bass voice repertoire. This choir rehearse and performs with, and is mentored by, Primus and conductors Carol Beynon and Mark Payne on a regular basis.
AYME has won national and international recognition through its success in invited tours, various competitions, and has performed for Choral Canada and the American Choral Directors Association national conventions.
Primus: Amabile Men’s Choir
Formed in 2000 and conducted by Carol Beynon and Mark Payne, Primus involves professionals from all walks of life who enjoy the pursuit of the choral arts and the camaraderie that develops so naturally in tenor-bass ensembles. Primus is known for its deeply rich sound that rewards listeners with a strong identity without sacrificing the sound of one uniform voice. Members act as active mentors to the Amabile Young Men’s Ensemble and Treble Choirs of the Amabile organization.
The men also provide leadership development workshops on a regular basis for music educators, university music education classes, and students in schools, promoting the healthy benefits of being a male singer. The choir has achieved an international reputation that places it in a leading position in the world of tenor-bass choral singing.
Amabile Chamber Choir
The Amabile Chamber Choir blends the exquisite tonal colours and talents of the Amabile Youth Singers and the Amabile Young Men’s Ensemble into a mixed voice ensemble. The repertoire is advanced, yet engaging, and challenges these young singers to master the heights of all choral possibilities.
Conducted by Brenda Zadorsky and Jeff Beynon, the Amabile Chamber Choir has consistently won top prizes in the Youth Category of the National Choral Competition sponsored by Choral Canada and CBC Radio 2.
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