The Amabile Boys & Men’s Choirs, founded in 1990, draw singers from across southwestern Ontario and provide musical experiences of the highest level for male singers in the region. The focus is on character development and mentorship through singing and artistic excellence. Trebles whose voices change have immediate access to the tenor-bass youth choir and opportunities to continue their vocal and musical education. This season we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with a number of special celebration concerts.
The focus of the Amabile Treble Training Choir (TTC) under the direction of Kathy McNaughton is on learning to work and play together as the boys gain experience singing and performing, while learning proper vocal technique, posture, breathing, tone production, how to read music, and basic music theory. They also study recorders as part of the program. The TTC performs as part of our regular concert series and this season, will once again be the featured performers at the benefit banquet to develop fresh water resources for children in Ethiopia (for Hope for Rural Children and Orphans).
Experienced male singers with unchanged voices, ranging from 10 to 15 years old, are invited to become members of the Amabile Treble Concert Choir (TCC). Mentored by the Amabile Young Men’s Ensemble, and conducted by alumni, Jeff Beynon and Don Sills, the program consists of rehearsals and performances of the traditional boychoir repertoire and Grade 1 Theory & Rudiments. As well as singing on world stages, they have 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 as Bishop Desmond Tutu and the Prime Minister of Canada, and has toured extensively over the years to Europe, Caribbean, and across Canada.
The Amabile Young Men’s Ensemble (AYME) is made up of young men with changing voices up to the age of 19 under the direction of Carol, Jeff, Don and Mark. The AYME focuses on healthy vocal development during the changing voice period, and the young men are given an introduction to challenging male voice repertoire. The choir performs with, and is mentored by, Primus on a regular basis. Performing locally, nationally and internationally, they have been featured several times on 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. Senior members of the AYME also sing with the senior members of AYS in the newly formed SATB Chamber Choir. This season, the choir is honoured to be invited as the featured performers for the 100th Anniversary memorial of Vimy Ridge.
Primus: Amabile Men’s Choir (Primus), conducted by Carol Beynon and Mark Payne, is known for its deeply sonorous and rich sound that rewards listeners with a strong identity without sacrificing the sound of one uniform voice. Formed in the fall of 2000, Primus involves students and professionals in all walks of life who enjoy the pursuit of the choral art and the camaraderie that develops so naturally in male ensembles. The members act as active mentors to the high school choristers and boys in the 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. In its short history, the choir has achieved an international reputation that places it in a leading position in the world of male choral singing. 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 season, Primus has been invited to present the headliner concert for the American Choral Directors Association, Michigan convention.
The Amabile Choirs of London, Canada are excited to continue their music readiness program. It is geared towards the early years and early primary years child. The philosophy for our program, Animato, (an Italian term meaning animated and lively) is built upon the belief that play-based learning is a vehicle for exploring, learning, developing new skills and connecting with others.
Our program is designed to introduce children ages 5 – 7 to essential musical skills, build a solid foundation and give them their first exposure to choral music in a non-performance setting. Taught by specialists in the early childhood music methodologies such as Orff, Kodaly and Dalcroze, the classes will not only develop musical skills, but also allow the child self-expression, creativity and confidence. Through play-based activities the children will use movement, singing and instruments to explore basic musical concepts such as tempo, rhythm, dynamics, notation and form. Each class is designed to be playful and enjoyable to children, while providing a carefully planned curriculum that includes developmentally appropriate activities.
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