Amabile for Girls & Women
There are four levels of auditioned choirs for girls and women within Amabile.
The Amabile Da Capo Choir (Da Capo) welcomes girls aged 8 to 11, with a focus on providing a choral venue for young choristers and to serve as a training choir for the Junior Amabile Singers. Da Capo meets weekly for instruction in vocal production, sight singing, ear training, basic rudiments and choral performance discipline.
The Junior Amabile Singers (JAS) was founded in 1989 to give young women between the ages of 9 – 14 an opportunity to develop an understanding of choral music, self-discipline and artistic expression. Under the direction of Jacquelyn Norman and Wendy Landon, the Junior Amabile Singers perform regularly in the London area and Southwestern Ontario in addition to seeking national and international performance opportunities. The most recent tour took the JAS 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 concert tours have taken the JAS to California in 2012 (The Golden Gate International Children’s and Youth Choir Festival – 2 gold awards, first Folk, 2nd Historical), Hawaii in 2009 (Pacific Rim Children’s Choir Festival), St. John’s, Newfoundland in 2007 (Festival 500), France, Belgium, Germany in 2004 (3rd Choir Olympics, Bremen, Germany – Gold, 5th place), British Columbia in 2002 (10th Choral Kathaumixw, Powell River), to Austria and the Czech Republic in 2000 (1st Choir Olympics, Linz, Austria – Gold, 5th place), to England, Scotland and Wales in 1997 (Llangollen International Eisteddfodd, Wales) and in 1995, to the Des Moines International Children’s Choral Festival (Iowa). The choir has been named national finalist in two CBC Biennial Competitions for Amateur Choirs, placing second in 2000. In 1998, the choir released its first CD entitled Canadian Portraits and their second CD, She Shall Have Music, in 2005.
The Amabile Youth Singers (AYS) welcomes experienced female choristers ages 12 to 18. Founded in 1985 by John Barron and Brenda Zadorsky, 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, 2013.
Prima: Amabile Women’s Choir (Prima) was founded in 2007 to further enhance the Amabile experience for women, allowing them to perform challenging repertoire at the highest level and to move audiences with their artistry. Prima excels at performing the latest compositions of Canadian composers such as Christmas, Daley, Emery, Enns, Hatfield, Raminsh, Sirett and Smallman.
The Amabile Youth Singers & Prima joined together as the Amabile Young Women’s Ensemble to record Ripple Effect to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Amabile’s founding.
In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Amabile Youth Singers hosted a reunion concert on May 31/15 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 2014-2015. Summer 2016 saw the Amabile Young Women’s Ensemble tour Prague, Vienna, Salzburg and Budapest where they sang in such beautiful venues as St Nicholas Church in Prague, Dome in Linz, Austria and St Stephan’s Cathedral in Vienna.