The founding of Amabile Choirs of London, Canada began in 1985 with the Amabile Youth Singers by Brenda Zadorsky and John Barron. Since that time, the number of female choirs has grown to five, providing outstanding performance opportunities for over 140 young girls, teens and women.
Amabile Da Capo Choir
The Amabile Da Capo Choir welcomes girls ages 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. The Da Capo Choir holds weekly meetings for instructions in vocal production, sight singing, ear training, basic rudiments, and choral performance discipline.
Junior Amabile Singers
Founded in 1989, the Junior Amabile Singers (JAS) gives girls ages 9 to 14 an opportunity to develop an understanding of choral music, self-discipline and artistic expression. Directed by Jacquelyn Norman and Wendy Landon, JAS perform regularly in the London area and Southwestern Ontario, in addition to seeking national and international performance opportunities.
Amabile Youth Singers
Conducted by Brenda Zadorsky and Cathy Lourenco, the Amabile Youth Singers welcomes experienced female choristers from ages 13 – 21. During the course of it’s journey, the AYS have won 11 national competitions, including the CBC National Radio Competition for Amateur Choirs Youth Category, and the overall Best Performance of a Canadian Work. While touring internationally, this highly accomplished choir features our Canadian composers and have won top awards and medals in 6 competitions and top award for Youth in the European International Choral Festival, ‘Let the People Sing’, as well as being recipients of the Jack Richardson’s Best Classical/Choral Ensemble 2007, 2011 and 2014.
One of the memorable moments in AYS history, was performing in the Panes of Glory documentary, highlighting the history of the magnificent stain glass windows of St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel at St. Peter’s Seminary, under the loving care and direction of Father Michael Prieur. As a result, they were invited to be featured choir for the televised 10th Anniversary Gala Concert for Salt and Light TV in Toronto. The second recent highlight was performing for the Conference for Violence Against Women and receiving a standing ovation. This was an empowering experience for our female youth.
Prima: Amabile Women’s Choir
Founded in 2007 and conducted by Brenda Zadorsky, Prima seeks to further enhance the Amabile experience for women, enabling them to perform challenging repertoire at the highest artistic level while moving audiences with their vibrant tone, impeccable pitch, blend and balance. Prima excels performing the latest compositions/commissions by Canadian composers such as: Christmas, Daley, Enns, Hatfield, Raminsh, Sirett, Smallman, Telfer; and former Amabile Alumus: Emery (ABMC), Quartel (JAS), and Smythe (AYS).
Amabile Young Women’s Ensemble
Combining the Amabile Youth Singers and Prima: Amabile Women’s Choir, this ensemble is an excellent example of the Amabile mentoring program, offering our youth the opportunity to perform and share their enthusiasm and talents with the rich mature female voices of some of London’s finest musicians. This ensemble has traveled far and wide, from Europe to New Zealand to Hawaii, here at home to the United States. The Amabile Young Women’s Ensemble has recorded and released numerous CDs. Look for the newest release coming in 2021, titled ‘The Sweet Sounds of Christmas’ with the London Citadel Salvation Army Band.
Our singers continue to be proud ambassadors for young women everywhere, for our fair city, London and for our ‘true north, strong and free’ Canada.
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, Don Sills, 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.
Click here to see all the accomplishments and recognition that the Amabile Girl’s and Women’s Choirs have received over the years.
Click here to see a list of past dates of Amabile Girl’s and Women’s Tours.