Amabile Choirs of London, Sing Your Song: Music by Matthew

One of CBC Music’s 30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30 for 2016, Matthew Emery says he specializes in composing music for choirs because they’ve been part of his life since he was 10.

“I was singing in choir from grade five up till the fourth year of my undergraduate degree. I was singing every day, singing in choir is part of my identity,” he tells us via email. “I started composing because I wanted to write music that I wanted to sing. It was natural to focus all of my writing on the choral idiom. I think most composers, when they’re beginning their journey, start by writing for the instrument they are most familiar with. For me that was the choir.”

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Golf Tournament 2017 Album

Golf 2017

Thank you for supporting the Amabile Bursary Fund and Chorister Support

On Thursday September 14, 2017 our golf tournament at RiverBend Golf Club was a great day of golf, fun, and music on the course. Dinner in RiverBend’s dining room was an elegant affair with performances by the choirs. Thank you to our sponsors and silent auction donors. our event supports Amabile choristers and ensures that no deserving singer is ever turned away from our legendary choirs!

Report from the Chair – Delivered to the Board of Directors, at the Amabile Annual General meeting, Riverbend Golf Community, January 24, 2018 by Sue Hale, Chair, Amabile Choirs Board of Directors

Sue Hale

Director’s Report:

Dear Board Members and Friends of the Amabile Choirs of London, Canada,

During the past season, Amabile has had many wonderful accomplishments both artistically and administratively.

Amabile’s focus this year was to continue to grow this great organization and to celebrate many of our accomplishments.  Our great country’s centennial year.  As such, our regular season saw numerous artistic collaborations and events with our Proudly Canadian titles as, “True North”, Strong, Free, and Proudly We Praise.

Our 27th annual Festival welcomed the energetic Karen Burke and her ensemble.  “A Joyful Celebration” it was, as our choirs moved and sang to new artistic heights.  This was an outstanding event and I thank all that were involved in making it such a success.

“Sing Your Song”, the musical collaboration of Matthew Emery and Amabile was released.  Matthew Emery, one of our accomplished Alumni, and last season’s Composer in residence, as written over a dozen songs for Amabile and many of them are featured on this disk.

Our continued success has been noticed by other organizations including our third invitation to perform with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. In April 2017, Prima: Amabile Women’s Choir and Primus, AYS and AYWE: Amabile Men’s Choir performed music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, at Roy Thompson Hall, as guest of the TSO.

As with our creative vision, our Animato Early Years program held another successful year special thanks to Becky Fleet. Under her guidance, I am hopeful that this program will continue with as much success, training new singers.

This was a season to honour those who have invested many years of service in Amabile.  Jackie Norman, artistic director for JAS and Da Capo celebrated her 25th anniversary in the organization and Wendy Landon Artistic Director JAS and Da Capo celebrating 15 years. Congratulations!

Special thanks go out to Wade Baillie, our outgoing president. Wade brought an energy to the organization and worked diligently to ensure consistency throughout. Wade continues to support the organization in every way that he can and is still an active member of the Men’s Choir.

Thanks also go out to John Bray who dedicated many years to the organization both in choir activity and as an active member of the Board of Directors.

Amabile welcomed Mike Hale as our new Bookkeeper in January 2017 and Peter Clements joined our Board of Directors in June 2017.

Administratively, Amabile with the guidance of MLD Solutions Inc. has commenced converting to a CRM Platform, which will assist us in managing resources, marketing information, and registration. While this is a work in progress, we have made significant headway in converting various components onto the system.

Amabile created an internal SharePoint site with which to house all documents, meeting Minutes, Calendars, organizational structure and internal communications for ease of access for all within the organization.

Behind the scenes, Amabile is doing well and as such launched its inaugural Golf Tournament that raised over $8,000 for the organization.

As your Board President, I cannot thank each of you enough. The amount of volunteer hours that each of you invest in this organization is the reason we are so successful. Without you, we would not be where we are today.

Thank you to all of you who donate your time, energy and support Amabile.

Yours truly

Sue Hale, President
Board of Directors
Amabile Choirs of London, Canada

Golf Tournament – Celebrate the Rhythm of London

for the Amabile Bursary Fund
and Chorister Support

Join Us For A Great Day of Golf!
Thursday September 14, 2017
RiverBend Golf Club, London, ON
Dress code in effect
11:30 am Registration & Lunch
1:00 pm Shotgun start
Cocktails & dinner following approx 5:30 – 6:00 pm
Golf and Dinner – $225 per golfer.

Dinner Only – $100 per person.

Join London celebrities, and surprise guests, plus some of London’s better golfers and hackers alike for:

  • 18 holes of golf with cart, scramble format
  • Lunch & dinner
  • MUSIC, of course!
  • Fun contests on the course
  • Tax receipt for the maximum amount that CRA will allow
  • Plus great prizes from some of London’s finer businesses
  • Or join us for Dinner only for just $100 (with a tax receipt)

Whether you come out and enjoy RiverBend’s 18 private championship holes of golf, join us in RiverBend’s dining room for an elegant dinner, sponsor or donate, you’ll be supporting Amabile choristers and ensuring that no deserving singer is ever turned away from our legendary choirs!