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

Amabile “Volunteer Service Award” recipients!

Happy National Volunteer Week and Thank You for supporting Amabile Choirs! Congratulations also to the Amabile Choirs volunteers who were awarded with an Ontario Volunteer Service Award (OVSA) this spring for their commitment to making great music!

The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration annually honours volunteers who provide committed and dedicated service to an organization.  The awards were presented at a special ceremony Friday March 17,2016 at the Hellenic Community Centre.

Guest Speaker for the two evening ceremonies was Amabile Choirs Funds Development Officer Chris Harding.

Pictured are (L to R) Emmcee Luke Vincent, Program Lead with Ministry of Culture and Immigration, MPP Peggy Sattler, Tammy Rees AYS and Prima volunteer,  RJ Escuadro a Youth volunteer with the Boys and Men’s Choirs, Heidi Proprotnik AYS and Prima volunteer and Deputy Premier Deb Matthews.

Thank You and Congratulations also to Angie Jewlal (ABMC volunteer), Jennifer Swan (JAS volunteer) Alice Tschen (AYS volunteer) and Karen Glajch (ABMC volunteer) who were unable to attend the ceremony and will receive their Certificates of Honour and Ontario Government lapel pins at a later date.

Congratulations to all of our Amabile volunteers, and thank you for donating your time, talents and skills to Amabile!

Report From The Chair

(Delivered to the Board of Directors,
at the Amabile Annual General meeting,
Highland Country Club, January 25, 2017
by Wade Baillie, Chair, Amabile Choirs Board of Directors.)

Our 31st season of the Amabile Choirs of London, Canada was full of many wonderful and exciting events, topping it off with a collective recording project for the music of our own alumni Matthew Emery.

Our season started off with Freude! (Joy), as the senior choirs of Amabile joined forces with #WePlayOn Musicians (now newly constituted as London Symphonia) and several other choirs for a concert of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

The girls and women’s side of the organization saw many wonderful artistic collaborations and events. The AYWE hosted a successful Cabaret to kick off their season. The choirs also focused their energies on fundraising and were very successful financially. The JAS joined forces with El Sistema for their spring concert. June was very busy for the Amabile Young Women’s Ensemble as they prepared for their European tour and were offered three additional performance opportunities, the Brescia Baccalaureate, the 8th Annual Bishop’s Dinner, and an Ontario Government Event. We said Bon Voyage to them at their spring concert and they were off to Prague, Saltzburg, Vienna and Budapest to delight audiences with their artistry and musicianship.

The fall of 2015 saw the remounting of the Amabile Chamber Choir, after several years on hiatus. They performed at 3 concerts and recorded a track on our new Sing Your Song cd.

With the success of previous Prima / Primus collaborations, the adult choirs were invited to join the Canadian Chamber Choir in January in concert, and their conductor, Amabile alumna Julia Davids.

Mark Sirett brought his style of energy to the 26th Annual Festival. We welcomed him back with many of his musical arrangements.

On the boys and men’s side of the choir, the season was busy with 19 unique performance opportunities. The TTC humbled themselves in the 1st –ever performance for most as they sang for HORCO in November, realizing that not all children are granted the same opportunities in life. They joined forces with their big brothers to present In Remembrance: Last Letters Home, a concert that weaved song and letters from soldiers home to their families.
The boys and men of Amabile continued this collaboration with the orchestra and presented their holiday concert with Brian Jackson. The new year saw the Young Men travel to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as invited guest artists of the All-Carolinas Honor Male Choir Festival.
And the AB&MC ended the season, just as they started it, with Joy. Leahy, and their infection enthusiasm for music were the guest artists for their spring concerts.

Along with the artistic endeavours that lead the way through out 31st season, Amabile added fresh energy to the organization. After careful consideration, the Animato early years education program began it’s first full session of educating and exciting youngsters about the joy of music. The organization also accepted the retirement of our longtime bookkeeper Linda McNaught. We wish her well in retirement!

On your behalf as your Board Chair, it is my pleasure to serve alongside you. I would like to say thank you to the moms and dads, guardians, and siblings, who give of their time, so we may collaborate with your children and feed the human soul. I also owe debt of gratitude to each and every volunteer. Thank you for giving of yourself and your time to make Amabile what it is.

Not-for-Profit Organizations Amabile assisted in raising funds for in 2015-2016
Canadian Chamber Choir
El Sistema Aeolian
Hope for Rural Children and Orphans (HORCO)
London Jazz Orchestra
New St. James Presbyterian
St. James Westminster
St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica
St. Peter’s Seminary


Wade Baillie, President,
Board of Directors
Amabile Choirs of London, Canada

Matthew Emery – one of Canada’s emerging classical music talents!


Amabile Alumni Matthew Emery is one of the Top 30 under 30, according to CBC Music!

Yearly since 2013, CBC Music has been keeping their collective ears to the ground, polling conservatories, music competitions and professional training programs from coast to coast, and creating a who’s who of the nation’s next classical music stars.

This year, all of the young musicians they are celebrating are newcomers to the 30-under-30 list…and the list includes Amabile Composer-in-Residence and ABMC alumni Matthew Emery, who composed all sixteen tracks on the “Sing Your Song” CD.

Check out the 2016 edition of CBC Music’s annual list of Canada’s emerging classical music talent here.

Matthew Emery and Amabile artistic staff confer, during the recording of “Sing Your Song”, which Matthew composed. Pictured L to R are Don Sills, Brenda Zadorsky, Emery and Carol Beynon.