(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
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.Posted in News & Press | Leave a comment
If you love to sing, and would like to meet up with others who do too, remember: there is always room for talented vocalists with Amabile Choirs!
Get the full story on how easy it is to arrange an audition, by clicking here.
Here is what you need to know:
We are making audition appointments now. Male and Female, ages 8 through adult – there is a choir for you!
Girls aged 8 -13, (Elementary School) join Amabile Da Capo Choir & Junior Amabile Singers
Young Women & Adult Women, aged 13 and older (High School and older) join Amabile Youth Singers & Prima: Amabile Women’s Choir
Boys & Men, aged 8 and older join Amabile Boys & Men’s Choirs (successful applicants will be placed in the suitable choir)
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Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to the many Volunteers who make the Amabile Family of choirs operate so smoothly each week and at each performance!
Each year we have the opportunity to recognize the volunteers who donate so much of their time to ensuring that their community continues to be a great place to live!
Wade Baillie, who has volunteered (and sung) with Amabile for over 20 years,
Rod Brawn, 10 years
Jennifer Tyrell, 10 years
Linda Whidden, 10 years
Tina Zink-Brawn, 10 years
Andrew Wojcik, Youth Volunteer
Nominations are submitted in January of each year by each of the three the choir executive committees.
All six of our recipients have been honoured with a certificate and provincial lapel pin, from the Province of Ontario, Ontario Honours and Awards Secretariat, Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.
Rod, Linda and Tina were on hand at the provincial awards ceremony last Thursday night at The Marconi Club, to receive their awards from MPP Peggy Sattler and Guest Speaker Jay Campbell.
The remaining awards were presented to Wade, Jennifer and Andrew at a recent Amabile tuesday evening rehearsal.
Again: We can’t say Thank You enough, to the many Amabile volunteers for all that you do!!Posted in News & Press | Leave a comment