Les Choristes

Conductor: Jennifer Moir

Les Choristes is a dynamic women’s choir comprised of students from across campus, most of whom are voice majors at the Don Wright Faculty of Music. The repertoire is diverse, and includes music of all eras and genres while specializing in music of the 21st century.

Under the direction of Dr. Victoria Meredith, Les Choristes enjoyed a rich history of commissioning and premiering compositions, including works by esteemed Canadian composers Nancy Telfer and Ruth Watson Henderson. The choir also enjoyed a strong reputation across Canada as a result of its many national awards from both the CBC Choral Competitions and the Canadian Music Educators’ Association and invitations to perform as featured guests in concerts for MusicFest, Contemporary Showcase, and the American Choral Directors Association.

The tradition of supporting new Canadian Choral composition continues under the direction of Jennifer Moir. Since 2004, the choir has commissioned and presented over 30 new works by composers and arrangers Jeff Smallman, Sarah Quartel, Rory Magill, Don Macdonald and Allison Girvan.

Les Choristes has performed at the Ontario Music Educators’ Association conference and The Kaleid Choral Festival and embrace opportunities to connect with other choral organizations in the province as a means of building choral community. Tours to Ottawa in 2012 and 2014 and Toronto in 2015 have included guest appearances at the National War Memorial Museum during Remembrance Day services as well as collaborative workshops and concerts with local choirs and their directors. In recent years, pecial programs have included performances with renown performing artists, Rajaton (Finland) and solo artists, Essi Wuorela (Rajaton), Allison Girvan and Gary Diggins.

Les Choristes is featured in two recent recordings: ECHO – Choral Creativity in Motion, and The Song My Paddle Sings, a commemorative CD of music set to the poetry of E. Pauline Johnson by Canadian Composers.

Auditions:

Audition required. Open to all Western students. Complete audition information available here.

Rehearsals:

Monday to Thursday, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

View course outline for more information or visit the MPS general ensemble information page.

Performances (2017/2018):

Choral Celebration: Celebrating 150
Friday, October 27, 7:30 p.m.
First-St. Andrew’s United Church, 350 Queens Ave., London

All four choirs (Chorale, Les Choristes, St. Cecilia Singers, and Western University Singers) join together in a special concert celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary. Each choir is featured, as well as a combined performance of the commissioned work by Mark Sirett entitled, On Truth and Reconciliation.

$15/$10 (adults/students and seniors)
Purchase tickets in advance online, in person or by phone at 519-672-8800 via The Grand Theatre Box Office. Cash only at the door.

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My Home and Native Land
Friday, December 1, 7:30 p.m.
New St. James Presbyterian Church, 280 Oxford St. E., London

Les Choristes and Chorale present an evening to celebrate the diversity of Canada’s cultural and natural landscape, featuring the premiere of a song cycle by Canadian composer Don Macdonald, poetry by Six Nations poetess, E. Pauline Johnson. A Canada 150 event!

$10 (general admission)
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The Peace of Wild Things
Saturday, February 10, 7:30 p.m.
New St. James Presbyterian Church, 280 Oxford St. E., London

Les Choristes and Chorale present a program that speaks of our connection to the natural world, featuring Nancy Telfer’s Requiem Aeternam for women’s choir.

$10 (general admission)
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Meidän Laulumme – Our Song!
Saturday, March 10, 7:30 p.m.
New St. James Presbyterian Church, 280 Oxford St. E., London

Les Choristes play host to Finnish trio, EVA (soprano, cello, kantele) and Ottawa’s Cantiamo Girls choir for an evening of traditional and contemporary Finnish choral music.

$10 (general admission)
Purchase tickets in advance online, in person or by phone at 519-672-8800 via The Grand Theatre Box Office. Cash only at the door.

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Choral Celebration 2: Together in Song
Wednesday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.
First-St. Andrew’s United Church, 350 Queens Ave., London

The choirs reunite to close the choral season. Various works for women’s and men’s choirs as well as a unified performance for all singers will enhance the program.

$15/$10 (adults/students and seniors)
Purchase tickets in advance online, in person or by phone at 519-672-8800 via The Grand Theatre Box Office. Cash only at the door.

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