Faculty of Music

Les Choristes

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 infomation 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 (2016/2017):

Friday, October 21, 7:30 p.m.
First-St. Andrew's United Church, 350 Queens Ave, London
Choral Celebration: This annual event features Western’s four outstanding choirs (Western University Singers, Les Choristes, Chorale, and St. Cecilia Singers) in a program of varied and exciting choral music. $15/$10 (adults/students and seniors)
Purchase online or call the Grand Theatre Box Office at 519-672-8800. Cash only at the door.

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Friday, December 2, 7:30 p.m.
New St. James Presbyterian Church, 280 Oxford St E., London
Sure On This Shining Night:  Join Les Choristes and Chorale for an intimate evening of choral music for the season with special guest Harpist Kathleen Gahagan.  Featured works include Britten's Ceremony of Carols and Kirke Mechem's The Seven Joys of Christmas!
$10 (general admission)
Purchase online or call the Grand Theatre Box Office at 519-672-8800. Cash only at the door.

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Friday, February 10, 8:00 p.m.
von Kuster Hall, Music Building
Of Struggle and Strength: Les Choristes and Chorale present a program of music that gives voice to resilience and hope.
Free admission.


Friday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.
New St. James Presbyterian Church, 280 Oxford St E., London
Fishing By the Light of the Ancestors: In celebration of Canada 150! Join Les Choristes and Chorale and guests for a program of contemporary settings of folk songs which honour Canada's cultural diversity. This event is a culmination of a week-long residency with world music singer, Allison Girvan, sporano, of Nelson B.C.
$10 (general admission)
Purchase online or call the Grand Theatre Box Office at 519-672-8800. Cash only at the door.

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