Faculty of Music

Western University Singers

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Conductor: Lydia Adams

Western University Singers has long been recognized as one of Canada’s most accomplished university mixed choral ensembles. The choir has received over a dozen national and international awards, including several CBC Radio Choral Competition prizes, first place in the BBC International Choral Competition, Canadian Music Educators’ Association Performance Awards, the London Music Award’s “2012 Most Popular Classical Vocal Group” and the “2013 Jack Richardson Music Award for Classical Choir.” In addition to exploring a wide range of traditional choral repertoire and styles, the choir has premiered numerous commissions and new works and enjoys collaborating with other choral and instrumental organizations.

This mixed choir is comprised of students from across campus, but many are vocal majors.  They perform six to 10 concerts each academic year both on and off campus, including regular performances with Western University Symphony Orchestra.   They have toured in Canada and the United States and have sung for national conventions of the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors, the American Choral Directors Association, and the Kodály Society of Canada.  They have also collaborated with other ensembles in events such as University Voices and several concerts with Orchestra London and London Pro Musica, and premiered numerous commissions and new works, including R. Murray Schafer's Apocalypsis.  The diverse styles performed by the choir are reflected in their most recent recordings, The King Shall Rejoice and Echo: Choral Creativity in Motion.

Auditions:

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

Rehearsals:

Wednesday and Thursday, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 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: The annual Choral Celebration 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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Wednesday, November 9, 12:30 p.m.
von Kuster Hall, Music Building
The Power of Song: Exquisite choral sounds from the Western University Singers.


Wednesday, November 30, 6:00 p.m.
von Kuster Hall, Music Building
Winter Solace: Finding light in the darkness and hope for life's journey with St. Cecilia Singers and Western University Singers.


Wednesday, February 15, 6:00 p.m.
von Kuster Hall, Music Building
Canadian Songscapes: Celebrating Canada 150 from Sea to Sea with St. Cecilia Singers and Western University Singers.


Friday, March 31, 7:00 p.m.
St Peter's Cathedral Basilica, 196 Dufferin Avenue (at Richmond), London
Timeless!St. Cecilia Singers and Western University Singers collaborate with single and double choir arrangements in the beautiful acoustic ambiance of St. Peter's Cathedral Basilica.