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ACCC Announces Finalists in 2013 National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs

Location: Ontario, Canada


The Association of Canadian Choral Communities announces the finalists in the 2013 National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs. 

A treasured Canadian choral tradition, the prestigious ACCC National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs inspires choirs to strive for excellence, provides visibility for amateur choirs of all types and traditions, and encourages the creation and performance of Canadian works. The Competition is open to all Canadian amateur choirs and attracts diverse participants from coast to coast. The competition is held in collaboration CBC Music, the Canada Council for the Arts and Festival 500. 

The 2013 Finalists are: Category 1: Children's Choirs

Category 2: Upper-Voice Youth Choirs

Category 3: Lower-Voice Youth Choirs

Category 4: Mixed-Voice Youth Choirs

Spurrell Studio Choir – Natalie Spurrell (Oakville, ON)

Calgary Girls Choir (Brava) – Elaine Quilichini (Calgary, AB)
Vocum (Canterbury High School) – James Caswell (Ottawa, ON) WoCo (Etobicoke School of the Arts) – David Ambrose (Toronto, ON)

St. Michael's Choir School T enor Bass Choir – T eri Dunn (T oronto, ON) Testostertones (Catholic Central High School) – Don Sills (Seaforth, ON)

Chorale De La Salle – Robert Filion (Ottawa, ON)
Coastal Sound Youth Choir – Carrie Tennant (Vancouver, BC)
Medway Madrigal Singers – Jeff Beynon and Kathy McNaughton (London, ON)

Category 5: Mixed-Voice Collegiate Choirs

Category 6: Mixed-Voice Adult Choirs

Category 7: Mixed-Voice Adult Chamber Choirs

Category 8: Equal-Voice Men's Choirs
Category 9: Equal-Voice Women's Choirs

Category 11: Contemporary Music

University of Manitoba Singers – Elroy Friesen (Winnipeg, MB)
University of Saskatchewan Greystone Singers – Gerald Langner (Saskatoon, SK)
Western University Singers – Victoria Meredith (London, ON)

Chorale Saint-Jean – Laurier Fagnan (Edmonton, AB) Guelph Chamber Choir – Gerald Neufeld (Guelph, ON) Spiritus Chamber Choir – Timothy Shantz (Calgary, AB)

I Coristi Chamber Choir – Debra Cairns (Edmonton, AB) That Choir – Craig Pike (Toronto, ON)

Primus: Amabile Men's Choir – Carol Beynon (London, ON)

Canadian Mennonite University Chamber Choir – Janet Brenneman (Winnipeg, MB)
Elektra Women's Choir – Morna Edmundson (Vancouver, BC)
Xara Choral Theatre Ensemble – Christina Murray (Halifax, ON)

Quintessential Vocal Ensemble – Susan Quinn (St. John’s, NL)
Spiritus Chamber Choir – Timothy Shantz (Calgary, AB)
University of Regina Chamber Singers – Dominic Gregorio (Regina, SK)

Winners will be announced at Festival 500 Sharing the Voices, an international festival of choral music which runs from July 3-10, 2013 in St. John’s, NL. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top performances in each category. The choir with the Best Performance of a Canadian Work in any category will also receive a cash prize. The prestigious Canada Council for the Arts Healey Willan Grand Prize will be awarded to the choir who gives the finest overall performance in musicianship, technique and program.

Each choir has created a CBC Music artist page, where audiences can listen to performances by and engage with the participating choirs. Links to each competitor’s CBC artist page and competition audio are available from the ACCC’s National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs portal page. For links, please visit

Outstanding performances from select participants will be featured on CBC Radio 2's Choral Concert in the coming weeks.

The National Competition of Canadian Amateur Choirs is a signature program of the Association of Canadian Choral Communities, Canada’s national service organization for choirs and the choral community. For more information please visit 

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