The Toronto Children’s Chorus and Toronto Youth Choir are looking forward to performing with Dixon Hall Music School Choir in a FREE Community Concert at St. Paul’s Basilica in Regent Park on Sunday, February 5 at 4:00pm.
Dixon Hall Music School Choir is located in the Regent Park area and consists of about 12 to 15 choristers between the ages of seven to 13. The Choir is free to join, with practices occurring once each week on Mondays.
“My choir is excited to sing with the accomplished, older Choral Scholar singers from the Toronto Children’s Chorus,” says Dixon Hall Music School Choir conductor, Edward Larocque. The two choirs will be singing a joint piece with harmony: Let There Be Peace on Earth by Sy Miller and Jill Jackson, arranged by Hawley Ades. The Choral Scholars are a sub-section of Chorale choir that take on additional responsibilities in the Toronto Children’s Chorus. This inspiring song perfectly reflects TCC’s 39th season theme, In Peace and Celebration!
Both Dixon Hall Music School Choir and the Toronto Children’s Chorus provide music education and performance opportunities to young people. Edward says it is the mission of his choir to offer an accessible atmosphere to nurture teamwork skills and build friendships for children in the community. Dixon Hall helps children develop transferrable skills for their day-to-day lives, which they might not have otherwise been exposed to.
Edward considers how accessible a song is for his choristers before adding it to their repertoire. Most pieces are rhythmic and are from films, he says, but others are classical pieces that help students learn proper breath and vocal techniques. Dixon Hall Music School Choir has sung French, Italian, and many English songs throughout the years.
Just like the Toronto Children’s Chorus, Dixon Hall choristers work hard during rehearsals.
“We always start with a physical warm up and vocal exercises. Then, we work on repertoire that the kids enjoy.” However, Edward explains that his choir always has time for some laughter and games, often in the form of a mid-rehearsal body break. “Choir is also a place for children to have fun!”
The Toronto Children’s Chorus couldn’t agree more. We look forward to singing and having fun with the Dixon Hall Music School Choir on Sunday, February 5 at 4pm! We hope to see you there too!
Donations are welcome at the door to help cover concert production costs.