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THE SCOOP | Canadian Opera Company Announce Open Call For Virtual Choir

By Michael Vincent on May 7, 2020

Sandra Horst (Courtesy of the Canadian Opera Company)
Sandra Horst (Courtesy of the Canadian Opera Company)

The Canadian Opera Company is inviting the public to participate in their first-ever Virtual Choir.

Led by Sandra Horst (COC Chorus), singers of all ages and abilities will be guided through an online performance of the “Anvil Chorus” from Verdi’s Il Trovatore.

“Verdi’s Anvil Chorus is a perfect choice for a wide range of voices and experience levels to sing together,” said Horst. “We are trying to create an engaging way to involve people and give them the opportunity to really let loose and have fun at a time when many of us need an uplifting sense of community […] Let’s have some fun making music together!”

Singers will receive video tutorials as well as a backing track featuring COC Ensemble Studio soprano Anna-Sophie Neher, bass-baritone Joel Allison, and pianist/intern coach Rachael Kerr. A compilation version to be later shared online. No previous musical experience is required, and participants are encouraged to be as creative as they like in recording their submissions.

“We’re looking forward to seeing everyone once again, virtually, and having this unique opportunity to connect, while physically apart,” said COC General Director Alexander Neef. “We know that our audiences and local communities have missed being able to take part in the many music workshops we typically host throughout the year, including our popular Chorus Sing-Along event.”

The submission deadline is May 30, 2020.

To register, visit coc.ca/VirtualChoir.

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Michael Vincent is the Editor-in-chief Ludwig Van and CEO of Museland Media. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. A specialist in digital media for over 15 years, he has worked as a senior editor and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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