young adult choral music across canada

Creating connections through song

The Bridge Choral Collective represents a bold cross-Canada initiative to generate thrilling new music, rooted in justice, in a time of global contemplation. It cements the bonds among some of Canada's most innovative youth and young adult choirs, and brings them together to explore and create in partnership with guest artists from around the world.

The Bridge Choral Collective Partner choirs are:

GUEST ARTISTS

Bringing together over 300 Canadian youth and young adult singers with luminary guest artists from across Canada and around the world. Using virtual means, we will build real-world musical connections with enriching artistic experiences.

The Bridge Choral Collective Guest Artists are:

 

 

BUILDING BRIDGES

The Bridge Choral Collective is excited to announce that we'll also be providing opportunities for participation for young singers at the high school and post-secondary level across Canada, as well as for music educators and conductors.

FOR YOUTH/YOUNG ADULT CHOIRS

We're delighted to present these 90-minute virtual workshop sessions with three of our luminary guest artists, open to all Canadian youth and young adult choirs (including high school groups)! Registration includes a package of learning materials for follow-up by teachers/conductors available after each session.

All sessions are currently full but places may become available, and/or further sessions/artists may be added. Please contact us below if you are interested in joining!

University of Pretoria Youth Choir - SEPTEMBER 2020


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Join conductor Lhente-Mari Pitout alongside members of her dynamic, multicultural, world-renowned youth choir as they teach SATB South African traditional music live to our participant choirs!

In addition to the workshop fee below, all participating choirs will be required to purchase sufficient copies of the pieces taught (two pieces total, approximately $5/person for both) for their choir. Scores will be distributed electronically as PDFs and may be used like any other music for your choir thereafter. All proceeds will directly support your guest artist. 

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT (find my time zone)

Sherryl Sewepagaham - October 2020

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A singer-songwriter of Canadian Cree-Dene descent, Sherryl Sewepagaham will teach a choral arrangement of one of her beautiful songs, complete with Woodland Cree text and insights into Cree vocal technique.

In addition to the workshop fee below, all participating choirs will be required to purchase sufficient copies of the pieces taught (two pieces total, approximately $5/person for both) for their choir. Scores will be distributed electronically as PDFs and may be used like any other music for your choir thereafter. All proceeds will directly support your guest artist. 

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020

Time: 12:45 PM - 2:15 PM EDT (find my time zone)

MOIRA SMILEY - NOVEMBER 2020

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Let Moira Smiley's powerful and engaging music sweep your singers into joyful expression! Moira will teach singers the outline of her vocal arrangements for her two songs, ‘Refugee’ and ‘Dressed In Yellow’. These demonstrate two very different vocal techniques and songwriting methods. Both involved improvisation in their beginnings. This workshop will introduce improvisation and body percussion as tools to deepen creation and connection to song. Moira & participants will collaborate to create an entirely new piece - made from content recorded by participants during the workshop.

This workshop will involve creating a NEW, IMPROVISED piece of music, so there will be NO ADDITIONAL cost for music in order to participate.

Date: Saturday, November 28, 2020

Time: 12:45 PM - 2:15 PM EST (find my time zone)

COST TO PARTICIPATE

Registration for each Building Bridges session is limited to ensure that sessions remain interactive and engaging for all participants. We will accept registrations for choirs/groups beginning 12 PM EDT on September 1, 2020. Registrations will be closed once capacity is reached, so don't delay!

Choir Registration Fees*

Under 20 participants - $75.00/session

20-34 participants - $135.00/session

35-49 participants - $210.00/session

50-64 participants - $285.00/session

65-79 participants - $360.00/session

80-99 participants - $460.00/session

* digital sheet music purchase not included, but required for participation in the September and October sessions; see details under session descriptions above.

PARTICIPANT LIMITS

The Bridge Choral Collective hopes to make these sessions accessible to as many different programs and choirs as possible; with this in mind, we ask that those who have larger programs consider having smaller groups within their program participate in each session. We have a maximum cap of 99 singers per program/organization/school for this reason; however, if there is sufficient interest from such programs, we would be delighted to facilitate additional sessions! Email us at contact@bridgechoralcollective to inquire.

FOR MUSIC EDUCATORS

For our incredible music educator colleagues across Canada, there's the Building Bridges professional development series! Sessions are capped at 30 participants maximum to ensure lots of quality interaction with our guests.

All sessions are currently full, but we will explore running futher sessions with these or other artists.  Please contact us below if you are interested in joining!

Elise Bradley - SEPTEMBER 2020

Artistic Director of the world-famous Toronto Children's Chorus Elise Bradley discusses diversity through repertoire. How do we engage our singers with repertoire that is inclusive and exciting, while still being culturally and pedagogically sound? 

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020 

Time: 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM EDT (find my time zone)

Sherryl Sewepagaham - October 2020

A singer-songwriter of Canadian Cree-Dene descent, Sherryl Sewepagaham shares her reflections and experiences about teaching Indigenous music in Canadian schools. With many years of experience working with schools on her music, Sherryl will discuss how to explore Canadian Indigenous music with respect and authenticity.

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020

Time: 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM EDT (find my time zone)

MOIRA SMILEY - NOVEMBER 2020

Moira Smiley's original songs and arrangements have become hugely popular with youth and young adult singers around the world. Join Moira in a discussion about her song collecting and creation process and how to engage your singers in vibrant, engaging, whole-body performances. Discuss genre-equity in your programming by checking in with fine details of vocal colour, ornament and phrasing and grander ideas of culture and context for the song.  Come away with new tools for integrating context & intention into musical experiences for you AND your singers.

Date: Saturday, November 28, 2020

Time: 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM EST (find my time zone)

COST TO PARTICIPATE

Registration for the Building Bridges professional development series includes access to all three sessions. Numbers are capped at 30 participants to ensure that sessions remain interactive and engaging for all. Registration will open soon!

Professional Development Series Registration

$50 registration fee for access to all three sessions presented virtually

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