Pax Christi Chorale is known for presenting dramatic masterworks with passion, conviction and heart.
The 100-voice, Toronto-based choir is led by Artistic Director Stephanie Martin, whose imaginative programming often introduces audiences to works that are a bit off the familiar path—music that is exciting and fresh but always rooted in the ancient art of choral singing.
Pax Christi's 2016–2017 Season
With Meredith Hall, Krisztina Szabó, Brett Polegato, Lawrence Wiliford, Daniel Lichti, Michael Uloth and the Etobicoke School of the Arts chamber choir
Elgar’s deeply moving “English Passion” and the prequel to The Kingdom.
Saturday, April 29, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 30, 3:00 p.m.
Grace Church on-the-Hill
300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto
With Shannon Mercer and the Aslan Boys Choir
Parry’s pastoral Ode on the Nativity paired with Palestrina’s ethereal Hodie Christus Natus Est and seasonal carols.
December 10&11, 2016
The John & Margaret Casey Challenge
Help propel Pax Christi Chorale to a higher level of financial sustainability, and fund exciting programmes that you won't hear anywhere else.
At our 30th anniversary gala on January 28, Board Chair Carol Ringer announced a new fundraising challenge from John and Margaret Casey. In their words:
All of us are celebrating!
- Pax Christi’s 30 years of artistic excellence
- Stephanie Martin’s leadership over 20 years
- Our anticipation of continued artistry and growth under incoming Artistic Director David Bowser.
The Caseys are challenging us to reflect on the extraordinary contribution Pax Christi has made to our lives and the musical community, and donate more than usual.
For every new or over-and-above regular donation dollar that is donated to Pax Christi by July 31. 2017, they will match it, up to a total of $10,000. We are part way there, and have already received pledges and donations!
All donations are gratefully received, regardless of size. We are all committed to the success of Pax Christi, and we hope that you will donate as you are able.
Pax Christi has an exciting future to be sure – if we all work to maximize our fundraising and donation efforts. The challenge makes it even easier to support Pax Christi Chorale by matching your new or additional donations dollar for dollar.
– John & Margaret Casey
Or donate via cheque
Please make cheques payable to Pax Christi Chorale and mail to Box 91048, 2901 Bayview Avenue,Toronto, ON M2K 2Y6.
Because this challenge aims to generate new or additional donations over and above regular donation amounts, please indicate on the memo line the amount of your donation that applies to the Casey Challenge.
Meet David Bowser, incoming Artistic Director
Pax Christi Chorale is delighted to welcome David Bowser as our new artistic director in the fall of 2017. David comes to us with extensive and exciting experience as a choral and orchestral conductor, composer, and educator. READ MORE
From Ms. Martin’s first season as Artistic Director, she raised the bar and challenged the choir with its first performances with orchestra. The choir has steadily added to its oratorio repertoire, enriching Toronto choral music lovers with memorable performances and gaining a reputation as one of Canada’s finest oratorio choirs.
– Choral Canada
Pax Christi Chorale continues to move from strength to strength. Given Stephanie’s imaginative programming, Toronto audiences are being exposed to a broad spectrum of excellent choral music.
– Howard Dyck, CM Conductor and Pax Christi Chorale Honorary Patron
A packed house at Koerner Hall was treated to a rare and stirring performance of Edward Elgar’s oratorio The Kingdom. Here was the full glory of a grand old choral tradition, delivered with great polish and total conviction.
– John Terauds
The choir, under the hand of artistic director Stephanie Martin, has grown more ambitious year after year, and the concerts – and the fundraisers – have increased in beauty and complexity.
– Joe Fiorito, Toronto Star
The performance I attended was a triumph. The work was quite rightly given without intermission and accordingly had real momentum. The combined effect of solo singers, choir and instrumentalists was entirely successful.
– Hans de Groot, The WholeNote