Hailed by critics and audiences alike as one of Canada’s finest oratorio choirs, Pax Christi Chorale delivers stirring performances with great polish and total conviction.
Under the leadership of new artistic director David Bowser, the award-winning choir aspires to build on its strengths and accomplishments to achieve new levels of performance and audience engagement. Collaborations with outstanding guest artists and partners give audiences and performers a deep appreciation for choral masterworks and new Canadian music.
Recent performance highlights include the Canadian premiere of Elgar’s The Apostles; the North American premiere of Parry’s Judith; Mendelssohn’s Elijah, with the innovative Bicycle Opera Project; and a 10-day concert tour throughout south-west England.
The Pax Christi Chamber choir placed first in its category in Choral Canada’s 2017 national competition for amateur choirs, for its performance of works by two talented young Canadian composers; Jared Tomlinson and Matthew Emery. The full choir was awarded an honourable mention in its category in the same competition.
Our most recent CD, “Thirty Years of Song”, was released in spring 2017, and features highlights from our 30th anniversary season including the first-prize winning entries in Choral Canada’s national competition. In the winter of 2015, the choir recorded “Winter Nights”, featuring the compositions of former artistic director, Stephanie Martin.
Pax Christi Chorale champions great choral music among a diverse community. We have an inclusive philosophy and welcome audience members, choristers, and volunteers from all backgrounds and walks of life.
Each year, Pax Christi Chorale accepts a number of aspiring singers and students to its Choral Scholar program, in addition to auditioning new members to sing in Pax Christi Chorale and Chamber Choir.
Audition dates for the 2017-18 season are:
- May 28
- June 4
- September 5
- September 10
The choir rehearses on Monday evenings from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm at Spring Garden Baptist Church, 112 Spring Garden Avenue (Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue).
For other information please contact General Manager, Jennifer Collins
As voices soared and diminished, seamlessly weaving through intricate contrapuntal passages then rising together in magnificent harmonies, this shared, great love of choral singing encompassed all who were privileged to be present.
– Marilyn Reesor, Barrie Examiner