Pax Christi Chorale is known for presenting dramatic choral masterpieces, performing with passion, conviction and heart.
Artistic Director Stephanie Martin’s imaginative programming engages audiences with dramatic story-telling through oratorio and rarely-heard masterworks. Since its inception in 1987, the choir has grown to over 100 singers, and has performed ambitious works including the North American première of Parry’s Judith and Elgar’s masterpiece The Kingdom at Koerner Hall, Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ, and Britten’s Saint Nicolas.
Pax Christi Chorale was founded in 1987 by Dr. Robert Loewen, current President Emily Burgetz and Ron Sawatsky, inspired by the success of a choir assembled for the Toronto celebration of the 1986 Bicentennial of Mennonites in Canada. Some of the original 35 singers are still in the choir today.
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
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
Mennonite Heritage & Community Links
- Ten Thousand Villages
- Mennonite Connections on the World-Wide Web
compiled by Dr. Bradley Lehman
- Mennonite Historical Society of Canada
view the Canadian Mennonite Encyclopedia Online
- Mennonite Central Committee
- Mennonite Archives of Ontario
information on the archives at Conrad Grebel College, University of Waterloo, Ontario