Hands Down Great Choral

Confederation Centre hands out choral music awards

Confederation Centre of the Arts handed out its 2018 music department awards and citations at the 41stannual choral music fundraising dinner on April 5. The 17 awards recognize the Youth Chorus members for their contributions and achievements over the past year.

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“The Youth Chorus work had collectively and individually to bring great music to Islanders and to a broader audience,” says Donald Fraser, music director at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. “These awards are a form of recognition for excellence within the choir.”

The Public Relations Department Award: “To a member of the Chorus who has enhanced the image of Confederation Centre of the Arts through her participation in Confederation Centre Children’s Chorus” – ZANETA AMBASSA

The Holman’s Annual Award: “For loyalty and dependability” – ABBY BATCHILDER

The Mrs. G. Elliot Full Award: “To a member of the Chorus who has demonstrated exceptional all‑round musical ability and potential” – ALLIE DURLING

The Frank J. Storey Award: “To a member of the Chorus who by dedication, sacrifice, regular attendance, deportment and general musicianship has made an out-standing contribution to the Choir” – TRISTA MACNEILL

The Catherine MacKinnon‑Crabbe Award: “To a senior girl in the Confederation Centre of the Arts Children’s Chorus who has shown out‑standing ability combined with loyalty and enthusiasm” –  GRACE LEWIS

The CBC FM Award: “To a first‑year member of Confederation Centre Children’s Chorus showing exceptional vocal‑progress” –  KEELEY DOUCETTE

The Bank of Montreal Award: “For loyalty, enthusiasm and musical ability in the Confederation Centre of the Arts Children’s Chorus” –  DAISEY & KATE HOWE

The Liz Coady Memorial Award: To the member of the Confederation Centre Children’s Choir who best exhibits qualities of honesty, integrity, compassion, and a true love of music –  EVA LIU & TAYLOR DURLING

The Manning Award: “To a Senior member of Confederation Centre Children’s Chorus displaying qualities of musical ability, commitment, self‑discipline and loyalty to her fellow‑choristers and Director” –  SOPHIA GALWAY

The Music Department Award: “To a girl in the Confederation Centre of the Arts Children’s Chorus who has enhanced the image of the Centre by her ability and dedication to the choir” –  LEIA MCMILLAN

The Mary Hancox Award: “To a first‑year member of Confederation Centre of the Arts Children’s Chorus showing exceptional vocal progress” – KOBY-LYNN GALLANT

The MacRae Award: “To a senior member of Confederation Centre Children’s Chorus making an outstanding contribution to the overall work of the Music Department” – EMMA CHRISTENSEN

The Friends of Confederation Centre Award : “To a member of the Confederation Centre Children’s Chorus given in the spirit of striving for excellence” – ELLE WHITTY

The Hon. Lloyd G. MacPhail Award: “To a senior member of Confederation Centre Children’s Chorus whose outstanding talents have been fully used in both Music Department and Community events” – SIOBHAN ARMSTRONG

The Hon. Gordon L. Bennett Award: “To a member of the Children’s Chorus, Confederation Centre of the Arts, showing outstanding qualities of leadership, combined with all-round musical ability” – DENAÉ LAVALLÉE

The Hon. Marion L. Reid Award: “To a member of the Confederation Centre Children’s Chorus who has displayed a large measure of dedication, hard work, and discipline to further the musical goals of the Chorus” – JADE DOUCETTE

The Hon. Gilbert R. Clements Award: “To a member of the Confederation Centre Children’s Chorus who through the qualities of leadership and musical ability is a source of inspiration to other chorus members” –  KATRINA GALLANT

Special thanks are extended to Maritime Electric sponsor for Choral Music.

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Last Chance to Hear Youth Chorus

The Confederation Centre Youth Chorus will present its popular annual spring concert Voices of Spring this Sunday, April 9, at 3 p.m., at Trinity United Church in Charlottetown.

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The concert will include classics by Bach, Handel, Palestrina, and Pergolesi as well as contemporary and traditional folksongs. Selections will be featured that the Chorus will be singing on their upcoming tour to Rome and Florence, Italy. Donald Fraser, Choral Music Director, will direct the 55-member Chorus, with accompaniment provided by Sara White.

The Chorus is scheduled to sing at St. Peter’s Basilica,The Vatican, on Sunday, April 23, at 10:30 a.m. This high-profile opportunity promises to be the highlight of the year for the Youth Chorous, and follows many months of preparation and fundraising.

The Confederation Centre Youth Chorus provides Island youth, ages 8 to 20 with a unique opportunity to develop their musical skills at home and abroad. The Chorus performs regularly at Confederation Centre, Trinity United, and other venues. Members have recorded two studio albums and have toured extensively, travelling to Italy, France, Belgium, Great Britain, Florida, Washington D.C., New York City, British Columbia, Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Tickets for this Sobeys LIVE at the Centre concert are $20 and can be purchased at the box office, at 1-800-565-0278 or online at confederationcentre.com. Tickets are also available at the main door of Trinity United Church the afternoon of the concert.

Remembering Our War Veterans

Confederation Centre of the Arts is proud to present a Remembrance Day concert of choral music and readings in honour of the nation’s war veterans. In Remembrance takes place Friday, November 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity United Church in Charlottetown.

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“In Remembrance offers an evening of thought-provoking poetry complemented by appropriate selections of choral music — one reflects and heightens the other,” says Don Fraser, director of choral music at Confederation Centre. “Much of the poetry is from the First World War, and included in the music is a Canadian choral setting of the famous In Flanders Fields poem.”

The concert will also feature the selection I’m Dreaming of Home, which members of the Youth Chorus performed at the dedication ceremony for the newly restored Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France on April 9, 2007, the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Other pieces of music include Elgar’s As Torrents in Summer, the In Remembrance of Canadian composer Eleanor Daley, Calling My Children Home, arranged by Joseph Jennings, the beautiful Pie Jesu by Fauré and a new composition by Charlottetown’s own Terry Pratt, Crossing the Bar, based on the poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Tickets for the annual In Remembrance performance are $15 and are available at the door, at Confederation Centre’s box office, online at confederationcentre.com, or via phone at or via phone at 902-566-1267 (toll free at 1-800-565-0278.)

Maritime Electric sponsors Confederation Centre’s Choral Music Programme and Sobeys is the title sponsor for Live @ the Centre! Media sponsors are The Guardian, Ocean 100, and Hot 105.5.