Award-winning PEI women’s choral ensemble will be joined by Aeolian Singers from Halifax

Rounding out its 2018-19 season, Sirens will present “Sea Songs” this May, along with the ever-popular Aeolian Singers from Halifax, NS. Billed as Maritime women singing Maritime songs, this concert will feature music based on folklore, water, and life near the ocean.

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Sirens and the Aeolian Singers will perform works, both separately and together, that explore the triumphs and tragedies of the sea, as a bringer of the mystical, as well as danger, freedom, adventure, and community. From well-known folk songs such as “Maid on the Shore” and to classical works like Holst’s “Hymn to the Waters,” there will be something for everyone.

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Audiences will have two opportunities to hear these choirs: on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Park Royal United Church in Charlottetown, and on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Trinity United Church in Summerside.  Both concerts will begin at 3 pm.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $10 for students.

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This summer, the Indian River Festival and Sirens Choral Association Inc. are pleased to work in partnership to present the 2019 edition of the Indian River Festival Chorus. The choir will perform at the renowned Indian River Festival on Sunday, July 7th in collaboration with the Saskatoon Children’s Chorus.

Sirens Choral Association Inc., mandated to provide accessible programs to singers from across the Island, as well as create a network of choral singers, is excited for this new partnership. In working with the Indian River Festival, singers will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a world class venue, as well as perform alongside one of Canada’s foremost children’s choral program.

The ensemble will be directed by Kelsea McLean, Artistic Director of the Sirens family of choirs, and accompanied by pianist Andrea Ellis. McLean is thrilled to be part of this collaboration, “I am very excited to be a part of the new partnership between Indian River Festival and Sirens Choral Association Inc! As the Artistic Director of Sirens and the conductor of Indian River Festival Chorus, I believe these two organizations working together will serve in further strengthening the choral tradition and musical relationships on Prince Edward Island. I would encourage those who are interested in singing in community to give the Indian River Festival Chorus a try this summer. Sharing the stage with renowned Saskatoon Children’s Chorus is not an opportunity to be missed.”

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The Indian River Festival Chorus is an unauditioned ensemble for soprano, alto, tenor or bass voices. Singers should have previous experience singing in choral ensembles, and a basic understanding of reading music. Focus will be placed on vocal development, musicianship, and having fun! Rehearsals will take place in both Charlottetown and Indian River from April to July. Keep reading for complete details!


Rehearsal Schedule

All rehearsals run 7-9 unless otherwise stated

  • Thursday,  April 25 – Spring Park, Charlottetown

  • Thursday, May 9 – Spring Park, Charlottetown

  • Thursday, May 23 – Spring Park, Charlottetown

  • Thursday, May 30 – Spring Park, Charlottetown

  • Thursday, June 6 – St. Mary’s, Indian River

  • Thursday, June 13 – St. Mary’s, Indian River

  • Saturday, June 15 (morning/afternoon, specific times TBA) – INTENSIVE REHEARSAL – St. Mary’s, Indian River

  • Thursday, June 20 – St. Mary’s, Indian River

  • Thursday, June 27 – St. Mary’s, Indian River

  • Thursday, July 4 – St. Mary’s, Indian River

  • Sunday, July 7 (specific times TBA) – DRESS REHEARSAL – St. Mary’s, Indian River

Performance

  • Sunday, June 30 – Spring Park United Church, Sunday morning service

  • Sunday, July 7, 3pm – Indian River Festival, St. Mary’s

Commitment

  • As you can see, we will be operating on a tight schedule! It is imperative that you can attend the majority of rehearsals (maximum missed is 2); if you have any questions, concerns or challenges, please discuss with us directly.

Registration Fees

  • $25/singer

  • This covers the cost of purchasing/printing/shipping music

To sign-up, please email Andrea at info@sirenschoir.com!