Today, PEI’s award-winning women’s choral ensemble Sirens announced its 201920 season. The ensemble is heading into the recording studio to produce its first full-length album “Boundless.” Because of the nature of this recording project, Sirens will be busy this fall preparing material and recording. Once completed, the women will present several performances in the first half of 2020 to give audiences a chance to hear this new music live.

Sirens & Mi'kmaq Heritage Actors 2018 (2 of 86)
Photo Credit: Darrell Theriault

 

Artistic Director Kelsea McLean described the repertoire that the group will record: “As women, we encounter obstacles in our world,” said McLean, “and these songs tell stories of suffering, but more importantly, stories about the resiliency of the human spirit. When faced with famine, imprisonment, mental illness, grief, discrimination, or insecurity, we learn to rise above our suffering. We wear our trials as a badge of honour and we are then free, or boundless.”

Sirens is excited to be working with noted musician and producer Jeff Reilly of Halifax, who has produced albums for the Canadian Chamber Choir and Xara Choral Theatre. There will be an exclusive “VIP Performance” on Monday, November 25 at Park Royal United Church, where invited audience members will get to see behind the scenes as the women prepare to record.

On Saturday, December 14th, Harmonia Girls’ Choir will present “Glow” at Park Royal United Church in Charlottetown. This ensemble is Sirens’ education program for girls between 11-18 years old. Harmonia will present songs that capture the magical beginnings of winter, inviting listeners to slow down and appreciate the beauty of the season.

2020 will kick off with a bang on January 18th, as Sirens present its “Boundless” CD pre-launch. The special evening will offer a few songs from the new recording, some light refreshments, a chance to mingle with the singers, and an opportunity for people to pre-order the album.

February will see the return of Sirens’ popular Cabaret evening, with “Crazy in Love” on February 15th at The Guild in Charlottetown. Join the ladies for a night of music that will be sure to make you laugh, cry, smile, and maybe even swoon. This event often sells out, so if you plan to treat your sweetheart, be sure to get your tickets early.

In May, Sirens will travel to Halifax to appear as featured artists at the Atlantic Festival of Music, Atlantic Canada’s largest band and choral festival. On May 23, Harmonia will be back with their concert “There has to be a Song,” at Park Royal United Church in Charlottetown. The performance will celebrate the joy of singing together as a source of inspiration and a sense of community.

Finally, Sirens will present two full-length performances of repertoire from “Boundless”: Saturday, June 6 at Park Royal United Church, Charlottetown and on Sunday, June 7 at St. Bonaventure’s Parish, Mount Stewart. 

Details and tickets coming soon!

Harmonia is accepting new members for the 2019-2020 season!

Now entering its fifth season, Harmonia is Sirens’ premiere educational program for girls between the ages of 11-18. Have fun, make new friends, and discover the joys of singing in a group – Harmonia is a community where girls can feel safe to find their voices through music. Focus is placed on strong vocal technique, musicianship, and music theory, all while having fun, of course! Harmonia is under the direction of Kelsea McLean, with pianist Andrea Ellis, both experienced music educators.

“Harmonia is my favourite activity any of my kids have ever taken. My daughter is always singing! She loves the girls in the choir. She loves Kelsea and Andrea. She is learning so much. The concerts are wonderful. My wife and I thank our stars every day that the Sirens have developed this educational service aspect to their choir. She will return, 100%. Her little sister can’t wait to be a Harmonia girl, too.” – Harmonia parent, 2017-present

Ensemble Information

  • Location – Park Royal United Church, Charlottetown (11 Christie Drive);
  • Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings, 6:15-8:15pm, from September 10, 2019 to May 18, 2020
  • Harmonia performs two concert programs each season: a winter performance on December 14,  and a spring performance on May 23;
  • Harmonia contributes music to Sunday morning services at Park Royal twice per season;
  • New this year, singers will participate in 2 singer retreats focusing on musicianship and ensemble bonding;
  • Additional performances may be included in the schedule pending availability and value of experience for singers;
  • As part of the Sirens family, singers have the opportunity to attend Sirens concerts for free;
  • Singers will receive specialized vocal training within a gendered choir context, specializing in specific training for the girl’s developing voice;
  • Registration for the year is $125
    • No child will be excluded from participation due to financial reasons; please reach out to us directly with any questions you may have
  • Community Service Bursary are awarded to participating high school  students

Please fill out the form below if you would like to enroll your daughter in Harmonia.