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!

Sirens and its sister choir Harmonia will celebrate the magic and wonder of the Christmas season with a set of two concerts this month. “O Star” will be performed first on December 8, 2018 at 7:30 pm at Park Royal United Church in Charlottetown. The concert will be presented again on December 9, 2018 at 3:00 pm at St. Andrew’s United Church in Vernon Bridge. The ensembles will be joined by the St. Andrew’s Senior Choir for the Vernon Bridge performance.

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Sirens and Harmonia will perform works, both separately and together, that look at the familiar Christmas story through the eyes of Mary. She is known by many names – Mother, Star of the Sea, Madonna, Queen of Heaven, Our Lady of Sorrows – and described in many terms – pure, whole, noble, meek, mild, blessed and holy.  But who was Mary and how does her womanhood help to propel the story of Christmas?

Both ensembles will explore these themes of motherhood and feminine strength through several seasonal pieces, including “Ave Maris Stella” by Eva Ugalde, “Ave Generosa” by Ola Gjeilo, “Star Carol” by John Rutter, and “Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella” by Sarah Jaysmith.

Sirens is an award-winning women’s choral ensemble from Charlottetown, named after the singing femmes fatales of Greek mythology. Under the artistic direction of Kelsea McLean, the group has been lauded for its pure tone quality, sensitive musicality and tight ensemble singing. Sirens is accompanied by collaborative pianist, Stephanie Cole.

Now entering its fourth season, Harmonia is Sirens’ premiere educational program for girls between the ages of 11-18. Designed as a place to discover the joys of singing in a group, Harmonia is a community where girls can feel safe to find their voices through music. The ensemble is under the direction of Kelsea McLean, with pianist Andrea Ellis, who are both experienced educators and private music instructors.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door.

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