General News « High Park Choirs of Toronto

By: High Park Choir  09-12-2011
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General News « High Park Choirs of Toronto

Chorister Celebration

Brio & Allegria Choirs
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
6:30 – 7:15pm
Runnymede United Church – Rehearsal Hall

Piccolo I & Piccolo II Choirs
Thursday, February 3, 2011
4:30 – 5:00pm
Runnymede United Church – Rehearsal Hall

Intermezzo Choir
Thursday, February 3, 2011
6:15 – 7:00pm
Runnymede United Church – Rehearsal Hall

This Celebration is an opportunity to honour our choristers for all the hard work they have accomplished and to let you know what exciting events we have planned for the next few months. 

Included in the Celebration will be an update on the Choir’s New Vision and the changes that are coming as we enter our 25th Anniversary Season, as well as a mini demonstration by our Artistic Director, Zimfira Poloz. 

Bring your camera!

The Toronto Arts Council has awarded HPC $3,000 towards fulfilling its new strategy to reach out to its growing community and offer children in the GTA a unique choral experience.  There were 46 applications made to the Toronto Arts Council and only 23 grants were awarded. We are delighted that the Council believes in our vision to elevate the concept of choral performance.

Looking for that perfect seasonal gift for that hard to buy for relative or friend? Delight them with a fresh and beautiful wreath or centrepiece that will last long after the festivities are over. Please see the flyer and order form below for details.

Delivery Date: Tuesday, November 30th

Order today!

The High Park Choirs (HPC) announced its new strategy in May 2010 upon which it based its grant application to the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Between July 2010 and June 2013, HPC will use the Trillium funding to intensify the quality of its programs, the depth and scope of its community reach, and the frequency of performances for each of the choir levels.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director, Zimfira Poloz, and her talented artistic staff, HPC is focussing on three key areas to transform itself into a unique choir representing all areas and socio-economic backgrounds in culturally diverse Toronto:

  • Artistic – Transforming the choir program structure by making chorister placement skills-based rather than age-based.
  • Community Profile – Focussing on activities that deepen and broaden the choirs’ reach into the community and the Greater Toronto Area, reach out to underserved children, increase registration, profile and revenue generation.
  • Organizational Capacity – Enhancing employment opportunities for skilled arts professionals and for publicity and fundraising professionals.

The Trillium funding has allowed the choirs to take important steps to realize its new strategy. HPC has hired Assistant Conductor Tatiana Korotkova, an award-winning choral educator with extensive international experience.  It has also allowed HPC to hire its first Development Manager, Cheryl Burrowes. Cheryl has successfully promoted many international choirs and musicians.

With its 25th anniversary approaching in 2011, HPC has reached a high level of artistic quality and public recognition. It continues to evolve into a uniquely inclusive choir for the children of Toronto and is targeting children from disadvantaged areas in partnership with local service groups. It is reaching out to these children with financial support using an expanded Bursary Program.

The choirs are also leveraging their status as Children’s Choir-in-Residence at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music to seek opportunities with respected teaching staff.

Performance opportunities abound for the choirs at the community, city and international levels and HPC will progressively increase its performances, collaborating with many different artists and organizations, over the next three seasons. It will develop its multimedia choral productions, perform with two choirs from Germany and was selected to participate in the international choral Festival 500 in Newfoundland in 2011. During its 25th anniversary year, the Choirs are planning an ambitious performance schedule to accommodate its growing audience.

High Park Choirs (HPC) has developed a new strategy for the next three years to respond to its growth under Artistic Director Zimfira Poloz and to realize its full potential. While the choirs will continue to sing a range of excellent repertoire from various cultures including African, Scandinavian, French and Canadian, and from the Baroque and Classical to recent commissions, we are developing something special to set High Park Choirs apart. Over the next two to three years, the goal is for the choirs to become the “Cirque” of children’s choirs, transforming the traditional choral concert into a multimedia choral musical production. HPC has developed this concept by combining practicality and dreams.

Zimfira Poloz is recognized as one of the world’s unique conductors of children’s choirs. She demonstrates an extraordinary knowledge of both vocal production and global repertoire; and she has a special ability to connect with each individual child, leading the choristers to connect to the music and their audiences.

For HPC, she envisions developing  ‘Choral Productions of tomorrow’, in which we elevate children’s choir music to an integrated artistic multimedia performance, similar to the transformation of traditional circus arts by cirques to an elevated level of performance. Watch for these special performances in 2011 and 2012!

Divisions for children ages 5 to 18
Outstanding vocal development
Music theory for all choristers
Convenient weekly rehearsals in Toronto’s west end

We’ve launched our new Facebook fan site and we want more fans!

Tell your friends to become fans of High Park Choirs of Toronto on Facebook and they will be entered to win a chocolate prize pack and 2 tickets to the May 29 Spring Concert in Toronto.

To visit our Facebook page and become a fan, go to:

Contest Rules:

A. ELIGIBILITY – No purchase necessary to enter or to win. The High Park Choirs Spring Contest is brought to you by the High Park Choirs of Toronto is open to all of Canada (excluding Quebec) of any age who have Facebook accounts or wish to open a Facebook account to enter this contest. The contest is not open to choristers, their immediate families (mother, father, sister, brother) or anyone affiliated with the choirs (e.g. Board of Directors, staff).

B. ENTRY – Contest starts on April 18 and closes on May 16, 2010. When an entrant becomes a fan of the High Park Choirs Facebook page, their name will be entered into the contest for a chance to win. Limit [1] one entry per person.

C. PRIZE DESCRIPTION – There is only one (1) prize available consisting of a selection of fine items including Lindt chocolate and two (2) tickets to the High Park Choirs Spring Concert on May 29 in Toronto. Value of the prize is approximately $75.00. Prize must be accepted as awarded. There will be no substitutions or cash surrender value. The winner must accept prize on/before May 22, 2010. The contest sponsor reserves the right to substitute all or a portion of any prize for a prize of equal or greater value for any reason whatsoever.

D. LIABILITY – The contest sponsor (the High Park Marketing Committee), the High Park Choirs of Toronto, its Board of Directors or staff, is not responsible for any claims, losses, damages, costs, expenses, injuries, damages or losses caused to the winner in conjunction with any conditions, actions, omissions outside the sponsor’s control.

E. DRAW SCHEDULE – A winner will be drawn from all eligible entries on May 17, 2010 from all eligible entries received on or before 11:59:59 pm EST on Sunday, May 16, 2010. Attempts will be made to contact potential winner via a Facebook message or e-mail. If a selected entrant cannot be contacted within 2 (two) days and otherwise does not comply with these Contest Rules, the selected entrant will be disqualified and another eligible entry will be selected. Prior to being awarded a prize, the selected entrant will be required to sign and return a standard declaration and release form confirming compliance with the contest rules, acceptance of the prize as awarded and releasing the sponsors from any and all liability in connection with the Contest and the prize. Should a selected entrant not complete, sign and return the declaration and release forms the prize may be forfeited and another eligible entry selected. The Prize is not transferable and is not redeemable for cash. No substitutions or exchanges of the prizes by the entrant will be allowed. The prize will be delivered only to the confirmed winner. Sponsors reserve the right to change or substitute any prizes listed above with prizes of equivalent or greater value.

F. OTHER: All decisions of the Sponsors are final and binding. The chances of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. The Sponsors assume no responsibility for entries, which are late, lost, stolen, damaged, illegible, incomplete, misdirected, destroyed or delayed. All entries become the property of the Sponsors, which assume no responsibility for lost, stolen, delayed, damaged or misdirected entries or for any failure of the website during the promotional period, for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or entry to be received by the Sponsors on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or any combination thereof including any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from playing or down loading any material in the promotion. The Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion to cancel or suspend this contest should a virus, bug or other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsors corrupt the security or proper administration of the contest. Any attempt to deliberately damage any web site or to undermine the legitimate operation of this promotion is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, the Sponsors reserve the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. Eligible entries are subject to verification and will be declared invalid if they are falsified, altered or tampered with in any way. The Sponsors reserve the right to change the terms of this Contest or terminate it at any time, without prior notice.

All entries become the property of the Sponsors. No correspondence will be entered into except with the selected entrants who will be notified via Facebook or e-mail. By entering this Contest, entrants agree to abide by the Contest Rules and the decisions of the Sponsors, which are final and binding. By accepting a prize in this Contest, the winner consents to the use of their name and/or photograph, without compensation, in any future publicity carried out by the Sponsors in connection with this Contest.

This Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws.

Personal information will be collected and used by the Sponsors for the purposes of administering the Contest and any other purposes required or permitted by law.

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

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