SING! – A Community Songfest with choral icon Alice Parker

Alice Parker, the renowned American choral composer, arranger, author and conductor, comes to Toronto for SING!, an exhilarating three-day, one-of-a-kind singing experience, October 25-27, 2013. Open to all enthusiastic choral singers, directors, church musicians, and hymn enthusiasts, SING! is co-sponsored by the Department of Choral Studies, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and Yorkminster Park Baptist Church (YPBC) along with assistance from the Royal Canadian College of Organists (Toronto Centre) and the Southern Ontario Chapter of The Hymn Society. For three intensive days Alice Parker will lead a Community SING, give a workshop on Hymns in Worship, lecture at U. of T., preach at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church and conduct a massed choir of over 200 singers in a grand finale to this uplifting weekend of song.

An octogenarian with a rare communicative zeal and infectious joy for singing, Alice Parker has been described by her mentor, and America’s choral conductor emeritus, Robert Shaw, as “a rare and creative musical intelligence”. Founder and Artistic Director of Melodious Accord, her not-for-profit organization, Alice Parker believes deeply in the possibility of accord rather than discord in the lives of people who sing together. She delights in sharing her joy of singing and unleashing the discovery of the musical potential in us all. A recent workshop devotee proclaimed: “What is missing from her mile-long list of accomplishments is a description of her charisma in causing music to happen.”

The SING! weekend will include:

• Community SING! Friday, Oct. 25, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. (YPBC)

• Creative Use of Hymns in Worship Saturday, Oct. 26, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. (YPBC)

• Parker in the Pulpit: Service of Worship Sunday, Oct. 27, 11:00 a.m. (YPBC)

• Gala Choral Concert: How can I keep from singing: Celebrating the Legacy of Alice Parker, Sunday, October 27, 3:00 p.m. MacMillan Theatre, University of Toronto MacMillan Singers, U of T Women’s Chamber Choir & Men’s Chorus, Exultate Chamber Choir, Orpheus Choir of Toronto, Cawthra Park Secondary School Chamber Choir, Yorkminister Park Baptist Church Choir

Tickets available through Koerner Hall Box Office

No Registration Required!

Come ALL who just love to sing-and even those who just love to listen and enjoy!

For INFORMATION call the SING! Hotline (416) 978-0827

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