Etobicoke Centennial Choir (ECC) is an auditioned SATB community choir that welcomes choristers, audience members and volunteers from all walks of life, backgrounds, identities and experiences. We aspire to promote the art of choral singing and enrich the cultural life of our community through vibrant, diverse choral musical performances. We believe that choral singing fosters joy, harmony and camaraderie as individual singers raise their voices together in song.
“How Can We Keep from Singing?”
After the abrupt pandemic shutdown and a year of virtual Zoom rehearsals, Etobicoke Centennial Choir’s dedicated choristers have happily returned to rehearsing in person this season! Despite the challenges presented by singing through masks and maintaining physical distance, we are thrilled to reconnect with old friends, welcome new members, and once again experience what choral singers love best and have missed the most – the pleasure of harmonizing and creating beautiful music together.
We are so fortunate to have retained our talented professional staff – Henry Renglich, Music Director; Carl Steinhauser, accompanist; Mélissa Danis, soprano lead; Daniella Theresia, alto lead; J. Rigzin Tute, tenor lead; and David Finneran, baritone lead. Their dedication and leadership over the past year has been invaluable and inspirational. In addition, we are delighted to welcome Emily Parker to ECC as interim assistant conductor. Emily will also lend her beautiful soprano voice to the choir and as a soloist.
ECC is indebted to our skilled audio technician, Ben Ewing, whose patience and expertise enabled us to rehearse virtually and is now taking us forward into the uncharted territory of performing a live-streamed virtual concert.
We are gratified that 70% of our previous singers have remained with the choir, and that four new choristers have joined our ranks this fall. We are looking for new singers to start in January. Weekly rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7:30-9:30 pm at Humber Valley United Church in Etobicoke. Refer to the Join Us page on our website for details.
Our Holiday Concert Returns!
ECC’s annual December concert is a beloved seasonal tradition for many people. This year we are bringing beautiful holiday music directly to you, with a live concert recording filmed at Humber Valley United Church. This free one-hour concert features Camille Saint-Saëns’ lyrical Christmas Oratorio for choir and five soloists, along with a festive selection of Christmas carols, both lovely and lively. Light the fire, pour a warm drink and enjoy! The concert will be available for streaming on December 16th through ECC’s website, Facebook and YouTube.
Mark your 2022 calendars! ECC is planning a grand return to performing for a live audience on Saturday April 9, with a celebratory concert featuring Beethoven’s dramatic Mass in C and the exciting, jazz-influenced Mass by Steve Dobrogosz. On June 11, Musica Borealis will showcase a wide range of gorgeous music from Canada and other northern climes.
Supported by the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council and Rama Toronto East Gaming Centre
Etobicoke Centennial Choir gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Jackman Foundation.