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VOCA’s First Virtual Choir Recording!

MAY 2021: Like so many choirs across the globe, VOCA has had a challenging year. We deeply miss singing together in-person. But we’ve been very fortunate to hold weekly sessions on Zoom all season, keep our choral community strong, learn new musical skills, do a ‘deep dive’ into some of our repertoire, enjoy a myriad mix of invaluable warm-ups provided by our 6 wonderful leads … and more.

At our recent (and first online) Spring Cabaret, we presented a wide array of roots, jazz, classical, pop & musical theatre selections to an audience of almost 300 people.

We also featured a very special finale that night, and a first for VOCA: our choir’s virtual choir recording of Morten Lauridsen’s “Sure On This Shining Night”, his stunning setting of James Agee’s exquisite poetry. We spent many weeks working on this ‘choral adventure’, and are very proud of the results. (We currently have over 6,200 views!) Heartfelt thanks to 60 choristers, all of VOCA’s professional staff (artistic director Jenny Crober, accompanist Elizabeth Acker and our 6 section leads), and Jamie Drake (Opus 32 Design) for his superb technical production work.

We hope you enjoy our choir’s first virtual choir recording!


What people are saying about us…

“What a thrill that concert was – ALL of it!… I was in seventh heaven during the performance of Magnificat for Turning… a SUPERB performance… brought tears to my eyes.”

 

Donald Patriquin (2011)

 

“I listened to Winter Solstice with pleasure… stellar work with those opening chords… the quality that delighted me most was the sense of narrative… I think it is one of the most ‘loving’ premieres I have ever had…

 

— Stephen Hatfield (2012)

 

“That was a very special concert tonight … a completely inclusive, unpretentious, deeply moving experience.”

 

— Larry Beckwith (2014)


2023 – 2024 SEASON


SPRING 2024

“14th Cabaret/Silent Auction”: Mar. 2

Join the VOCA Chorus of Toronto on Saturday, March 2, 2024 for our 14th Annual Cabaret / Silent Auction!

Our CABARET will present a huge variety of musical delights – solos, duos, trios, small and large ensembles – featuring jazz, musical theatre, opera, folk and pop selections. Numerous, multi-talented VOCA choristers will be performing, along with most of our professional staff, including artistic director/pianist/coach Jenny Crober, soprano Noelle Slaney, mezzo Amanda Weatherall, tenors David Walsh, Evan Morin, Adam Wicks and Carlo Cormier and baritone Lachlan Mason.

The curtain will open at 7:30 pm, when host Emily Vick Agnew will masterfully lead us through this magical evening of live music-making, quizzes and camaraderie, all in a spacious venue with cabaret seating, stage, sound, lighting and cash bar. Early admission – 7:00 pm – will allow audience members to begin placing bids at the Silent Auction tables before the show.

Our annual SILENT AUCTION will feature an eclectic array of items, including music coaching sessions; museum and gallery tickets/passes; one-of-a-kind artwork and crafts; scrumptious home-baked goods; a day in a woodshop; fine wine … and much, much more! * Payments can be made using cash, credit, cheques or e-transfers.

Our spacious venue, Riga Hall at the Latvian Canadian Centre has tons of onsite parking.

Tickets ($35) are available online: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/vocas-14th-annual-cabaretsilent-auction-tickets-821735201107. (If there is a particular table, group or performer you’d like to sit with, please note this in your ticket purchase. For questions, contact John Meadows at jgmeadows@gmail.com.)

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2024

Time: 7:30 pm {*Doors will open at 7:00 pm.}

Venue: RIGA HALL, Latvian Canadian Centre (just S. of Eglinton), 4 Credit Union Drive, Toronto

Artistic Director / Event Coordinator: Jenny Crober

Collaborative Pianist / Coach: Jenny Crober

Host: Emily Vick Agnew

Riga Hall Coordinator: Tom Roedding {w. Meta Baze}

Silent Auction Organizers: Betsy Wimbs, Leslie Sinclair, Chrissy Doig, Holly LeClair, Emily Vick Agnew

Sound: Fabio Migotto

Tickets: John Meadows

Flyer Design: Naomi Shewchuk, w. Jenny Crober

Eventbrite, Other Promo & Publicity: Jenny Crober

This is a key fundraising event for the VOCA Chorus of Toronto. If you are unable to attend our Cabaret / Silent Auction (or even if you’re able to attend), please consider donating using this link: https://www.vocachorus.ca/support. (Donors will receive a charitable tax receipt and recognition in our concert programmes.)


FALL 2023

“It’s About Time” Cabaret: Oct. 29


On Sunday, October 29 at 7:30 pm, join co-producers Jenny Crober and Emily Vick Agnew for “It’s About Time”, our Fall Cabaret / VOCA Chorus of Toronto Fundraiser.

This annual event will feature VOCA’s professional section leads along with a special guest, performing a wide variety of musical theatre, pop, folk and classical selections about time.

Host/soprano Emily Vick Agnew and artistic director/collaborative pianist Jenny Crober will be joined by soprano Noelle Slaney, mezzo Zoitsa Gotziaman, tenors David Walsh and Carlo Cormier, and baritone Lachlan Mason, as well as special guest, tenor Kevin Mulligan. Some of the myriad mix of selections will include songs by Kurt Weill, Claude Debussy, Jason Robert Brown, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Gaetano Donizetti, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Stephen Sondheim and Rodgers & Hammerstein, along with Newfoundland and Acadian folk songs.

*Test your luck with our 50-50 draw! *Challenge your mind with our musical quizzes!

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Co-producers: Jenny Crober & Emily Vick Agnew

Artistic Director / Collaborative Pianist: Jenny Crober

Host / Soprano: Emily Vick Agnew

Date: Sunday, October 29, 2023

Time: 7:30 pm

Venue: SoCap Comedy Theatre (Social Capital Theatre), 154 Danforth Ave., 2nd Floor (above Black Swan Tavern, just E. of Broadview); Artistic Director/Owner: Ralph MacLeod

Sound: Rob Bartlett

Tickets:  $25.00 at Eventbrite

Flyer, Promo Design: Jenny Crober

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If you are unable to attend this special fundraising event, and even if you can make it and would like to make a direct donation to the VOCA Chorus of Toronto, we would be very grateful. You can make payments by visiting our “Support Us” page on this website: https://www.vocachorus.ca/support

*All donors will receive a charitable tax receipt, as well as recognition in our concert programmes.*


*We’re excited to announce that tonight’s “Songs for a Winter’s Night” concert is officially SOLD OUT! A huge thank you to the many people who purchased tickets for what will be a wonderful evening of seasonal music!

“Songs for a Winter’s Night”: Dec. 16


On Saturday, December 16 at 7:30 pm at Eastminster United Church, join the VOCA Chorus of Toronto for “Songs for a Winter’s Night”, a vibrant, warm and eclectic winter celebration. 

We’re thrilled to introduce Dakota Scott-Digout, a highly in-demand pianist, coach and clinician, who is also the principal and touring pianist with the Toronto Children’s Chorus, in his concert debut as VOCA’s collaborative pianist.

Our programme will include a tribute to the legendary Gordon Lightfoot: artistic director Jenny Crober‘s choral arrangement of his heartwarming Song for a Winter’s Night, featuring guitarist Jason Fowler (https://jasonfowler.ca/bio), a highly regarded singer/songwriter, session/touring guitarist and producer, who will also perform solo selections by this iconic Canadian musician along with other works with our choir. Frequent VOCA guest Jamie Drake (https://jamiedrake.ca/bio), a renowned percussionist, drummer and composer who is now Assistant Professor of Percussion at Queen’s University, will also be joining us that evening.

We’ll be presenting a variety of winter-themed music, including traditional tunes and selections evoking the Northern Lights, star-laden skies, travelling carollers and songs about peace by composers Ola GjeiloMark SirettDon MacDonald, Morten Lauridsen, Ed HendersonJake Runestad, Donald Patriquin and Conrad Susa.

Our carol sing with audience will round out this evening of music – a perfect way to welcome the holiday season!

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Artistic Director/Conductor: Jenny Crober

Collaborative Pianist: Dakota Scott-Digout

Guest Artists: Jason Fowler, guitar; Jamie Drake, percussion

Section leads: soprano Noelle Slaney; mezzo soprano Zoitsa (Zoë) Gotziaman; tenors David Walsh & Carlo Cormier; baritones James Coole-Stevenson & Lachlan Mason

Tickets ($30 Gen. Adm., $15 Students): Eventbrite

Flyer, Promo Design: Jenny Crober


2022 – 2023 SEASON

Exciting News: “Anang (A Star)”!

During the summer of 2019, I spoke with the renowned (now JUNO-nominated) Cree composer Andrew Balfour about an Algonquin legend which I’d found very moving – about stars representing grandmothers offering their earthly families love and protection – then asked if he would compose a work for VOCA’s upcoming (Spring 2020) “Star Songs” concert.  Andrew enthusiastically agreed… and his exquisite, moving and reflective Anang (A Star) was the result.  We were thrilled and honoured to present the World Premiere of this stunning work at our rescheduled April 2022 “Star Songs” concert, featuring Elizabeth Acker, piano and Jamie Drake, percussion.  

Following communications between VOCA’s artistic director Jenny Crober and both composer Andrew Balfour and Cypress Music Publishing’s Larry Nickel, Anang (A Star), along with VOCA’s recording from its world premiere in Apr. 2022, has now been published on the Cypress Music website: https://cypresschoral.com/…/andrew-balfour/anang-a-star/!

Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to Andrew Balfour for creating this sublime work!

And many thanks to Larry Nickel for publishing it on his website for others to see, hear and perform!

We’ll be performing Anang (A Star) again at both of our late April “Shining Night” concerts: Apr. 28 at Roy Thomson Hall, and Apr. 29 at our main Spring concert at Eastminster. See below for more details.


FALL 2022

“Songs of Travel” Cabaret Fundraiser

On Sunday, October 16 at 7:30 pm, a full audience joined co-producers Jenny Crober & Emily Vick Agnew for “SONGS OF TRAVEL”, our Fall 2022 Cabaret / VOCA Chorus of Toronto Fundraiser.

Our fundraiser / cabaret featured a wide variety of musical theatre, pop and classical selections about travel, presented by soprano Emily Vick Agnew and and six of VOCA’s professional section leads, with Jenny Crober, music director and pianist.

Joining Emily and Jenny were Noelle Slaney, soprano; Kevin Mulligan and David Walsh, tenorsand Justin WelshParker Clements and James Coole-Stevenson, baritones.

In addition to the songs presented by all of our wonderful performers, we hosted a 50-50 draw and musical quizzes.

We also featured a lovingly curated and colourful collection of vintage goodies from the owners of ‘Hodge Podge Hotel’ – Emily Vick Agnew, Amy De Wilde and Anna-Kaisa Walker – who donated a portion of their proceeds from that evening to the VOCA Chorus of Toronto.  

(Eventbrite Page: https://Songs-of-travel-fall-2022-cabaret-voca-fundraiser.eventbrite.com.

Co-producers / Co-hosts: Jenny Crober & Emily Vick Agnew

Artistic Director, Collaborative Pianist: Jenny Crober

Date: Sunday, October 16, 2022

Time: 7:30 pm

Venue: The Social Capital Theatre (SoCap Comedy Club) – 154 Danforth Ave. (2nd Floor, above the Black Swan Tavern)

Tickets: $25.00

Flyer Design: Jenny Crober


“A Winter’s Eve”: Sat., Dec. 17

On Saturday, December 17 at 7:30 pm at Eastminster United Church, the VOCA Chorus of Toronto performed “A WINTER’S EVE”, a vibrant and eclectic celebration of the season, including Oscar Escalada‘s choral setting of Astor Piazzolla‘s sizzling tango Invierno PorteñoOla Gjeilo’s stunning Tundra, and Canadian composer Sarah Quartel‘s exquisite cycle, A Winter Day

We also presented a joyful winter madrigal by Thomas Weelkes, selections by four Canadians – a world premiere of Beth Hanson‘s wistful Winter Solstice Chant,  Jane Siberry‘s endearing Are You Burning, Little Candle?Sarah Quartel‘s jazzy Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind  and James Gordon‘s haunting Frobisher Bay – along with Allan Naplan‘s exuberant Hine Ma Tov featuring klezmer clarinet.

Our carol sing with audience rounded out this evening of music – a perfect way to welcome the holiday season!

Guest artists: Cellist Sybil Shanahan, percussionist Daniel Morphy and clarinetist Jonno Lightstone 

Section leads: soprano Noelle Slaney; mezzo soprano Lillian Brooks; tenors Kevin MulliganDavid Walsh; and baritones Justin Welsh James Coole-Stevenson

Tickets ($30 Gen. Adm., $15 Students) – were available from choristers and online via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-winters-eve-tickets-442814910317.

More info., including links offering a preview of our guest artists: https://mailchi.mp/2d3f93d5b1d5/voca-chorus-of-toronto-a-winters-eve-sat-dec-17-2022-5850701

*COVID-19 CONCERT PROTOCOLS
VOCA was thrilled to welcome our audience members to our live performance!  Because the health and safety of our choristers, audience members and volunteers remained our highest priority, *all attendees were required to wear masks.   


MARCH 2023

13th Annual Cabaret: Sat., Mar. 4

On Sat., Mar. 4, 2023, VOCA presented our 13th Annual Spring Cabaret / Silent Auction – our first live VOCA Cabaret since March 2020!

Our CABARET presented a wide variety of musical delights – solos, duos, trios, small and large ensembles – featuring jazz, musical theatre, classical, folk and pop selections. Numerous VOCA choristers performed, along with most of our professional staff: artistic director Jenny Crober, collaborative pianist Elizabeth Acker (*in her final cabaret with VOCA), soprano Noelle Slaney, tenor Kevin Mulligan and baritone Parker Clements.  

The curtain opened at 7:30, when host Emily Vick Agnew masterfully led us through a magical evening of live music-making, quizzes, and camaraderie, all in a new, spacious venue with cabaret seating, stage, sound, lighting and cash bar.  Early admission (7:00 pm) allowed audience members to begin placing bids at the Silent Auction tables beforehand.

Our annual SILENT AUCTION featured an eclectic array of items, including music coaching sessions, a 2-hour sailing trip, a day in a wood shop, scrumptious home-baked goods, one-of-a-kind arts & crafts, jewellery, fine wine & champagne, tickets & passes to museums, galleries & concerts, a variety of gift cards… and much more. (*Payments were made using cash, cheques or e-transfers.) 

We welcomed our audience to our event’s new venue, which has tons of free parking onsite: Riga Hall, Latvian Canadian Cultural Centre, 4 Credit Union Drive, Toronto. 

*Tickets ($30) were available via choristers and online.  (Good news! Our live Cabaret ticket prices for this event hadn’t increased since 2011!)

Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023 
Time: 7:30 pm (Doors open at 7:00 pm.) 
Venue: RIGA HALL, Latvian Canadian Cultural Centre, 4 Credit Union Dr., Toronto 
*Tickets: $30.00 (Purchase from choristers or online): 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vocas-13th-annual-live-cabaret-silent-auction-tickets-537973943547
Artistic Director / Event Coordinator: Jenny Crober
Collaborative Pianists / Coaches: Jenny Crober, Elizabeth Acker
Host: Emily Vick Agnew
Riga Hall Coordinator: Tom Roedding (w. Meta Baze)
Silent Auction Organizers: Noelle Slaney, Chrissy Doig, Betsy Wimbs, Leslie Sinclair, Emily Vick Agnew, Mark Gold
Tickets: Naomi Shewchuk; Tom Roedding
Flyer Design: Naomi Shewchuk (w. Jenny Crober)
Eventbrite: Jenny Crober, Emily Vick Agnew
Other Promo & Publicity: Jenny Crober 
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 *This was a key fundraising event for the VOCA Chorus of Toronto. https://www.vocachorus.ca/support.


APRIL 2023: “Shining Night”

* VOCA presented two versions of our “Shining Night” concert, a choral and instrumental celebration of stars and the night sky: our thrilling Roy Thomson Hall debut on Friday, April 28, 2023 (originally schedulled for Apr. 9, 2020) and our full performance at Eastminster United on Saturday, April 29, 2023. *


Roy Thomson Hall: Fri., Apr. 28

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VOCA was thrilled to have been invited to perform as part of ROY THOMSON HALL’s 23rd Annual Choir & Organ Concert Series on Thursday, April 9, 2020, 12:00 pm at Roy Thomson Hall.  Our concert was postponed due to COVID.

At our rescheduled Roy Thomson Hall debut at 12:00 noon on Friday, April 28, 2023, we presented “SHINING NIGHT”, a choral and instrumental celebration of stars and the night sky, to close to 1,000 audience members. Works included selections by Eleanor Daley, Paul Halley, Kurt WeillNicholas Ryan Kelly, Richard Rodgers, Pärt Ussberg and others: https://www.roythomsonhall.com/tickets/voca-chorus-of-toronto/.

We also featured a stunning work recently premiered by VOCA, “Anang (A Star)” by JUNO-nominated Cree composer, Andrew Balfour (https://cypresschoral.com/…/andrew-balfour/anang-a-star/; http://cameratanova.com/16/about-us/artistic-director/).

Our guest artists – some of Canada’s finest instrumentalists, all of whom have previously performed with VOCA – were Shawn Grenke, organ & piano, Colleen Allen, sax and Andy Morris, percussion.

*VOCA presented an extended version of this concert on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 7:30 pm at Eastminster United. (See more info. below.)  


Eastminster United: Sat., Apr. 29

On Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 7:30 pm at Eastminster United Church, the VOCA Chorus of Toronto presented “SHINING NIGHT”, a vibrant and eclectic choral and instrumental celebration of stars and the night sky, which included works by Eleanor Daley, Kurt WeillNicholas Ryan Kelly, Frode Fjellheim, Paul Halley, Jacques Offenbach, Richard Rodgers, Pärt Uusberg and others.

We also featured a stunning work recently premiered by VOCA, “Anang (A Star)” by the JUNO-nominated Cree composer, Andrew Balfour (https://deadofwinter.ca/about-us/composer-and-artistic-director/). VOCA is thrilled that this gorgeous new work for choir, piano and percussion has now been published by Cypress Music Publishing, and that our sound file (from our April 2022 premiere) is the official recording on the website: https://cypresschoral.com/…/andrew-balfour/anang-a-star/!

Our fabulous guest artists – all of whom have previously performed with VOCA – were Colleen Allen, sax (https://www.colleenallen.caShawn Grenke, organ & piano (https://esgunited.org/music-leadership/) and Andy Morris, percussion (https://www.vocachorus.ca/about/guest-artists#morris).

VOCA’s wonderful section leads are: soprano Noelle Slaney, mezzo soprano Lillian Brooks, tenors Kevin Mulligan, Evan MorinLyndon Ladeur, and baritones Parker ClementsJames Coole-Stevenson.

*This concert will be our choir’s final performance with Elizabeth Acker, who has been VOCA’s brilliant and much-loved collaborative pianist for 18 seasons!*


Winter/Spring 2022 Update

Like performing arts organizations worldwide, the VOCA Chorus of Toronto and other choral ensembles continue to be affected by COVID-19.  Although the pandemic is still with us (2 years later), we would like to share a message of optimism.  

On Monday, September 13, 2021, VOCA held its first rehearsal of the 2021-2022 Season at our regular venue, Eastminster United Church – a significant event for our choir, as it was our first live, in-person rehearsal since the March 2020 lockdown!  We held several in-person rehearsals at Eastminster, along with all of our artistic staff (artistic director Jenny Crober, accompanist Elizabeth Acker and 6 professional section leads).  It is very difficult to find the words to describe the feeling of profound joy (and relief) in being able to finally sing together again, in-person, in real time!

We were also able to live stream these in-person rehearsals to almost 20 choristers online.  The feedback from both our in-person and online singers has been very heartening indeed. 

The health and safety of our singers and audience members remain our top priority, and our plans will continue to be guided by up-to-date health protocols.  We’ve put in place numerous, stringent health measures for our in-person sessions: all choristers must be fully vaccinated, sing with masks and use distanced seating, amongst other safety protocols.  These rigorous risk-mitigation strategies are in accordance with public health recommendations. Our choir is also ready to amend our COVID policy and rehearsal options, including requiring booster shots for any upcoming in-person sessions.

This past Fall, VOCA held two online events: a Cabaret/Fundraiser, “Love Stories” in November, and a seasonal celebration, “Seasonal Snapshot” in December.

Due to the virulent Omicron variant, the beginning of 2022 found us back online, holding Zoom sessions focussing on warmups and a variety of musicianship skills, in addition to sectional and full group coaching. We were thrilled to return to in-person rehearsals in late February.

We held our 12th Annual (& 2nd Online) Spring Fall Cabaret/Silent Auction on Sat., Mar. 5, presenting a variety of acts by numerous choristers and all of our professional staff, including a several selections in tribute to Stephen Sondheim. (See more details, below.)

We held a wonderful late March Spring Retreat – our first live event in 2 years – in Grand Hall at the Estonian House on March 26. This included an inspirational workshop with guest clinicians, composer Andrew Balfour and percussionist Jamie Drake, in preparation for the world premiere of Andrew’s exquisite Anang (A Star) at our upcoming “Star Songs” concert.

And what a wonderful feeling it is to – finally! – be well on our way towards the performance of our long-awaited, live, in-person “Star Songs” concert, to be held on Saturday, April 30 at Eastminster United!

All best wishes to you and yours for 2022!


PAST CONCERTS (2021 – 2022)


APRIL 2022

“Star Songs” Concert

Saturday, April 30, 2022

On Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 7:30 pm, the VOCA Chorus of Toronto will – finally, after 2 years! – be performing our long-awaited “STAR SONGS” in-person at Eastminster United Church (310 Danforth Ave. at Jackman/Chester subway).

VOCA’s first live performance since December 2019 will feature a variety of classical contemporary, jazz and musical theatre selections celebrating stars and the night sky. 

We’re truly thrilled that our concert will be presenting a world premiere of the exquisite “Anang (A Star)” by the renowned Cree composer Andrew Balfour (http://cameratanova.com/16/about-us/artistic-director/). Other featured composers/songwriters will include Eleanor DaleyMorten Lauridsen, Bart Howard, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Paul Halley, Kurt Weill and Frode Fjellheim.

Our fabulous guest artists will be Shawn Grenke, organ (https://esgunited.org/music-leadership/); Colleen Allen, sax (https://www.colleenallen.ca) and Jamie Drake, percussion/drums (https://jamiedrake.ca/bio).

Date: Saturday, April 30, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm  (*Doors will open at 7:00 pm.)
Venue: Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave., Toronto (Chester Subway)
Tickets: $30.00 General Admission; $15.00 Students https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/star-songs-tickets-305601481257

Artistic Director: Jenny Crober
Guest Artists: Colleen Allen, sax; Shawn Grenke, organ; Jamie Drake, percussion  Section Leads: Dallas Chorley, soprano; Alex Hetherington, mezzo; Kevin Mulligan, Eli Theocharidis, Walter Mahabir, tenors; Parker Clements, James Coole-Stevenson, baritones 
Flyer, MailChimp Design: 
Jenny Crober
Other Promo & Publicity: 
Jenny Crober & Naomi Shewchuk

*COVID-19 CONCERT PROTOCOLS:
VOCA is thrilled to welcome you to our live performance, after a 2 year wait!  The health and safety of our audience members, choristers and volunteers remain of highest priority to us. Limited tickets will be sold, and all audience members and volunteers will be required to wear masks upon entry and while inside the church, and to show proof of vaccination upon entry.  We thank you in advance for your cooperation.  


MARCH 2022

12th Annual Cabaret / Silent Auction

On Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 7:30 pm, the VOCA Chorus of Toronto held its 12th Annual (& 2nd Online) Spring Cabaret / Silent Auction Online Fundraiser.

Our Cabaret was a virtual delight, featuring a wide variety of musical theatre, jazz, pop and classical selections presented by numerous, multi-talented VOCA choristers, along with all of our professional staff: artistic director Jenny Crober, collaborative pianist Elizabeth Acker, soprano Dallas Chorley, mezzo Alex Hetherington, tenors Kevin Mulligan and Eli Theocharidis, and baritones Parker Clements and James Coole-Stevenson. Our evening included numerous selections in tribute to the brilliant composer Stephen Sondheim, and concluded with a performance by our choristers. 

Co-hosts Emily Vick Agnew & Tom Roedding will masterfully led us through a magical evening of music-making, quizzes & camaraderie.

Our annual Silent Auction featured an assortment of items, including yoga sessions, one-of-a-kind crafts, scrumptious home-baked goods, concerts and music coaching and sessions (including a house/garden concert featuring violin and piano), an opportunity to conduct a carol at a VOCA concert!… and much more. Bidding began on Mon., Feb. 21, and ended on Sun., Mar. 6.

Date: Saturday, March 5, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm – ‘Doors Open’; 7:30 – Cabaret Begins
Tickets: $25.00; Raffle Tickets – $10.00 (See “Add-ons”)

Artistic Director / Event Coordinator: Jenny Crober
Collaborative Pianists / Coaches: Jenny Crober & Elizabeth Acker
Co-hosts: Emily Vick Agnew & Tom Roedding
Silent Auction Organizers: Chrissy Doig, Dagmar Schroeder, Lee Martin, Betsy Wimbs, Mark Gold & Leslie Sinclair (with Ellen Richardson, Jennifer Crawford & Judy MacDougall)
Online Silent Auction Facilitator: Mark Gold
Eventbrite Facilitators: Naomi Shewchuk with Jenny Crober
Zoom V-Jay: Andrew Wolf
Flyer: Naomi Shewchuk with Jenny Crober
Other Promo & Publicity: Jenny Crober


DECEMBER 2021

“Seasonal Snapshot” Celebration

On Friday, December 17, the VOCA Chorus of Toronto presented an online seasonal celebration, “Seasonal Snapshot”, a presentation of our choristers performing – following strict pandemic protocols (masked, distanced, fully vaccinated) – both in-person and via livestream.

Our video event featured a variety of seasonal selections, including works by Ola Gjeilo, Eric Whitacre, Pablo Sosa, James Gordon, Irving Berlin, Mel Torme and others. We included a carol sing with our audience members, who joined us from near and far – from locales across Ontario, as well as other provinces and countries.

Artistic Director: Jenny Crober

Collaborative Pianist: Elizabeth Acker

Section Leads: Dallas Chorley, soprano; Alex Hetherington, mezzo; Kevin Mulligan, Tenor; Eli Theocharidis, Tenor; Justin Welsh, baritone & Parker Clements, baritone

Videographer: Eli Theocharidis

Video Post-production: Eli Theocharidis, Jenny Crober

V-Jay: Andrew Wolf

Flyer Design: Jenny Crober


“Love Stories” Cabaret/Fundraiser

On Friday, November 5, 2021, audience members from across the GTA, Canada and different parts of the globe joined co-producers Jenny Crober & Emily Vick Agnew for their online Fall Cabaret / VOCA Fundraiser, “LOVE STORIES”.

The cabaret featured a wide variety of jazz, pop, musical theatre & opera selections, presented by all of VOCA’s professional vocal leads along with special guests, accompanied by piano, guitar & accordion. 

Joining Emily Vick Agnew, soprano and Jenny Crober, piano were VOCA’s leads Dallas Chorley, soprano; Alex Hetherington, mezzo; Kevin Mulligan, tenor; Eli Theocharidis, tenor; Justin Welsh, baritone and Parker Clements, baritone, with guests Lee Clapp, tenor; Jacques Arsenault, tenor, accordion; Liam Crober-Best, tenor, guitar and Tevra Plamondon, soprano.

*Rafflesmusical quizzes and chats with performers were some of the other activities presented that evening. (Raffle tickets were purchased with tickets for admission. There were prizes for our local audience members and for those from outside Toronto.)

We also presented a look at a portion of one of VOCA’s in-person rehearsals. We were thrilled to be finally singing together again – even fully masked and physically distanced – after almost 20 months away!

Co-producers: Jenny Crober & Emily Vick Agnew

Artistic Director, Collaborative Pianist: Jenny Crober

Date: Friday, November 5, 2021

Time: 7:30 pm

Tickets: $20 (https://www.eventbrite.com/x/love-stories-fall-cabaret-voca-fundraiser-tickets-189750999347)

V-Jay: Andrew Wolf

Flyer Design: Jenny Crober (image: Andrea Andrade)


Vision & Collaboration: Cree Composer Andrew Balfour

Jenny Crober, Artistic Director/Conductor, the VOCA Chorus of Toronto

– As submitted to the CAMMAC Toronto Region Newsletter: Dec. 2020 – Jan. 2021: Vision & Collaboration – Cree Composer Andrew Balfour (Jenny Crober) – CAMMAC Tor. Reg. Newsletter (Dec. 2020 – Jan. 2021)