SPRING 2021 – SPRING 2022

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“STAR SONGS” Spring Concert

*NEW DATE: Saturday, April 30, 2022!*

It’s really happening! On Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 7:30 pm, the VOCA Chorus of Toronto will – finally, after waiting for 2 years! – be performing our “STAR SONGS” concert in-person at Eastminster United Church (310 Danforth Ave. at Jackman/Chester Station)!

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 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
Collaborative Pianist: 
Elizabeth Acker
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

2022 Spring Cabaret/Silent Auction

Save the date for Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 7:30 pm (Zoom doors will open at 7:00) for the VOCA Chorus of Toronto’s 12th Annual (& 2nd Online) Spring Cabaret / Silent Auction Fundraiser!

Our Cabaret will be 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 will include numerous selections in tribute to the brilliant composer Stephen Sondheim, and will conclude with a performance by our choristers. 

Co-hosts Emily Vick Agnew & Tom Roedding will masterfully lead us through this magical evening of music-making, quizzes & camaraderie – from their living rooms to yours.

Thanks to a number of generous donors, our annual Silent Auction will feature an assortment of items, including one-of-a-kind crafts, scrumptious home-baked goods, music coaching sessions, a house/garden concert featuring violin and piano, a chance to conduct at a VOCA concert!… and much more. Bidding will begin on Mon., Feb. 21 and end on Sun., Mar. 6.

Hope you can join us!
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 & 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


2021

“Seasonal Snapshot”

On Friday, December 17, the VOCA Chorus of Toronto presented an online 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

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“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 about love, 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 both local audience members and for those from outside Toronto.)

They also be presented a look at a portion of one of VOCA’s in-person rehearsals. Our choir is 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

Co-hosts: Emily Vick Agnew & 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)

Zoom V-Jay: Andrew Wolf

Flyer Design: Jenny Crober (image: Andrea Andrade)

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11th Annual VOCA Cabaret

Save the date for Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Zoom doors will open at 7:00) for the VOCA Chorus of Toronto’s 11th Annual (& 1st Online) Spring Cabaret / Silent Auction Fundraiser!

Our Cabaret will be a virtual delight, featuring a variety of pop, folk, jazz, classical & musical theatre favourites, presented by numerous, multi-talented VOCA choristers, along with all of our professional staff: Jenny Crober, Elizabeth Acker, Dallas Chorley, Lindsay Connolly, Kevin Mulligan, Lee Clapp, Parker Clements & Korin Thomas-Smith.  Instruments will include voice, piano, guitar (acoustic and electric)… and tuba!

Co-hosts Emily Vick Agnew & Tom Roedding will masterfully lead us through this magical evening of music-making, quizzes & camaraderie – from their living rooms to yours.

*Our evening will finish with a very special finale – the world premiere of VOCA’s first virtual choir performance: Morten Lauridsen’s exquisite Sure On This Shining Night!

Our annual Silent Auction will features a wide assortment of items, including one-of-a-kind crafts, music coaching sessions, baked goods, a house/garden concert… and much more.  Bidding began on Tues., Apr. 6, and will end on Sun., Apr. 18 at noon.

Hope you can join us!

Artistic Director / Event Coordinator: Jenny Crober
Accompanists / Coaches: Jenny Crober & Elizabeth Acker
Co-hosts: Emily Vick Agnew & Tom Roedding
Silent Auction Coordinators: Ellen Richardson, Judy MacDougall & Jennifer Crawford
Online Silent Auction Facilitator: Andrew Haji
Eventbrite Facilitators: Andrew Haji, Naomi Shewchuk & Jenny Crober
Virtual Choir Producers: Jamie Drake (Opus 32 Design) & Jenny Crober
Virtual Choir Technical Production: Jamie Drake (Opus 32 Design)
Zoom V-Jay: Andrew Wolf
Flyer: Naomi Shewchuk & Jenny Crober
Other Promo & Publicity: Jenny Crober