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Open Voices is a non-auditioned mixed voice adult choir under the musical direction of Andy Rush.  The choir sings fun and uplifting folk, world, sacred, and jazz music in four part harmony and is premised on the belief that community singing can be a nurturing, empowering and healing force.

Open Voices next concert, under the direction of guest conductor Ian Juby, is on Saturday, March 11, 2017.

Martha Hill Duncan was the guest conductor for our ‘Global Folk’ concert held on December 10, 2016!

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This Season

We are pleased to announce that the Open Voices Community Choir 2016-17 choral season will explore new territory, for choristers and audience alike. Our founder and Artistic Director, Andy Rush, has stepped down from the podium temporarily; he is on a well-deserved, one year leave to pursue other musical and personal projects.  We’ll all miss his kinetic spirit, original programming ideas, and trademark over-the-top concert productions. Andy promises to return to the helm in September 2017.

In Andy’s absence, this season Open Voices will try something new and exciting. The choir leadership has decided to alter the structure of our performance year, and we’re bringing in some very talented choral directors to help us. These individuals will provide musical leadership for OV singers and produce captivating concerts for our loyal and discerning local audience.

The 2016-17 season will be divided into three concert preparation periods (Fall, Winter, Spring), each culminating in a summative public concert. During each of these three concert cycles, the Choir will be led by a different Guest Conductor. We are incredibly fortunate to have secured the services of three fantastic local choral directors. They are:

Martha Hill Duncan (director of She Sings! Women’s Choir, composer, zealous musical collaborator, festival adjudicator) for the FALL session; concert scheduled for Saturday, December 10, 2016.

Ian Juby (music educator, chorus master of the Kingston Choral Society, director of Kingston Capital Men’s Chorus, music director for a multitude of local musical theatre productions) for the WINTER session; concert scheduled for Saturday, March 11, 2017.

Tim Stiff (music educator, professional tenor soloist, former member of the Canadian Opera Company, veteran of eight years singing over 3,000 performances with the Toronto production of “Phantom of the Opera”) for the SPRING Session; concert scheduled for Saturday, June 3, 2017.

Open Voices singers will benefit from the new experience of working with these gifted choral professionals. And OV audiences may count on being provided with wonderful concert programming throughout the upcoming year. So, visit this site in the weeks and months ahead for specific concert details as they emerge.

Janice Dendy & John Rosseel
2016-17 Music Leadership Team


MEDIA RELEASE — $23,600 Ontario Trillium Foundation Capital Grant Awarded to Open Voices Community Choir

Kingston – On May 28, 2016 Open Voices Community Choir (Open Voices) welcomed the public to its annual spring concert at Cooke’s Portsmouth United Church, “Out of Our Minds” and special guest recording artist Peter Katz.  The event was very special this year with Artistic Director Andy Rush welcoming MPP Sophie Kiwala and Ontario Trillium Foundation Regional Grant Review Team Member, John Blake, who presented a plaque and congratulated Open Voices on having been awarded funds to purchase new choral risers and a new sound system. For choir members, this will facilitate much easier set up and take down of the staging and a much improved sound to its audience.  Additionally, risers and sound equipment will enhance the current mobility of the choir and allow for a wider sharing of its music to the Kingston area.

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Left to right: John Blake (OTF Regional Review Committee Member), Andy Rush, Diana Hopkins-Rosseel, MPP Sophia Kiwala. Photo taken by Jason Middaugh.

Click here to read the full media release .