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 performs two shows (1:30 & 7:30) on Saturday, June 3, 2017, under the direction of guest conductor Tim Stiff.
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