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.
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.
“This funding will help enhance the performances of Open Voices Choir, so that they can continue to share their wonderful musical talents with our community. The Ontario government recognizes the important role culture plays in its various forms to enrich our lives and drive our economy. I am pleased to see that funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation continues to support Kingston’s vibrant cultural sector,” said Sophia Kiwala MPP for Kingston and the Islands.
Thanks to a $23,600 Capital grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation, this initiative will provide new equipment for Open Voices which will enhance the overall musicality and diversity of performance and further its mandate of sharing choral music with a broad section of the community.
The President of Open Voices, Diana Hopkins- Rosseel stated that “we seek to create joy, peace and beauty for our members, and for the Greater Kingston community, by providing an opportunity to sing and by offering our music to others.” Open Voices is inclusive, accessible and representative of diversity. Open Voices established in 2002 has remained true to these principles.”
Three formal choral events are planned for the coming year along with Open Voice’s traditional outreach activities. Open Voices Community Choir is committed in enriching people’s lives through arts, culture and heritage in the city of Kingston. The leading grantmaking foundation in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community based initiatives, an agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities.