Did you know that 3.5 million Canadians sang in a choir in 2016 (10% of the population) and more Canadian children sing in choirs than play hockey? This information was identified through research for Choral Canada in January 2017 and locally we can see these statistics on display through the fun, skills and talent to be seen regularly with the Guelph Youth Singers (GYS.)
Led by accomplished Artistic Director, Markus Howard, the choir has developed over the past 27 years. “Engaging in the creative expression and community building inherent in performing in a choir is inspiration for your whole life,” agrees Howard.
The level of performance is easy to hear for anyone that attends a GYS concert but don’t just take our word for it: this year two of the choirs within GYS won national Kiwanis Awards, and the reviews for the performances at both the Elora Festival and the recent Celebration 150 concert in Guelph were outstanding. “I can’t tell you what a pleasure it was to bring an out-of-town guest to the concert and to be blown off my feet by the exceptional singing by the GYS – what a jewel!” were the unsolicited comments we received from a concert-goer.
Our young people will soon be showcasing their skills by touring in April 2018, performing at the Cantando Festival in Whistler BC. Billed as an exceptional learning opportunity, the Festival employs only adjudicators and clinicians of the highest stature, that have achieved success in their fields and that continue to have a major impact upon music education. What an opportunity!
If you know a young person who loves to sing, encourage them to audition, call Cathy: 519-821-8574. Support by attending a concert, listen on-line www.guelphyouthsingers.com or follow on social media, you’ll be glad you did!
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