Past Seasons

  • 2016-17
    • With Glowing Hearts
    • Ringing and Singing Gloria
  • 2015-16
    • Celebrate! 30th Anniversary Concert
    • Peace, Joy & All That Jazz
  • 2014-15
    • Last Night of the Proms
    • Christmas with Haydn
    • Friends in Song
  • 2013-14
    • Gala Concert
    • British Masterpieces, Past and Present
    • Hymn of Praise
  • 2012-13
    • Opera in Disguise
    • Commemorative Concert
    • Christmas on Bond Street
    • Crowns, Toys, and Songs for Christmas
  • 2011-12
    • Better is Peace Than Always War
    • Anonymous Chorus Choral Concert
    • God Is Born
    • Christmas on Bond Street
    • A Glorious English Christmas

Past Season 2016-2017

With Glowing Hearts – Saturday April 29, 2017

Oakham House Choir celebrated the 150th anniversary of Confederation with a gala concert, “Canada 150, With Glowing Hearts”, held on April 29, 2017.

In recognition of Indigenous peoples in Canada , the concert began with a haunting Kepmite`tmnej (Mi`kmaq Honour Song.) The highlight of the first half was a choral piece commissioned for the Oakham House Choir to honour Canada 150. The work, The Future of a Nation (In posterum gentem) composed by Norbert Palej was a beautiful modern composition. The Ontario Arts Council awarded Professor Palej with a grant to recognize his accomplishment. The first half of the concert also featured excerpts from Haydn’s Creation.

For the second half, the choir featured the music that was written and performed at the time of Canada’s formation in 1867 through to the present day. This included, The Maple Leaf Forever, Un Canadien Errant as well as contemporary works including Deep Peace and excerpts from Canadian composer Ruth Henderson’s Magnificat.

Ringing and Singing Gloria – Saturday December 3, 2016

The choir, joined by soloists Kelsey Taylor and Eugenia Dermentzis, and the Toronto Sinfonietta, performed Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mendelssohn’s From Heaven on High and selections from Handel’s Messiah. The choir was joined by special guest – Bells of St. Matthew’s handbell choir.

 Past Season 2015-2016

Celebrate! 30th Anniversary Concert – Saturday April 30, 2016

The Choir celebrated its 30th Anniversary in style with a special concert at Bloor Street United Church. We performed Carmina Burana, Part 1 as well our favourites from the past 30 years, including music by Bach, Mozart, Bizet, Rutter, Rogers and Hammerstein, and Voellinger. The concert featured performances by Mira Solovianenko, soprano and Andrew Tees, baritone and our partners, the Toronto Sinfonietta.

Peace, Joy & All That Jazz – December 5, 2015

The first half of our sell-out concert featured music by Mendelssohn and Mozart and was accompanied by the Toronto Sinfonietta and soprano, Jennifer Taverner. The Choir performed Martin Voellinger’s Latin Mass in the second half of the concert. The Latin Mass was an audience favourite and the choir enjoyed the opportunity to sing with a jazz quartet to a different beat!.

 Past Season 2014-2015
Last Night of the Proms – April 25, 2015

A large and enthusiastic crowd joined the Choir, soloists and Toronto Sinfonietta to celebrate the Last Night of the Proms at the Calvin Presbyterian Church on April 25, 2015. With a strong British theme to the program and bunting and flags throughout the church, the audience was entertained by music from Handel and Elgar, amused by the surprise visit from the Queen, and engaged in the sing-a-long portion of the program.

Many thanks to the Ryerson Theatre School and to Nik Nikita, narrator, Vasilisa Atanackovic, the queen, and Claren Gross, writer. Thanks also to soloists Wendy Dobson, soprano and Michael Robert-Broder, baritone – they were both amazing!! And finally, we couldn?t do it without the musical support of the Toronto Sinfonietta and leadership and direction from our Music Director, Matthew Jaskiewicz.

Christmas with Haydn – Saturday, November 29, 2014

The concert featured the Nelson Mass by Franz Joseph Haydn and a range of seasonal favourites by John Rutter, Irving Berlin, Kirby Shaw, Emily Crocker. It ended with an enthusiastic Christmas Carol sing-along.

The Oakham House Choir was joined by Zorana Sadiq soprano, Adriana Albu mezzo-soprano, Riccardo Ianello tenor, Michael York baritone, and the Toronto Sinfonietta.

 

Friends in Song – Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Oakham House Choir was thrilled to host the choir of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in a four day exchange visit to Toronto in late September 2014.

The Concert Choir of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology was founded in 1978 by Werner Pfaff and since 1988 has been conducted by its Musical Director, Nikolaus Indlekofer. The choir has 140 members, most of whom are students or faculty members of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The touring group that visited Toronto included 47 choristers.

The choir’s repertory ranges from old to new, from folksongs to oratorios, such as Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St. John Passion, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and St. Paul, Brahms’ A German Requiem and Verdi’s Requiem.

In 2012, on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of friendship between France and Germany, the Concert Choir was invited to perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in the cathedral of Reims in France. The choir has also performed in Spain, Israel, Switzerland, Hungary and the United States. At home in Germany, the choir has a prominent place in the cultural life of its city and region, where it has twice been awarded the title of Baden Master Choir in a choral competition held by the Baden Choral Association.

It was an interesting concert featuring classical and contemporary music. The KIT choir performed a range of music by Brahms, Dvorak, Silcher, Sisask, Hogan, Rinck and others. The Oakham House choir performed selections by Haydn and Rutter. Together we sang music by Rutter, Verdi and Cohen.

Thanks to the Music Directors, Nikolaus Indlekofer (Concert Choir) and Matthew Jaskiewicz (OHC Choir) and to accompanists Kai Dolde (Concert Choir) and Alexander Kats (OHC Choir).

The Oakham House choir also would like to thank everyone who made the visit possible. We could not have hosted the visit without support from PFACS; the Office of the President; the Office of the Vice Provost, Students; Oakham House; the Ryerson Bookstore; and Undergraduate Admissions (the tour). And last, but definitely not least, a very special thanks to the dedicated OHC volunteers who worked tirelessly to plan the visit!

 Past Season 2013-2014

Gala Concert – Saturday, May 3, 2014

Oakham House choristers were pleased when our director, Matthew Jaskiewicz, invited us to take part in a gala concert in celebration of the canonization of Pope John XXII and Pope John Paul II. The dozen and a half of us who accepted the invitation joined four other choirs, the Toronto Sinfonietta, as well as several soloists, including the Irish trio known as The Priests, for a very enjoyable mixed programme on May 3, 2014. We were thrilled that our choir director, Matthew Jaskiewicz, was the musical director for this gala concert!

Aside from the pleasure of singing, it was exciting to be part of a really big event at a much larger venue than the churches where we usually perform (the Queen Elizabeth Theatre seats over 1,200) and to sing to what appeared to be a capacity audience. We were also pleased to have an opportunity to prolong our 2013-14 choral season.

British Masterpieces, Past and Present – Saturday, April 26, 2014

This spring concert featured two British composers and their contemporary and past choral masterpieces. The Oakham House Choir was joined by the Toronto Sinfonietta and by Kasia Konstanty, soprano soloist, and Hugh Ritchie, a Ryerson Theatre Studies student who was the narrator for Gloria and for St. Ceceila’s Day.

Hymn of Praise – Saturday, November 30, 2013

The first half of the winter 2013 concert featured the Hymn of Praise by Felix Mendelssohn – a beautiful piece of choral and orchestral music. Special thanks to our soloists Allison Cecelia Arends (soprano) and Stanislas Vitort (tenor) for their inspired singing and to the Toronto Sinfonietta.

The second half included music by Leroy Anderson (Sleigh Ride; Typewriter; The syncopated Clock) and John Rutter (Blow, Blow; A Gaelic Blessing; All Things Bright and Beautiful; Go, Tell it On The Mountain; The Lord is my Shepherd; and Oh, When the Saints). One of the highlights was the memorable performance of theTypewriter (Anderson) by percussionist ‘Etienne’. Who knew that percussionists could act… and that they were so funny! A second highlight was the performance of Go Tell it On the Mountain (Rutter), which garnered prolonged and enthusiastic applause from the audience.

As always, the evening ended with Christmas Carols – Matthew Jaskiewicz led the orchestra, choir, soloists and audience in a selection of seasonal favourites.

Past Season 2012-2013

Opera in Disguise – Saturday, April 27, 2013

What an evening! Matthew Jaskiewicz directed the Oakham House Choir and Toronto Sinfonietta in an evening of Opera in Disguise. Romulo Delgado (tenor) and Michael Robert-Broder (baritone) joined the choir in Messa di Gloria by Puccini as well as some Italian opera arias and choruses. Though Puccini’s rarely performed Messa di Gloria is a religious piece, its operatic style has made it a favourite with opera lovers. It did not disappoint and was a clear favourite with the audience on April 27 as well!

The April 2013 concert ended with an energetic opera chorus sing-along, at true speed and in Italian, that both challenged and amused the audience!

Commemorative Concert – Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto presented a Commemorative Concert on the 73rd anniversary of the Katyn Massacre 1940 and the 3rd anniversary of the Smolensk Tragedy 2010. It included Fantasia and Fuge in G Minor by J.S. Bach, and arias by Handel, Gounod, Dourante, Caccini, Faure and Luboslawski. The Oakham House Choir performed exerpts from Messa di Gloria by Puccini.

Christmas on Bond Street – Sunday, December 9, 2012

For the second year in a row, Ryerson’s Oakham House Choir performed on campus at the Bond Street First Evangelical Lutheran Church! And this year, in addition to performances by choir and the audience-favourite carol sing-along, we featured some of our very own spectacular soloists including Ryerson students, faculty and alumni.Matthew Jaskiewicz conducted the choir and vocal and instrumental soloists included:

  • Claire Brascoupe, soprano
  • Dan Cantiller, baritone
  • Jason Dasco, tenor
  • Freya Godard, mezzo-soprano
  • Norma Hidalgo, soprano
  • Frances Murray, cello
  • Maryna Svitasheva, mezzo-soprano
  • Laura Wilson, Soprano

Crowns, Toys, and Songs for Christmas – Saturday, December 1, 2012

Oakham House Choir presented an evening of inspiring seasonal music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart including the Coronation Mass and Regina Coeli and contemplative works by French composers Gabriel Faure (Cantique de Jean Racine), Cesar Franck (Psalm 150Panis Angelicus) and O Holy Night by Adolphe Adam. But Christmas would not be complete without some light-hearted entertainment, which was provided by the amusing Toy Symphony, composed by E. Angerer.

Oakham House Choir of Ryerson University was joined by the Toronto Sinfonietta, and soloists Jennifer Tung (soprano), Danielle MacMillan (mezzo soprano), Andrew Haji (tenor), and Clarence Frazer (bass).

 Past Season 2011-2012

Better is Peace Than Always War – Saturday, April 28, 2012

Oakham House Choir joined with Univox Choir and the Toronto Sinfonietta in a dramatic presentation of The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins. The concert also included Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima by Krzysztof Penderecki.

Anonymous Chorus – Spring 2012

Oakham House Choir performed as the Anonymous Choir in a unique show called Provenance Unknown at the Art Gallery of York University. The show by Ryerson professor Sara Angelucci used video projection and sound installation to challenge our thinking about migration and change. Read about the show in a Globe and Mail review.

Choral Concert – God Is Born – Sunday, January 8, 2012

Oakham House Choir joined the Agnus Dei Choir and guest soloists in a choral concert of Polish and English Christmas music and carols. The concert was presented by the Consul General of the Republic of Poland.

Christmas on Bond Street – Sunday, December 4, 2011

Oakham House Choir performed a Christmas repertoire with Matthew Cassils, baritone, and Alexander Kats, piano. The concert included Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Vaughan Williams, “Hallelujah” from Handel’s Messiah as well as the ever-popular audience sing-along of Christmas carols.

A Glorious English Christmas – Saturday, November 26, 2011

A glorious evening of music! The Oakham House Choir was joined by the Toronto Sinfonietta, Matthew Cassils, baritone, and William Maddox on organ for our Christmas concert. We sang Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Vaughan Williams, St. Paul’s Suite by Holst, and Gloria by Rutter. The concert ended with “Hallelujah”: from Handel’s Messiah and an audience sing-along of Christmas carols.