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Laurier Centre for Music in the Community presents We Sing the World - A Choral Symposium

Jun 6/13

This summer We Sing the World – A Choral Symposium will launch in Stratford, Ontario, from Thursday, July 18 – Sunday, July 21, 2013. This event is for anyone who loves to sing and is presented in collectively between the Stratford Summer Music and the Laurier Centre for Music in the Community.

Laurier Centre for Music in the Community is dedicated to creating dynamic meeting places for music research, dialogue, performing and collaboration. Wilfrid Laurier University faculty members Dr. Lee Willingham and Dr. Gerard Yun are pleased to represent Laurier and the LCMC as part of this new choral initiative.

Participants will enjoy a weekend of singing and artistic experiences, presented by 12 leaders from a variety of international musical disciplines, to explore and celebrate how choral music and choir singing are evolving in the 21st century.

Delegates will enjoy live performances of Murray Schafer’s Music for Wilderness Lake on Patterson Island and other concerts and theatre performances are available. Workshops and panel discussions will be held on a variety of topics, including Global Song & Traditions, Gifts of World Cultures to Choral Music, and Ghanaian, Latin/Caribbean and South Indian musical perspectives. All the participants will be part of the Symposium Chorus where rehearsals will include familiar and new scores related to the Symposium’s two main themes: the Environment, and, World Cultures as influences on modern choral repertoire. The weekend concludes with the Symposium Chorus presenting a finale concert at St. Andrew’s Church, hosted by CBC broadcaster Peter Togni who hosts Choral Concert each Sunday on CBC Radio Two.

Among the artists leading the Choral Symposium are R. Murray Schafer, internationally ac-claimed Canadian composer, music educator and author; Suba Sankaran, DORA award winning and Juno nominated artist, and performer with the acclaimed world music ensembles Autorickshaw and Trichy’s Trio; broadcaster Peter Togni; soprano Eleanor James, and organist Christopher Dawes.

Registration for We Sing the World – A Choral Symposium opens on April 15. The cost is $50 for Students; $175 for adults’ early registration (before June 15) or $200 (after June 15). Registration includes copies of all the scores which delegates can keep at the end of the Symposium. Tickets to Stratford Summer Music performances, meals and accommodations are not included in the registration fee. The Choral Symposium brochure, additional details and registration information are available at

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