Saskatchewan Choral Federation
 
 

Saskatoon Chamber Singers

 

The Saskatoon Chamber Singers was founded in 1977 by a group of former Greystone Singers (University of Saskatchewan) who wanted to continue singing in a quality choral ensemble. The choir’s first concert, on December 14, 1977, was presented with the Saskatoon Chamber Orchestra and included Vaughan Williams’ Flos Campi, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Scarlatti’s Su le sponde del Tebro. The official launch, however, came on April 3, 1978, at Knox United Church. Since that time the choir has continued to present a yearly season, which now consists of three or four concerts with the first one always on Remembrance Day.

Saskatoon Children's Choir and Saskatoon Chamber Singers in Concert

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Knox United Church

838 Spadina Crescent E, Saskatoon

3:45 pm (doors open at 3:15 pm)

 

Tickets - $10 Adult, $5 Student/Senior

Under 12 free when accompanied by an adult

 


The choir’s repertoire has always been rich in variety. Music by Canadian composers continues to be an important part of the choir’s repertoire as is choral music that requires instrumental accompaniment other than keyboard. In 2004, the choir presented the Saskatchewan premiere of an American composition, The Holocaust Cantata: Songs from the Camps, which they repeated at a special concert in 2005 at Congregation Agudas Israel.

The Chamber Singers, in addition to its own concert season, usually performs at least once a year with the Saskatoon Symphony. The Chamber Singers have had four music directors: Robert Solem (1977-1984); Patricia Jamison (1986-1994); Duff Warkentin (1994-2003); and James Hawn (1985-1986 and 2003-). Although they still call themselves the Saskatoon Chamber Singers, the size of the choir has grown beyond what is usually considered a chamber choir.

James Hawn, Music Director

James was a teacher with the Saskatoon Public School Division for thirty-two years where he taught English language arts, music and drama and directed numerous choral groups, musicals and plays. From 1998-2002 he was the consultant for arts education. In 1976 he founded Solstice, which is still performing today, although he is no longer directly associated with it. He still teaches English, but now in the Adult Education program at SIAST. James was a member of the Saskatoon Chamber Singers for many years before becoming its director. He was a member of the Saskatchewan Choral Federation board and is still serving on the board of the ACCC as secretary/treasurer.    James was director of Knox Church Choir for ten years and has just finished his stint on the board of TCU-Place. He has also directed for Saskatoon Gateway Players and Saskatoon Summer Players. 

Rod Epp, Accompanist

 Rod Epp has been accompanist of the Saskatoon Chamber Singers for a number of years. Prior to this role, he sang baritone with the choir, which he continues to do when the choir performs a capella pieces. Born and raised in Saskatoon, Rod received his B Mus degree from the U of S, and obtained Licentiate and Fellowship diplomas in piano performance from the Trinity College of London, England. Although his full-time job is with the Saskatoon Health Region, he also maintains a small private piano studio and directs a local church choir.

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