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Simply Christmas

December 3, 2016

7:30 pm

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(Use the arrows below each selection to start the audio. You must click the double lines (pause) to stop the audio you are listening to before you start another or you'll hear both at the same time!)

'Gloria' by Andrew Gilpin, featuring Shawn Grenke on piano, performed Christmas 2011.

'In My Room' from the Beach Boys medley performed at our JukeBox Jamboree in 2010.

"God Shall Wipe Away All Tears" from Karl Jenkins' Armed Man-Mass for Peace performed 2009 at the beautiful Queen of Peace Croatian Church in Norval Ontario.

"Hallelujah" chorus from Handel's Messiah performed in 2010 with the Valen Ensemble Orchestra


It seems good people sing, or choral singing brings out the best in people. Either way, the GCS is proud to have counted among its members throughout its history, no fewer than six "Citizens of the Year". This is an award given out annually by the Georgetown Lions Club to recognize the contributions throughout the community of volunteers who enhance the quality of life for Georgetown residents. The group photo shows the choir members who are recipients of the award. From left ot right : Tom Schenk (2004); Laurent Thibault (2011); Lois Fraser (1995); Lou Darcie (1993); Kay d’Entremont(2016). Vi Haines (1980 - deceased) is shown at right.



Choral Society concert raises money for Fort McMurray

At its sold out concert last Saturday night, where the choir performed Broadway musical songs, The Georgetown Choral Society’s appeal for donations to help out the residents of Fort McMurray demonstrated impressive compassion for fellow Alberta citizens. “Our concert this evening is a joyful one, but not all Canadians tonight are in a joyful mood”, said choir President Alyson Arsenault in a statement before the concert. “While we sit comfortably and have homes to return to, thousands of Albertans will be sleeping in their cars or perhaps on cots in evacuation centres.  The Georgetown Choral Society will be sending a donation to the Red Cross which will be met dollar for dollar by the Government, and we invite you to increase that amount with your personal donations”. Choir member donations, matched by the choir’s own funds, and additional contributions from the audience totalled $3,132, which will be sent to the Red Cross Fort McMurray Fire relief Fund. When matched by the federal governments, the total contribution to the Fort McMurray relief funds from the concert will total $6264. As a community choir, the Choral Society sees this type of fundraising as part of its mandate, and this was the choir’s third concert this year where significant funds were raised for non-profit organizations.


Members of the choir were pleased to perform a benefit concert on April 15 in support of the project to purchase the Norval Presbyterian church manse and transform into the Lucy Maud Montgomery Museum and Literary Centre. This was the kickstart to the fundraising project with the vision of creating a nationally recognized heritage site to honour the famed writer of Anne of Green Gables and many other internationally acclaimed novels.

See a detailed report on the evening on page 31 of the latest Independent & Free Press:

Photo courtesy of Gary Cralle

The future of the Georgetown Choral Society (GCS) was evident on Sunday, April 3 at the Christian Reformed Church. It was delightful and heartwarming to hear close to 100 children (see photo) from the Georgetown Children's Chorus in the junior, intermediate and senior levels singing "Rhytm & Blues" under the direction of Dale Wood. Dale, who has been director of the GCS for over 40 years, has also directed the children for 24 years. Some 30 younger "Cherubs" also performed in the concert. Lois Fraser and daughter Joanna work tirelessly at getting all this youthful energy organized and cultivating a life-ling love of music and song. The GCS looks forward to seeing these fresh young faces in the adult choir.

The choir added to the festive atmosphere in downtown Georgetown by caroling on Main St. again this year.

The choir recently recognized Chris Dawes for the 25th anniversary of when he started accompanying the choir on organ and piano in its major concerts. See more about Chris here.

lAt its Christmas concert on December 5th, the Georgetown Choral Society recognized A Dale Wood for 40 years of outstanding artistic direction, and expressed their gratitude by presenting him with a large digital painting of the full choir with him in front in his customary director’s position. Under his leadership over 40 years, the choir has become renowned for its performances of some very difficult choral music at a level not normally associated with community choirs. Dale... has also composed many fine choral pieces for the GCS.

As a music and voice teacher, Dale has become known as the heart and soul of choral music in Georgetown, as he developed a love of singing in hundreds of young people through the Georgetown Children’s Chorus.
Many of those young people have graduated to the senior GCS choir, thus helping to ensure its future.

The Georgetown Choral Society is always happy to welcome new members.

No special talents are required. Just a love of singing and a willingness to put in the rehearsal time.

Acceptance is subject to an audition with the Artistic Director.

Come and get a first-hand experience of being part of the choir by attending a rehearsal, which are held in the Christian Reformed Church at 11611 Trafalgar Road, Georgetown, every Monday evening at 7:30 pm.

If you are interested in joining the choir, contact Laurent Thibault (905 877 7795) or Alyson Arsenault (519-856-0016)

What our audience members say about us:

Periodically, the GCS surveys members to find out how we are doing. We were very pleased with the generally very positive feedback and appreciated the suggestions for improvement from the audience survey of the Christmas 2012 concert. Here are a few direct quotes:

  • “Wonderful entertainment”
  • “Excellent and thoroughly enjoyable”
  • “Powerful large group sound”
  • “Appreciate your professionalism and obvious love of music”
  • “Thank you for your continued service to the community”
  • “Warm, friendly atmosphere at concerts”

Come to our concerts and decide for yourself !