Georgetown Choral Society

To all GCS friends & supporters

Since we were only able to have a few rehearsals (masked and distanced) this Spring, we could not perform our normal big Spring concert in front of a live audience, for the third year in a row.

However, we are pleased to share with you the video of the modest “mini-concert” the choir sang at its last in-person rehearsal of our Spring session on May 9th, 2022.

A big thank you to Artistic Director Chris Dawes for the technical production of the video as well as his direction and accompaniment of the choir.

We plan to resume normal rehearsals in September and perform a full regular Christmas concert in December. We hope to see you there.

From Left to Right: Board Chair Isobel Watkinson; recipients Lynne Purdy, Gerry Purdy, Wilma Groskorth; Board Vice Chair Dave Steckley.
From Left to Right:  Board Chair Isobel Watkinson; recipients Lynne Purdy, Gerry Purdy, Wilma Groskorth; Board Vice Chair Dave Steckley.

The Georgetown Choral Society was proud to present a certificate of appreciation for fifty years of participation in the choir to three of its members.

All three recipients were founding members in 1971, and said that singing in the choir has been an important and very satisfying part of their lives for five decades.

After a two year hiatus because of the Covid 19 pandemic the GCS has now resumed “In-person” rehearsals, and welcomes new members. 

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While our rehearsals are on hold, every Monday our Artistic Director is posting interesting choral videos – from the GCS’s own work and other choirs around the world – along with information and a message to all.  Check back here every Monday, or join our e-mail list to receive it automatically in your inbox every week.

A longer 18 minute review of our history with more photos and  excerpts from some of our performances is also available here:

We’ve been around since 1971 – a substantial accomplishment for any choir. The reason we are so successful is that we are a dedicated group of about 80 choristers who like to have fun while we give our audiences high quality performances. Our regular cabaret style events are a hoot, ranging from “down-east” music, roaring twenties “soirées”, or romantic “chocolate & roses” evenings featuring soloists from our own members.

Our Artistic Director, Christopher Dawes, is a very creative guy who is a serious musical scholar, a highly respected organist, and an all-round gifted musician who can boogie with the best when you get him going on all kinds of music.  Read more about Christopher

We like to do popular lighter stuff from movie themes and musicals, etc, but we also perform serious classical works such as Mendelssohn’s Elijah, or Mozart’s Requiem, and of course, Handel’s Messiah. We have performed at Roy Thompson Hall, the Ford Center, the Mississauga Arts Centre, and other major venues and have also toured in Europe.

From surveys of our audience we have received feedback such as:
“Appreciate your professionalism and obvious love of music”
“Warm friendly atmosphere at concerts”
“Thank you for your continued service to the community”
“Wonderful entertainment”
“Powerful large group sound”.

So come and join us either as a member or just to enjoy our concerts.

Who We Are

Join The Georgetown Choral Society

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. To understand the many benefits of choral singing, have a look at this TED TALK video:
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).

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The GCS will waive fees for students who want to become members.

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