Georgetown Choral Society

Choir starts New Year with a new interim director

The Georgetown Choral Society (GCS) is pleased to announce that it is starting rehearsals on January 9th for the Spring 2023 session with new interim director Eleanor Wallace. The much loved former head of the music department at the Georgetown District High School recently retired from an active teaching career.

“I felt ready to take on a new challenge in continuing my long career of 40 years in music, and I am really excited about taking on the challenge of directing Georgetown’s community choir. This is an organization with many remarkable accomplishments in its 52 year history, and I look forward to supporting its record of excellence in choral singing” said Wallace.

Her hiring follows the departure of Chris Dawes, who was the choir’s Artistic Director for the past five years, and has a long association with the GCS as accompanist dating back to 1990.

 Said Dawes: “Having already a decades-long relationship with the choir I am honoured to have been able to play a key role in its response to the challenges of the pandemic.  I am proud of what we have achieved in the past five years, and look forward to continuing to support and encourage the choir as needed in the coming years.”

The choir’s Spring concert planned for May 6th at the Georgetown Christian Reformed Church is entitled “United we Sing”, and will feature an uplifting program of songs that capture the yearning for peace and harmony in the world after several very difficult years.

Upcoming Performance - Spring 2023

The Georgetown Choral Society presents, United We Sing, for their spring concert
Ontario Trillium Foundation

After 50 years of successful operation, the choir had to effectively shut down since March of 2020 because of the pandemic, resulting in significant costs both financially, and in terms of declining membership. The choir applied for and was granted an Ontario Trillium Foundation ‘Resilient Communities’ Grant which is designed to help non-profits recover from the devastating effects of the Covid 19 pandemic.

The OTF grant will be of great help in rejuvenating the choir as a vibrant contributor t the Halton ills cultural scene for the next half-century. Thank you. We are grateful for your support.

Thank you to the the Town of Halton Hills

Town of Halton Hills

The choir extends its sincere gratitude to the Town of Halton Hills for a ‘Community Partnership’ Grant. Our membership dropped sharply through the pandemic, and the grant allows us to significantly expand our digital marketing and rebuild our membership to a viable level.

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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Who We Are

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.

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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