Metropolitan United Church Choir School News
Congratulations to Catherine Gray!
Congratulations to Catherine Gray who passed the examination for the Associateship Diploma of The Royal Canadian College of Organists in June. Catherine's diploma will be awarded at the National Convention of the RCCO in July.
The Choristers of MUCCS win Kiwanis Bettger Prize
Congratulations to the Choristers of The Metropolitan United Church Choir School, who have been award the Bill and Eva Bettger Prize for their performance in the 2016 Kiwanis Music Festival.
MUCCS receives grant
So delighted to report that The Metropolitan United Church Choir School has received a grant from The Westminster College Foundation to underwrite the cost of the Third Annual Metropolitan Choristers' Festival this October!!
Congratulations to Catherine Gray!!
Congratulations to Met's Senior Shipman Organ Catherine Gray, MM, ARCT, BMus, BA, CRCCO for passing the Diploma for The Fellowship in Organ Performance from the National College of Music, London. The adjudicator referred to her playing as 'A near perfect performance played with stunningly beautiful phrasing and a musicality rarely encountered these days!!'
The Choristers of MUCCS thrive at Kiwanis
Once again this year (2016) the Choristers of MUCCS participated in the Kiwanis Music Festival of London in the Church Choir Class. Their performance garnered a First Award with a score of 88! The adjudicator praised the choir for their 'lovely tone' and 'excellent breath control'.
The Second Annual Metropolitan Choristers' Festival
The Second Annual Metropolitan Choristers' Festival took place on November 13-15, 2015. Our guest clinician for the day was Sarah MacDonald, FRCO Director of Music at Selwyn College, Cambridge University and Director of the Ely Cathedral Girls' Choir. 90 Choristers from London, St. Thomas and Toronto joined forces for a wonderful day of music making!
An exciting evening with Jennifer Moir
The Choristers had an exciting evening of vocal training with Jennifer Moir of The University of Western Ontario on Thursday, October 21st. Jen worked with the choir on expressive singing techniques
The Choristers sing at the 189th Opening of the Courts Service
The Choristers were the featured choir at the 189th Opening of the Courts Service, which took place at Metropolitan United Church on Wednesday, September 30th. The service, filled with pageantry and military precision, is a powerful reminder of the history of church and court in our great city!
Congratulations to Organ Scholar Catherine Gray!
Many congratulations to Shipman Organ Scholar Catherine Gray, CRCCO, who passed the requirements for the Associate's Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. Catherine's examination recital included works by Francois Couperin, Johann Sebastian Bach, Cesar Franck and Jean Langlais.
The Choristers sing at Budweiser Gardens
The Choristers of MUCCS had the honour to be asked to sing the National Anthem at Budweiser Gardens on Friday, September 11th for the NHL Rookie Game. The game , which was broadcast nationally was played between the Toronto Maple Leaf and Ottawa Senators rookies. Their performance was received with great enthusiasm.
Congratulations to former Organ Scholar Andy Cloutier!
Many congratulations to Met's former Shipman Organ Scholar Andy Cloutier, CRCCO, who has been appointed Organist of St. Anne's Catholic Church in St. Thomas, ON. We send Andy our best wishes for a long a fruitful tenure!
The Choristers record their first CD!
The Choristers of MUCCS have recorded their first CD, entitled 'Christmas with the Choristers of Metropolitan Church'. This beautiful Traditional Service of Lessons and Carols features music by Rutter, Lindley, Vaughan Williams and others.
Organist Catherine Gray, performs music by Bach, Guilmant and others!
Organist Catherine Gray, performs music by Bach, Guilmant and others!
Congratulations to Organ Scholar, Catherine Gray, CRCCO
Congratulations to Shipman Organ Scholar, Catherine Gray on being awarded The George Black Scholarship from The Hymn Society of The United States and Canada. Catherine is the first Met Organ Scholar to be so honoured.
November 2014: The First Annual Metropolitan Choristers' Festival
The First Annual Metropolitan Choristers' Festival took place on November 14 & 15, 2014. Our Guest Music Director was Bruce Neswick of Indiana University. Bruce worked with over sixty young singers on repertoire by Parry, Rutter and Hurford. A Festal Closing Service took place in the sanctuary.
November 2014: MUCCS is the recipient of a Westminster College Foundation Grant
The Metropolitan United Church Choir School is proud to announce that we have been the recipient of a grant from The Westminster College Foundation. The grant will be used to underwrite the costs associated with The 2015 Metropolitan Choristers' Festival, which will take place in November.
May 2014: MUCCS Choristers win receive two awards!
Our Choristers received two awards this year in recognition of their outstanding performance at the2014 Kiwanis Music Festival in London. In addition to winning their fourth Bill and Eva Bettger Trophy, which recognizes the children's church choir with the highest Festival score, the Choristers also won the Lutheran Social Services Church Choir Award for the first time.
May 11, 2014: The Choristers sing for the TVH&S Annual General Meeting
The Choristers of MUCCS were delighted to be invited to sing for the Annual General Meeting of the Thames Valley Home and School Association. The choir sang a program of music drawn from their recent Toronto Tour and was enthusiastically received!
The Choristers of Metropolitan United Church return from Toronto mini-tour!
May 2014: The Choristers of the Metropolitan United Church Choir School undertook a mini-tour to Toronto at the beginning of May. We had the chance to sing at Metropolitan United Church there, both with their fine choir and by ourselves. The Choristers also worked with their Director of Music, Dr. Patricia Wright and had a chance to attend a performance by the Toronto Symphony.
MUCCS receives a gift toward the purchase of a new computer lab!
MUCCS has received a gift of $4,000 from Metropolitan's Easter offering that will enable us to purchase a new computer lab to be used by our Choristers to study ear training and music theory, both at the church and at home.
Kiwanis Music Festival
Congratulations to the Choristers of Metropolitan United Church and to the Metropolitan United Church Choir for their recent victory at the Kiwanis Music Festival in London. The Choristers' received first place in their class, as well as a Gold Award.
MUCCS receives a major grant!
The Metropolitan United Choir School is very please to announce that they have been the recipient of a major grant from Middlesex Presbytery of the United Church of Canada. The grant, which totals $13,000 will be used to fund the work of the Choir School over the next two years.