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We are happy to invite you to “United in Song,” the first ever Chatham-Kent Choral Festival! Sponsored by the Bel Canto Choir School, which is in its second year of bringing inclusive and accessible choral singing to children ages 8-18 in Chatham-Kent. “United in Song” aims to bring together choral singers from across Chatham-Kent and the region to share their love of singing with one another. It will provide choral clinics for ongoing vocal training and education free of charge, encouraging community through collaborative singing. The week of clinics will culminate in a concert held at St. Andrew’s United Church where the final piece will be performed by all choristers singing together.

Saturday May 27, 2023


“United in Song” will be held May 27, 2023 with clinician Elspeth Maynard. Elspeth is known in the Windsor area as a teacher, chorister, soloist, and conductor. As a soloist, she has performed with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Windsor Community Orchestra, Windsor Classic Chorale, Guelph Chamber Choir and has presented recitals in the South Western Ontario and Detroit area. As a professional chorister, she was a founding member of the Exultate Chamber Singers and sang with Essex Singers for many years. She also toured Europe with the Guelph Chamber Choir on several occasions. 

A graduate of the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, she has also studied conducting with James Fankhauser, Jon Washburn, Robert Cooper, and Jerry Blackstone. She founded and directed the Windsor-Essex Youth Choir and has conducted the University of Windsor Chamber Choir, the All City High School Girls Choir and the University of Windsor High School Honour Choir 

Elspeth spent most of her teaching career teaching vocal music at the Walkerville Centre for the Creative Arts where she conducted the WCCA Chamber Singers and Concert Singers and served as the Program Director of the enriched arts programme.  She has taught voice and music education at the University of Windsor and has been asked many times to adjudicate at both the high school and university levels. 

Community and school choirs who register for “United in Song” will receive a 30-minute choir clinic with Elspeth between May 21-27, 2023. Choirs should prepare two pieces for the clinic, and attend this session with their director and accompanist (if applicable). An accompanist can be provided if needed. Community choirs will have the opportunity to sing two pieces as well as the massed choir piece in the St. Andrew’s United Church Saturdays at 7 Concert entitled “United in Song”. Scores for the selected piece will be available in early March for participating choirs.  


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