President's Report 2007

Chamber choir makes choral connections with music lovers and alumni

Chamber choir

Last year was a very good year for Memorial’s Chamber Choir.

The choir performed a gala concert at Glen Gould Studio in Toronto last February with special guest and alumnus, sought-after Canadian tenor David Pomeroy.

It was like icing on the cake for students and choir director, Memorial music professor Dr. Donald Dunsmore. Building on the success of winning a national choral competition in May 2006, the group spent a week in Toronto performing and giving workshops at a local music conservatory.

The Memorial Chamber Choir won top prize in the University Choir category during the CBC/Radio Canada National Radio Competition for Amateur Choirs.

The trip to Toronto was strategic. Toronto is the home of the largest base of alumni outside of this province, so organizers wanted to reconnect with Memorial grads living in the area. “Our recruitment efforts are ongoing in Toronto but when we can partner with a group such as our chamber choir and alumni in the area we can really illustrate why Memorial is such a special place,” said Sheila Devine, director of the Office of Student Recruitment.