About Us

Now in its 27th season, the Georgian Bay Children’s Choir is a community choir for children and youth aged 5 through 18. Members are drawn from the southern Georgian Bay region of Ontario, with Owen Sound as the major centre. Its choral training program is committed to excellence through education, performance and competition. Each level of program – Carillon, Rhythm & Jazz and Lyrica – is designed to develop musical skills and a love of choral singing.

Georgian Bay Children's Choir concerts are held twice a year in December and May. In addition, the choir has numerous singing engagements in the community, including performances at nursing homes, in churches, at hockey games, for service clubs and at other community events. The choir has performed with the Georgian Bay Symphony and as the result of performances at the Kiwanis Music Festival, has been recommended for provincial competition several times.

Lyrica has participated in festivals and competitions from coast to coast, the United States and Europe, and has hosted festivals and choirs from around the world. The choir has also been invited to participate in several choral workshops over the years. Almost every other year, Lyrica travels internationally to compete or participate in international music festivals.

Selected Highlights

2014
Bluewater District School Board – Performance with Colonel Chris Hadfield
Kaleid Festival, Woodstock
Meaford Hospital Foundation Fundraiser - Performance with Colonel Chris Hadfield

2013
TJX Conference – Blue Mountain

2011
Toured Austria, Hungary as participants in Summa cum Laude International Music Festival

2009
Sang at Canadian Olympic Torch relay for arrival ceremonies

2007
Toured in Spain and France

2006/7
Participated in the Special Olympics Winter Games opening ceremonies and performed with Michael Burgess for a Special Olympics concert fundraiser

2006
Performed at the Tulip Festival, Ottawa, Ontario and hosted a regional training choir festival

2005
Leith Historic Church, Ontario, Performed Traditional Advent Lessons and Carols Service
Performed ‘The Russian Dolls’ with the Georgian Bay Symphony
OIK International Youth Music Festival, Ansbach, Germany

2004
Performed John Rutter's "Brother Heinrich's Christmas
Premiered original composition of “The Long Journey”, part of the Cultural Capital of Canada (Owen Sound) Celebration with other area choirs

2003
Performed Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” with guest harpist Lori Gemmell
Suas e! International Choral Festival, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

2002/3
Performed in Handel’s “Messiah” with the Georgian Bay Concert Choir
Performed at the opening ceremonies for the Billy Bishop Museum in Owen Sound, as it received its designation as a national historic site.

2001
World of Children’s Choirs Festival, Vancouver, British Columbia

2000
Performed Ralph Vaughan Williams’ ‘Hodie’ with Georgian Bay Symphony

1999
Festival 500, St. John’s, Newfoundland

1998
Niagara International Music Festival, Niagara Falls, Ontario

1996
Kathaumixw International Choral Festival, Powell River, British Columbia

1995
Des Moines, Iowa International Choral Festival – First Place, Folk Ensemble Competition

1994
Shore to Shore in ’94 – 10-day Atlantic coast tour

1991
Des Moines, Iowa International Children’s Festival

Recordings:

“A Christmas Experiment” with the Canadian Brass and “Songs We Will Sing Forever”