Ensembles

At Eastview, we have a large orchestra, a large concert choir, and several smaller ensembles.  All grade 10, 11, and 12 students registered in a music course at Eastview are eligible to audition for the ensembles.  Auditions take place in June for the following year.  Grade 9 students may join choir, and grade 9 orchestra students are given various opportunities to perform on their instruments throughout the year.

Choral Ensembles

Concert Choir

The concert choir consists of 80-100 students in grades 9-12.  Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 2:45-4:00, with some additional time scheduled for sectional rehearsals.  The ensemble is directed by Mr. Stewart and has five main performances a year:

  • Remembrance Day – One selection is performed at our school Remembrance Day assembly.
  • Feeder Schools Tour – Each year, our ensembles tour a set of our feeder schools to allow students to share what they have been working on with their younger peers.
  • Christmas – A selection of Christmas repertoire is performed at our annual Christmas concert at Collier Street United Church.
  • Ontario Vocal Festival – The choir performs three pieces of traditional choral repertoire for adjudication.  This festival determines eligibility for MusicFest Nationals. Alternatively, in some years the concert choir competes in the Barrie Music Festival.
  • Gala – To close the season, all of our vocal ensembles, as well as selected soloists and small groups, put on a final Gala performance.  This gives students the opportunity to perform more contemporary genres of repertoire, such as jazz, pop, and Broadway selections.  These performances involve choreography, costuming, and accompaniment from a full rhythm section.

In recent years, additional performance opportunities for the concert choir have included the “First Light” festival at Sainte Marie Among the Hurons, and the Barrie “Senior’s Serenade” concert series.

Available Media

Kuimba – Victor C. Johnson – Musicfest Nationals 2016


Oldies Mash-Up – Gala 2016

 

Chamber Choir

The Chamber Choir is a 25-35 member all female ensemble chosen from students in the concert choir who demonstrate an outstanding vocal tone, musical ear, and ability to sight sing.  The chamber choir performs many a cappella works that are more challenging than the music sung in the concert choir.  Rehearsals are Mondays or Tuesdays from 2:45-4:00, and students are expected to also be able to work on their parts independently.  The ensemble is directed by Mr. Stewart.  It performs at all concert choir events except for Remembrance day, and is often given the opportunity to take part in other events in the community. In recent years, the Chamber Choir has performed with the Huronia Symphony Orchestra and Orillia’s Cellar Singers.

Available Media

Things That Never Die – Eleanor Daley – Barrie Music Festival 2016

Dominus Vobiscum – Jacob Narverud – Musicfest Nationals 2016

Senior Vocal Ensemble

This mixed ensemble consists of roughly 10 grade twelve students.  They rehearse independently on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30, and sing mostly a cappella music.  In 2016, the Senior Vocal Ensemble was awarded the highest standard of Gold at Musicfest Canada, an honour reserved for only a handful of high school choirs in Canada each year.

Available Media

Il est Bel et Bon – Pierre Passereau – Musicfest Nationals, 2016

Nordic Polska – Edenroth/Kallio – Musicfest Nationals, 2016

Seven Bridges Road – The Eagles – Gala 2016

Instrumental Ensembles

The Eastview Orchestra program includes the Senior, Intermediate, and Junior Orchestras, Senior and Junior String ensembles, and small ensembles. Students perform at school events, local schools, music festivals and an annual concert at Collier Street United Church with the Concert Choir and Eastview Singers.

The Eastview Senior Orchestra is an auditioned group of musicians in grades 10, 11, and 12. Workshops with guest conductors and the leadership of senior students and orchestra alumni are vital parts of the program. Members of the Orchestra have participated in Ontario Music Educators’ Conferences, and performance tours to MusicFest regionals and nationals (earning gold and silver awards), Montreal, B.C., Disney World, New York City and California.  Eastview Orchestral music students have gone on to perform in university and community orchestras across Canada as well as the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra and the National Concert Band.  In order to be eligible for Senior Orchestra, students must be enrolled in a music course.

Available Media

Into the Storm – Smith/McCashin – Christmas 2015

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