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Near North Voices launches season 11


Near North Voices – North Bay’s University-Community Choir – is pleased to announce its eleventh season of choral innovation in North Bay.

Established in 2007 as an advanced choir on the Nipissing University campus, Near North Voices’ broad repertoire is focused on art/classical – much of it contemporary, and has included a number of Canadian and Northern Ontario premieres.

Weekly rehearsals begin on Wednesday, September 6, and run to early April. Membership is open to students, faculty and staff at Nipissing University and Canadore College, and to adults and high school students from North Bay and area and beyond.

Near North Voices offers Student Choral Scholarships for qualified high school students who demonstrate substantial musical growth and an exemplary contribution to the ensemble.

“It’s hard to believe we are going into our eleventh season as an ensemble,” said Dr. Adam Adler, artistic director of Near North Voices and assistant professor of music education at Nipissing. “When I first began this ensemble, I had no idea what to expect, where it might go, to what level, and who would join. The ensemble has continued to grow and evolve each year, and the level of repertoire we’ve performed is way beyond what one might expect of a non-auditioned university-community choir. We’ve performed Canadian premieres of incredible repertoire, competed nationally, toured, and collaborated with musicians and other ensembles from Canada, the USA and Europe. Our Student Choral Scholarship program has proved highly successful in supporting young people in their pursuit of ongoing music education through choral music.”

Near North Voices’ first rehearsal is on Wednesday, September 6, in room F210 off the front lobby of Nipissing University.  Meet-and-greet with refreshments begins at 6 p.m. and the rehearsal starts at 7 p.m.

New members will be able to register following the rehearsal. A brief pitching and voice placement check will be available for singers who are new to the ensemble. Everyone is invited to bring a pencil, a water bottle and a sense of humour.

For further information, go to www.nearnorthvoices.com, or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nnvoices or Twitter @NNVoices.

 

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