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The Ontario Cross-Cultural Music Society Choir, OCMS-Choir, was founded by a group of vocal enthusiasts in April 1997 under the direction of the OCMS. This choir has provided excellent vocal training to countless music lovers of all ages by distinguished conductors such as Kwong-Ching Wong, Yan-Kwong Tse, Ching Mak, Lillian Po Sit, Francis Chung, Shek Ko, Roy Cheng, Barbara Fei, Ivy Lo, and now Yan Qiao Wang in the past 20 years.

Each year, the choir participates in the annual gala concert of the Overseas Chinese Festival of the Arts and holds regular concerts periodically. During the 10th Anniversary Gala concert 2006, together with the Overseas Chinese Philharmonic Orchestra and other Ontario choirs, these musicians literally brought down the roof of the Toronto Centre for the Arts performing the Yellow River Cantata. In 2007 and 2012, the choir was invited to perform at the Celebration of the 10th and 15th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Regions respectively in Toronto. Besides Chinese large-scale repertoire was performed, choral masterpiece such as Beethoven Symphony No.9 was sung at BMO “Ode to Joy” Gala Concert in 2009. This performance with the affiliation of Philharmonic Orchestra, Ottawa Chorus Music Lovers Choir, Southern Ontario Tsinghua Alumni Choir, included over 100 choral singers and 70 orchestral members was a great success. In 2013 Coronation Mass by W.A. Mozart was performed under the baton of Samantha Chang. Since June 2013 to December 2016, the choir worked with Ivy Lo and has been exploring a wider range of repertoire including Musicals in their choral experience. After the first concert MELODY FLOW with her in May 2014, OCMS Choir also performed at Koerner Hall RCM, P.C. Ho Theatre and competed in Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival 2015. “….a wonderfully blended precise sound…Great sense of rhythm and togetherness….Great pronunciation of diction in English songs….Energetic performance with nice long phrases…” were the comments from the adjudicators in the festival. The choir came first in the competition and was presented with a Gold Award. Upcoming events will be annual concert “Around the World in 80 Minutes” and World Choir Games 2016 at Sochi, Russia.

 

Choir 2015 Award

The Kiwanis Music Festival of Greater Toronto 2015 - 1st Award