Choir

Everyone interested in choral music is welcome to join our rehearsals.

Time: Every Wednesday evening between 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: Online (Zoom) and 105 Gibson Centre in Markham (Map).

For further information, contact Susanna at 647-280-8130 or send us a message using our contact form.


About the OCMS Choir

The Ontario Cross-Cultural Music Society Choir, or OCMS Choir, was founded by a group of vocal enthusiasts in 1996 under the direction of 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 Joanna Ng D'Agnone in the past 22 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, the choir has been working with Ivy Lo and has been exploring a wider range of repertoire including Musicals in their choral experience.

OCMS Choir performed at Koerner Hall RCM, P.C. Ho Theatre and competed in Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival 2015. Comments from the adjudicators in the festival:

“… a wonderfully blended precise sound… Great sense of rhythm and togetherness… Great pronunciation of diction in English songs… Energetic performance with nice long phrases…”

The choir came first in the competition and was presented with a Gold Award.


Team

Music Director
Joanna Ng D'Agnone

Conductor
Joanna Ng D'Agnone

Piano Accompanist
Matthew Wong 

Chairperson
Matthew Wong 

Treasurer
Bill Chan

Treasurer
Josephine Chow

Committee Members
Amy Lau / Susanna Leong / Amanda Lai / David Lung / Claude Mau

This article was updated on May 6, 2023

Over the years, Toronto has become a cosmopolitan city with various ethnic groups, tongues, and cultures. We welcome all music lovers interested in western/eastern classical and folk music to sing with us.