Marley Yott (1995-2020)

The GCC is sad to announce that one of our choristers, Marley Yott, passed away on June 3, 2020. Marley was new to the GCC this past year as a member of our Tenor section.

Before Marley joined the GCC, Artistic Director Charlene Pauls had the privilege of directing them in the Oakville Choir for Children and Youth, where she remembers Marley as a strong musician who would make suggestions on how to improve artistry, and would pick out where notes or rhythms needed correcting. A dream chorister! At rehearsals, Marley was surrounded by others as they told stories and made people laugh. We remember Marley on tour as someone who always had a camera ready and who would go to great lengths (and risks!) to get the perfect shot. As we have gathered and remembered Marley, a dominant theme has been Marley’s caring spirit – they always asked and were concerned about how others were doing and often had a funny story to brighten the mood.

Charlene recounts how it was a wonderful surprise to reconnect with Marley in the spring of 2019, which led to Marley joining the Tenor section of the GCC. Marley’s audition piece was Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes” sung with a gentle, beautiful, heartfelt tone. In Marley’s honour, members of the GCC will record this piece as a tribute to their memory. Marley left us too soon and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with Marley’s parents, Penelope Morgan and Brian Yott, sister Sabrina Morgan, and brother-in-law Chris Russell.

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40 years later, we’re still singing together…just differently for now

Dear friends

Three months ago we were preparing to share with you our exciting plans to celebrate Guelph Chamber Choir’s 40th anniversary. How quickly we’ve had to pivot.

Today, we’re reshaping and adjusting those plans in anticipation of a very different season. Like all other choral groups we’re on a transformative journey. While singing together physically is on hiatus for now, our work is not. This interrupted period presents creative opportunities and necessities we could never have imagined — from creating virtual content and developing new digital tools to keeping our voices in shape while apart. The list goes on. It’s at once challenging and invigorating.

Guelph Chamber Choir will not only survive this hiatus, I am convinced that we will thrive. In time — after all the zooming and videos — we will regather joyfully to experience the thrill of choral music live.

In the coming weeks and months, we’ll share more news as our revised 40th anniversary season unfolds. We have some exciting celebratory projects in the works. Yes – there will be singing involved!

Sneak peek

  • a fresh new look
  • a new community outreach program
  • virtual choral projects
  • a special anniversary museum exhibition

In the meantime, we invite you to stand by us. We debated the wisdom of sending out an appeal for donations now when we know there is so much need in our community. However, the reality is that the restorative power of music is more important than ever. We feel an enormous responsibility to ensure Guelph Chamber Choir’s ability to continue the marvelous tradition of choral excellence in our community. That’s why we’re reaching out to you now.

Your donation, no matter the size, will support us as we prepare to launch our new plans for this unprecedented 40th anniversary season. And donations via Canada Helps give us a chance to win $20,000; every $1 donated before June 30th is a chance to win!

As always, our deepest thanks to all of you who are continuing your generous support.

Click to donate via Canada Helps. Or send a cheque to PO Box 513, Guelph ON  N1H 6K9. Remember to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


John Barnum, President

Message Update – May 11, 2020

Dear Friends of the Guelph Chamber Choir,

It has certainly been an unexpected and rather abrupt end to our first season together. As the new Artistic Director of the Guelph Chamber Choir, we were heading into our last rehearsals for the March 28th Rutter Requiem final concert of the season when the quarantine protocols came into effect and the world around us transformed. Since then we have been working hard to regroup and recreate our upcoming season, which also happens to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of this wonderful choir.

Please click on the photo for a personal video message from Artistic Director Charlene Pauls.

The health of our singers and audience is our top priority, and as such, our plans for the season will be guided by the health protocols that are in place. We are excited about the plans being created for the Guelph Chamber Choir 2020-21 40th Anniversary Celebration Season, and with the caveat that our ‘best laid plans’ may have to be flexible, we would like to share with you an outline of what we hope to offer next year.

For those of you who were planning to attend the Rutter Requiem, thank you for your understanding and patience as our team navigated how best to proceed. We have not cancelled the performance, but have postponed the concert to early Fall. I know that we are all looking forward to singing this music of comfort and healing during this difficult time. In the meantime, here is a lovely recording of Rutter’s Requiem.

Our popular Carols concert and Handel’s Messiah are both in the works for December, and our season will culminate with a Spring Finale 40th Anniversary Gala Concert. More details about these concerts will be forthcoming.

Please check the GCC website (, Facebook (, or Twitter ( for updates.

These are, without a doubt, trying days for us all. It is in times like these that music is so important as a source of comfort, inspiration and most of all, hope. If you are able, we would be most grateful to receive your 2020 donations. As with other arts organizations, the absence of ticket sales means that your support is even more essential than ever in order to continue bringing uplifting choral music to Guelph and the surrounding community.

In this, my first season with the Guelph Chamber Choir, I have felt so fortunate to witness the commitment and strength of our members and our community of supporters as we navigate this chapter together. Stay well.

All the best,

Artistic Director

GCC May 2020 Newsletter pdf version

Winner of the GCC 50-50 Raffle – April 30, 2020

And the winner of the 50-50 raffle jackpot of nearly $4200 is … Jordan P. with ticket #465! Thanks to all who purchased tickets in support of the Guelph Chamber Choir.



A message from the GCC Board of Directors – March 16, 2020

Under direction from Guelph’s Medical Officer of Health, the River Run Centre is closing for public events until April 30th, to prepare and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus in our community. Unfortunately, that includes the Guelph Chamber Choir’s concert, Rutter’s Requiem and other works, scheduled for March 28th. We are disappointed, but the GCC continues to cooperate with the Public Health Unit and the City of Guelph to protect our choir members, our audience and the community-at-large.

More information will be provided as we consider options for rescheduling this concert. We will be reaching out to all ticket holders as soon as we have more information about new dates and/or cancellations. Please monitor the GCC website,  our Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates.



Dr. Charlene Pauls, Artistic Director & Conductor
Alison MacNeill, Piano