“Hallelujah!”  Guelph’s favourite Messiah is back!

 Saturday, Dec. 18th at 7:30pm at River Run Centre

Rejoice, the trumpet shall sound, and the glory of this holiday season shall be revealed! Join your Guelph Chamber Choir as we return to the comfort of the River Run Centre to present Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah. We are joined by a baroque orchestra and talented soloists Elizabeth Lepock, Soprano; Autumn Debassige, Alto; Lawrence Wiliford, Tenor; and Jeremy Ludwig, Bass. Our condensed performance will include all your favourite choruses and arias within a 90-minute program. A perfect Messiah for both first-timers and old-timers.

Thanks to concert sponsor Knar Jewellery for their much appreciated support, as well as the City of Guelph, Ontario Arts Council, and Ontario Arts Foundation.

Tickets: Adult – $45 / Under 30 – $25 /  Live-stream: $25

Tickets available at River Run Centre.

The Live-stream will remain available until 7pm on Sunday, Dec. 19th.

Having Trouble?

Check your spam/junk mail if your order confirmation is not in your inbox. If you still cannot find your order confirmation, contact the box office to have it resent.

We recommend joining the live stream early, giving yourself some time before the event starts, in case of any issues. You can also test out your link and access code at any time before the performance.

The Box Office is here to help! Email: info@riverrun.ca   Phone: 519-763-3000

Regular Box Office hours are Monday to Friday 12-4pm. They will be open on Saturday, December 18th from 5:30-8:00pm.

“Sing Amid the Winter’s Snow” Carols Concert

November 28 at 4pm, Guelph

Christmas is the season of music! Experience the joy of the season with the Guelph Chamber Choir as we present holiday favourites and heart-warming readings in a LIVE concert at Knox Presbyterian. We are joined by guest artists the Emperor String Quartet, and will be featuring music by Lauridsen, Mendelssohn, Poulenc, and Tchaikovsky (for those who need their Nutcracker fix). If the Sound of Music is part of your tradition, you will enjoy hearing the choir’s rendition of Edelweiss sung with guitar, just as the Captain would have liked.

Our in-person capacity is limited so be sure to purchase your tickets in advance. We are pleased to also offer a live-stream option. Provincial COVID guidelines will be followed, including proof of full vaccination, audience and choir distancing, and masking. Tickets may be purchased here.

We’d like to thank concert sponsor Knar Jewellry, as well as the City of Guelph, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Ontario Arts Foundation for their on-going support.

We look forward to celebrating the season together. See you on November 28!

Guelph Chamber Choir presents “Resurfacing Through Song”

featuring John Rutter’s Requiem and other works

The Guelph Chamber Choir, with conductor Charlene Pauls, is presenting “Resurfacing Through Song”, featuring John Rutter’s Requiem and other works with two presentations at 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM, on Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 at Knox Church in Guelph, ON.

The Guelph Chamber Choir (all fully vaccinated and performing with masks) is inviting a socially distanced, reduced audience to join us as we return to our first live concert since the pandemic, in a program that explores themes of loss and mourning, hope and comfort. The timeless beauty of Mozart’s Ave Verum and Laudate Dominum will be juxtaposed with the primal sounds of Canadian composer Katarina Gimon’s beneath/sound. This will be followed by the gentle poignancy of Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds’ Only in Sleep, which draws the listener into memories of childhood past. Finally, the choir will present a full performance of John Rutter’s moving Requiem, music that combines liturgy from the funeral mass for the dead with lush harmonies and moving melodies to stir and restore the soul.

The concert will feature the exquisite voice of Belle Cao as our Soprano Soloist, and a superb instrumental ensemble of Sharlene Wallace on harp, David Vanbiesbrouck on oboe, Ben Bolt-Martin on cello, Jef ten Kortenaar on violin, Richard Burrows on percussion, and Christopher Dawes on organ, all under the direction of Conductor Charlene Pauls.

Conductor Charlene Pauls notes, “As we “resurface” out of this pandemic, we hope to create a concert experience like none other. Because the audience will be distanced in the upper balcony, they will view the choir and chamber ensemble spread out below on the sanctuary floor, and as such, there will not be a bad seat in the house. The warm, resonant acoustics of Knox Church will fill the space with sound as listeners experience the timbres of our instrumental soloists combined with the warmth of voices in harmony. The Guelph Chamber Choir will take the listener through an hour-long musical journey that will uplift and restore the soul through the power of live music.”

The concert will run under an hour, without intermission, with two starting times of 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM. Tickets for “Resurfacing Through Song” featuring Rutter’s Requiem on Saturday, October 2, 2021 must be purchased in advanced and are limited to 60 per performance. The audience will be seated in the balcony, accessed by stairs; there is very limited accessible seating – email info@guelphchamberchoir.ca for more information and to book accessible seating.

Confirmation of full vaccination is required and will be checked at the door (masked attendees must bring their Health Card and 2nd dose vaccine receipt).

GCC members rehearse outside under a shelter at dusk

Getting creative for rehearsals for the upcoming concert.

GCC Fourth Friday concert at the Museum – SOLD OUT!

10 GCC members rehearsing outside the Civic Museum

The GCC’s Fourth Friday concerts at the Guelph Civic Museum on August 27 are officially sold out. The concert will be streamed live on the Museum Facebook page at 7pm.

Check back after Labour Day for information about our next concert on October 2nd!

Guelph Chamber Choir, HIV/AIDS Resources and Community Health (ARCH), the Yott Family, and supporters present 

“The Giving Tree”: An Evening for Marley Yott (1995-2020)

Monday, May 31, 2021, 7:30 PM (Live-streamed Event)

The recordings from the event are now posted on the GCC YouTube channel. Please check out our other videos & consider subscribing. 

We experienced the sudden passing of Marley Yott on June 3, 2020, and as we near the milestone of this loss, the Yott family, HIV/AIDS Resources & Community Health (ARCH), the Guelph Chamber Choir, and supporters invite you to the launch of two extraordinary films remembering and celebrating Marley’s life.

“The Giving Tree” is a short documentary touching on Marley’s love of singing, their mentorship to other trans people, their passion for knitting, and their unendingly generous spirit. A companion video will feature John Rutter’s setting of “The Lord Is My Shepherd,” presented by the Guelph Chamber Choir, with David Vanbiesbrouck, oboe; Sharlene Wallace, harp; and Christopher Dawes, organ. A Q & A panel session moderated by Michael Coren focused on the themes presented in the films will close our evening. 

While we mourn the loss of Marley, we also celebrate the quiet inspiration and impact of Marley’s life. Please join us on Monday, May 31 at 7:30 PM for this free virtual event.

Marley’s friend Andrew Kirkconnell has generously created two beautiful cocktails that represent Marley. The idea is that it is something to bring us all together; below are the ingredients so you can gather supplies before the event. The first is a take on a boilermaker called Marley’s Round and the mocktail Marley’s Mocktail is a spiced up ginger beer. 

  1. Marley’s Round: Stir 1.5-2oz Jack Daniels over ice with 3 dashes orange bitters and 0.75oz Amaretto. Strain into a tall pint glass and top with Mill St. Vanilla Porter. Garnish with an expressed orange slice. Alternatively, build the drink in a chilled pint glass and serve.
  1. Marley’s Mocktail: Add a squeeze each of lemon and lime juice into a chilled glass. Add two dashes of orange bitters and mix in half an ounce of honey. Add ice and top with ginger beer.

Register early for this free online event. The link will be sent on Monday, May 31st (a couple of hours before the start). Register here:  https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/guelph-chamber-choir/events/the-giving-tree-an-evening-for-marley-yott-1995-2020

And the winner is….

The winner of the $1800 from the 50-50 raffle is Kim E., with ticket #310. Kim was thrilled when she heard the news! Thanks to all who supported this initiative.

GCC President John Barnum and chorister Ardeth Jarvis standing in front of the River Run Centre sign, drawing the winning ticket from a blue bag of tickets. Red and white tulips are in the foreground.

The GCC is holding a season-long 50-50 raffle. Tickets are just $10 each, and limited to 1100 tickets.

Draw Date: The winner will be determined by a random draw from all sold tickets, to take place on May 15, 2021 at River Run Centre at noon. Tickets must be purchased by midnight May 14, 2021.

Tickets are available by contacting the GCC at info@guelphchamberchoir.ca or ordered through GCC choir and board members.

What is a 50-50 draw? For each ticket sold, half of the money goes into the jackpot, and half to the GCC to support future programming costs such as artists’ fees, venue rental, and production costs. For the GCC draw this means that $5 of each ticket sold goes to the winner. The more tickets sold then the larger the jackpot, to a maximum of $5500!

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Free Live Stream Carol Sing-along Party on Dec. 13th!

If you missed the advance registration you can still join us by clicking on this link:



Webinar ID: 891 7084 8682           Passcode: 12341234

Warm up the mulled cider and pour the eggnog to lubricate your voices as you join the Guelph Chamber Choir for a fun evening of carol sing-alongs on Sunday, December 13 at 7 PM. We’ll provide a booklet of carols for you to print off and use at home as Artistic Director, Charlene Pauls and Pianist, Alison MacNeill lead us through a range of seasonal choral favourites, readings from members of the choir, and appearances by special musical guests. Viewers will see the release of our virtual choir recording of Mozart’s “Laudate Dominum,” featuring superstar Canadian Soprano, Mireille Asselin singing with the choir.

All of this is available for you from the comfort of your own home and is absolutely free, thanks to concert sponsor Linamar Corporation, with support from Knar Jewellery, and Long & McQuade. Join us from anywhere in the world as we share the joy of seasonal music together. Register at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/guelph-chamber-choir/events/gcc-live-stream-carol-sing-along-party/

40 years. $40K. 40 days

Celebrating Guelph Chamber Choir’s 40th anniversary

For 40 years Guelph Chamber Choir has spread the joy of choral singing far and wide. What an achievement! Supporters like you have been key to the choir’s longevity and success. Thank you.

Now it’s time to celebrate and set the stage for the next 40 years. To that end, we invite you to make a special donation this year. Reaching our fundraising goal is vital to the Choir’s continued longevity:

Raise $40,000 in 40 days to lay the foundation for the next 40 years.

While our goal of $40,000 may seem audacious, we feel an immense responsibility to support the Choir through this transformative season and set in place a solid foundation for when we can gather together again.

You have several option to donate:

Thank you for your support.

Guelph Chamber Choir

Launches 40th Anniversary Season

Even a Pandemic Can’t Stop the Music

Guelph Chamber Choir (GCC) is pleased to announce SingOUT 2020-2021, a new season celebrating forty years of choral excellence. “Covid-19 has made us shift tactics, but even a pandemic can’t stop the music,” says artistic director Dr. Charlene Pauls.

Instead of its usual concert season the choir is undertaking a series of initiatives that will offer singers and audiences new ways to experience choral music. Highlights of the new season include:

  1. A new look and feel

To reflect the changes within the organization and set the stage for the next 40 years, GCC has refreshed its brand with a new logo. Inspired by symbols of musical notation, the new logo is designed as a modern, simple and versatile form that expresses what GCC is all about—community, excellence, relevance and openness. Thanks to Gareth Lind at Lind Design for the exciting new look.

  1. Resonance: Guelph Chamber Choir at 40

A new exhibition at Guelph Civic Museum will showcase highlights of the choir’s past forty years and aspirations for the next forty. Visitors will experience soul-stirring sounds of the choir through an audio installation. The exhibition also features memorable stories of people whose lives have been touched by their involvement with GCC. The exhibition has been extended until September 5th, with a free Fourth Friday concert on August 27th.

  1. SingOUT Community

As conditions allow, GCC will present a series of mini concerts with small vocal ensembles, singing with masks, in various locations around Guelph. The choir successfully tested the concept with several performances over the past few months. GCC also welcomes engagement opportunities to sing Happy Birthday or Anniversary for loved ones.

  1. SingOUT Sing-Along

A live-streamed event in December will celebrate the holiday season with choral favourites, singing carols together and sharing stories—all to be enjoyed within the comforts of home.

  1. SingOUT Celebrates Spring

An outdoor 40th gala celebration concert is planned for when the warm weather returns next Spring. Date to be determined.

‘While this milestone season is not quite what we had originally planned or expected,” says Dr. Charlene Pauls, “we’re excited and energized by the new and unforeseen opportunities before us. No matter what we’re handed, the Guelph Chamber Choir will continue to bring beautiful and inspired music to our community for many years to come.”

Update and Invitation to Stand By Us – June 27, 2020

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

A Message from our Artistic Director – May 1, 2020

It has certainly been an unexpected and rather abrupt end to my first season as the new Artistic Director of the Guelph Chamber Choir. We were so close to our March 28th Rutter “Requiem” final concert of the season when the quarantine protocols came into effect and the world around us changed dramatically. Since then, we have been working hard to regroup and recreate our coming season, which happens to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of this wonderful choir. The health of our singers and audience are our priority, and as such, our plans for the season ahead may change; however, we would like to share with you our excitement for what we hope will be the Guelph Chamber Choir’s 2020-2021 season.

For those of you who were planning to attend the Rutter “Requiem” thank you for your understanding and patience as we have navigated how best to proceed. We are pleased to tell you that we have not cancelled the performance, but have postponed the date to Saturday, September 19. We are cautiously hopeful that we will be able to present our popular Carols concert (Dec. 6th) and Handel’s Messiah (Dec. 19). Of course, all of our plans will guided by decisions and advice from provincial and municipal governments and public health officers. Please check the GCC website (guelphchamberchoir.ca) and our Facebook page (@GuelphChamberChoir) for updates.

These are trying days for us all, and it is in times like this that music can be so important, as a source of comfort, of inspiration and most of all, of hope. If you are able to do so, we would be most grateful to receive your 2020 donations. As with other arts organizations, the absence of tickets sales means your support is even more essential to our ability to continue to bring inspiring choral music to Guelph area community.


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.

Auditions for the 2021-22 Season

GCC rehearsal with Alison playing piano, Charlene conducting, and the choir facing Charlene

Guelph Chamber Choir is a welcoming, inclusive community of singers. We are an auditioned choir and are currently inviting new singers to join us for the 2021-22 season.

Auditions will be held over Zoom and will be scheduled individually during the summer. 

Please contact Artistic Director Dr. Charlene Pauls at pauls@guelphchamberchoir.ca for more information.