Patricia & Gerald Neufeld
Emerging Artist Program

Supporting a New Generation of Choral Artists

The Patricia and Gerald Neufeld Emerging Artist Program (Neufeld Emerging Artist Program) will support young choral artists and conductors as they begin their careers, in a special program with the Guelph Chamber Choir.

The Emerging Artist program is aimed at providing development and leadership opportunities for musicians from high school to age 30.

The program is named in honour of GCC founding Artistic Director, Gerald Neufeld, and long-time GCC Administrator Patricia Eton-Neufeld.

Pat and Gerry continue to be passionate advocates of choral music and we are pleased to honour their legacy through this program.

The Guelph Chamber Choir launched the Emerging Artist program in 2021, as an opportunity for musicians to bridge the gap from emerging to established, while in the early stages of their careers.

We provide a unique opportunity for individuals to achieve musical goals in a supportive environment, and the rare opportunity to work with an accomplished choir on an ongoing basis.

Together with the Artistic Director, successful candidates design a program that addresses goals in conducting, rehearsal leadership, choral arranging, curating programs, and solo work, and through bi-weekly meetings with Charlene Pauls, candidates’ goals are mentored and achieved.

All voices are encouraged to apply, but we are particularly interested in additional Tenors.

Successful applicants will be expected to attend all rehearsals and concerts and to arrive at rehearsals with repertoire prepared.

If you know a young artist who should apply, please have them contact us at info@guelphchamberchoir.ca for details.

Honorarium

Our successful GCC Neufeld Emerging Artists will have the regular chorister fee of $300 waived and will receive an honorarium for weekly rehearsals and concerts (an estimate of $1200 – $1500 for the September 2024 to May 2025 season, assuming full participation).

Rehearsals take place Mondays 7:15-9:45 PM at Harcourt United Church (87 Dean St.).

Important Dates

September 8 – Sunday Season Launch Super Sing – 3-7 PM

September 9 – Monday Rehearsals begin at Harcourt United

October – possible SingOUT dates at Seniors’ homes

October 26, 2-4 PM, Saturday – “FUNdraising Trivia Afternoon” event

November 10 – Sunday rehearsal at Arboretum

November 15 – Silent Film Dress Rehearsal

November 16 – Silent Film Concerts – Arboretum

December 20, 7:30 PM, Friday – Handel’s “Messiah” – Basilica

January 6 – Monday Rehearsals resume

February 22 – Scoundrels and Scallywags – ArtBar

February 28, 2-6 PM, Youth Workshop

April 11, 7 PM, Friday Dress Rehearsal “Can You Hear Me?”

April 12, 7:30 PM, Saturday, Concert “Can You Hear Me?” – Harcourt United

Previous Emerging Artists

2023-2024

We would like to recognize the support of contributing sponsor, Bisson Dentistry for the 2023/24 season.

2022-2023

Emerging Artists - Finn Steinke and Silas Chinsen

We would like to thank the 2022/23 season sponsor:

2021/2022

In the program’s inaugural year, the Guelph Chamber Choir proudly named Autumn Debassige, Alto, and Ben Sproule, Tenor, as the first-ever Emerging Artists.

2021-22 GCC Emerging Artists - Community Outreach