Our annual Spring show will be on Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. with our special guests, Jordie Hughton and Friends. (See more about Jordie below.)
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Jordie Hughton and some of his friends who perform at the annual “Music for the ‘Gut’” concert will be our special guests on May 1, our last concert of the Kids of Note season. Jordie, who is a baritone, made his Saskatoon Opera main stage debut in Madama Butterfly in 2015 and will appear in The Barber of Seville this June. Performance highlights include six years touring with the Saskatoon Opera in Schools; Cosi fan tutte, Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Wizard of Oz with the Fireside Singers; and numerous guest appearances with the Regina and Saskatoon symphonies for Handel’s Messiah. Jordie won the prestigious Gordon Wallis Memorial Opera Competition (Saskatchewan Music Festival Association) and represented Saskatchewan at the National Music Festival. He maintains a busy teaching schedule at the Saskatoon Academy of Music and is the ‘The Voice’ of the U of S Huskies basketball and football teams.
At our concert on May 1, Jordie will be joined by his talented singing friends Andrea Armstrong, Rob Armstrong, Kevin Bode, Megan Bracewell, Valerie Favreau, Emilie Kirchgesner, Andrew Plug Linsley, Celeste Nicholson, Bisakha Paul, and Shaun Stevenson. Thanks to ALL of them for supporting our choirs!
About our choirs:
Kids of Note is a non-auditioned, integrated choir for children and youth, with and without disabilities, who love to sing. Our music is uplifting, fun and often challenging. Now in our 11th season, we have 25 members, ages 7 and up. The choir’s interim director is Diane Phillips, who usually directs The Notations. (Founding director Brenda Baker is on leave.) We are pleased to welcome a new Kids of Note pianist this year: Penny Rosten.
The Notations is an ensemble of youth and young adult singers, some of whom are “graduates” of Kids of Note. This year we welcome Jean Currie as interim director, while founding director Diane Phillips works with Kids of Note. Together with pianist Sheldon Corbett, Jean strives to provide a unique performing and social experience where a mix of young adults with a range of gifts and abilities have fun making music together. The ensemble shares concerts with Kids of Note, but the singers perform their own songs and provide harmonies for songs by Kids of Note. In order to meet The Notations’ goal of full integration, we would especially welcome “typical” singers who support our vision of a Saskatoon where people of all abilities share important life experiences – like singing – in an integrated community setting.
Every year our two groups perform a Christmas and a Spring concert to a full house at Grosvenor Park United Church (407 Cumberland Ave. South). The church generously provides a home for us, along with other supports, as a service to Saskatoon. Our singers also do their best to provide two community Outreach Events annually in other venues, sometime between March and May.
To prepare for our two public concerts in 2016-17, and outreach events, Kids of Note and Notations members MUST be available at the following times:
- 2016 – Wednesdays, Sept. 7 – Nov. 23 / 5:00 – 6:00 pm
- 2017 – Wednesdays, Jan. 11 – Apr. 5 / 5:00 – 6:00 pm
- Christmas Concert Full-Run Rehearsal, Saturday, Nov. 26 / 9:30 am – 12 noon
- Christmas Concert, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 / 2:00 pm
- Spring Concert Full-Run Rehearsal, Saturday, Apr. 8 / 9:30 am – 12 noon
- Spring Concert, Sunday, Apr. 9, 2017 / 2:00 pm
Practising at home is a necessity with the aid of CDs provided by the program.
The fee is $200 for the entire year. (For participating siblings, $175 each.) Check out the Kids of Note How We Work page or The Notations How We Work page to see if our groups are a good fit for you and your children.
Kids of Note is made possible through the volunteer efforts of approximately 100 people and the generous donations of many, many more. Corporate sponsorships and community grants also help to sustain our programs.
Thanks to a generous bequest left to Grosvenor Park United Church from the Estate of William McLaughlan, we were able to create a great website. Kids of Note and The Notations wish to thank the late Mr. McLaughlan and his family for giving us this “virtual home.”