Every member of the Peterborough Singers experiences the emotional, physical, and intellectual heights that music offers the human soul. It is only natural, then, that the choir is committed to inspiring people – young, old, and every age in between – to learn about choral music and singing. Each year, the choir offers educational workshops, bringing to our community teachers, musicians, and singers of a very high calibre, many of whom have achieved international fame. Sometimes, learning focuses on the musical genius of famous classical composers, such as Bach or Mozart, or on the role of the popular song in World War II or the spiritual in North American history. Sometimes, the focus is on learning to sight sing. We have even hosted master classes with world-renowned artists.
During the past three years, the Peterborough Singers has expanded its educational offerings through funding from an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant. The choir now offers weekly classes in sight singing and music theory. Master classes are held with each section of the choir, as are individual vocal lessons when required.
Here’s a brief sample of some of the educational opportunities offered by the Peterborough Singers in past years.
Quartetto Gelato (2012) presented to elementary and high school students at TASS a demonstration of the various instruments within the ensemble.
Mr. & Mrs. Mozart (2009) presented to students in grades 6 to 8 the music and history of Mozart’s lifetime accomplishments. Presenters were Ian and Catherine Sadler.
Songs of World War II (2008) demonstrated to high school students the social and morale-building significance of the popular song during the war years. The Peterborough Singers Pop Ensemble presented the workshop.
Freedom Songs (2007) saw renowned choral conductor and music educator Brainerd Blyden-Taylor explain the significance of the spiritual in African American history. The Peterborough Singers, under his direction, demonstrated the power of this music to sustain hope.