ABOUT OUR CHOIR
The Summerside Community Choir is an unauditioned, mixed-voice (SATB), community choir that rehearses weekly (Tuesday evenings) in Trinity United Church from September to December and from January to June. We perform at least one end-of-term concert each season, and host additional concerts and events throughout the year.
We perform a large and challenging repertoire each term which includes both traditional and contemporary music, and of course, a healthy dose of Canadian works! For our celebratory PEI 2014 "Together in Song" Concert Tour, our entire program consisted of music that was composed, arranged or inspired by Canadians.
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BURSURY FOR PEI HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
The Summerside Community Choir is a registered organization participating in the Community Service Bursary Program. Grade 11 and 12 students may count up to 100 hours singing with the choir (at a rate of $5/hour) towards a post-secondary bursary.
In January 1978, William Leuty approached Czeslaw Gladyszewski, the Director of the PEI Symphony and Music Director of the Societe St. Thomas-d’Aquin (1978-1983) with the idea of forming a choir in the Summerside area. Gladyszewski (remembered as a dynamic, even flamboyant personality) laid a bet that Leuty could not muster adequate members to form a choir. If he could, the conductor would agree to conduct the choir for free. The rest, as they say, is over 35 years of choral history.
Gladyszewski was first succeeded by Robert Wilkie (1983-1984) and then by Elswyth Fryer (1984-1986) both of whom moved on to professional work in other provinces. They were succeeded by Barbara Hagerman (1986-2002) who retired to pursue other musical interests. From January 2002 until December 2009, Christine Anderson-Gallant served as the choir's fifth director and was followed by Mark Ramsay who directed from January 2010 until our 35th anniversary concert in June 2013. Our current director, appointed in the summer of 2013, is Dr. Margot Rejskind.
The choir’s first pianist was Carol MacDougald, who worked under three of the conductors. Others pianists have been Monique Brisson, Kathleen West, Marcia Clark and Jennifer MacDonald. Our current pianist is (once again!) Tanya Bernard.