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Jubilee Chorale and the Orillia Community

 

An enduring Chorale tradition is community service. In December 2012, the Jubilee Chorale entertained the residents of Trillium Manor, Champlain Manor, and Birchmere-On-The-Lake Retirement Residence with Wednesday evening Christmas Concerts and Carol Sing-a-Longs.

 

 

 

 

Back in the Chorale’s early years, many of their performances were in churches, particularly the Christian Reformed Church, where practices were held until the congregation moved into a new building in 1984. The choir arranged to stay in the old building on Coldwater Street, which had been purchased by The Salvation Army. Now the Chorale holds its practices in St David’s Anglican-Lutheran Church on James Street. In between, facilities in the Presbyterian, and United Churches have been used; all-in-all a rather ecumenical group.

 

Organizations which have benefited from the Chorale’s gift of song include the Opera House Restoration Fund, Information Orillia, the residents of the Trillium Manor, and the Orillia Council of Churches. The Chorale has also done TV, Mall and Park appearances. In September 1995, the Chorale participated in the official opening of the Ontario Provincial Police Headquarters in Orillia.

 

For many years, beginning in the mid 60’s, the Chorale has taken part in music festival competitions, mostly in Orillia and Toronto. In the 1999, 2001, and 2010 Orillia Kiwanis Music Festival, the group was awarded a gold standing. They have made numerous appearances in the Orillia Opera House with performers such as visiting German choirs, Frank Mills, the Huronia Symphony Orchestra, and the Orillia Wind Ensemble.

 

As well as encouraging soloists to hone their skills, the Chorale has birthed several off-shoot groups. The Vocalaires, a ladies double trio, appeared as guests with the Chorale at their opera House Concert in 1968 and went on to perform independently in numerous venues for 20 years. A ladies triple trio functioned for about 3 years, as did an octet. From 1992-2001, a mixed voice group, known as The Choristers performed on behalf of the Chorale at many private and public functions.

Recently, the Jubilee Chorale has had concerts where the profits have gone to support community service programs of St David’s Anglican-Lutheran Church and the Orillia chapter of the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. Pictures below are photo ops of cheque presentations; to the Orillia chapter of the Heart and Stroke Foundation,

 

And to St David’s in support of their Community Breakfast Program.