Choirs of Fairlawn
We are very proud of our choirs under the direction of Eleanor Daley.
The Senior Choir of Fairlawn Avenue United Church is an auditioned group of approximately 40 members, including an 8-member professional core.
The Seniors are responsible for an introit and two anthems and all of the service music every Sunday from September through June at the 10:30 service. In addition, the Senior choir performs at special services such as Lessons and Carols, and the late Christmas Eve service, and presents “Special Music Sunday” twice a year. Past works have included Gloria (Hayes), Magnificat (Vivaldi), Requiem (Daley) and Lux Aeterna (Lauridsen).
Under the direction of renowned composer/director Eleanor Daley, the choir has recorded several CDs often heard on CBC Radio: What Sweeter Music, Canticle to the Spirit, Magnificat Live and Gloria.
Senior choir members must have singing experience and excellent music-reading skills in order to cover that amount and level of music.
The Intermediate Choir continues the music education begun with the Junior Choir, and many of the Intermediates have graduated from the Juniors.
The Intermediates rehearse on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 and cover a wider range of music than the younger children. In fact, the Intermediates often join the Senior Choir for special music such as Requiem (Fauré) and Mass for the Children (Rutter), and for Lessons and Carols. This is a higher level choir, and music reading skills are needed. The Intermediates are of middle- and high-school age. The choir sings at several services a year, including the early service on Christmas Eve, when the music is provided by the Juniors and Intermediates.
The Junior Choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 pm throughout the school year and is open to girls and boys of primary/junior age (approximately age 6 – 12.)
This is a training choir, and no previous music experience is necessary, although it is easier for your child if they can read at least a bit. They quickly pick up the basics of rhythm and pitch through the skillful teaching of our Director of Music, Eleanor Daley. And every rehearsal includes a snack, provided by our choir moms.
The choir sings at several services a year, including the early service on Christmas Eve, at Easter, and Mother’s Day, when the music is provided by the Juniors and Intermediates.
“I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.”
– William James