Founded in 1975, the Amadeus Choir,under the direction of Conductor and Artistic Director Lydia Adams, has become known for its professionalism, exceptional musicality, and diverse, high-quality programming - all a reflection of the leadership provided by Dr. Adams. During her time as Conductor and Artistic Director (since 1984), the choir has grown significantly in size and reputation to become one of Canada’s pre-eminent choral groups.
The Amadeus Choir performs a regular series of concerts at carefully selected downtown Toronto venues, presenting well-known artists in works by Canadian and international composers, including major works with instrumental ensembles or full orchestra, as well as challenging a cappella performances.
In 1987, Lydia Adams created the Amadeus Choir’s annual Christmas Carol and Chanukah Song Writing Competition. The Competition has grown over the years to include submissions from around the world. It now serves as an inspiration to composers of all ages and experience to write new works, enriching Canada’s outstanding choral tradition. In 1994 the Choir recorded Ring-a the News!, which featured a number of winning carols from this Competition.
In addition to the Amadeus Choir’s regular concert series, the choir takes an active role in Ontario’s choral community by working in collaboration with other prominent local ensembles, such as the Elmer Iseler Singers, Bach Children’s Chorus, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Hannaford Street Silver Band, Gryphon Trio, and True North Brass.
About THE AMADEUS CHOIR OF GREATER TORONTO
The Amadeus Choir is a 90-member semi-professional choir drawing members from the GTA and surrounding communities. It presents a subscription series of concerts each season, in addition to performing with other choral and instrumental ensembles at concerts, public events, and benefits throughout the year.
The Amadeus Choir's annual Christmas Carol and Chanukah Song-Writing Competition is open to composers at all ages and levels of ability. Winning entries are performed at the Choir's holiday concert in December. Please visit the choir's website for more details.