Western University Singers

Western University Singers


Mark Ramsay


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Western University Singers is a mixed-voice ensemble at the Don Wright Faculty of Music that includes singers at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and is conducted by Dr. Mark Ramsay. The choir has premiered numerous commissions and new works, including Matthew Emery’s “Be Still My Heart”, and enjoys collaborating with other choral and instrumental organizations. Recent collaborators include Sherryl Sewepagaham and the Canadian Chamber Choir.

The choir has received numerous national and international awards, including several CBC Radio Choral Competition prizes, first place in the BBC International Choral Competition, Canadian Music Educators’ Association Performance Awards, the London Music Awards' Most Popular Classical Vocal Group, and the Jack Richardson Music Award for Classical Choir. Tours have included performances at the national conventions of Choral Canada, the American Choral Directors Association, and the Kodály Society of Canada.

2023-24 Performances

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All concerts are approximately 1.5 hours in length unless otherwise noted. Download concert program in advance.

Wednesday, October 25 | 7:30pm
Paul Davenport Theatre
Choral Kick-off!
Chorale, Les Choristes and Western University Singers share the stage to kick off the choral season. Come hear all three ensembles perform and join forces as a massed choir.

Friday, October 27 | 12:30pm (approx. 1 hour duration)
Paul Davenport Theatre
Western University Singers and Les Choristes and other musicians join a special event combining a concert with a discussion of the increasing natural disasters coming from climate change and what we can do to adapt to our changing reality. Learn more

Wednesday, December 6 | 7:30pm
von Kuster Hall
December Musings
Join us in an evening of choral music that reflects varied impressions of December. Les Choristes and Western University Singers share the concert to end the semester. 

Wednesday, Feburary 14 | 12:30pm (approx. 1 hour duration)
von Kuster Hall
Lunchtime Choral Series featuring Western University Singers
Take a midday break, unplug, and catch each of our faculty choirs in concert this week.

Saturday, March 23 | 7:30pm
Paul Davenport Theatre
Joyful, Joyful!
Chorale and Western University Singers collaborate with special guests London Gospel Collective in an evening of gospel and sacred music.

Saturday, April 6 | 7:30pm
von Kuster Hall
Part(ing) Songs
To end the choral season, Western University Singers presents a concert of highlights from the year, plus music performed in quartets, octets, and other small groupings.

Recent Repertoire:

Dawn – Emily Green

Silence – Nancy Telfer

Okâwîmâw Askiy (Mother Earth) – Sherryl Sewepagaham

Sleeping Out: Full Moon – Joshua Shank

Speak to Us of Joy – Sami Anguaya

Six Chansons – Paul Hindemith

St. Francis’ Prayer – Margaret Bonds

The New Colossus – Saunder Choi

Performances Excerpts

"When Dawn Shines", Mishaal Surti, B. Sc. Honours and B. Ed. (2007), Western University
von Kuster Hall
Mark Ramsay, conductor
December 2020


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