2020 Guest Ensembles

Amabile Choirs

Amabile  Treble  Concert  ChoirAmabile Treble Concert Choir (TCC)
Comprised of experienced singers with unchanged voices, ranging from 10 to 15 years old, the Amabile Treble Concert Choir members are mentored by the Amabile Young Men’s Ensemble, and conducted by alumni Jeff Beynon and Don Sills. The program consists of rehearsals and performances of the traditional boy choir and repertoire and Grade 1 Theory and Rudiments.

As well as singing on the world stages, they have been guest performers with the Toronto International Film Festival, Orchestra London, the Windsor Symphony, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. The choir has performed for such notable persons as Bishop Desmond Tutu and the Prime Minister of Canada; and has toured extensively over the years to Europe, the Caribbean, and across Canada.



Amabile  Young  Men's  Ensemble

Amabile Young Men’s Ensemble (AYME)

Made up on young men with changing voices up to the age of 19, the young men are under the direction of Dr. Carol Beynon, Jeff Beynon, Don Sills, and Mark Payne. The AYME focuses on healthy vocal development during the changing voice period, and the young men are given an introduction to challenging male voice repertoire. The choir performs with and is mentored by Primus: Amabile Men’s Choir, on a regular basis. The Young Men’s Ensemble has been featured multiple times on CBC, French public television, Czech Public Radio and were winners of the National Choral Canada Competition for Youth Choirs – Equal Voice Male in 2004, 2008 and 2015. Most recently, they were First Place Winners in Choral Canada’s National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs – Lower Voice Youth Choirs, 2019.

 

In July of 2018, the Amabile Boys and Men’s Choirs were recognized nationally with 12 members of the TCC and AYME were selected along with 40 male signers from across Canada to participate in the National BoyChoir of Canada, touring across Newfoundland, Canada and to Italy.



Amabile  Choirs -  Carol  Beynon ( Conductor)

Dr Carol Beynon, Amabile Boys & Men’s Choirs

Dr Carol Beynon is the founding co-artistic director of the Amabile Boys and Men’s Choirs, and Professor Emerita at the University of Western Ontario. With Amabile, she has conducted performances for the ICFM World Choral Symposium VI, the American Choral Directors’ Association, Choral Canada, and the International Society for Music Education with broadcasts on CBC, BBC, Minnesota Public Radio, Bravo TV, Czech National TV. Carol’s research focuses on the impact of singing on people with dementia, gender issues in music education; she is the 1st author of Learning to Teach (Pearson) and co-editor of Critical Perspectives in Canadian Music Education. She has received several awards for outstanding teaching, was named with Woman of Excellence in Arts, Culture and Heritage in London, Ontario and community, and is a member of the “Wall of Fame” at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario.



Amabile  Choirs -  Jeff  Beynon ( Conductor)

Jeff Beynon, Amabile Treble Concert Choir & Amabile Young Men’s Ensemble

Jeff Beynon is a founding member of the Amabile Boys and Men’s Choirs and serves as co-conductor of the Treble Concert Choir and Young Men’s Ensemble. He holds an undergraduate and master’s degree from the University of Western Ontario. Jeff is currently principal at Lucas Secondary School in the Thames Valley District School Board in London, Ontario; and prior to this position taught at Medway High School, where he continued the traditions of choral excellence established there by notable musicians, Alex Clark and Ken Fleet.



Amabile  Choirs -  Don  Sills ( Conductor)

Don Sills, Amabile Treble Concert Choir & Amabile Young Men’s Ensemble

Don Sills is a graduate of from the Don Wright Faculty of Music and the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario. Don taught elementary school music for five years and has currently been teaching for the past 9 years as teacher and conductor within the award-winning vocal and choral program at Catholic Central High School in London, Ontario. Don has been a proud member of the Amabile family for over 20 years.


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