Gather Round Singers

Starting on October 8th, 2021, the Gather Round Singers will resume regular rehearsals on Thursdays from 6-8pm – via Zoom, until it becomes safer to sing together in real life. All are welcome! If technology is a barrier, we can offer support.
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The Gather Round Singers is a radically inclusive community choir, made up of singers of mixed ages, abilities and backgrounds. Our choir upholds core values of access by avoiding auditions; learning music by ear; providing transportation, healthy food, language interpretation and translation, personal care workers, and on-site childcare; using step-free venues, and welcoming new members at any point in the process (sometimes up to and including the day of a performance!).

For over a decade, the Gather Round Singers have performed many newly-commissioned works, with partners including Continuum Contemporary Music and Soundstreams, and with composers including Juliet Palmer, Jason Doell, Alex Eddington, Britta Johnson, Emilie LeBel, Cathy Nosaty, Alejandra Nunez, Binaeshee-Quae Couchie-Nabigon, Daev Clysdale, Rosary Spence, Lieke van de Voort, Monica Pierce, Christina Volpini, Martin and Arie van de ven, Melody and Beverley McKiver, and Hussein Janmohamed.

Conductor & Director: Shifra Cooper
Choir Manager: Ahmed Hegazy
Resident Composer: Arie Verheul van de Ven
Resident Choreographer: Anmikiique Couchie (thanks to the Metcalf Foundation Performing Arts Internship Program)
Vocal Coach: Natalie Fasheh
Outreach & Wellness Coordinators: Catherine Moeller, Rakefet Arieli
Outreach & Tech Support: Tijana Spasich
Guest Composers: Andrew Balfour, Christina Volpini, Robert Fleitz
ASL Poet: Tamyka Bullen
ASL Interpreter: Latasha Lennox
Musical Partner: Continuum Contemporary Music

Gather Round Singers learning ASL lyrics with Tamyka Bullen, May 2020

Shifra Cooper is the founding conductor and director of The Gather Round Singers. She has ten years experience working as a community-engaged artist and choir conductor. She has worked on community arts projects in Toronto and across Canada, including with MABELLEarts, Jumblies, Vancouver Moving Theatre, Spence Neighbourhood Association, Making Room Community Arts, and The United Jewish People’s Order. Shifra has received a nomination for the Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting (2016), a Metcalf Performing Arts Internship (2017), completed a Masters of Teaching at OISE (University of Toronto) in 2020, and now works as a supply teacher for the Toronto District School Board.