Gather Round Singers

2023-24 SEASON

First rehearsal on Thursday October 5, 6-8pm, 2023
at The Ground Floor, 132 Fort York Blvd., Toronto

This season, the Gather Round Singers are rehearsing live every Thursday evening. Our season includes new works by Suba Sankaran and Sharada Eswar, as part of Jumblies’ current core project, led by Sharada, ‘blue skies, red earth & tall pines’. This project will have a culminating presentation in June 2024, presented in Toronto, Scarborough and Brampton, featuring our choir along with 3 other community choirs. Rehearsals are open to singers of all experience levels and ages; no registration required. We look forward to welcoming you!
For more info e-mail info@jumbliestheatre.org , or call 416 203 8428.

The Gather Round Singers perform Take This Card (Emilie LeBel) at the Gardiner Museum, 2016

ABOUT THE CHOIR

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 accessibility: avoiding auditions; learning music by ear; providing transportation, healthy food, language interpretation/translation, personal care workers, 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 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, Robert Fleitz, Christina Volpini, Martin van de Ven, Arie Verheil van de Ven, Melody McKiver, Beverley McKiver, and Hussein Janmohamed.




2022-23 CHOIR PERSONNEL

Shifra Cooper (Founding Choir Director) has over ten years experience working as a community-engaged artist, choir conductor and educator and has worked with organizations including MABELLEarts, Vancouver Moving Theatre, Thinking Rock Community Arts, and The United Jewish People’s Order. Shifra has received a nomination for the Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting, a Metcalf Performing Arts Internship, and completed a Masters of Teaching at OISE (University of Toronto), with a research speciality in supporting singing in primary classrooms.

Natalie Fasheh  (Assistant Director) is a Palestinian-Jordanian singer, poet, community-engaged artist, choral conductor, and composer. She leads vocal ensemble experiences rooted in empowerment, cultural awareness, and artivism. She is the co-founder of Mosaic Music Collective: joining newcomers and long-standing residents through multicultural song. Natalie writes poetry on themes of cultural identity, nature, and humanity.

Community Engagement Coordinator: Tijana Spasic
Other Choir Staff: Ahmed Hegazi, Catherine Moeller, Hodan Ibrahim, Tasmeen Syed, Tamyka Bullen, Karis Jones-Pard, others tbd
Accompanists, Musicians:  Daev Clysdale, Áine Schryer-O’Gorman


Selections from previous Gather Round Singers performances