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Our choir is a dynamic group of young women, ages 7 - 18, based in the Durham Region of Ontario. This vibrant choral organization has been educating and inspiring young women for over forty years. Through practices and performances, community outreach and international touring, lifelong friendships, love of music, and a penchant for serving others are formed.

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Feature in Choirs Ontario's Newsletter Dynamic

choirs ontario article dgcChoirs Ontario's Newsletter Dynamic, March 2013
By Michelle Azavedo

Durham Girls' Choir, currently celebrating their 40th anniversary, has a history of providing enriching musical experiences for its members. Founded in 1964, the organization was first established when the Oshawa Folk Arts Council asked local musician Elsie Drygala to form a choir to perform for an annual celebration. They continued to rehearse and perform after the event, and renamed themselves the Oshawa Festival Singers. They remained together for a few years before disbanding. In 1973, Drygala re-established the Oshawa Festival Singers; the group was comprised mostly of her own vocal students. Her small choral group eventually grew to an ensemble of more than 50 members. Little did she realize at the time that 40 years later, the choir would still be sharing the gift of music thanks to her original vision and effort.

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