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Durham Girls’ Choir in Perfect Harmony

EDZ girlschoirspring2014 ContentSpring concert in Courtice features jazz, Broadway, and classical pieces.

Clarington This Week
By Alexa Battler

Photo credit: Ryan Pfeiffer

CLARINGTON -- With numerous international tours, competitions, performances and community outreach projects, the Durham Girls’ Choir gives more than just singing experience to its members.
“It’s such a welcoming group of people with a lot of great girls,” says Courtice resident and senior choir member Maggie Hutchinson. “I’ve made a lot of lifelong friends and built a lot of self confidence.”

For more than 40 years, the Durham Girls’ Choir has been committed to helpings its members establish lasting friendships, confidence and leadership skills, along with a passion and skill for singing. To read more of the article, click here.

Durham Girls' Choir presents 'O Canada – A Musical Journey'

durham news may2013Sabrina Byrnes / Metroland

Performances in Europe, various competitions, concerts and camps have all made the Durham Girls' Choir more than just a singing group.

"They all have a close relationship with each other; it's more like a community," says director Michelle Azavedo.

On June 1, accompanist Sara Cain and other musical guests will join the girls on stage for a patriotic concert featuring diverse music by Canadian composers.

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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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Durham Girls' Choir Celebrates 40 Years

August, 2012

The Durham Girls' Choir is celebrating its 40th year of bringing music to local youth by hosting an open house and workshop on Saturday, September 8th. Girls between the ages of 7 and 21 who love to sing are invited to enjoy the games, warm-ups and sing a wide range of great songs – from classical to folk and pop and musical theatre.

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Sing Me a Story May 28 in Courtice

may 28 reported on May 26, 2011 about Sing Me a Story, the Durham Girls' Choir concert held on May 28 in Courtice at Faith United Church.

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Mary Jane Corradetti Sings Farewell

june1 - Jun 27, 2009

It's her fifth overseas trip with the Durham Girls Choir, but it will probably be the most memorable for director Mary Jane Corradetti.

She and roughly 22 girls leave in a few weeks for a tour that takes them to a non-competitive festival in Germany, followed by stops in Strasbourg and Paris. For the first time, her daughters, Jocelyn and Michelle, also choir members, will make the trip with her, and she's anxious to share the experience with them.

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In Fine Voice

jan4 - January 4, 2006

Durham Grils' Choir members, who come from throughout the region are the picture of harmony during a recent performace.

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