Mother's Day May 14th
Tickets 25$ each available online at: https://www.theregenttheatre.org/event/canada-150-choral-celebration/
Command Performance is Prince Edward County's community choir, founded in 1988. The choir was formed by a small group of local singers who had come together with various artists and groups from as far away as Kingston to perform in the Quinte Summer Music festival. To date we have just over thirty members from all over the County as well as from Trenton and Belleville.
The choir is committed to provide a variety of music for a Christmas and a Spring Show. The choir has always reached out to the community to sing at other venues and this year we have actively sought out opportunities to make such appearances. We have now begun to build a repertoire of songs to sing for these special occasions.
Moira Nikander-Forrester, BA, B Ed.
The director since 2003 has brought to the choir a tremendous amount of energy as well as artistically challenging music with many different styles and genres. Moira has a wealth of experience as a music teacher in the County and Belleville schools and is very active in the Belleville musical theater field.
Spent 30 years as a music educator/administrator in the province's publicly funded education system. During that time he taught, at various times, grades 3 through 12 (and 13 when it existed), and, depending on the needs of the school communities where he taught, instructed in choral techniques, woodwinds, brass, percussion, strings, and guitar. Greg attended the University of Western Ontario (where he studied choral conducting under Deral Jonson) from which he holds B. Mus. (honours music education) and B. Ed. Degrees; he also holds an associate diploma from the Western Conservatory of Music as a saxophone performer. In addition to co-conducting Command Performance, Greg is also organist and choir director at St. Gregory the Great RC church in Picton.
Sam has been active in musical communities for thirty years, and has a wide variety of musical skills across a spectrum of genres. She has played with an array of ensembles in the Toronto and Prince Edward County areas, ranging from Eastern European Folk music to Japanese Taiko Drumming to rock bands, performing on many stages, including the Harbourfront Centre, Roy Thomson Hall, and Ellington’s Cafe.
Sam has been fascinated especially by the folk music of the Republic of Georgia and Eastern Europe. For 15 years, Sam studied this music in the oral folk tradition from traditional song masters. She has led choirs in this spirit, touring Georgia and parts of Canada and the United States.
Additionally, Sam has taught music for many years, and acted as director for ensembles in the world music vein, including at the Royal Conservatory of Music. She also works as an Occasional Teacher with the local school board.
Since returning to her home base of PEC, Sam has found a home for her musical skills, and is active in teaching music to both young and old. Sam has musically directed productions with the County Theatre Group and the Marysburgh Mummers. She is also currently co-leading a jazz/funk project and collaborates withboth County-based and visiting artists on a number of interesting projects.
Sam holds a BMus in Musicology and Theory from the University of Toronto and a BEd from Queen’s University.
Rehearsals are held on Monday Evenings at Bloomfield United Church (7:00 to 10:00 PM) and new members are always welcome in September and January when we begin rehearsing for our shows.