North Metro Chorus, five-time international a cappella gold medalist, is thrilled to be hosting the third annual Youth A Cappella Challenge, a showcase for youth a cappella groups.
Save the Date…
February 8th, 2020
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts
10268 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill
Meet the Finalists
Enter A Cappella
In Full Colour
Newmarket High School
WIBI A Cappella
Canadian tenor Christopher Dallo, aged 24, has captured audiences internationally with his captivating voice. Holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an Honors Specialists in Music, his unique blend of opera and pop music has reached the ears of a wide spectrum of listeners. Christopher’s audience has ranged from the Lieutenant Governor and Premier of Ontario to worldly dignitaries such as the King, Princess and Maharaja of Dispur, India joined by their Royal Family. Most recently Christopher has performed for the former Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, and the former Prime Minister of Italy, Enrico Letta.
Meet the Judges
As one of Canada’s top Jazz vocalists, Heather has collaborated with some of the best around, including Phil Nimmons, Fred Hirsch, Gene DiNovi, Guido Basso, Lea Delaria, Anne Hampton Callaway, Carol Welsman, Jackie Richardson, Ian Shaw, as well as the late Rob McConnell and Peter Appleyard.
More than just a vocalist, Heather is also one of Canada’s busiest voice actors, appearing on numerous commercial campaigns, as well as voicing characters on several Emmy-nominated animated series, including those for Disney, PBS, Comedy Network, and NBCKids. Since 2001, she’s become a beloved host at JAZZ.FM, Canada’s only all-Jazz radio station, and has twice been named National Jazz Awards’ Broadcaster of the Year.
Josh Grossman is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Jazz Performance Program where he studied trumpet with Chase Sanborn and Kevin Turcotte. Josh is the founding Artistic Director and Conductor for the Toronto Jazz Orchestra (TJO), an 18-piece big band featuring some of Toronto’s top emerging jazz talent.
For four years Josh was Performance Manager for The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory of Music. He left The Glenn Gould School in 2007 to accept positions as Manager with the High Park Choirs of Toronto – a 120-voice, four-division children’s choir – and Administrator for Continuum Contemporary Music, one of Canada’s top contemporary chamber ensembles. He continues with Continuum today.
During her 45 years as Director of North Metro Chorus, June has created a legacy – one which will never be matched. In doing so, she has not only changed the face of Sweet Adelines forever, but she has fulfilled her personal dream of directing a large chorus.
During her tenure, June has won awards from organizations such as Choirs Ontario and ‘Women Who Make A Difference!’ In the world of Sweet Adelines, she has won the Regional Leadership Award, and was the first Director to achieve Master Director 700 status. Her wonderful arrangements are purchased by Choruses and Quartets around the world
Scott Pietrangelo is truly a jack of all trades in the Toronto music and theatre scene. Music Director credits include Beauty and the Beast (Capitol Theatre, Port Hope), Anne and Gilbert (RuBarb, Moose Jaw) and Rocky Horror (Randolph Theatre, Toronto). As a performer, Scott has appeared in the Canadian premiere of The Hobbit (Grand Theatre, London), A Christmas Carol: The Musical (Rose Theatre Brampton), and most recently two productions of The Last Five Years (Big Benn Productions/Sarmiento Productions, Broadway World Award nominee). He spent six years as Music Director of newchoir, Toronto’s first rock choir, and is now the Founder and Artistic Director of Toronto’s first large-scale a cappella ensemble, SoundCrowd (www.soundcrowd.ca), who performed in the sold out Total Vocal concert lead by Deke Sharon (The Sing-Off, Pitch Perfect) at Carnegie Hall in April of 2017. He is thrilled to be judging for the North Metro A Cappella Challenge and is excited about the future of a cappella in the GTA!
Donations collected at the A Cappella Challenge will help promote music education for youth in our communities through the MusicBox Children’s Charity.
“MusicBox Children’s Charity brings music education to vulnerable children in Canada, fostering creativity and a love of music; making arts education more accessible; and promoting the development of holistically healthy children. Currently, MusicBox operates programs in Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, London and Hamilton, serving over 300 children annually with the help of over 100 volunteers. To date, we estimate we have served over 3000 children. As a community-based organization we pride ourselves on our collaboration with communities to shape and implement our programs to suit their needs. The University of Toronto Chapter alone has 5 different programs in 3 community organizations throughout the city. One of those organizations has been a partner of MusicBox’s for over 13 years!”
Competitors do not need to purchase a ticket to perform. However, if they want to go into the theatre to watch the A Cappella Challenge, they will need to buy a ticket.
$15.00 ages 12 and under
$28.00 ages 13 and up
Tickets may be purchased directly from the RHCPA Box Office at 905-787-8811
or from the on-line Box Office.
Tickets will be available as of January 6th, 2020.
Thank you to all of our sponsors!
Special thank you to:
- Melody Hine for donating her arrangement of “A Million Dreams” to be sung at the Challenge
- Michaela Johnston for donating her learning tracks
- Coroner 2 Productions (Ontario) Inc.