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2018 Choirs

Spurrell Studio Choir - Canada

The Spurrell Studio Choir was established in 2010 and is comprised of private students of the Spurrell Singing Studio in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. It is open to all members of the studio who are between the ages of eleven and eighteen. The Spurrell Studio Choir focuses on the development of strong choral skills and is committed to enhancing the cultural and artistic experience of all its participants, both as soloists and choral singers. The SSC has a firm belief in giving back to their community. They take every opportunity to perform locally and to participate in fundraising events that provide assistance to local charities. Recently, the SSC were winners of the National CBC Recorded Choir Competition in the childrenʼs choirs category. In 2013, the SSC was thrilled to enjoy ten days of “Sharing the Voices” at Festival 500, an international Choral festival located in St. Johnʼs, Newfoundland. In July, 2016, the choir traveled to Missoula, Montana to represent Canada at the International Choral Festival.

Natalie SpurrellNatalie Spurrell holds a Bachelor of Music from Memorial University of Newfoundland, a Bachelor of Music Education from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a Master of Music Education from Boston University. She began teaching voice privately at the age of 16 and started teaching elementary music at Fern Hill School in 2000. For ten years, she directed Fern Hill’s annual musical production and conducted their award-winning choirs. Her choir was invited to sing with The Tenors at a PBS Special filmed at Koerner Hall, with special guest artists, Sarah MacLachlan and David Foster. In 2010, Natalie completed a life-long dream of developing a singing program that would enhance her students' lives. Spurrell Singing Studio is a unique program that inspires students to develop individually through private instruction while still feeling a part of a community of singers. Her students have achieved great success in various music festivals and RCM examinations each year. The Spurrell Studio choir has received National awards and has been invited to represent Canada at International Choral Festivals celebrating choral music from around the world.

 

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