ORIANA Women’s Choir was formed in 1972 as The John Hodgins Singers, later the ORIANA Singers. ORIANA’s mandate is to strive for ever-higher levels of performance excellence and versatility, and to support the choral community by expanding the repertoire for women’s voices through commissioning new works by Canadian composers. ORIANA chooses music perfectly suited to the female voice, presents well-loved established repertoire, and performs many new Canadian works.
ORIANA Women’s Choir presents a subscription series of three concerts annually, generally at Grace Church on-the-Hill. The Choir has collaborated with a range of other artists, including student poets of the Toronto District School Board, Canada’s National Ballet School, and numerous other choirs. In addition to its subscription series, ORIANA performs at diverse events and venues around Ontario. In the fall of 2011 ORIANA performed with Orchestra Toronto in the George Westin Recital Hall at the Toronto Performing Arts Centre. In 2007, the choir made its debut at Roy Thomson Hall performing at the Lunch Hour Choir and Organ Concert Series. In 2005 ORIANA travelled to St. John’s, Newfoundland, to participate in FESTIVAL 500 – Sharing the Voices.
From 2001 to 2017, ORIANA has commissioned a total of 60 new Canadian works—a number that increases every season. These include Eleanor Daley’s Rose Trilogy (awarded “Outstanding Choral Work” of 2004 by the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors), William Brown’s Quant j’ai ouy le tabourin (winning “Best Performance of a Canadian Work” in the 2004 CBC National Choral Competition), and pieces commissioned for our Children’s Voices and Children’s Voices Too projects. The number of commissions continues to grow, aided by two 40th Anniversary initiatives in 2011: the appointment of Michael Sawarna as our Composer in Residence and the initiation of the Canadian Youth Choral Composition Competition. ORIANA has a fund dedicated to commissioning new Canadian works for the choir to perform.
ORIANA holds several open rehearsals during the year for prospective singers as well as auditions. Please contact us for more information. We are actively recruiting new voices!
ORIANA Women’s Choir has released five CDs. Click here to browse the discography.