Bravo EFS – Immortality

Symposium-5-300x169 (1)A very warm thank-you and standing ovation for Elora Festival Singers’ performance of Immortality at the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s Conductors’ Symposium. This piece was premiered last year at Carnegie Hall by EFS. The choir certainly also did it justice at Saturday’s performance.

BRAVO and thank-you to Matthew Swanson of Cincinnati, Ohio…  and special thanks to Noel and the choir for all their work in coaching and preparing this extremely challenging piece.


Review – Canadian Chamber Choir


“Tim Corlis’s Loveliest of Trees, with the famous A.E. Housman text, was a wonder and my favorite piece of the night. With the long sustained phrases and a veil of sound drenching us like falling blossoms, I really wondered if any of the singers were actually breathing at all. It was an astonishing moment of great beauty in a program that had many beautiful moments. Ah…”

Review by Peggy Walt, Classic Concerts, NS

for the full review: Canadian Chamber Choir – Seasons

River of Life


HUGE thank-you to Noel Edison, Sheila Dietrich, the Elora Festival Singers, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Elora Festival Orchestra for a brilliant performance of River of Life. Also to Rick Phillips for a fabulous interview experience beforehand.

Here is a David Richard’s review:

“The world premiere of Timothy Corlis’ newly commissioned work for choir, orchestra and soprano soloist, entitled River of Life came next. Using the river metaphor to suggest the stages of life as well as its eternal wonder and beauty, Corlis takes us on a spiritual ride down the ‘river’ to celebrate the joy of life as experienced through love. The text is taken from a 13th century mystic poet Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi, Biblical passages from the Psalms and Jesus’ Beatitudes, and the 20th century spiritual Guru Sri Chinmoy. The music is uplifting throughout. Corlis’choral writing has the intuitiveness of one whose life has centred around singing since childhood. Indeed, among all of his eclectic studies and world travels is the consistent thread of the choral tradition. At the same time, Corlis has a thorough mastery of orchestral technique. The orchestra mirrored the stages of the river’s journey with expressive clarity. Soprano Sheila Dietrich enthralled the audience with the beauty of her melodic voice. Noel Edison’s direction brought out the jubilant and joyful spirit of the work. This is a piece that is immediately appealing and yet has a depth of meaning that deserves to be probed in subsequent performances.”

Read the full review in Toronto Concert Review

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As a Garden Waits for Rain

On April 23, the Waterloo Chamber Players premiered a new work under the direction of Ben Bolt-Martin, with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and Waterloo Regional Arts Council. The performance featured Debjani Bandyopadhyay, Tagore Singer; Ravi Naimpally, Tabla player; Brian Otto, poetry reader; and Enakshi Sinha, Odessa Dancer. Three orchestral movements are inspired by the songs of Rabindranath Tagore… before the orchestral movements, a sound journey featuring instruments from Vancouver’s Gandharva Loka World Music and organized by Vilupti Lok Barrineau. Sincere thanks to all who were involved in this very special performance. Thanks to Clara and Zoe Fretz Corlis for taking the photos shown here. Special thanks to Surajit and Sumita Biswas for encouraging and supporting the idea of a cross cultural event. We are so fortunate as a result of your inspiration.

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Grace Church on the Hill – Oh Great Mystery

Grace_church_on_the_hillOh Great Mystery (O Magnum Mysterium) will be performed by the choir at Grace Church On-The-Hill as part of their Lessons & Carols. Warmest thanks to Stephen Frketic and to each of the choristers. What a privilege to be part of this service!



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Review – Orillia Packet and Times

Singing the song of remembrance

ChamberMusicOrillia“All eyes were on Jeffrey Moellman as he raised his arms to begin the concert with the full-voiced choir singing Gloria from Missa Pax by Canadian composer Timothy Corlis. This piece highlighted dynamic contrast, smooth legato lines, dramatic expression and some rich unison singing — a great start to the concert. Corlis’s Benedictus followed with long build-ups to the climaxes and some interesting colour from the clarinetist, James Hilts.”

- Nancy Telfer, November 16, 2015