Shoreline Chorus

History

The Shoreline Chorus (Shoreline) is a 50 member SATB community choir based in Owen Sound, Ontario, under the direction of Ann-Marie MacDairmid.

Ann-Marie started Shoreline in the Fall of 1999 out of a simple desire “to conduct my own choir and sing music that I wish I had had an opportunity to sing when I was going to high school.”

Rehearsals are a 9 to 16 week schedule depending on the season (Fall, Spring and Summer). They are usually held from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Wednesdays at St. George’s Anglican Church Hall, Owen Sound.

Fall programs have presented Broadway, Doo-Wop, Motown, Movie, Dance, Jazz and Blues, Christmas and American Bandstand music. Concerts are presented in late November.

Christmas programs include both religious and secular music. Shoreline often travels to other communities during the Christmas season.

Spring programs have presented a range of spiritual, gospel, African, folk, Canadian, the four ancient elements – Earth, Air, Fire, Water and ‘Travel and Remembrance’ themes. Concerts are presented in early June.

Summer choir programs are ‘classical’ style; music by Schutz, Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Handel, Haydn, Faure, Copland, Thompson, Shearing, Weill, Barber and more have been featured. Concerts are presented at the end of August.

Spring and Fall shows are usually presented “cabaret style” and choristers not only sing for their guests, they also serve refreshments during the intermission. The shows are Shoreline’s main fundraisers and include draw prizes for a variety of donated items.

World travel has become a feature – Shoreline has toured in many cities and performed in solo and combined choir concerts. Ann-Marie uses these as opportunities for both learning by individual choir members and showcasing Canadian music, composers and arrangers. Destinations have been Cuba (2012), Holland (2014) and Ireland (2016). A preview concert is presented in Thornbury a few weeks before each tour.

The Shoreline Chorus is available at a nominal fee to churches and groups for special events. A few to mention are singing the National anthems at an Owen Sound Attack Game, providing music at the opening of the school house at Grey Roots Museum and singing concerts to fundraise for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

Shoreline is truly a community choir. It is a non-audition group and anyone who can carry a tune, is willing to attend most practices and work hard at home is welcome to join the chorus. Tenors and basses are especially welcome. Students are also encouraged to sing and fees for students are waived.