Singing With Purpose
More of Our Canada|March 2019
Singing With Purpose

The Canadian Orpheus Male Choir has been supporting local communities since 1977

Shiona Mackenzie

When Keith Thomas first encountered the Hamilton-based Canadian Orpheus Male Choir (COMC) in 1987, the group had already enjoyed a decade of successful concerts and embarked upon international concert tours. Although Keith had never sung outside of church before, a colleague invited Keith to drop in on a rehearsal and meet his buddies, who devoted their passion for music to a common purpose.

“After sitting in the bass section for a few rehearsals, I was asked to sing for the music director to confirm my vocal range,” says Keith. “I sang a few scales and was placed with the baritones. Believe me, I would have sung tenor if they’d asked me to, I was that happy to join!

“Since then, highlights for me have been performing for the Toronto Star Fresh Air Fund in 1991 and singing along with 600 male-voice choristers from around the world in London’s Royal Festival Hall at the pre-Olympic Games ceremonies in 2012.”

A music lover myself, I got to know Keith after joining a small ensemble in Toronto in 2008. Keith took me to a COMC concert and I was moved by the sincerity that shone in the choir’s delivery of a diverse repertoire.


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March 2019