Georgian Bay Children's Choir

Georgian Bay Children's Choir


Now in its 24th season, the Georgian Bay Children's Choir is a community choir for children and youth aged 5 through 18. Members are drawn from the southern Georgian Bay region of Ontario, with Owen Sound as the major centre. Its choral training program is committed to excellence through education, performance and competition. Each level of program - The Litde Jewels, The Middle C's and The Touring Ensemble - is designed to develop musical skills and a love of choral singing.

The mission of the Choir is to engage and emich the lives of young people through high calibre choral education and experience, emiching the culturallife ofthe world in which we live. Georgian Bay Children's Choir concerts are held twice a year in December and May. In addition, the choir has numerous singing engagements in the community, including performances at seniors residences, churches, hockey games, service clubs and at other community events and celebrations. The choir has performed with the Georgian Bay Symphony Orchestra and other regional musical groups. Our Touring Ensemble has participated in festivals and competitions in Canada, the United States and Europe, and has hosted festivals and choirs from around the world. The Touring Ensemble travels frequently to participate in international music festivals.

Selected Highlights

2009 Canadian Olympic Torch Anthem performance during Arrival ceremonies, Owen Sound.

2007 Cantonigros Music Festival Spain.

2007 Participated in the Special Olympics Winter Games openingceremonies

2005 Performed 'The Russian Dolls' with the Georgian Bay Symphony

2005 OIK International Youth Music Festival, Ansbach, Germany

2004 Premiere performance of "The Long Journey" commissionedto celebrate designation of Cultural Capital of Canada (Owen Sound)

2003 Performed Benjamin Britten's "Ceremony of Carols". Harpist Lori Gemmell

2001 World of Children's Choirs Festival, Vancouver, British Columbia

2000 Performed Ralph Vaughan Williams' 'Hodie' with Georgian Bay Symphony

1999 Festival 500, S1. John's, Newfoundland

1996 Kathaumixw International Choral Festival, Powell River, British Columbia

1995 Des Moines, Iowa International Choral Festival- First Place, Folk Ensemble Competition




Linda Hawkins

Linda Hawkins

Conductor & Music Director

Linda Hawkins has been associated with the Georgian Bay Children's Choir since Sept. 1990 both as accompanist and conductor ofthe training choirs, and was a GBCC choir parent for nearly a decade. In 2001 she assumed conducting responsibility of all choirs within the GBCC program. Along with her current GBCC responsibilities, she teaches piano, rudiments, harmony, counterpoint and music history in her private studio. She is a member of ORMTA and volunteers with numerous community groups. Linda has received her music training through the Royal Conservatory ofMusic, Toronto, Canada. As a director of church choirs and ensembles, she has co-written, directed and produced, with her husband John, three children's musicals, including one for television. Other media work includes narration and production for radio and television. Treasured and significant influences have been organ studies with Clifford Gates and piano studies with Arlene MacNay, as well as Doreen Rao's Choral Music Experience. Linda lives in Owen Sound with her husband. They have three adult children.




Competition Program


Eleanor Daley   Os Justi
Eleanor Daley   Gentle Nature
Delaine Smith   The Lakes’ Lament
Stephen Hatfield   Apple Tree Wassail
Arr. J. Grovedas   I’se the B’y
Zoltan Kodaly   Ave Maria
Herwig Reiter   O du Lieber Augustin III



Additional Concerts Program


Z.R.Stroope   Lux Aeterna (from Missa Brevis)
Stephen Hatfield   La Lluvia
Arr. S. Hatfield   Aint’ That News (spiritual)
Delaine Smith   Yisu Ne Kaha
Delaine Smith   Song of the Sound
W.A. Mozart   Ave Verum
Ken Medema   The Tree Song
Dubinsky/Adams   We Rise Again
Regan MacNay   The Bruce Stomp
Arr. Mac Huff   Mamma Mia Choral Highlights
Eleanor Daley   Canticle to the Spirit
D&J Perry   A Joyful Noise
Trad/Torres St.Is.   Sesere Eeye
G.F. Handel   Art Thou Troubled (from Rodelinda)
Arr. J.A.Bartle   Hand Me Down My Silver Trumpet
Hal Hopson   The Gift of Love
Trad/S. Africa   Siyahamba
MacGillvray/Loomer   Song for Peace