The Elderberries Choir has been entertaining the Gravenhurst community since 1991 with seasonal concerts and bringing music to local nursing and retirement homes. They take part in community and civic functions.
Now, in 2020, with COVID-19 protocols in place, practices will be very different. See Events and the COVID Measures tab for details. Virtual practices for those who want to be in the choir but are not ready to join the real-life practice,
rehearsals will be videotaped and then uploaded to a private YouTube account. An email with the link will be sent out a day or two after each practice. At this point no concerts are planned. We are looking for ways to share our music, however. If you have an idea, please contact a choir member.
To read a March 2020 CBC story about choirs in the time of Coronavirus, click here www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/choirs-seniors-covid-pandemic-1.5528535
Choir members live in Gravenhurst, Bala, Bracebridge, Washago, Orillia, and many other surrounding communities.
Please browse our Web site for more information about The Elderberries Choir. If you have any questions regarding our concerts or membership, check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) tab or speak to someone in the choir.
The Elderberries Choir Director
Louise Jardine is continuing as Director of the Elderberries Choir for the 2020-21 season. Before moving to Washago, Louise served as choral conductor for the Etobicoke Youth Choir and music director for the Children and Youth Choirs of Kingsway-Lambton United Church. She states: "Community is very important to me. Throughout my life, I have worked in the public school system, my church and local youth choirs to build community through music. Music brings people together, lifts spirits and creates personal well-being. I strive to help each singer develop to the best of their ability to experience the joy of making beautiful music together."
At right see a selection from the January 26, 2020 "Snow Wonder" Concert.
On October 5, 2016 the Elderberries Choir was presented with a Community Spirit Award for Outstanding Volunteerism by the Town of Gravenhurst. See and hear their choral presentation and the presentation in the videos.