PRESS RELEASE - ONTARIO ARTS COUNCIL GRANT RECOGNITION
Grant Enables Durham’s RESOUND Choir to Reach Up and Reach Out
RESOUND Choir Recognizes Generous Ontario Arts Council Grant
Durham Region, January 31, 2022 – In 2020, RESOUND Choir was the recipient of a generous grant from the Ontario Arts Council focused on supporting the development and presentation of all genres of music by Ontario-based professional musicians, ad hoc groups/collectives, and organizations. The project, just completed, has allowed RESOUND Choir to engage with the community and hire professionals to enrich its programming.
This grant provided RESOUND with the means to hire eight professional musicians; a pianist, harpist, percussionist, and string quintet. Contest winners, a team of nine song-writers from S.A. Cawker Public School in Port Perry, had their song arranged for RESOUND Choir by their music teacher, Christos Kaldis. This piece, called “Dreamer”, was performed by RESOUND Choir at its December 2021 concert. Also featured in its December concert, and funded by this grant, were readings by acclaimed author Gary Archibald and illustrator Kiki Symoné from their “The Skin You’re In”, a new children’s book. This concert was recorded live utilizing part of the OAC grant to hire the audio engineer. The grant provided RESOUND the ability to provide enriching and engaging performances for the enjoyment of our community and its members.
“Including early-career and Durham Region instrumentalists in our holiday concert took it to the next level and it provided these accomplished musicians a valuable playing opportunity. Premiering a song written by an immensely talented group of nine local elementary school composers hopefully encourages them to keep creating and adding beauty to our lives. RESOUND Choir was honoured to collaborate with these amazing young people and thank OAC for the funding to do so.” -Kim Alexander, President
RESOUND was so grateful to be the recipient of this OAC grant which helped to fulfill its organizational goals. The choir seeks opportunities to make meaningful contributions in Durham Region by providing choral workshops and performance opportunities for singers, hiring early-career instrumentalists, soloists, and conductors, premiering the works of Canadian composers, partnering with front-line community service organizations, and collaborating with dancers, visual artists, seniors and youth groups.
The Ontario Arts Council is an agency of the Government of Ontario. For more than 55 years, the OAC has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2020-21, OAC invested $78.6 million in 206 communities across Ontario through 2,176 grants to individual artists and 1,312 grants to organizations. This amount includes the one-time $25 million Arts Recovery Support Fund from the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. Find out more at arts.on.ca.
Organization Contact for Media Inquiries:
Anna Hughes, Business Manager