Niagara Children's Honour Choir 2nd Annual Concert

Niagara Children's Honour Choir 2nd Annual Concert

Friday, February 1, 2019 - 18:00

Chorus Niagara Children's Choir and Artistic Director Amanda Nelli, in collaboration with Brock Univerisity Music and The District School Board of Niagara present the Second Annual Niagara Children's Honour Choir.

Approximately 70 elementary music students from schools in the District School Board of Niagara perform in an evening concert with Brock University Choirs (Under the direction of Dr.Rachel Rensink-Hoff) and the Chorus Niagara Children's Choir (Chamber and Concert Choirs under the direction of Amanda Nelli, Artistic Director).

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2019 at 6 pm, Recital Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre: 250 St.Paul Street, St.Catharines Ontario

Following outreach workshops provided by Amanda Nelli (Artistic Director, Chorus Niagara Children's Choir) and Dr. Rachel Rensink-Hoff and after a day of rehearsals with special Guest Conductor Zimfira Poloz, Artistic Director of the Hamilton Children's Choir and internationally recognized expert in choral artistry for young voices, the Niagara Children's Honour Choir performs on-stage in the Recital Hall at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre with Brock University Choirs and Chorus Niagara Children's Concert and Chamber Choirs. The evening performance will be conducted by Zimfira Poloz.

Chorus Niagara Artistic Director Robert Cooper, who, with his wife, Megan is personally sponsoring the concert notes "CNCC is a superb advocate for the benefits and the joy of children singing! It is a sincere pleasure for us to support this year's clinician, the remarkable Zimfira Poloz, a choral musician of international renown, and have no doubt that this year's Honour Choir will be a truly unforgettable experience for all!"

Tickets are available for the evening concert ($10) through the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre BOX OFFICE (905) 688-0722 

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Zimfira Poloz is globally recognized as an expert in choral artistry for young voices. She has been decorated with numerous professional awards during her career, including the Honoured Representative of Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan Award, the city of Hamilton’s VIP Award, and the Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting (Ontario Arts Council).

As an adjudicator and guest conductor, Zimfira is sought-after locally, nationally, and internationally. Recent highlights include: Europa Cantat (France, 2018), 1st International Choral Alberto Grau Composition Competition (Venezuela, 2017), America Cantat (Bahamas, 2016), World Choir Games (China 2010, Cincinnati 2012, Latvia 2014, Russia 2016), Philharmonic Paris Orchestra (France, 2016), and KODOMO 25th National Chorus Festival (Japan, 2011).

Zimfira first established her musical credentials in Kazakhstan, founding the country’s first choir school that grew to employ 35 music teachers with an enrollment of 450 children. In addition to her role as Principal, Zimfira was Artistic Director of the school’s Concert Choir, “Koktem,” which attained top international choral status and was a recurring prize-winner in choral competitions and festivals across Europe (Budapest International Choral Festival and Competition, European Choral Association).

Upon her arrival in Canada, Zimfira’s skill and passion for choral music found a home within Ontario’s thriving choral community. First with the artistic staff of Toronto Children’s Chorus, later at St. Michael’s Choir School, and eventually as Artistic Director of both Hamilton Children’s Choir and Young Voices Toronto, Zimfira would soon form an indelible impression on Canada’s choral scene.

Zimfira’s philosophy when working with young people is that ‘excellence has no age.’ By pairing uncompromising standards with boundless positive energy, she is able to unleash creative and musical potential unlike any other.

In 2018, Zimfira celebrates her 15th anniversary as the Artistic Director of Hamilton Children’s Choir (HCC). Under Zimfira’s direction, the choir has transformed into one of the most widely acclaimed youth choral music programs in the world. Juried achievements include Grand Prizes at the 1st Xinghai Prize International Choral Competition (China, 2013), “Let the People Sing” Euroradio Choral Competition (Norway, 2009), and Loto-Quebec World Choral Singing Competition (Montreal, 2009). Recent international invitations include ACDA National Conference (Minnesota, 2017), America Cantat 8 (the Bahamas, 2016), Polyfollia (France, 2014), and IFCM World Symposium (South Korea, 2014). Canadian highlights include performing at Choral Canada’s National Conference, “Podium” (Newfoundland, 2018 and Ottawa, 2012), Pan Am Games opening ceremony performance (Toronto, 2015), and Luminato Festival’s presentation of R. Murray Schafer’s Apocolypsis (Toronto, 2015).

In addition to her performance season with HCC and her global travels as clinician and guest conductor, Zimfira continues to mentor future educators and conductors as a member of the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto. As of 2017, her curated Canadian choral collection can be found with Cypress Choral Music: The Zimfira Collection.


CNCC is a growing part of the Chorus Niagara family. A dynamic choir for children ages 4 – 16 years of age; members are introduced to the basics of choral singing as they prepare for concerts. The choir is comprised of four smaller choirs – Training Choir, Intermediate Choir, Concert Choir, and Chamber Choir.  The smaller choirs sing separately and together, learning and performing music that is appropriate for their age and skill level.

CNCC has performed in their own concerts, as guests of Chorus Niagara, Niagara Symphony Orchestra, Choralis Camerata and other arts organizations. CNCC performs in Partridge Hall at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines as well as a variety of other venues.

Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir offers children in the Niagara region the opportunity to develop their musical knowledge, build relationships and share their love of music with others. Choir members receive a broad musical education which includes sight singing, ear training, music theory, and vocal technique. Our goal is to build a confident community of young singers who love to sing.