In 1956, Scarborough Chorus was founded as part of Sweet Adelines Inc., an international organization of 30,000 women promoting unaccompanied harmony singing. The first 50 plus years of the chorus have been filled with such exciting events as winning three regional Sweet Adelines championships; singing at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England; performing O Canada at Maple Leaf Gardens; and hosting many successful shows and cabarets.
Today the Scarborough Chorus remains active, performing locally in Scarborough as well as the Greater Toronto Area. We have performed at such places as Scarborough Town Centre, North York Central Library, Scarborough Civic Centre, Bridlewood Mall, and Centennial College. One of our greatest joys is being able to contribute to our community. We have been pleased to participate in charity fundraising concerts and events for groups such as Sleeping Children Around the World and The Canadian Cancer Society.
Our rehearsals are held weekly year-round, with three weeks off in the summer, on Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Red Room, Basement, Scarborough Bluffs United Church, 3739 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON M1J 3H4.
Our Director: Dianne Clare
We are so pleased to have Dianne as our director! A lifelong vocal musician, Dianne is also the Assistant Director of Singing Out, Toronto’s LGBTQ community chorus.
Dianne has travelled with both choruses to international festivals and events, and has been involved in music leadership seminars, international directors’ conferences, and chorus retreats. She’s had the honour to have worked with some highly respected coaches, internationally acclaimed directors and judges, and voice teachers, including Jean Barford, Lori Lyford, Diane Porsch, Dale Syverson, Marg Stubington, and Kirby Shaw.
In her years as a choral singer and soloist, Dianne has sung a wide array of musical styles, from classical to folk, pop, jazz, and barbershop, and has a thorough knowledge of the components that support, enhance, and create great sound. She is a master of blending, which is essential for vocal groups. She also runs her own vocal music business, DC Vocal Music. She prefers to work with singers in an a cappella format, but is also very comfortable working with accompaniment.
Dianne has worked for many years as a vocalist and sound mixer, producing high quality vocal music tracks for choral singers to use as a learning aid. Her highly trained ear is extremely useful in the mixing and recording process as well as in helping singers with precise interval training. She is a natural teacher, leader, and motivator, who brings out the best in her singers through empowering support, strong technical skills, and consistent reinforcement of vocal skill building.