ACHILL is a 75 member mixed voice, auditioned choir composed of singers dedicated to becoming better musicians. We are based in Caledon, just east of Orangeville and have been performing since 1982. Our repertoire ranges from challenging classical works to contemporary and traditional pieces. Achill has presented exceptional choral music to thousands of area patrons. Our Artistic Director, Shawn Grenke, is also the associate conductor and accompanist of the Amadeus Choir and accompanist of the Elmer Iseler Singers.
Achill performs two concert series a year with performances rotating between Alliston, Bolton and Orangeville. The choir rehearses each Wednesday at 7:00 pm from September to April. For more information email [email protected]
In 1982, a German-Canadian businessman by the name of Martin Mayer founded our community choir in the hamlet of Achill in Hockley Valley, Ontario. Interestingly, some of the first settlers in this hamlet actually hailed from Achill Island in Ireland. His goal was to bring quality choral music to his community.
Sadly, Martin Mayer passed away in 1996, but his legacy lives on while his wife, Luitgard, an alto member until a few years ago, still attends Achill concerts when she can.
Achill Choral Society, 34 Blind Line, Orangeville, ON L9W 3A5
Why You Should Join
Singing lowers stress levels: Making music in any form is relaxing. Singing releases stored muscle tension and decreases the levels of a stress hormone called cortisol in your blood stream. Singing improves mental alertness: Improved blood circulation and an oxygenated blood stream allow more oxygen to reach the brain.
Additional Info for Choristers
Achill is an auditioned choir, but we are very open and welcoming, if you are willing to put in the work to learn the music. Auditions take place the first or second Wednesday evening in September and January.
We are a non-profit organization, and regularly give back to our surrounding communities by performing benefit concerts to area retirement and nursing homes.