The Achill Choral Society is a mixed, auditioned, 75-voice community choir, established in 1982. Achill concerts are performed twice yearly at Christmas and in the spring in the surrounding communities of Orangeville, Alliston, Caledon and Bolton, Ontario. The repertoire of the choir ranges from traditional and contemporary to challenging classical work. Achill has presented exceptional choral music to thousands of area patrons. Auditions are held twice yearly, in September and January. The choir gathers each Wednesday evening from September to April at St. John's Anglican Church (Highway 9, 6 km east of Orangeville, to rehearse our repertoire for the coming season's concerts.
In 1982, a German-Canadian businessman by the name of Martin Mayer founded a community choir in the country hamlet of Achill, near Alliston, Ontario. Interestingly, some of the first settlers in this hamlet actually hailed from Achill Island in Ireland.
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.
After 30+ years of conducting Achill, A. Dale Wood’s retirement in 2017 led us to our present musical conductor, Mr. Shawn Grenke. Shawn has been accompanist to several of Canada’s leading professional choirs, the Elmer Iseler Singers, and the Amadeus Choir, where he is also the Associate Conductor
St. John's Anglican Church, 3907 Highway 9, Caledon, ON L7K 0G7
Achill Choral Society, 43 The Boulevard, Tottenham, ON L0G 1W0
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.
We are a non-profit organization, and regularly give back to our surrounding communities by performing benefit concerts to area retirement and nursing homes.