The Monday Morning Singers began with six women gathered around the piano in a country home to sing- just for the fun of it!
The 35 to 40 singers come from communities all over Durham Region and beyond. There are no formal auditions. The choir is open to women of all ages who enjoy singing and are prepared to spend the time to learn, to practise, and to attend rehearsals and workshops. The group believes that a love of singing, plus a willingness to learn and work together, along with inspired leadership, can create musical magic.
The singers’ repertoire has evolved to include many genres, from favourite folk song arrangements to bigger choral pieces such as Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria in 2016, John Rutter’s Dancing Day in 2015, Vaughan Williams’ Folk Songs of the Four Seasons in 2016, and Kim André Arnesen’s Magnificat in 2018.
The choir regularly invites guest musicians, storytellers, actors and dancers to join them to complement the program. The audiences enjoy the variety of musical accompaniment, such as harp, violin, bass viol, cello, flute, percussion, marimba, recorder, as well as organ and piano.
Over the years the choir has become a dynamic community that shares the joy of making music together. The choristers not only sing together, but also enjoy being together and have “meet and greet’s” for new members, pot-luck lunches, and a party after the concerts
The choir values the support of the larger community. Each year a local charity is designated to receive a portion of the profits from the concerts. Over the years the choir has donated to Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity, RAM Yoga, Prison Fellowship, Uxbridge Music Scholarship Trust, Trails of Uxbridge, Uxbridge Youth Centre, Loaves and Fishes Uxbridge Food Bank, St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Uxbridge, and North House. The choir also performs at local assisted living residences during the Christmas season..
Anne Mizen has directed, guided, and developed the Monday Morning Singers since its beginning. The choir members respect, admire, and love Anne for the wonderful music she chooses, the diverse and eclectic programs she creates, but most of all for her patience and positive, supportive attitude.