Upcoming Concert

Thank you to all who came out to support Tapestry Chamber Choir at the Mozart Requiem concerts with the York Chamber Ensemble.  We were thrilled with the turn out and with the opportunity to share our love of choral music with our community.  Click on the links below to enjoy both concert performances.

Tapestry Choir and YCE perform Mozart’s Requiem – May 6, 2023

Tapestry Choir and YCE perform Mozart’s Requiem – May 7, 2023

Keep coming back to this site for information regarding our upcoming season.

Musical Director Opportunity

Tapestry Seeks Conductor/Music Director

About the Choir:
Through 34 years, Tapestry Chamber Choir has performed three or more concerts per year for the Aurora and Newmarket areas of York Region. Originally named “York Classics Ensemble”, the choir was founded in 1987 by Marie Devereux as a chamber choir made up of experienced local musicians

who wished to sing together offering both solo and choral performances for local audiences. Since then, the choir, averaging 25 singers, became more established under the leadership of successive Music Directors: Andrew Slonetsky 1988 – 2009; Tony Browning 2009 – 2016; Michael Morgan 2017; Trevor Dearham 2018 to 2023

The Choir typically performs in the Newmarket area. However, concerts through the years have seen Tapestry performances in Sharon, Aurora, Mount Albert, Port Hope, Sibbald Point, Thornhill, Barrie, Midland, King City, and The Foster Memorial in Uxbridge.

The Tapestry collaboration with the York Chamber Ensemble has continued through many seasons.

In addition to acapella works (both ancient and modern), and works with piano and orchestral accompaniment, Tapestry has invited numerous guest artists including soloists, violinists, guitarists, harpists, and trumpeters to perform with it.

Job Description – Conductor/Music Director:

  • Is a non-voting member of the Executive
  • Convenes and leads the singers and musicians at all rehearsals and concert. performances of the Choir, unless otherwise arranged with the agreement of the Executive
  • Works in collaboration with the Program and Repertoire Committee
  • Auditions prospective members of the Choir
  • Sets performance standards for the Choir
  • Collaborates with the President in the event of an existing member who is not meeting performance standards
  • Auditions and recommends guest artists, musicians, accompanists and other artistic staff for performance with the Choir, such recommendations to be approved by the Executive
  • Works with the Executive to identify possibilities and achieve consensus for performances outside the established concert season
  • Participates in the business management of the Choir through consultation with the President
  • Attends meetings of the Executive and other such meetings as may be required including Committee meetings at the request of the Committee Chair
  • Works with the Executive and the Choir to establish long-term planning objectives for the Choir
  • Allows full use of his/her personal name and photograph in publicity materials including, but not limited to, programs,  flyers, advertisements, press releases, fundraising and grant applications, and recordings in any format (electronic, spoken or printed) for the purposes of promoting the Choir and the Music Director
  • Participates in media interviews and other opportunities to promote the Choir as required
  • Assists as necessary in the preparation and presentation of grant applications to potential funding bodies
  • Performs such other duties as may be mutually agreed upon by the Executive and Music Director

 To apply for this position, please contact Daniel Godin (President) – tapestrychoir@gmail.com

Applications will be accepted until October 1, 2023

Audition Opportunities

Tapestry is looking for interested singers to join our choir.  We would love to increase our numbers for our upcoming season of amazing choral music.  We rehearse on Sunday nights from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Newmarket.

Trevor Dearham

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ateTrevor Dearham received his doctorate (DMA) in choral conducting from the University of Toronto under the guidance of Dr. Hilary Apfelstad. As part of his graduate university work, Trevor studied orchestral conducting with Maestro Uri Mayer of the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra and wind band conducting with Dr. Gillian MacKay. In June 2015, Trevor retired as the Head of Music at Dr. Denison Secondary school in Newmarket where he taught instrumental and vocal music for twenty-five years since the school opened. He holds bachelors’ degrees in music and education from Western University. Trevor has conducted several concerts with the York Chamber Ensemble and Festival Chorus over the last two concert seasons. In 2014, Trevor was the only Canadian conductor invited to participate in a North American Fellowship Program with Alice Parker, a world-renowned choral conductor, author, arranger and composer from Massachusetts. He has also been the guest conductor for the former York Region District School Board Staff Singers along with the York Chamber Ensemble on several occasions. Trevor is thrilled to be working with the members of the Tapestry Chamber Choir as their artistic director.
George Vandikas

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George Vandikas is a retired teacher, active performer and collaborative pianist in a wide variety of musical genres. He is an alumnae of the University of Toronto Music Program where he earned undergrad and graduate degrees in piano performance. He studied and participated in master classes with such notable pianists as; James Anagnoson, Boris Lysenko, William Aide, Patricia Parr, Greta Kraus, Eugene List and Anton Kuerti. Together with his wife Sheila they run a successful music studio in Newmarket and have raised four children, all of whom are accomplished pianists.