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The Treblemakers are adult community choirs for people who sing purely for the love of singing. Founded in Toronto in 2008 by Penelope Dale, The Treblemakers have since expanded to include chapters in Barrie, Wasaga Beach, Collingwood, and Creemore. The choirs perform a wide range of repertoire, with selections taken from Broadway, jazz standards, pop, classical, folk, contemporary, and world music. In addition to their regular end of term concerts, the groups often sing at local community events.
No audition is necessary – just a love of singing and music, and a positive attitude! Registration opens at the beginning of each term – in September, January, April, and July. If you love music, and would like to join a group whose primary focus is to create a joyful community of passionate music-makers, then please contact our Penelope Dale for more information.
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Penelope Dale is the Founder and Music Director of The Treblemakers adult community choirs. What began as a small choir in Toronto in 2008 has now grown to include not only the original Toronto group, but also chapters in several other Ontario communities, including Barrie, Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, and Creemore. The Treblemakers perform in concert at the end of each term, and Penelope prepares the ensemble to sing a wide range of crowd-pleasing favourites -- from classical, pop and world music, to jazz standards, Broadway, and folk music. She loves working with such passionate and fun-loving singers!
An experienced music educator as well as a professional singer, Penelope is committed to empowering her singers through music education and to developing life-long musicians. She is a former faculty member of The Royal Conservatory of Music, where she taught private voice lessons and group singing classes, as well as ear training and sight singing classes. Penelope was a compiler of The Royal Conservatory of Music Voice Syllabus, 2005 Edition, and the Voice Repertoire Series, Third Edition, and has authored articles for The Royal Conservatory of Music newsletter, Music Matters. In 2005, Penelope was invited to become a vocal examiner for The Royal Conservatory of Music, a position she still holds today. Ms. Dale is also in demand as a festival adjudicator, and has adjudicated at numerous festivals throughout Ontario and in Manitoba.
Penelope is an active member of several professional organizations, including: Choirs Ontario; the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association (ORMTA); the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS); the Georgian Triangle Music Teachers Association (GTMTA); and the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association (CMFAA).
A native of Ontario, Canada, pianist Richard Maddock has accompanied dancers for over thirty years, and has worked as a dance class and exam accompanist at numerous dance schools. Recipient of a New Talent Demo Award from FACTOR (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent On Record), Richard’s compositions have graced numerous television, dance, and theatre productions in Canada, including: "Tragedy in the Torngats" (for an episode of CTV's programme "W5"); "Blues in DLite" (Kennetha McArthur - Toronto Ballet Ensemble, at the Betty Oliphant Theatre); Shakespeare's "The Tempest" (Isinglass Company, at the Ford Centre Studio Theatre); and the piece "On Stage," for choreographer Kennetha McArthur (FIDA Fringe Festival).
A member of SOCAN/ASCAP (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada), Richard Maddock continues to write music inspired by dancers and vocalists. His most popular works for dance and creative movement have garnered the enthusiastic praise and loyal following of dancers in over seventy countries around the world. Mr. Maddock’s albums are currently used in over ten thousand dance studios worldwide.
Richard Maddock's recent full-length CDs/mp3 albums are well-known in the dance world, and include:
Richard loves working with singers, and is delighted to be The Treblemakers adult community choirs official accompanist.
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Of course! Potential Treblemakers must simply love singing and music, and have a positive attitude.
No, there is no audition; however, potential Treblemakers are asked to contact our Music Director (Penelope Dale), before registering.
The Treblemakers sing a wide range of repertoire – from Broadway, pop, and jazz standards, to folk, rock, and world music.
Absolutely! Once registered for the current term, choir members may attend as many rehearsals each week as they wish, in any location – at no additional cost.
Of course! But please contact our Music Director (Penelope Dale) first, to schedule your visit with us.
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