The History of the Oakville Children's Choir

The story of the Oakville Children's Choir began in May 1994 when a small classified ad appeared in the local papers announcing the formation of a children's choir in Oakville. These small clippings give little indication of the remarkable progress the choir would make over the next several years. 

Major Events:

  • Year 17: 2010-2011

    • A Kaleidoscope of Singing
    • Indigo Voices Youth Choir introduced
    • Sarah Morrison wins Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting
    • Senior Choir performed at PACT Urban Peace Program in Toronto, with Oakville Symphony at Family Christmas concert
    • Intermediate Choir guest performers, Mississauga Temple Band Christmas Concert
    • Indigo Voices guest Oakville Entertainers "I'll Fly Away"
    • Senior Choir participates in OVF, wins Peel Festival, invited MusicFest national festival, places 2nd in Provincial competition
  • Year 16: 2009 - 2010

    • Hosted Sedmihlasek Children's Choir from Prague Czech Republic
    • Collaborations included with ArtHouse, Oakville Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Male Choir, Canadian Music Competitions, and Mississauga Temple Band
    • Participated in community events for Lighthouse for Grieving Children, St. Lucia Learning Project, Stand Tall and Speak Up (Anti-Bullying),Women for Women in Afghanistan
    • New uniforms were introduced featuring blue jackets for senior choir girls, blue ties for boys and blue satin/organza chamber skirts
    • Fundraisers Jewels & Blue Jeans
    • Senior Chamber Tour to International Choral Festival of Preveza Greece - won 3 silver medals
  • Year 14: 2007-2008

    • Boy Choir attained Gold-Medal standing at the Kiwanis Festival
    • Senior Choir toured Argentina
    • Participated in Bright Lights
    • Joint concert with Boni Pueri Czech Boys Choir
    • Special Guest performers at "An Oakville Christmas" concert
    • Participated in "Earth Hour" concert
    • Fundraisers - Taste of Tango Gala and Project Runway Choir fashion show
  • Year 13: 2006-2007

    • Boy Choir Festival
    • Senior Choir's Trip to Prague Children's Music Festival
    • Chamber Choir tour of Italy
    • Glenda Crawford conducts her last concert with The OCC
    • Sarah Morrison is hired as the new Artistic Director of The OCC
    • Janet Stachow appointed Associate Artistic Director
  • Year 12: 2005-2006

    • The OCC joins with the Oakville Symphony Orchestra to present A Night at the Proms
    • "A Canadian Christmas" with guest artist Mary Lou Fallis
    • Place of the Blest CD released
    • The Danish Choir Sankt Anna from Copenhagen performs in concert with The OCC
    • The OCC host A Baroque Festival with renowned conductor Ivars Taurins
    • Joint concert with the Oakville Chamber Orchestra
    • ChoralFest, a two day elementary school choir festival hosted by the OCC
    • The first Biannual Boy Choir Festival hosted by the OCC
    • A tour of Vienna, Salzburg and Prague on the occasion of Mozart's 250th birthday
  • Year 11: 2004-2005

    • OCC performs at ACDA National Convention in LA
    • Dinah Christie participates in the Christmas Concert
    • A summer camp was held for young children
    • Chamber Choir performs in Faces of Femininity in Los Angeles


  • Year 10: 2003-2004

    • 10th anniversary celebrations
    • Senior Choir received a both a gold medal in the children's choir category, and a silver medal in the Folksong category in Bremen, Germany for the Choir Olympics
    • 10th Anniversary Collection CD recorded
    • National finalist in the CBC Choral competition - both in the Chamber and Children's categories
    • The Elmer Iseler Singers joined the OCC for the Christmas Concert


  • Year 9: 2002-2003

    • Chamber Choir participates in Oakville Onstage celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
    • Chamber choir competes in Hungary and qualifies for Choir Olympics
    • The Chamber Choir receives gold standing in Budapest
    • Ron MacLean of Hockey Night in Canada was the guest host at the Community Carol Concert
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  • Year 8: 2001-2002

    • Boy Choir formed
    • Release of first two CDs
    • Susan Aglukark is the special guest at the OCC Christmas Concert
    • Intermediate Choir hosts its 1st Training Choir Festival
    • Senior Choir tour to International Choral Kathaumixw in Powell River BC and places 2nd in its category
    • Glenda Crawford is awarded the Queen's Jubilee medal for creating and developing The Oakville Children's Choir
    • First "Celebrate Oakville" fund-raising gala event takes place


  • Year 7: 2000-2001

    • Senior Choir tour to Newfoundland
    • Choir office opens
    • Intermediate Choir travels to Guelph for a workshop & performance


  • Year 6: 1999-2000

    • Senior Choir performs for Prime Minister, The Hon. Jean Chretien at the Prime Minister's Dinner
    • Veronica Tennant narrates the OCC Christmas Concert
    • Senior Choir's first overseas tour takes them to Italy
    • Mayor's Business Awards for Business and the Arts awards Glenda Crawford the Arts Leadership Award for her role as Director of The Oakville Children's Choir
    • Senior Choir host a special concert with The Oakville Chamber Orchestra and The Cantabile Children's Choir of Kingston


  • Year 5: 1998-1999

    • OCC appears on Breakfast TV
    • 1st SING! Elementary School Choir Festival)
    • Invited to perform at the Oakville Centre
    • Senior Choir is Artist-in-Residence at the Niagara International Music Festival
    • Intermediate Choir travels to Owen Sound for Georgian Bay Training Choir Festival
    • Chamber Choir performs at Mayor's Gala Awards Banquet


  • Year 4: 1997-1998

    • Intermediate Choir tour to Stratford
    • Senior Choir tour to Halifax


  • Year 3: 1996-1997

    • Intermediate Choir formed
    • Senior Choir performed at the Ontario Legislature Christmas Concert
    • First Senior tour to Ohio and Pennsylvania
    • Choir sang the National Anthems at Blue Jays Game at The Skydome
    • Chamber Choir sings the National Anthem at the homecoming ceremony for Oakville's Olympic Athletes
    • New Choir uniforms unveiled
    • Intermediate Choir places 1st at the Hamilton Kiwanis Festival
    • Participates in a performance of Carmina Burana at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts


  • Year 2: 1995-1996

    • Senior Choir participates in the Hamilton Tri-Choir Festival
    • The OCC is incorporated as a non-profit organization.
    • Awarded 1st Place in the Peel Music Festival


  • Year 1: 1994-1995

    • Choir formed with Senior, Cherub and Chamber
    • Debut concert at Appleby College
    • Won Bach-Elgar Award at the Hamilton Kiwanis Festival