Leadership

Dr. Gary Fisher

Artistic Director and Conductor

Dr. Gary FisherDr. Fisher hold a Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in choral conducting. He has conducted numerous choirs with the Halton Board of Education in addition to choirs at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Seneca College, High Park Choirs of Toronto, the Children’s Choir of Burlington, and church positions in the US. As well, he has taught vocal methods and choral conducting at McMaster University.

Dr. Fisher’s articles on Renaissance music and vocal technique have appeared in the Choral Journal of the American Choral Directors Association, and he has served as editor of Anacrusis, the journal of the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors (now Choral Canada).

He specializes in historical choral performance practice and conducting techniques. The Chorale’s Baroque performances often include chamber ensembles featuring stylistic playing to compliment the Chorale’s singing.

It just seems the other day, following a far-from-nerve-wracking audition, that our amazingly talented and experienced Choral Director, Dr. Gary Fisher, welcomed me to the Burlington Civic Chorale.  That was back in 2016.  The wide range of choral music we cover and the high level of music excellence at each rehearsal have been both challenging and immensely rewarding in the years following.  Having such a brilliant accompanist in Jennifer Goodine is an added thrill.  Oh … and not to forget the warm-up exercises before each rehearsal!  Gary’s not only a choir director, but a believer in healthy movement as well!  The exercises benefit us all, in and out of performance.

A BCC Singer

Jennifer Goodine

Director of Music & Organist

Jennifer GoodineSince 2009, Jennifer Goodine has been the choir’s dauntless pianist, organist, synthesizer magician and substitute orchestra. When she isn’t supporting BCC’s rehearsals, concerts and videos, she serves as Director of Music and Organist at St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Burlington, and teaches private lessons in voice, piano and organ.

A passionate musician since her childhood, she began her professional career at the age of 13 at Trinity United Church in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. She joined the Royal Canadian College of Organists at 14, later serving on their executive in three different centres.

She earned her B.Mus. in organ performance and church music from Dalhousie University, and her M. Mus. from the University of Alberta, earning scholarships and awards throughout her academic career. Before moving to Burlington, she served as Music Director and organist at various Anglican, United, Lutheran and Baptist churches in Ontario, Alberta and Nova Scotia.

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Note from Burlington Civic Chorale regarding COVID19

With sadness, we announce the difficult decision to suspend our live in-person rehearsals and concerts until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As our Board reflected on this situation, it was guided by three considerations:

  • the well-being of our singers, our audience, and their communities
  • the experiences of regions where the virus is active, and
  • the guidelines of public health authorities on best practices for avoiding infection and community transmission

We are happy to say that we have endured the challenges of COVID-19 and have for the time being reinvented ourselves as a virtual choir.   Our weekly rehearsals, which normally take place in the sanctuary of St. Christopher’s Anglican Church, are now conducted using the social media platform, Zoom.

Thanks to the outstanding leadership of our artistic director, Dr. Gary Fisher, our piano accompanist, Jennifer Goodine, the creativity of our Board of Directors, and the continued financial support of our singers and sponsors, we have had a musically successful 2020/2021.

We will use everything we’ve learned to keep bringing wonderful music to Burlington, Hamilton and surrounding Regions.  We eagerly await until we can be together again in-person, once physical distancing restrictions are lifted, and it is safe to return to live, in-person concerts.

Until such time keep safe and well;  and please enjoy our virtual choral offerings. Our most recent virtual offering is our spring virtual concert, “The Road Home”.