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December 12, 2021, 2:00 pmPhone 905-581-1461
Port Nelson United Church
3132 South Drive, Burlington, ON, L7N 1H7View map HERE



Welcome to the Canadian Orpheus Male Choir!

Founded in Hamilton in 1977, The Canadian Orpheus Male Choir (COMC) values choral singing and music as essential to the ongoing social and economic health of Ontario and we respect Canada’s diverse creative communities. Membership comprises men 19 years of age and older, from various backgrounds and with different levels of skill in music. We aim to bring a high quality of choral singing to our audiences and we encourage self-development through music among our members.

Vision: The Canadian Orpheus Male Choir is a respected amateur male voice choir that aspires to a masterful standard of choral music performance.

Mission: To give back to the community by providing a forum for men who wish to learn to sing or improve their singing ability, and who enjoy the camaraderie of working as a team towards the following shared goals —

Our goals are achieved through choral singing practices, concerts, recordings, and social events.

We sing in four-part harmony (tenor 1, tenor 2, baritone, and bass) with piano accompaniment. Our repertoire is extensive and includes popular tunes, ballads, jazz numbers, spirituals, songs from musicals, opera choruses, hymns, traditional and folk songs.

Singing wonderfully right off the bat is not a prerequisite for us, for we are always improving. Practice makes perfect, they say, and we’re continually practising… You might be surprised at how good your sound gets within a few months of singing regularly. As this article from The Atlantic explains, “People feel so discouraged by being told they’re poor singers that they rarely try to sing, and they never get better.” Please don’t let that happen to you. Belonging to the COMC might be just what you need…

Known as men who love to sing, the COMC is a registered Canadian charity that has helped raise some $800,000 for a number of service groups, churches, and other charitable organizations, including the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and The Hamilton Spectator‘s Summer Camp Fund.

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.  Berthold Auerbach

Over the past four decades, the COMC is proud to have performed with many talented and well-known guest performers, including: soprano Abigail Freeman; operatic tenor Richard Margison; the Blazing Fiddles; CBC Searchlight contest finalist Carissa Kimbell; bass-baritone Bryn Terfel; local Celtic band Scantily Plaid; soprano Donna Ellen; violinist Martin Beaver; the Canadian Brass; and the Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces. Concert tours have brought the Choir to Western Canada, the Maritimes, the United States, Continental Europe, Britain, and Ireland. We have performed more than 460 concerts in venues like Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, the Dofasco Centre for The Arts in Hamilton, and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa; as well as  St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall in London, England.