Critics continue to unanimously praise OIC Chorus for its precision, sensitivity and dramatic intensity.
The Opera in Concert Chorus has sung in nearly every opera production since its inception in 1978. But its musical life has been even more varied. Increasingly, their reputation has grown, with audiences and critics unanimous in their praise.
The OIC Chorus has performed with the Toronto Symphony, Mainly Mozart Orchestra, appeared at the Algoma Fall Festival, Guelph Spring Festival, Toronto International Festival and sung joint concerts with Elmer Iseler Singers, Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir and Guelph Chamber Choir. As well, the Chorus was chosen to record the sound-track for the feature film THE WARS, and has provided choral music for several Stratford Festival Productions including MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL, RICHARD III and A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS. Because of its versatility and ensemble, the chorus was invited by New Music Concerts to perform several avant-garde works and premiered a collection of songs by Canadian composer John Weinzweig, which was recorded for Rhombus Media in preparation for a documentary on his life and music. The Chorus has also performed the Toronto Premiere of Paul Winter's jazz mass MISSA GAIA, and appeared in R. Murray Schafer's APOCALYPSIS during the International Choral Festival.
Interested in furthering the aspirations of young talent for a solo career, the OIC Chorus has maintained a policy that has been advantageous to many artists now in the national and international arena. Monica Whicher, Jackalyn Short, Russell Braun, Brett Polegato, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Michele Bogdanowicz, are among OIC's esteemed alumni.