VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto
VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto is a vibrant, innovative choral organization, for singers aged four through young adults, whose mandate is to offer the opportunity to achieve artistic excellence in a singer-centred, inclusive community.Founded by Carol Woodward Ratzlaff in 2000, VIVA! is comprised of five choirs who, in addition to performing high-level choral music, engage in various skill-building, music-making and dramatic activities. The choirs present two series concerts annually in Toronto. Recognized for its Canadian commissions and diverse programming, VIVA! has appeared onstage as guest artists at many major Toronto concert venues with leading performers and ensembles.
VIVA! has toured to England, Wales and Greece where they were silver medalists in both the SSA and SATB divisions of the Preveza International Choral Competition. In June 2016, VIVA!’s five choirs presented four fully-staged performances of The Sword and the Schoolyard, their newly-commissioned opera by Dean Burry, at one of Toronto’s newest theatre spaces, followed by an appearance at the 2016 Luminato Festival. This month, VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto is on tour in Spain and proud to be part of the Barcelona World Symposium of Choral Music. www.vivayouthsingers.com