The Spiritus Chamber Choir has triumphed at this year's National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs. Led by conductor Timothy Shantz, the Calgary-based ensemble placed first in both the mixed-voice adult choir and contemporary music categories (earning them a $1,000 cash prize for each of those wins). In addition, the five-member jury awarded Spiritus the $5,000 Healey Willan Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts — the competition's grand prize for "most convincing" performance — bringing their total winnings to $7,000.


Listen to grand prize-winning performances by the Spiritus Chamber Choir.

A special St. John's moment

Announced on July 9 at Festival 500 in St. John's, N.L., the competition results also include a $1,000 prize for the best performance of a Canadian work in any category. This special award went to the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble of St. John's, N.L., (which also placed second in the contemporary music category) for their performance of Dance of the Mayflies, which they commissioned from young St. John's-born composer Kathleen Allan.


Listen to the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble perform Dance of the Mayflies.

Full results and prize-winners playlist

You can see full competition results in the photo gallery at the top of this post. The winning choirs in each category will receive a cash award from the Association of Canadian Choral Communities (the organisation behind this competition) in the amount of $500 (second prize) or $1,000 (first prize).

And while you're browsing those results, listen to our playlist featuring selected highlights from this year's prize-winning performances:


Listen to highlights from the 2013 prize-winning performances.

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posted by Scott Tresham on Jul 09, 2013