The 'Men Of Note' choral group are a four part harmony male voice choir who began in 1999 with seventeen voices and now boast some 40 plus members. The group's mission is stated as follows:
Men of Note is a Male Voice Choir built on a foundation of Fellowship, Community Service and a mutual quest for Musical Excellence. We strive to provide entertainment, in the form of a wide variety of music, to enrich our community and to reach out to develop musical connections with other choirs, both across Canada and abroad.
As such the group has assembled a pleasing balance of tenor, baritone and rich, resonant bass voices that together create an almost perfect blend of sweet harmonious sound. The group believe that their selections of music will appeal to most everyone, a mix of favourite and familiar melodies for spirituals, sacred anthems, folk and traditional songs, tunes from the musical stage and sometimes, a love ballad from the hit parade.
About Our Group
As a choral group, The Men of Note Male Voice Choir came together in 1999 with just 17 originals and nearly all of them are still singing. We now number over twice that number.
As we’ve grown in size so has our Men of Note Family. Most of the wives of members actively support the Choir, attending all our concerts and traveling overseas with us, too. We’re a closely-knit group, one of which its fun to be part.
We hope to continue growing so we invite men who love the joy of singing to raise their voice in song with us. We meet every Monday night in Stouffville, northeast of Toronto, at the Stouffville United Church, 34 Church Street, Stouffville. Choir members travel each week from many points in the GTA including Newmarket, Toronto, Uxbridge, Aurora, Richmond Hill and Markham. So come along and join the song.
About Our Director
Choral conductor, pianist and educator Oksana Vignan has been serving as a Music Director at Christ Church Anglican Stouffville since 2011. Native of Ukraine, Ms.Vignan received her primary musical training at the Ukrainian State College of Music and the Performing Arts. Since early age Oksana has been vigorously participating in numerous music festivals, competitions and concert performances throughout Eastern and Western Europe, Canada and The United States.
After immigrating to Canada in 1996, Oksana entered Bachelor of Music Piano Performance Degree program at the University of Windsor. During her studies in Windsor Ms.Vignan has won many distinguished competitions and awards.
Upon successful completion of the Bachelor Degree Oksana was invited to pursue her Master of Music in Piano Performance Degree at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where she was awarded a full tuition scholarship and a Young Artist Fellowship Award for outstanding performance. Oksana was also invited to study at The Cleveland Institute of Music. She received her second Master of Music Degree in Collaborative Piano and began her choral conducting studies as a graduate. She was appointed opera and vocal coach at The University of Akron School of Music.
Ms. Vignan now resides in Toronto. She can be contacted at MusicDirector@menofnote.com
About our Accompanist
Courtney Britton obtained her Honours Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Windsor in 2005 and her Bachelor of Education from OISE/UT in 2006. She currently holds an Honour Specialist in Music and is an Ontario Certified Teacher.
Upon moving to Stouffville in August 2009, Courtney quickly became involved in the music scene around town. She is the current music director at Stouffville United Church, past music director of Music Mania, and maintains a small private studio of voice and piano students.
Courtney teaches the primary and junior music programs at Joseph Gould PS in Uxbridge, and lives in Stouffville with her husband Jason, daughters Daphne and Lucy, and their beautiful black lab Roxanne.
About Our Soloist
Susan Ryman was born and raised in the small community of Riverview, just outside of Moncton, New Brunswick. She learned at an early age that she loved to sing and to entertain.
Susan loves every opportunity to sing and enjoys sharing music with local artists.
She has performed as guest soloist with numerous church choirs and has appeared in an opera. In December 2001, she was invited to be a guest soloist with the Men of Note Male Voice Choir in Stouffville, Ontario.
Since that time, she has become a regular soloist with the male voice choir and has traveled with them to various parts of the Province for concerts. In 2004, she accompanied the Choir for it‘s concert series in central Germany. She also traveled to the Maritimes with the Men of Note on their 2007 tour of that area.
Susan lives in Aurora with her husband Rick and their daughter Holly. She has recorded several CDs and is often a guest soloist with a number of choirs in the Greater Toronto Area. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org