About Us

Our Choir

The Men of Note Male Voice Choir, based in Stouffville, Ontario, came together in 1999 with just 17 originals of which more than half are still singing in the choir. We now have over 30 members.

As we’ve grown in size so has our Men of Note family. Most members’ partners actively support the Choir, attending all our concerts and also traveling overseas with us. 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,  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.

Our Mission Statement

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 believes that our selections of music appeals 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.

Our Artistic Staff

Our Music Director

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.

Our Accompanist

Jennifer Caines  obtained her Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University in 1999, MA in Music Criticism from McMaster in 2001 and her PhD in Musicology from the University of Alberta in 2007. She recently completed Seneca’s Paralegal Diploma (Accelerated) and is looking forward to writing the licensing exam in February.

Upon moving to Stouffville in 2008, it took Jennifer a while to fully join in the music scene around town, and she has had a variety of memorable experiences. She has accompanied both the Bach to Blues Company and Music Mania, entertained at local seniors’ residences, filled in as music director at Stouffville United Church and travelled with the Men of Note as (of all things) a singer. Jennifer has been the Music Director at Heritage United Church since 2017 and has been in several pit orchestras with Scarborough Musical Theatre and Markville High School. As always, Jennifer is happy to be working once again with the Men of Note.

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 its 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 susanbsings @ yahoo dot ca