The History of Grand River Chorus

Full choir performing in a large church

Grand River Chorus has been bringing quality choral concerts to Brantford and surrounding areas since 1999. 

Founding of Grand River Chorus

The Chorus was founded when Carol Anne Feldstein and Robert Phillips, two talented local vocalists, recognized an opportunity to expand Brantford’s arts and culture scene with a community choir. They issued a call for singers and were flooded with interest.

The newly formed Grand River Chorus performed its first choral concert with about 40 members in the spring of 1999 under Phillips’ direction. It included one of Handel’s Coronation Anthems and Mozart’s Requiem.

Soon after, the choir incorporated as a non-profit and became a registered charitable organization. Grand River Chorus continues to operate as a registered charity today and is supported by generous sponsors and community donors like you. 

Music From Here, There, and Everywhere

Since its inception, Grand River Chorus has prided itself on presenting a diverse season of concerts with music ranging from choral classics to pop anthems. The choir’s repertoire has grown to include over 300 titles, many by Canadian composers. It includes several works written specially for Grand River Chorus by talented choristers and friends.

The choir has traveled abroad to sing in Austria, Germany, and Czech Republic and continues to feature skilled local musicians and soloists in its concerts.

Grand River Chorus Today

Grand River Chorus is celebrating 25 years of bringing exceptional choral music to Brantford and beyond at 50 choristers strong. An early member of the city’s arts and culture scene, Grand River Chorus has kept pace with its growing community. The Chorus passionately supports the performing arts. As Brantford and surrounding areas continue to grow and evolve, Grand River Chorus hopes to cement itself as a source for entertainment and inspiration for another 25 years.