June 12, 2015
Coming soon to Waterloo Region!
First ever Adult Mixed Community Association Choir!
"My name is Deanne MacIntosh. I am a current singer with Music Alive. I work as the Program Manager, for the Forest Heights Community Association. My role is to develop new quality programming and our Association has been lacking a Music Program. I realized this past choir season that our retiring conductor Alfred Kunz still has much to give back to the world of music. With that I approached him about working with me to start a choir in our Association. Alfred has accepted our offer to be our Artistic Director/Conductor. The new choir will be called the Forest Heights Community Association Mixed Choir and will start in the fall. Our Board of Directors and Association members are honoured to have Alfred join our team.
Our vision is to have a choir that is stress free and no frills, without having to do fundraising and ticket sales. We would still do performances, but we want to get to the basics of singing and the joy of music.
This choir starts in September and all registrations can be done online (paid by Credit card) or at Forest Heights Community Centre using normal payment methods. The association and I have finalized all the details and we look forward to you joining our community choir. The registration begins August 18th in person at 1700 Queens Blvd., Kitchener, or online at www.fhcakitchener.ca/ (see choir associations page for link to Forest Heights Community Association).
We will be rehearsing at Westheights Community Church on Tuesday evenings. Please contact me with any questions you might have. Knowing your interest to sing with our choir will help us with preparations for the beginning of this music programming."
Yours in Music,
Dr. Alfred Kunz
Artistic Director, Conductor, Composer, Arranger, Vocal Coach and Publisher.
As noted in the University of Waterloo citation for Alfred Kunz's honorary doctorate:
"A national treasure in the field of composition and choral conducting, Alfred Kunz has contributed his enormous creative and organizational energies to the musical culture of the German Canadian community, in general, and to the Kitchener-Waterloo community, in particular, since 1955. For fifty years he was the conductor of the Concordia Club Choirs and is the driving spirit behind the founding of several choral groups, including the Waterloo Regional Police Male Chorus, the Bach Kantate Singers, the Joshua Singers, the Nith Valley Singers, Music Alive Choral Organization, and the Millennium Concert Choir.
For a decade and a half during the early years of the University of Waterloo, Alfred Kunz was involved in music making with the campus community. During this time he organized choirs and presented many challenging performances drawn from the classical repertoire as well as from his own work. As a composer, his works have been performed by various professional and amateur organizations across Canada and, indeed, in Europe. He is prolific, and inclined to the avant-garde.
Alfred Kunz is committed to the concept of music as a life skill rather than as a performance technique. His work has consistently demonstrated his unflagging commitment to the very ideal of music and to music itself as a necessity for a truly humane society.
As a composer, choral director, arranger, and music coach, Mr. Kunz has demonstrated an extraordinary capacity to make music not for the few but for the many: the common property of all."