The namesake of the Victoria Scholars - Tomás Luis de Victoria - was an
outstanding composer of the Renaissance period whose music is renowned for
its deep spirituality and emotional expressiveness. The essence of the Scholars'
music is an emphasis on the clarity and balance of sound so characteristic of
Renaissance music, which the ensemble presents through the unique sonority of male voices.
The Victoria Scholars' repertoire, however, is not limited to the Renaissance.
Since the choir's inception in 1993, its repertoire has expanded to include
medieval plainchant, works from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras,
contemporary pieces in a variety of styles, and newly-commissioned works.
Past winners of the Canada Council Healey Willan Grand Prize in the CBC Radio
National Competition for Amateur Choirs, the Scholars have recorded with singer/song-writer
Loreena McKennitt and with Canadian soprano Mary Lou Fallis, in addition to producing two of
their own widely acclaimed recordings.
They have also performed with a number of international vocal soloists (Russell Braun, Norine
Burgess, Richard Margison, Robert Pomakov, Sondra Radvanovsky, Catherine Robbin, Michael Schade,
Janice Taylor, James Westman and Monica Whicher) and musical ensembles (the Barenaked Ladies,
the Kyiv Chamber Choir, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra).
Along with their regular concert series in Toronto, the Scholars have brought their music to a
number of communities throughout Ontario (including Barrie, Brantford, Kingston, and Markham),
and have completed successful tours in Nova Scotia and Vancouver, B.C.
The Scholars may be seen on SoulMusic, a series of programmes about music and religion throughout
the ages, presented by VisionTV.