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Magnificat

Lyrica opens the season with a stunning new 21st century choral monument, Magnificat, by Kim Andre Arnesen.

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Requiem

The glorious Requiem by Gabriel Faure is the centerpiece for this beautiful choral program leading up to Holy Week.

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Coming Home

The stunning works of American composer Stephen Paulus (1949-2014) will be featured in this program on the theme of "home".

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About Lyrica

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Founded in 2000 by the late Natalyia Gurin and directed since 2005 by Steve Winfield, Lyrica Chamber Choir of Barrie strives to present eclectic and evocative programs of excellent choral chamber music. The 28 singers of Lyrica demonstrate a strong desire to present artistically varied choral programs with a high degree of musicianship to the community of Barrie and surrounding area. Recent highlights include performances of Faure’s Requiem, Finzi’s In Terra Pax and Vaughn-Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols. Professional soloists and instrumental musicians regularly join Lyrica for performances. Our regular accompanist, Brent Mayhew, enhances the choir’s performances with extraordinary skill and sensitivity.

Artistic Director/Conductor- Steve Winfield

Steve Winfield

Steve Winfield graduated with a Bachelor of Music, majoring in piano and choral conducting, from the University of Toronto in 1980 and a Bachelor of Education in 1982. He taught at Banting Memorial High School in Alliston for five years and has taught at Eastview Secondary School in Barrie since 1987. Steve has instilled a love of choral music in the hearts of countless students who have been part of the award winning Eastview Concert Choir. In 2005, Steve was appointed artistic director/conductor of the Lyrica Chamber Choir of Barrie, which produces a three concert choral series in Barrie. In 2011, Steve was nominated for two Barrie Arts Awards, for Excellence In The Arts and Contribution To The Community. Steve’s active listening workbook based on Canadian compositions, Flap Your Ears, is used in classrooms across Ontario.

Accompanist- Brent Mayhew

Brent Mayhew

Brent Mayhew lives in Orillia, and teaches private piano and theory lessons from his studio. He is a graduate of Western University receiving a Bachelor of Music, Honours Music Education, and a Bachelor of Education from Althouse College. He is a member of O.R.M.T.A. Brent has worked with different organizations and is the accompanist for Lyrica Chamber Choir and Jubilee Chorale. He has accompanied distinguished solo vocalists and instrumentalists in varied musical settings. He is Music Director for St. David’s Anglican~Lutheran Church in Orillia. Other engagements include pianist for a variety of professional venues. Brent's recital repertoire includes works such as Beethoven, Chopin, Grieg as well as other Romantic composers. Favourites include the original piano score for Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Brent has recorded two CDs. He first released “Schubert Impromptus” followed by Mendelssohn “Songs Without Words”. CDs are available at concerts, recitals and surrounding area.