Who We Are
Musicata is a 28-voice chamber choir based in Hamilton. The group was established in 1982 as the John Laing Singers by Conductor John Laing. 2016/17 marks the first season of an exciting new identity for us. Since becoming Artistic Director in 2011, Roger Bergs has built on John Laing’s solid foundation of choral excellence, moving the choir in adventurous new directions. Recent seasons have featured several world-premiere performances and the introduction of delightful newer works by contemporary composers.
“Enrich the musical experience of individuals within our geographic area – Hamilton, Burlington and Dundas and other surrounding municipalities.” We want to bring the passion and warmth of live choral performances to a wide-ranging audience, including people who have not yet had exposure to classical and/or choral music. Also, we aim to enrich the local cultural scene by collaborating with up-and-coming local artists.
During its 34 years, the choir has provided a variety of high-standard choral concerts to Hamilton and its broader community. It has represented Hamilton in tours to Montreux, Switzerland and Sarasota, Florida. In addition to three subscription concerts per season, the choir gives free performances in community-based venues such as the Hamilton Public Library, the downtown Farmers’ Market, the Carnegie Gallery (Dundas) and local seniors’ residences. We are looking at a variety of concert venues in the Hamilton downtown region for our subscription concerts.
Musicata – Hamilton’s Voices has now launched its 2016/17 season! We have a great story to tell about how the Hamilton Arts Council supported us make a strategic plan for growth in our community.
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We could not have accomplished all that we have without the support and encouragement of our community partners such as the Incite Foundation for the Arts, the Hamilton Community Foundation, the Hamilton Enrichment Fund and the Ontario Arts Council, Compass grant.