History

Tempus Choral Society was formed in the fall of 1999 as a celebration of the millennium. We started out as a choir of 18 determined and well-polished voices. Many of these voices were from the Tempus Youth Choir, 1971-1983.

Since our formation in the fall of 1999, Tempus has grown in membership and stature as a vibrant voice in the choral community of Oakville, and indeed in the province of Ontario. The name Tempus was derived from the Latin, tempus fugit, meaning that our music is from all parts of the choral spectrum. Whether the music is from 500 AD or from the present, embracing styles such as Jazz, Classical or Contemporary - we sing it.

The choir has received many awards from festivals in New Orleans, Boston and local music festivals in Ontario. Tempus has performed with the Canadian Orpheus Male Choir, Sankt Annae Youth Choir of Denmark, St. John's Chancel Choir (Oakville), Centenary Chancel Choir (Hamilton) and at the Charleston International Choral Festival, Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Centre...and the list goes on. We continue to look for new venues to enrich our choral experience, including planning overseas travel for 2018.

In 2015, Tempus entered an exciting new chapter with the formation of a children's choir and a jazz choir as part the mandate of a generous grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Tempus is guided by an experienced Board of Directors who are committed to the ongoing success of the choir.

About Us

The Tempus Choral Society is a community SATB choir for singers 18 years of age and over. With over 90 members, from Hamilton to Toronto, Tempus boasts a varied musical repertoire including Sacred, Broadway, Jazz, Classical, Gospel and Contemporary. Tempus performs throughout the year with major concerts during December and May. Tempus has a few mandates:

  • to promote excellence in choral music both in Ontario and on a National and International level through concerts, competitions and choral festivals
  • to foster musical youth groups by including them in Tempus performances to help fund noteworthy local causes by raising money through performances and sales of their CD's

We are proud to have competed and medaled in the World Choir Games 2012.  We were thrilled to have performed Messiah at the Lincoln Center, NYC on December 1, 2013. Tempus performs under the direction of Brian L. Turnbull and is accompanied by Jane Wamsley.

Our membership is made up of singers from all walks of life with many from the professional community.  They come to Tempus to have fun producing choral music of the highest standard.  New members are welcome during the fall and at selected times during the year arranged with the Director of Membership.

Brian L .Turnbull, Music Director

BrianTurnbullAfter receiving his ARCT in piano during high school, Brian went on to study organ at the University of Toronto.

His mentors were Douglas Bodle, Healey Willan and Dr. Charles Peaker. His choral studies were with Dr. Elmer Iseler and Lloyd Bradshaw. Travelling to Cambridge England, Turnbull studied choral technique with Stephen Cleobury of King's College, George Guest of St. John's College and John Rutter of Clare College. On the same course, Turnbull studied both organ and choral skills with John Scott at St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

Recently Brian was asked to be a 'Founding Fellow' of the Honourable Company of Organists, an international organization (Toronto) recognizing talented church musicians.

Jane Wamsley, Accompanist

JaneWamsleyJane has her Honours Bachelor of Music (Organ and Church Music), from Wilfrid Laurier University and her Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto.

She is currently Director of Music at Christ Church United, Mississauga and teaches in the Faculty of Education at Brock University.

Jane retired from her career as a long-time elementary Music Teacher and Arts Coordinator, and she is the author of several music education publications. Jane continues to promote music education as a workshop leader, festival adjudicator, speaker, curriculum writer, and board member of the Ontario Music Educators' Association.

With her effervescent good nature, lovely sense of humour and keen musical ear, Tempus is honoured to have Jane accompany us each week.