Musical Achievements

Over 60 years of service to the community

Musical Achievements

The Oakville Choral Society has provided over 60 years of service to the community and David Bowser is our Choral Director. The Choir performs up to four times per year with a program ranging from Classical to Broadway to Pops.

Oakville Choral is Oakville’s oldest choir, and the choir members possess a passion for singing, which is always evident in their live, and virtual,  concerts.

In Feb of 2000, the choir’s outstanding performance featured John Rutter’s “Magnificat,” performed in a church setting in Oakville. Later that spring, the choir showcased their collective talent in an elaborate performance based on scenes from the great Gilbert and Sullivan works: Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, The Gondoliers, and The Mikado. The performance featured full costumes as well as choreography. It was a wonderful success!

For the much-celebrated 40th Anniversary of the choir, in Apr 2001 the group presented two gala performances of Haydn’s “The Creation” which was an amazing and grand spectacle.

Later that year, the Christmas concert featured Bach’s “Magnificat” in the wonderful tradition that is the group’s signature style.

In Apr 2002, the choir collaborated with Opera Mississauga in a lavish production of Verdi’s Aida.

For its Christmas 2002 concert, the choir performed Beethoven’s Mass in C Major and also premiered an exciting new work specially commissioned by the choir – The Beasts at the Manger, by William Whitla and William Westcott.

In May 2003, the choir again demonstrated its versatility with ‘Showtune Spectacular,’ a wonderful cabaret-style show featuring excerpts from many popular musicals such as ‘The King & I’ and ‘The Music Man.’

In 2020 and 2021, the choir was forced to go virtual due to the Covid 19 pandemic,  and managed to practice online, bringing a diverse range of music to our community: including the Stars Oratorio, from Considering Matthew Shepard by Craig Hella Johnson,  and a selection of music from Miziwe…Everywhere, by Anishinaabe composer Barbara Assiganaak,  including Owl Sees All, Owl Sees Everything.

A Brief History of Notable Performances

David Bowser- Musical Director since 2009.


A Royal Celebration Coronation Mass Apr 2019
Reflections-Rediscovering the Women of Music History Dec 2019
Chantez Noel Dec 2018
A Classical Spring Apr 2018
Handel’s Messiah Dec 2017
The Canadian Maple Canada 150 Apr 2017
T’was the Night before Christmas Dec 2016
Wings of a Dove Apr 2016
There Shall a Star Dec 2015
Last Night at the Proms Apr 2015
Vivaldi’s Gloria Dec 2014
Haydn’s Creation Apr 2014
Poulenc’s Gloria Dec 2013
Mozart Requiem Apr 2013
Handel’s Messiah Dec 2013
Coronation Mass and
Ode to the Birthday of Queen Anne May 2012
There Shall Be a Star Dec 2011
Opera Extravaganza May 2011
Magnificat Dec 2010
All Ye Who Music Love May 2010
Gloria by Vivaldi Dec 2009

(1979 – 2008 Under the direction of J.Bev Stainton)


Spring at Last! May 2008
A Christmas Festival Dec 2007
Fabulous Favorites May 2007
Mozart & Mistletoe Dec 2006
Handel’s Messiah, Parts II & III Apr 2006
A Glorious Christmas Dec 2005
Spring Inspiration Apr 2005
Hallelujah! It’s Christmas Dec 2004
Mainly Mozart May 2004
Christmas Baubles! Dec 2003
Showtime Spectacular May 2003
Beethoven and the Beasts Dec 2002
Aida (guests of Opera Mississauaga) Apr/May 2002
Bach for the Holidays Dec 2001
A Choral Celebration with Haydn’s CREATION Apr 2001
Messiah Part 1 & Christmas Carols Dec 2000
An Evening with Gilbert & Sullivan May 2000
Gloria & Magnificat – Poulenc & Rutter Feb 2000
Gloria – Poulenc Nov 1999
A British Pub Night May 1999
Gloria & Christmas Cantata- Rutter & Pinkham Dec 1998
Requiem – Brahms May 1998
Carols & Lessons Dec 1997
Mass in Eflat – Schubert May 1997
Messiah Part 1 & Quadlibet Dec 1996
Solemn Vespers – Mozart Nov 1996
Hats off to Broadway May 1996
Messiah – Handel Dec 1995
Gloria – Vivaldi & Poulenc Nov 1995
Carmina Burana May 1995
Messiah Part 1 & Christmas Carols Dec 1994
Last Night at the Prom May 1994
Christmas Oratorio Choruses – Bach Dec 1993
Caberet May 1993
Great Mass in Eflat – Schubert Dec 1992
Hiawatha – Coleridge & Taylor Apr 1992
Christmas Cantata – Pinkham Dec 1991
Ninth Symphony – Beethoven May 1991
Solemn Vespers & Coronation Mass – Mozart Apr 1991
Messiah Part 1 & Christmas Carols Dec 1990
British Isle & Opera Choruses May 1990
Gloria & Potpourri – Rutter Dec 1989
Cabaret Apr 1989
Babar & Christmas Carols Dec 1988
An Evening with Amadeus Apr 1988
The Seasons(Autumn & Winter) – Haydn Dec 1987
An Evening With Gilbert & Sullivan May 1987
A Ceremony of Carols – Britten Dec 1986
Beethoven Festival Apr 1986
Messiah Part 1 & Christmas Oratorio – Handel/Bach Dec 1985
Caberet May 1985
A Christmas Potpourri Dec 1984
Hiawatha – Coleridge & Taylor May 1984
Mass in C – Beethoven Dec 1983
The Gondoliers – Gilbert & Sullivan May 1983
Caberet Feb 1983
Glorias – Vivaldi & Poulenc Dec 1982
The Seasons(Spring & Summer) – Haydn May 1982
Messiah Part 1 & Carols Dec 1981
Caberet May 1981
Messiah Parts 2 & 3 – Handel Apr 1981
Messiah Choruses – Handel Dec 1980
Coronation Anthems & Mass – Handel/Mozart May 1980
A Ceremony of Carols – Britten Dec 1979