Journalism

Musical Journalism

Brian Chang has been involved with choral music as a singer, administrator, and conductor for over a decade. In 2015 he started writing for the Wholenote Magazine as its resident Choral Scene columnist; providing news and insight on choral music to a 30,000-print circulation. In 2016 he became a regular contributor with Ludwig Van Toronto, formerly Musical Toronto. Capable of writing blog-style quick reads, in-depth interviews, editorials, and features, Brian's work always seeks to illuminate the reader with new angles, authoritative voice, and a creative edge. 

*Ludwig van Toronto is a member of the National Newsmedia Council   

FEATURE | Messiah Follies: Inside Stories About Performing Handel's Ultimate Masterpiece

December 06, 2016

Short interviews with Choristers who have sung Messiah over the years under unique, sometimes hilarious circumstances...

BLOG | “What Grace is Given Me”: Performance and Process for Toronto’s The Lord of the Rings

December 03, 2016

he Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring premiered in Canada on December 19, 2001. That year I started high school and it was the first time I took a music class in a real music program. That Christmas, one of my friends gave me the soundtrack for the movie. I fell in love with it and have loved it ever since...

CHORAL SCENE | Season of Staples and So Much More

November 30, 2016

Holiday music is inseparable from the joy of the season. Every choir has a performance in the next few weeks and while you check out your favourites and traditional hits, try something new and different. There are a host of options in my column this month...

FEATURE | 25 Seasons Of Jubilation With Toronto’s Singing Out!: The LGBTQ Chorus

November 29, 2016

Twenty-five years ago when Singing Out! started, the world was a very different place. The history of an organization like Singing Out! cannot be underestimated — they were welcoming, loving, and proud at a time when it was not always safe to do so...

PREVIEW | Community Choral Workshops With The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

November 22, 2016

Associate Conductor Jennifer Lee on the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s Singsation Saturdays and the enduring music of Haydn...

CONCERT REPORT | Annelies tells a child’s story – but without a child's voice

November 21, 2016

In November’s Choralscene I previewed the Grand Philharmonic Chamber Singers' performance of James Whitbourn’s Annelies, a setting of the Diary of Anne Frank. I stopped by Waterloo to catch the performance. Under the artistic direction of Mark Vuorinen, each time I’ve seen the choir in action I find them warm, balanced and talented. Soprano Natasha Campbell provided a strong and proficient solo voice for the evening...

THE SCOOP | The Sony Centre Announce Live Symphony Film Series Backed By The TSO

November 09, 2016

The Sony Centre starts a multi-year film concert series featuring the first two installments of the beloved Harry Potter Film collection...

FEATURE | Discovering The Music Of Toronto's That Choir

November 08, 2016

Brian Chang spends an evening with Toronto's That Choir as they rehearse for a show to remember...

SCRUTINY | It’s A Beautiful Day! It’s A Rather Nice Day

November 03, 2016

Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton provided a hoot of an afternoon of music...

CONCERT REPORT | Tutti Contenti at Amadeus Live

November 02, 2016

I’ve never seen Amadeus before. This is blasphemy amongst choral singers and I’ve been lambasted many times. To be fair, it came out a few years before I was born and Mozart isn’t exactly standard repertoire for high school arts programs in Scarborough...