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 | Six Choristers, Six Choirs: Glimpses of Delight

April 26, 2017

As someone who sings, I can’t imagine my life without choral music in it. For many people this is a true statement. Dedicating time to sing invigorates, relaxes, strengthens and builds the body and mind. Every day there are countless articles being shared about the value of choral ensemble and the physical and mental benefits...

CHORAL SCENE | Choral Music’s Wonderful Bounty

April 26, 2017

In a month when The WholeNote Canary Pages celebrates choral music and and features opportunities to participate in it, it’s fitting that there’s an incredible amount of amazing choral performance happening around the region...

INTERVIEW | What's Next For Stephanie Martin After Pax Christi Chorale?

April 20, 2017

Stephanie Martin has carved out a significant chunk of the choral world of Toronto. Founder of Schola Magdalena, a five-woman medieval music ensemble, formerly in charge of music at the storied Church of St Mary Magdalene, and Associate Professor at York University, she is completing 20 years at the helm of Pax Christi Chorale...

BLOG | Translating a Symphony: David Briggs’ Organ and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2

April 18, 2017

With his late-Romantic, bombastic sound, Mahler is a composer known for his ability to write for huge instrumental forces. He's also known for being uniquely able to build those forces up to key musical moments, shape a denouement that is never sudden, and allow a contemplation that washes over listeners in an often profound manner...

CONCERT REPORT | Show choirs in competition are anything but ordinary

April 11, 2017

You don’t know what you’re missing if you’ve never seen the Show Choir Canada competition. It’s every bit as intense and crazy as you imagine, and more – but also mostly just plain fun...

CHORAL SCENE | Journeys of the Spirit

March 29, 2017

The Easter season is upon us for April and as usual, the choral community has many fantastic offerings of sacred music to mark the occasion. First, we’ll focus on the Pax Christi Chorale’s Canadian premiere of grand Edward Elgar oratorio, The Apostles. For the non-sacred music inclined, Echo Women’s Choir has a fantastic concert inspired by American singer MILCK’s #ICANTKEEPQUIET campaign. Finally, a host of Quick Picks for the season are included...

BLOG | Darkness and Light: The Toronto Mozart Players Tackle Themes of Loss

March 25, 2017

Concertmaster and soloist Leslie Dawn Knowles stands at the front of the string players, double stop melody soaring into the dome of the Church. The Toronto Mozart Players are having their first playthrough of the premiere of Farewell to a Soul Ascending by David Bowser...

BLOG | “More than just a place to sing”: Univox’s Welcoming Choral Community

March 23, 2017

Dallas Bergen conducts big – really big. His grand gestures and huge sweeping movements carry right off the stage. He even hops and swings around the front of the choir, gesturing generously to convey his message...

BLOG | “Lat Mich Iu Gevallen” (Let me please you): A Preview of York U’s Carmina Burana

March 17, 2017

The York University choir belts out the final “Plangite (Weep)” of Carmina Burana with Lisette Canton at the helm. “No. No,” she cuts them off, “the walls better shake!” With a huge cue, high in the air, the sound rips forth and I feel it deep inside my body, vibrating my little heart...

BLOG | Sonic Conversations at SingONtario!

March 07, 2017

There are two rows of little boys bobbing up and down, dressed in matching white dress shirts and bright red ties that can’t help but be oversized. They’re singing Puttin’ on the Ritz as they turn sideways and gesture to the audience. It’s incredibly cute and the audience eats up the charm offensive. This is the ASLAN Boys Choir, the second of six choirs performing at SingONtario...