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   

SCRUTINY | Jann Arden Has A Blast With The TSO

December 14, 2016

Jann Arden goes above and beyond at the TSO Pops Christmas show, which also included a surprise appearance from Santa himself...

BLOG | Mark Vuorinen receives the Ontario Arts Council Leslie Bell Award

December 14, 2016

The biennial Leslie Bell Prize was awarded to Mark Vuorinen, artistic director of the Grand Philharmonic Choir, at the choir’s Christmas Homecoming concert on Sunday December 11, 2016. Granted by the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), the award is a $10,000 prize that recognizes exemplary emerging choral conductors...

FEATURE | Getting To Know Forte The Gay Men’s Chorus

December 13, 2016

Proudly drawn from Toronto's diverse LGTBQ+ community, Forte — Toronto Gay Men’s Chorus celebrate their 20th anniversary season...

CONCERT REPORT | Electric Messiah’s Insistent Energy

December 07, 2016

I enter the Drake Underground with some friends. We’re here for Electric Messiah, and none of us have any idea what is in store for us. The room is lit red, chairs askew with a few centered in the room. The instrumentalists are around the perimeter of the space facing inwards...

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...