Myra Percy

Second Alto

 Myra recently returned to her hometown of Toronto after 30 years in Vancouver BC. A Registered Nurse since 1987, with a Master of Science Degree from U of T, her specialty was managing programs for internationally educated nurses in their transitions to work in Canada. In June 2021, burnout took its toll and she embarked on an extended period of time away from work. To aid in her recuperation, she ramped up her guitar lessons, began writing songs, took up square dancing, enrolled in both the Mental Health Nursing and Grief Studies Certificates, and joined Echo. 

Myra has three adult children who are the loves of her life. 

What are some of your earliest musical memories? 

My dad played polkas and waltzes on the button accordion. We used to have dance parties in our basement. My mother always played gospel music. 

What kinds of music do you enjoy currently? 

Eric Clapton, the Ramones, instrumental jazz, old time gospel and country music. 

What kinds of musical experiences did you have before joining ECHO? 

I sang in a choir throughout high school and played clarinet in the school band. After university, I joined The Mozart Choir. When my children were young I played the violin alongside my son and daughter as they took Suzuki lessons. For a short while I also played the flute. I have also sung solos, duets, and folk music in small groups at Irish dancing events. During Covid I started online guitar lessons and currently I have face to face lessons with a great teacher who can play anything. My repertoire is up to twenty songs and now I am composing my own music. 

What brought you to ECHO? 

In 2022 I decided that joining a choir would help me to heal from a traumatic family death. When I googled choirs in the downtown area, ECHO came up. It was the perfect solution. I could take the subway to get to practices and there was no audition. I found it a bit difficult to sing when I first joined in Sept 2022, but as my heart healed, so did my spirit and my ability to open myself up to feeling the music. 

Did working with internationally educated nurses affect your taste in music? 

Not specifically but it helped to open my mind to what is out there. I always asked students about their favorite songs. One thing I really enjoy is the diversity of music we sing at ECHO. I really like singing other languages. 

What is it like being a second soprano? 

Being a second soprano means a fair bit of droning. I love it as I get to work on my breathing and support the other parts of the choir. It’s beautiful. Second sopranos are a supportive group. We lean into each other for help. 

What would you say to prospective members? 

Give it a shot. Find your section and you will be welcomed quickly and warmly. When I go home I feel a great sense of accomplishment. After much preparation it feels great to perform at a concert. Join us and you won’t regret it. 

Bongani Magatyana Community Weekend Workshop with South African choirleader & composer (Oct 27-29)

Echo is sponsoring a very special workshop with renowned choirleader and composer Bongani Magatyana who is coming to Canada in October. Echo Choir has grabbed the opportunity to offer special public workshops with him, open to adults and teens of all voices and genders.

Mr Magatyana is a regular teacher with Village Harmony in the US. He leads choirs at home in Cape Town, and his beautiful and intricate choral pieces have been commissioned and sung by groups around the world, including Harvard University’s choirs. The workshop will feature songs in English and Xhosa, with beautiful harmonies in South African traditions.

The weekend workshop Oct. 27-29 event will take place at the Church of the Holy Trinity (beside the Eaton Centre, S-E Door) MAP
Holy Trinity is a fully accessible space, with accessible washrooms.

Specific times are 7PM-9PM on Friday Oct 27, 10AM-4PM on Sat Oct 28, and 1PM-4PM on Sun Oct 29. Tea/coffee will be provided on Saturday and Sunday. (Note that meals are otherwise not provided, nor is accommodation.)
Cost is $100 per person. Register below:

Register online here.
If you have questions, contact Rachel Bokhout ([email protected]), who is organizing this event.
We hope that you can join us for this special weekend. facebook event page

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Echo Chocolate Fall Fundraiser 2023, Peace by Chocolate

Echo is proud to be partnering once again with Peace by Chocolate, a company founded by a Syrian family, whose chocolate business in their homeland was destroyed by war. When they settled in Antigonish, Nova Scotia as refugees they rebuilt their chocolate company and founded Peace by Chocolate in 2016. The company supports a range of non profit organizations and 3 – 5% of all company returns is now donated to the Peace on Earth Society, an organization registered in 2018 in Nova Scotia that contributes to peace building projects around the world. This fundraiser will be supporting Echo as well as Peace by Chocolate peace initiatives.

There are 5 selections available.
Please place your orders by November 12 using this link below:

Order Form

We’ll let you know when your order can be picked up at the East and West end Toronto locations in traditional Echo style! Or at the Concert dress rehearsal Dec. 1 (Echo Members only) Date tba.
Thank you for supporting Echo!

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Interested in Joining Echo?

Our next (Spring)season begins on January 9, 2024
at Church of the Holy Trinity Map
19 Trinity Square, Toronto (next to the Eaton Centre,
fully accessible, S-E door)

Now in our 32nd year, Echo is a community choir open to all women who can make the rehearsal commitment.
Echo loves singing folk music from around the world, celebrating all the cultural traditions that are alive and vibrant in our city.
We are social-justice oriented, audition-free, and anyone can join!

Rehearsals will be in-person on Tuesdays and the occasional Saturday.
We’ll have a workshop, open rehearsal, orientation for new members, sectionals, break-end singing and more!

Season Fees are $200. (Jan. 9 – May Spring Concert) 
We strive to make singing accessible for everyone.
Echo has a sliding scale policy. 

Contact Anne know if you’re interested in joining. She will send you an invite closer to the date with more details
 
[email protected]

You might want to join in on our above mentioned Bongani Magatyana workshops or come out to our
Winter Concert with Special Guest Andrew Craig, Sunday, Dec. 3, 7:30pm at Holy Trinity. Ticket details tba.

For more information about Echo visit: www.echochoir.ca 
Take a look at our new profiles pageMeet the Choir