Council Chambers ring out with song

by Sandy Lindsay

October 25, 2016

Town Council

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Saugeen Shores Council chambers rang out with song on Monday night as the Chantry Singers dressed in formal wear filled the room in honour of their Director who received the Municipal Heritage Award.

Jeanette Steeves was recognized by the Municipal Heritage Committee for her over four decades of commitment to culture in the community through music.

Heritage Chair Joyce Johnston (L) and Mayor Mike Smith present award to Jeanette Steeves (R)

Joyce Johnston, Chair of the Committee, said that Cultural Heritage is important to recognize and that Steeves has been actively promoting culture through music for several decades.  "Choral music is one of the original forms of music and was widely spread in many traditional cultures.  Unfortunately, with modern times and technology, choirs are becoming less popular and, therefore, the importance of the work by Jeanette to preserve cultural, traditional music in Saugeen Shores is even more important."

Steeves is a graduate in Music from the University of Western Ontario, an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto and Conservatory of Canada and studied Advanced Choral Conducting and Accompanying at the Kodaly Institute in Hungary.

Over 43 years, Steeves has founded several choral groups such as the Chantry Singers, the Children's Festival Chorus, the Allegro Youth Chorus and A Cappella, which have all gone to win national and international awards.

Summers have also seen Steeves found the choral component of both the Kincardine and Southampton Summer Music programs and, for three years, she was the choral director of the National Music Camp of Canada.

Individually, many of her former students have gone on to teach music and several perform nationally and internationally in opera and jazz.

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Winning the Municipal Heritage Award is another that she can add to her long list of recognitions that include the Ontario Federation Award for Distinguished Service, two Rotary Paul Harris Fellowships, induction into the Saugeen Shores Hall of Fame and first recipient of the Lake Huron Award for Musical Excellence as founder of the several choral groups.

Now, on November 1st, Jeanette Steeves will direct The A Cappella Choir for the last time.

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