Singers Wanted!

What is about singing that makes us feel great? Working together towards the same goal, experiencing the deep satisfaction of making sounds in our bodies, building community through music? Yes to all of the above!

If you love to sing music with a Jewish focus with a great group of women, consider joining Lirit Women’s Chamber Choir. We start up again at the end of October. We’d love to hear you and hear from you!


Lirit New Composition Award 2019

It’s that time of year again! For the second time, we are inviting composers to submit new compositions, but this time with a twist. We are providing the poem! Jill Solnicki has given us permission to set her whimsical poem, “The Last Note”, to music. Due date is May 13, 2019.


Audience members at our Toronto concert last May heard Jill as the wonderful Narrator in the songs by composer Andrea Clearfield.

Here are the details and the poem.


The Last Note




After our fantastic summer, we are really excited to be back working together again. 

Next stop – Peterborough! Lirit is singing at the Peterborough Jewish Community Centre on Saturday, November 10. This will be a great evening and a fundraiser for the JCC. On our programme will be music by Allan Naplan, Michelle Green Willner, Judy Adelman Gershon, Eric Whitacre, and others.

Take a look at this article and heartwarming short video about ‘N Able Bagel, one of the programmes at the Peterborough JCC.





New award honours work created for women’s voices

The Lirit Women’s Chamber Choir is very pleased to announce the result of the first Lirit New Composition Award.  This award will be given annually to a Canadian composer for an unpublished work for women’s voices. 

Lirit received 10 submissions from Canadian composers across the country and abroad. 

We extend warm congratulations to Prince Edward Island resident F. Jane Naylor for her winning composition, “After Mountains”. This is a dramatic choral setting of a poem by the late Joseph H. Sherman of Sydney, Nova Scotia. It is notable for its feminine sensibility that evokes the strength of the Biblical matriarchs, its contrasting vocal sections, and its rich harmonic language. The composer will receive $1,500 and the piece will be premiered by the Lirit Women’s Chamber Choir in the spring of 2019. 

Naylor is  an Associate Composer with the Canadian Music Centre.  Her works have been commissioned by eklektikos with funding from SOCAN, and commissioned and broadcast by the CBC. She has also received grants from the PEI Council of the Arts. 

This composition is especially relevant to 2018, the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel:  the ‘wanderer’ in the poem is the Jewish people, and the ‘woman’ is the land of Israel. 

Lirit wishes to thank the Judy Dan Fund for Arts and Education for generously supporting this award.