One of Canada’s top choirs for the last quarter of a century turns heads as it launches two new choir names and a new image.
Director Susan Quinn along with the 67 singers of the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble (QVE) gathered with sponsors, government officials, and supporters as they celebrated their milestone with two new choir names, complete with a fresh new look.
‘QVE’ will be an umbrella term that comprises two choirs. The organization doubled in size in 2014 as it introduced a new mixed youth choir, now to be referred to as ‘Aquae’, while the adult choir will now be called ‘Ventus’. Quintessential is derived from the Latin word “quintessence” which is considered the fifth element, and is the purest and most concentrated essence. Ventus (Latin for wind) and Aquae (Latin for waters) build on the theme of the four elements (air, earth, water, fire), and are applied to the Newfoundland context.
About the two choirs:
- Ventus: The most-established choir. Devoted to performing classic choral masterworks, a variety of a cappella genres, contemporary works, and new works from emerging NL/Canadian composers. Prestigious; one of Canada’s foremost amateur choirs
- Aquae: The organization’s newest choir, founded in 2014. Focus on a cappella repertoire with an international/worldly focus. This choir came about because of QVE’s commitment to choral education. Aquae remains within the age parameters of the youth choir categories, and like Ventus competes in choral competitions in Canada and around the world. It is recognized as one of the country’s most talented youth choirs.
“QVE is always striving to be better,” says Susan Quinn, founder and artistic director. “We are a group of musicians and friends who over the last 25 years have achieved many national and international accolades. The future is bright and I can’t wait to see what’s next.”
Video from Launch: https://www.dropbox.com/s/hinet0ljikxieqv/Media%20Clip-HD%201080p.mov?dl=0
This July, the choirs will compete in the 2018 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales. In 2002 the group became the first Canadian choir to ever receive first place in the mixed choir category.