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Enriching lives through choral excellence and community engagement...
Four choir members at the University of Western Ontario located in London, Ontario.

One of London's leading choirs...

London Free Press, June 2004

Quick Facts about KSS

The Karen Schuessler Singers...
... is an auditioned 38-voice mixed-voice (SATB) community choir. All members are amateur (that is, unpaid) singers. The choir is often mistaken for a professional choir.
... mounts a three-concert subscription series each year. Concerts are theme-based and performed at Wesley-Knox United Church, London, Ontario. Music is rarely repeated. Choristers learn new music for every concert.
... is governed by an eight-person board of directors and supported by a team of over 80 non-choir volunteers.
... is recognized by Canadian tax law as a charitable institution. Donations to the Karen Schuessler Singers are tax-deductible.

Karen Schuessler...
... received her musical training at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She holds a Masters Degree in Organ Performance.
... is also Director of Music at Wesley-Knox United Church, London, where she directs the church choirs and plays the organ. There is no connection between the Wesley-Knox senior choir and the Karen Schuessler Singers other than they have the same director.

KSS Musical Milestones

March 2014: Performed the Brahms' Requiem

February 2014: Asked to perform Road to Freedom as benefit concert for the restoration of the Fugitive Slave Chapel in London.

April 2013: Performed the Duruflé Requiem and the Poulenc Gloria

Spring 2013: adopts the tagline Sing joy...

2012-2013: KSS celebrates its 20th anniversary

July 2011: KSS invited to participate in the international choral festival, Festival 500, in St John’s, Newfoundland

River: Reflections on the Thames Commissioned two-piece set by London composer Jeff Smallman about Thames River. Dedicated to London high school students. Featured an art show by the River Project artists, partnering with Upper Thames Conservation Authority. May 2010

Road to Freedom CD declared top CD of 2009 by the London Free Press. December 2009

KSS awarded 2009 Jack Richardson Award as Best Classical Choir. April 2009

Road to Freedom CD launch. February 2009

Invitation to perform abridged Road to Freedom at opening of Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples at York Univesity, Toronto, for Her Excellency, Governor General Michaëlle Jean. March 2007

First performance of Road to Freedom Denise Pelley, vocalist; Bryan and Shannon Prince, narrators. February 2005

10th Anniversary Gala Held choral composition competition, won by Robin John King, Wayfarer of Earth. May 2003

World premiere Gerald Bales' Benedic Anima Mea. November 2002

Of Mists and Magic Commissioned St. Keverne's Feast by Jeff Smallman. April 2002

Launch of Missa Gaia / Earth Mass CD with the Choir of Christ Church, Detroit, and the Pearson Singers, London. May 2000

Missa Gaia / Earth Mass at St. Peter's Basilica, London Liturgical dancers from London, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles; choreographers Anna Douthwright, London, and Carla De Sola, Los Angeles. April 1996

First performance of Missa Gaia / Earth Mass Denise Pelley and James Dundass, vocalists; Stephen Holowitz & the KSS Jazz Ensemble. May 1994

First concert: Merrie England by Edward German; Judy Woods, Margaret Ryan, Monica Seidemann, David Troiano, Ross Doddington, soloists; Angus Sinclair, accompanist. May 1993