El Sistema Aeolian Expands

It was just a little over one year ago that The Aeolian took on a new facility.  Bishop Cronyn Memorial Place is a former Anglican Church located at 442 William St. in London Ontario.  Built in 1873, this designated Historic Site is a perfect facility for our program.  The Church, Chapel and adjoining three story complex offers us ample performance and classroom space.

The participants in our program love this facility and often come early for their classes so that they can “just hang out”.  We are building a massive library, computer lab and have many ideas to implement that will offer our participants one of the best music programs around.

Last year, we launched two other programs in this facility.  Pride Mens Chorus London is a choir open to men of all backgrounds and ages.  Rebelheart Collective is a new conductorless ensemble designed to change access to classical music.

We are excited about our future and how we can use music to foster community!

October 12, 2016

Rebelheart Collective

Without wanting to call this an orchestra or chamber ensemble, let’s call it a group.  The Rebelheart Collective is a new creation of the Aeolian and is designed to change the experience of classical music.  It is a string quartet at its core including Scott St. John, Sharron Wei, Tom Wiebe and Erika Raum.   There is no conductor!  Each core player takes a turn leading the ensemble.  The second layer is students at the graduate level in an apprenticeship relationship with the core musicians.  The third layer is participants from the Aeolian’s El Sistema Program.  Half the tickets for these concerts are free.  The other half are pay-it-forward premium tickets.  For every concert held at Aeolian Hall, one shorter program will be held in a community space.  Members of the ensemble will come out and greet the audience both at intermission and after the concert.  Classical music should belong to everyone and not just an elite few!!

August 2, 2016

Pride Men’s Chorus London

Open to men of all gender identities, the Pride Men’s Chorus London is a choir based on the Gay Men’s Chorus model.  Its roots go back nearly four decades and have centred on community, diversity and social justice.  Why did Rod Culhman and I start this choir?  We felt there was a need for an alternative, community-focused activity in London Ontario for our LGBTQ community.  There is a lot of work to be done both locally and globally to raise awareness and help foster acceptance and embrasement for diversity in the LGBTQ Communities.

Members of our choir also include the straight community.  We have big plans for this choir and are kicking off our 2016-2017 season with a performance at the Matt Alber concert at Aeolian Hall September 23, 2016.

Stay tuned for more details:


June 30, 2016

This coming Monday, The Aeolian is launching a brand new inittiative.

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                                                                                                                                  FOR: Monday, July 4, 2016
New Notes About to Sound
Surprise Announcement from The Aeolian
Who: The Aeolian Musical Arts Association
When: Monday, July 4, 2016, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, announcement at 4:25 pm
What: Surprise Announcement
Where: The Aeolian Performing Arts Centre, 795 Dundas St East, London, ON
LONDON, June 28, 2016 – – The Aeolian is proud to be launching a brand new initiative!

Imagine an orchestra without a conductor.
Imagine orchestra concerts that include free seats.
Imagine an orchestra with a core of Canada’s best musicians.
Imagine our El Sistema students playing with these artists.
Imagine an orchestra that is accessible to everyone.
Imagine an orchestra that provides equal opportunities to youth.
Imagine an orchestra that supports social justice.
Imagine the Orchestra of the future.

At this point, all we can say is that it is big, it is the first of its kind in London, and it is world-class. On behalf of The Aeolian Musical Arts Association, we would like to invite members of the press, arts organizations, and our community partners to take part in the unveiling of our great big secret.