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The Nathaniel Dett Chorale
The Nathaniel Dett Chorale

The Nathaniel Dett Chorale in the courtyard at St. George the Martyr in Toronto. Image: The Nathaniel Dett Chorale

In celebration of black history month, the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada is pleased to launch an article on the Nathaniel Dett Chorale. The Chorale is a Toronto based, 22-voice professional chamber choir founded in 1998 by conductor Brainerd Blyden-Taylor. It was named for the performer, composer and pedagogue Nathaniel Dett and was the first choir in Canada to actively promote Afrocentric music. The Nathaniel Dett Chorale is the only Canadian professional choral ensemble to comprise, but not entirely, members of African-Canadian descent.

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