Journalism

Musical Journalism

Brian Chang has been involved with choral music as a singer, administrator, and conductor for over a decade. In 2015 he started writing for the Wholenote Magazine as its resident Choral Scene columnist; providing news and insight on choral music to a 30,000-print circulation. In 2016 he became a regular contributor with Ludwig Van Toronto, formerly Musical Toronto. Capable of writing blog-style quick reads, in-depth interviews, editorials, and features, Brian's work always seeks to illuminate the reader with new angles, authoritative voice, and a creative edge. 

*Ludwig van Toronto is a member of the National Newsmedia Council   

CHORAL SCENE | In the Absence of Singing, Uncertainty

CHORAL SCENE | In the Absence of Singing, Uncertainty

Anyone who sings in a choir has likely seen the tragic story of the Amsterdam Mixed Choir where after a performance of the Bach St John Passion, 102 of the 130 choristers were sickened by COVID-19...

FEATURE | No More Whispers: Opera’s Reckoning With Racism

FEATURE | No More Whispers: Opera’s Reckoning With Racism

“Opera is racist” may sound harsh, extreme, or even dramatic to the untrained ear. However, from our view, if we want progress and change we can’t shy away from calling a spade a spade”...

CHORAL SCENE | Maybe Soon? Or Maybe Not

CHORAL SCENE | Maybe Soon? Or Maybe Not

Readers of The WholeNote know me primarily as the Choral Scene columnist and an active participant in choral music in Toronto. My involvement and experiences in the rich cultural offerings of Toronto isn’t purely journalistic though, I’m also an avid theatregoer and it feels strange to me to go more than a few weeks without live art of some kind. This month I’m expanding our “What May Be” exploration beyond the choral world for some other touchpoints in the world of performing arts that I will miss...

CHORAL SCENE | Graduation with High Honours in Song

CHORAL SCENE | Graduation with High Honours in Song

The end of March and beginning of April mark a special time for anyone in the post-secondary education sector. The term comes to a close, the academic school year settles into its final exams, papers, and for music students – final concerts. This month we’re exploring the end-of-term concerts at Western University, University of Toronto (my alma mater), and York University...

CHORAL SCENE | Conversations in Song and Choral Relevance

CHORAL SCENE | Conversations in Song and Choral Relevance

Artists of many kinds feel like it should be the goal for their art to rise above the everyday – art is its own thing. Other artists strive to make the everyday the fulcrum of their art: to drive conversations to respond to them, to change narratives, and to leave people changed...

CHORAL SCENE | Elevating the Profane

CHORAL SCENE | Elevating the Profane

A consistent throughline at Luminato has been introducing local audiences to the international array of interesting, challenging collisions of storytelling and performance. In this year’s festival we have this multidisciplinary work inspired by Robert Mapplethorpe’s art...

CHORAL SCENE | Vocal Powerhouse Sing! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival

CHORAL SCENE | Vocal Powerhouse Sing! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival

In March, Suba Sankaran and Dylan Bell led a choral workshop as part of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s Singsation Saturday program. In the church basement of Calvin Presbyterian Church, the duo led about 100 people in exploring their voices. No sheet music, no instruments. Nothing but the power of the a cappella, human voice....

CHORAL SCENE | VOCA in Action Discovering the Story at The Heart of a Song

CHORAL SCENE | VOCA in Action Discovering the Story at The Heart of a Song

Once in the fall and once in the spring, artistic director Jenny Crober brings in an artist to work with the VOCA Chorus of Toronto in an intensive workshop. Matthew Emery was the clinician for the fall, working on his song Still Colours, Velvet Shoes. At the very end Crober asked, “Do you mind if we take a little peek at Sing your Song? Would you mind telling them something about who you’ve dedicated this to and why?”...

FEATURE | How a Tragic Fire Brought A Toronto Community Together Through Music

FEATURE | How a Tragic Fire Brought A Toronto Community Together Through Music

In the midst of a catastrophic fire and water weak, kids who live in Toronto's St James Town neighbourhood have had a musical home called "Reaching Out Through Music". This is their story.

PRIMER | The Orpheus Choir Of Toronto Know How To Celebrate International Women’s Day

PRIMER | The Orpheus Choir Of Toronto Know How To Celebrate International Women’s Day

The Orpheus Choir of Toronto has taken the theme of International Women’s Day wholeheartedly and channelled it into four brand new compositions by female composers with words from female authors.