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   

PREVIEW | Community Choral Workshops With The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

Nov 22, 2016

Associate Conductor Jennifer Lee on the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s Singsation Saturdays and the enduring music of Haydn...

CONCERT REPORT | Annelies tells a child’s story – but without a child's voice

Nov 21, 2016

In November’s Choralscene I previewed the Grand Philharmonic Chamber Singers' performance of James Whitbourn’s Annelies, a setting of the Diary of Anne Frank. I stopped by Waterloo to catch the performance. Under the artistic direction of Mark Vuorinen, each time I’ve seen the choir in action I find them warm, balanced and talented. Soprano Natasha Campbell provided a strong and proficient solo voice for the evening...

THE SCOOP | The Sony Centre Announce Live Symphony Film Series Backed By The TSO

Nov 9, 2016

The Sony Centre starts a multi-year film concert series featuring the first two installments of the beloved Harry Potter Film collection...

FEATURE | Discovering The Music Of Toronto's That Choir

Nov 8, 2016

Brian Chang spends an evening with Toronto's That Choir as they rehearse for a show to remember...

SCRUTINY | It’s A Beautiful Day! It’s A Rather Nice Day

Nov 3, 2016

Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton provided a hoot of an afternoon of music...

CONCERT REPORT | Tutti Contenti at Amadeus Live

Nov 2, 2016

I’ve never seen Amadeus before. This is blasphemy amongst choral singers and I’ve been lambasted many times. To be fair, it came out a few years before I was born and Mozart isn’t exactly standard repertoire for high school arts programs in Scarborough...

CHORAL SCENE | Choral Evocations – Films and Literature

Oct 26, 2016

Movies and music are a match made in heaven. Several fantastic opportunities are coming up in the next few months to enjoy and experience live music set to films. One of my favourite Oscar moments is seeing the nominees for Best Song, Best Score and Best Soundtrack. Music in films can be incredibly impactful...

CONCERT REPORT | Overwhelming Beauty at the Luminous Night Festival Gala Concert

Oct 20, 2016

Toronto is a definitive choral city. With choral music of diverse shapes and sizes across the region, there is a strong appreciation for voices joined together. Every so often a great gem of a performance comes along and proves this – and the Luminous Night Festival Gala Concert was one of those...

CHORAL SCENE | Forward Into Fall!

Aug 31, 2016

Much as I'd like to be enjoying more of summer sitting on a Muskoka chair in my backyard with the sun beaming down on me, the pull of the new arts season is beckoning us all forward into fall.

CHORAL SCENE | Reflections on the Sacred and the Secular

Jun 1, 2016

As we voyage into the beauty of summer and the winding down of the regular 2015/2016 choral season, it has been my pleasure to write this column over the last year. One fascinating theme for me, as an active singer and performer, and as a regular attendee of concerts in the region, has been how often choral music finds itself at the crossroads of the secular and the sacred...