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   

CONCERT REPORT | Electric Messiah’s Insistent Energy

CONCERT REPORT | Electric Messiah’s Insistent Energy

I enter the Drake Underground with some friends. We’re here for Electric Messiah, and none of us have any idea what is in store for us. The room is lit red, chairs askew with a few centered in the room. The instrumentalists are around the perimeter of the space facing inwards...

FEATURE | Messiah Follies: Inside Stories About Performing Handel's Ultimate Masterpiece

FEATURE | Messiah Follies: Inside Stories About Performing Handel's Ultimate Masterpiece

Short interviews with Choristers who have sung Messiah over the years under unique, sometimes hilarious circumstances...

BLOG | “What Grace is Given Me”: Performance and Process for Toronto’s The Lord of the Rings

BLOG | “What Grace is Given Me”: Performance and Process for Toronto’s The Lord of the Rings

he Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring premiered in Canada on December 19, 2001. That year I started high school and it was the first time I took a music class in a real music program. That Christmas, one of my friends gave me the soundtrack for the movie. I fell in love with it and have loved it ever since...

CHORAL SCENE | Season of Staples and So Much More

CHORAL SCENE | Season of Staples and So Much More

Holiday music is inseparable from the joy of the season. Every choir has a performance in the next few weeks and while you check out your favourites and traditional hits, try something new and different. There are a host of options in my column this month...

FEATURE | 25 Seasons Of Jubilation With Toronto’s Singing Out!: The LGBTQ Chorus

FEATURE | 25 Seasons Of Jubilation With Toronto’s Singing Out!: The LGBTQ Chorus

Twenty-five years ago when Singing Out! started, the world was a very different place. The history of an organization like Singing Out! cannot be underestimated — they were welcoming, loving, and proud at a time when it was not always safe to do so...

PREVIEW | Community Choral Workshops With The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

PREVIEW | Community Choral Workshops With The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

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

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

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

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

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

FEATURE | Discovering The Music Of Toronto's That Choir

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

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

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