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 | High-level history lessons from the Toronto Bach Festival

CONCERT REPORT | High-level history lessons from the Toronto Bach Festival

Toronto has a thing for early music. Audiences in this city can’t seem to get enough of baroque-era music, including chamber, orchestra, choral and opera works. Into this community, there’s a new festival in town: the Toronto Bach Festival, running this year from May 26 to 28...

SCRUTINY | Oksana G. Opera An Emotionally Devastating Ride Into Darkness

SCRUTINY | Oksana G. Opera An Emotionally Devastating Ride Into Darkness

Propelled by the strength of the score and cast, Tapestry Opera's Oksana G confirms the ugly truth behind human sex-trafficking...

CONCERT REPORT | Worlds Meet, with the COC Orchestra at 21C

CONCERT REPORT | Worlds Meet, with the COC Orchestra at 21C

Johannes Debus, music director of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, speaks about his orchestra with love at a May 24 post-concert chat. “This great orchestra deserves to be onstage,” he says. The orchestra is one of the finest in the country, but is almost always in the pit of the Four Seasons Centre, barely visible to audiences...

CONCERT REPORT | The NSO Roars to a Powerful Season Finish

CONCERT REPORT | The NSO Roars to a Powerful Season Finish

Sometimes, there is nothing better I can say about a performance than thank you. For the inspired interpretation, the energetic musicianship, the blended mustering of forces, and a musical alignment that allows a performance to be exceptional – thank you to the NSO, soloists, and Chorus Niagara...

CONCERT REPORT | Tafelmusik’s Haydn and Mozart strike a balance

CONCERT REPORT | Tafelmusik’s Haydn and Mozart strike a balance

Audiences in Toronto expect that a Tafelmusik performance will be pleasing, well-executed, and committed to artistry. Their performances of Haydn’s Symphony No. 98 and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, at Koerner Hall May 4 to 7, were no exception...

CONCERT REPORT | Echo Women’s Choir, Making Noise

CONCERT REPORT | Echo Women’s Choir, Making Noise

The Church of the Holy Trinity is a gem of the Anglican tradition in Toronto, steeped in history and activism. There are few barriers in the open space, and art and displays clearly stating “this is a place of social justice and a place of God” – open and welcoming at the same time...

SCRUTINY | A Surprising Rendition With Pax Christi Chorale’s The Apostles

SCRUTINY | A Surprising Rendition With Pax Christi Chorale’s The Apostles

The story of Jesus has been told countless times by the grandest music centuries over. Yet, I’m always surprised because there is no limit to the musical interpretations, settings, and orchestrations that have and continue to tell this story...

FEATURE | Six Choristers, Six Choirs: Glimpses of Delight

FEATURE | Six Choristers, Six Choirs: Glimpses of Delight

As someone who sings, I can’t imagine my life without choral music in it. For many people this is a true statement. Dedicating time to sing invigorates, relaxes, strengthens and builds the body and mind. Every day there are countless articles being shared about the value of choral ensemble and the physical and mental benefits...

CHORAL SCENE | Choral Music’s Wonderful Bounty

CHORAL SCENE | Choral Music’s Wonderful Bounty

In a month when The WholeNote Canary Pages celebrates choral music and and features opportunities to participate in it, it’s fitting that there’s an incredible amount of amazing choral performance happening around the region...

INTERVIEW | What's Next For Stephanie Martin After Pax Christi Chorale?

INTERVIEW | What's Next For Stephanie Martin After Pax Christi Chorale?

Stephanie Martin has carved out a significant chunk of the choral world of Toronto. Founder of Schola Magdalena, a five-woman medieval music ensemble, formerly in charge of music at the storied Church of St Mary Magdalene, and Associate Professor at York University, she is completing 20 years at the helm of Pax Christi Chorale...