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 | The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Powerfully in Command

Feb 3, 2017

The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir displayed the most unusual strength and control, in a commanding performance February 2 at St. Paul’s Basilica under conductor Kaspars Putniņš. As part of the Soundstreams mainstage series, this marks the fifth time the choir has made an appearance in Toronto...

PREVIEW | A Rehearsal “Ride Along” With Fauré’s Requiem At The TSO

Jan 30, 2017

Brian Chang offers an inside look at the rehearsal process with The Amadeus Choir, Elmer Iseler Singers, and Toronto Symphony for Fauré's Requiem...

CLASSICAL 101 | Your Voice-type And How To Find It

Jan 25, 2017

Angelic soprano? Heroic Tenor? Boomy Alto? Earth-shattering Bass? Your voice-type and how to find it...

CHORAL SCENE | Tiptoeing into 2017

Jan 25, 2017

South Africa has very strong choral traditions, among them the call-and-answer style known as isicathamiya; a strong male tenor-lead melody contrasted against repeating chord progressions shapes this music...

CONCERT REPORT | Opus 8 Makes a Convincing Plea for Peace

Jan 24, 2017

Last Saturday – in a world still reeling after the inauguration of now-president Donald Trump – Opus 8 provided a well-needed program of music centered on the theme of peace. Titled “Dona Nobis Pacem,” the concert was full of liturgical settings of the Agnus Dei. The choir was masterful in sound, warm and balanced in the church, and provided an uplifting power that filled and satiated the soul...

BLOG | From the Podium: A Who’s Who of the TMC Choral Conductors’ Symposium

Jan 24, 2017

Twenty years ago, Noel Edison took the reins of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (in which I sing). Even then he knew it as “one of Canada’s great cultural institutions.” Predating every other major symphony orchestra and major arts organization in Canada, the choir has operated continuously since 1894 – and since 2010, it has hosted one of the preeminent training symposiums for emerging conductors in North America...

FEATURE | An Exclusive Inside Tour Of The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Choral Library

Jan 19, 2017

MT's Brian Chang takes a tour of Toronto Mendelssohn Choir's Choral Library, one of the oldest and largest of its kind in Canada...

BLOG | A Library of Sound: Opus 8 in Rehearsal

Jan 17, 2017

The group sits around a table in a library singing. It’s kind of adorable. There are eight of them, two voices per section: soprano, alto, tenor, and bass. Opus 8 is two years old now, the baby of choral singers in the city who wanted a new and different challenge. As they sit around, in a circle, it’s like watching a spiritual exchange...

Classical 101 | Castrati: The Incredible History Of The Men Who Sang Like Women

Jan 16, 2017

Castrati were world's first real superstars. But the history behind the men who could sing like women has an interesting twist. Brian Chang explains...

SCRUTINY | That Choir Brings Out The Choral Chills At Christmas Concert

Dec 19, 2016

That Choir brings their "A" game to Chris.f gleeful choral surprises...