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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   

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

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

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

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

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

BLOG | A Library of Sound: Opus 8 in Rehearsal

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

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

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

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

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

SCRUTINY | Snow Storm Hinders An Otherwise Rocky Tafelmusik Messiah

SCRUTINY | Snow Storm Hinders An Otherwise Rocky Tafelmusik Messiah

Even a snow storm couldn't stop Handel's Messiah performed with Tafelmusik's elite brand of authentic musicianship...

CHORAL SCENE | “Here We Come A-Caroling”: Choirs and carols across the region

CHORAL SCENE | “Here We Come A-Caroling”: Choirs and carols across the region

Carols are unique to the holiday season. At this time of year, they’re on the radio, humming in the back of our heads, in the malls as we shop, and often on the street being sung or played by musicians across the city...

BLOG | Mark Vuorinen receives the Ontario Arts Council Leslie Bell Award

BLOG | Mark Vuorinen receives the Ontario Arts Council Leslie Bell Award

The biennial Leslie Bell Prize was awarded to Mark Vuorinen, artistic director of the Grand Philharmonic Choir, at the choir’s Christmas Homecoming concert on Sunday December 11, 2016. Granted by the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), the award is a $10,000 prize that recognizes exemplary emerging choral conductors...

SCRUTINY | Jann Arden Has A Blast With The TSO

SCRUTINY | Jann Arden Has A Blast With The TSO

Jann Arden goes above and beyond at the TSO Pops Christmas show, which also included a surprise appearance from Santa himself...

FEATURE | Getting To Know Forte The Gay Men’s Chorus

FEATURE | Getting To Know Forte The Gay Men’s Chorus

Proudly drawn from Toronto's diverse LGTBQ+ community, Forte — Toronto Gay Men’s Chorus celebrate their 20th anniversary season...