Chorus

The Waterloo Regional Police Chorus was formed in November 1973, and over the years has earned a reputation for quality performances and top-notch entertainment.

The 50-member Chorus is a non-profit organization, sponsored by the Waterloo Regional Police Services Board as a community relations vehicle for the Police Service. Its mandate is to serve the Region of Waterloo, performing at a wide variety of community events, including fundraisers, benefit concerts, and ceremonial functions.

The Chorus is in demand beyond the borders of Waterloo Region, and has accepted invitations to sing throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. Having performed at more than 1,030 concerts and events, the Chorus has, as of October 2018, proudly raised or helped to raise close to $1.5 million since its inception. The members have graciously donated these funds to a broad scope of charitable causes. Recent highlights for the Chorus have included two Remembrance Day concerts with John McDermott in 2017, which enabled the Chorus to donate $29,000 to local hospices. 

The Chorus has also received letters of commendation from Queen Elizabeth and President Ronald Reagan for concerts and fundraising efforts in their countries, as well as one from Justin Trudeau. In addition, the Chorus has also received the prestigious Golden Hammer Award from Habitat for Humanity in the United States for helping raise enough money to build a Habitat residence. 

You can also find the Chorus performing regularly throughout Ontario, bi-annually on Parliament Hill in Ottawa for the National Police Memorial Service, and at the Ontario Police Memorial Dedication at Queen's Park in Toronto each year under the leadship of Music Director Natalie Robinson and accompaniment of Sheila Wallace. The Chorus has been honoured to share the stage with such well-known artists as Men of the Deeps, John McDermott, Susan Aglukark, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Frank Mills, and many others. 

The Chorus likes to see the audience toe-tapping and singing along with them, so members offer a wide variety of music for everyone to enjoy, including old-time classics to modern-day favourites. Since many of their concerts are fundraisers for churches, they also have numerous Christian and spiritual songs in their repertoire. They also frequently find themselves learning a special song to accommodate a specific group or cultural function during a performance. The Chorus performs about 25 concerts per year, and have happily become quite accustomed to standing ovations!

Members of the Chorus also volunteer to participate in numerous further charitable ventures, such as annual pyjama drives for organizaitons supporting victims of abuse.

Membership in the Chorus is open to men and women in the community who are citizens in good standing. The Chorus welcomes men and women who are willing to dedicate themselves to achieving the standards for which the Chorus is known, to consider joining our fun and fundraising mission with us!

For further information, please feel free to contact us at: chorus@wrps.on.ca.

Chorus Executive Members:

Manager: Bob Brown

President: Yves Savard

Vice-President: Kevin Burrows

Sergeant-at-Arms: John Van Osch

Director: Natalie Robinson

Accompanist: Sheila Wallace

Emcee and Quartermaster: Carlo Perrotta

Secretary: Karl Euler

Treasurer: Bob Missere

Information Officer:  Larry Missere

Members at Large: Jeremy Snyder, Fred Gregory, Barry Baldasaro

Booking Officer: Don Elliott

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