Enriching lives through choral excellence and community engagement...
Four choir members at the University of Western Ontario located in London, Ontario.

One of London's leading choirs...

London Free Press, June 2004

Quick Facts about KSS

The Karen Schuessler Singers...
... is an auditioned 38-voice mixed-voice (SATB) community choir. All members are amateur (that is, unpaid) singers. The choir is often mistaken for a professional choir.
... mounts a three-concert subscription series each year. Concerts are theme-based and performed at Wesley-Knox United Church, London, Ontario. Music is rarely repeated. Choristers learn new music for every concert.
... is governed by an eight-person board of directors and supported by a team of over 80 non-choir volunteers.
... is recognized by Canadian tax law as a charitable institution. Donations to the Karen Schuessler Singers are tax-deductible.

Karen Schuessler...
... received her musical training at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She holds a Masters Degree in Organ Performance.
... is also Director of Music at Wesley-Knox United Church, London, where she directs the church choirs and plays the organ. There is no connection between the Wesley-Knox senior choir and the Karen Schuessler Singers other than they have the same director.

KSS Musical Milestones

KSS celebrates its Silver 25th Anniversary Season. 2017-2018

KSS invited to perform Love In A Canoe: Canada at 150 concert in Caesar's Windsor for the conference of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Honour Society of Women Educators, Beta State, Ontario. July 2017

KSS puts on London's first Community Sing, Big Sing London. May 2017

Sold-out crowd attends KSS celebration of Canada's Sesquecentennial, Love In A Canoe: Canada at 150. April 1, 2017

London Composers Exposed! This concert honoured and celebrated 10 local living composers with interviews and performance of their works. April 2, 2016

With four other London choirs, KSS performs Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with London Symphonia. October 2015

Invited to perform Road to Freedom as benefit concert for the restoration of the Fugitive Slave Chapel in London. February 2014

Performed the Brahms' Requiem March 2014

Performed the Duruflé Requiem and the Poulenc Gloria April 2013

KSS celebrates its 20th anniversary 2012-2013

KSS invited to participate in the international choral festival, Festival 500, in St John’s, Newfoundland. July 2011

KSS launches a new website, www.kssingers.com, and updates its familiar logo. September 2010

The River Concert: Reflections on the Thames. This concert features the choir, Don Fleckser, narrator, and two new KSS-commissioned works by London-area composer Jeff Smallman. The concert also features an art show by artists of The River Project book and a display by Upper Thames River Conservation Authority. May 2010

James Reaney and the London Free Press name the new KSS Road to Freedom CD the area’s best CD for 2009—the first time ever this award is given to a choral CD. January 2010

KSS is named London’s Best Classical Choir at the 2009 Jack Richardson Music Awards. April 2009

KSS launches its new Road to Freedom CD. This CD, a studio recording by Juno Award-winning recording engineer Kevin Doyle, features the choir, Denise Pelley, vocalist, Stephen Holowitz, piano, band, and Shannon and Bryan Prince, narrators. February 2009

KSS performs an abridged version of Road to Freedom before her Excellency, Governor-General Michaëlle Jean, at the opening of York University’s Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples in Toronto. March 2007

KSS performs Missa Gaia/Earth Mass for the London Organ Festival and National Convention of RCCO, the Royal Canadian College of Organists. July 2005

The first performance of the KSS Road to Freedom concert tells the story of the American slaves who came to freedom in Canada via the Underground Railroad. The concert features choir, Denise Pelley, vocalist, Stephen Holowitz, piano, band, and Shannon and Bryan Prince, narrators. The concert would later be performed in St. Catharines and Chatham, and a second time in London at the launch of the KSS Road to Freedom CD. February 2005

KSS celebrates its 10th Anniversary Season and hosts a Canada-wide choral composition competition that is won by Edmonton composer Robin John King for his "Wayfarers of Earth", premiered at the May Gala concert. May 2003

World premiere Gerald Bales' Benedic Anima Mea. November 2002

KSS performs at the opening of London’s new Wolf Performance Hall September 2002

KSS performs the world premiere of Jeff Smallman’s KSS-commissioned "St. Keverne’s Feast". April 2002

KSS releases its first CD—Missa Gaia/Earth Mass May 2000

KSS performs its now signature work, Missa Gaia/Earth Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, London. This special performance features liturgical dancers from London, Toronto, New York and Los Angeles. Choreographers include Anna Douthwright from London and Carla de Sola from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City. April 1996

KSS performs its first Missa Gaia/Earth Mass celebration of Creator and Creation with Denise Pelley and James Dundass, vocalists, Stephen Holowitz, piano, Ron Fox, organ, and the Missa Gaia Jazz Ensemble. May 1994

The familiar oval-shaped logo appears. KSS, then known as the Village Singers (the name was later changed to Karen Schuessler Singers at the insistence of choir members) performs its first concert: Edward German’s Merrie England with soloists Judy Woods, Margaret Ryan, Monica Seidemann, David Troiano and Ross Doddington. Angus Sinclair is on piano. The concert is a success and we're off! May 1993

First concert: Merrie England by Edward German; Judy Woods, Margaret Ryan, Monica Seidemann, David Troiano, Ross Doddington, soloists; Angus Sinclair, accompanist. May 1993