united in harmony, inspired by song.

our story

In September 1996, about 25 musically inclined folk (3 of whom are still in the choir), answered the call of Carol McFadden, an organist and music teacher in Elora, Ontario, who had the vision

of a community-based choir. From that simple beginning, the choir has grown under five directors: Carol McFadden, Kevin Bieman, Louise Elder, Emily Petrenko, and Jurgen Petrenko.

Traditionally, Centre Wellington Singers performs Christmas and Spring concerts in Fergus or Elora. In addition, the CWS has performed at the Alzheimer’s Christmas Carols by Candlelight at St. George’s Anglican Church in Guelph from 2011 to 2014. As the choir’s mission is community-based, performances have also occurred at seniors’ residences, nursing homes, Run for the Cure, and at the Christmas Tree Lighting in Fergus.

upcoming events

Christmas Concert 2024

Saturday November 30th , 2024, 3pm

Melville United Church

300 St Andrew Street West, Fergus

Kick off the Christmas Concert Season with us! Seasonal songs old and new, special musical guests and audience participation!

Adults $20, Children 12 and under $5

Available from choir members, at the door or by email: centrewellingtonsingers@gmail.com

More details to follow!

who we are

Meet The Director

Directed by Jurgen Petrenko. Talented organist, pianist, former executive producer for the CBC, founding director of the 100-voice Toronto Singers, and most recently, recipient of The Order of Niagara.

Meet The Accompanist

The choir has been blessed with many talented accompanists, most notably Betty Weinstein. Betty has a BA degree from Wilfred Laurier University and has been a driving force within the choir from 2004.

Meet The Board

President: Lillian Gohn

Treasurer: Lara Johnston

Secretary: Sue FitzGerald

Members at large: Barb Smith, Allan Waters, Colleen Murray, Becky Wittich

join the choir

Whether you are 18 or 80, if you love to sing, we’d love to meet you! Our choir comprises over 40 singers from our local community all coming together to share their love of music. It lifts our hearts, soothes our souls and brings us joy!

While it definitely helps, you do not need to read music to join and there are no auditions.

2 sessions yearly

Christmas and Spring. Our rehearsals take place Tuesday nights from September to November, January to April. We practice from 7:15pm to 8:45pm. The first two nights of each session are registration nights which begin at 6:15pm. We rehearse in

Hope Springs United Church, 75 Geddes Street, Elora.

membership fees

Current membership fees are $75 per session payable at registration. This fee covers music, venue rental, compensation for our director and accompanist, marketing and more.

current session details

2024 Fall Session begins Tuesday September 10 at Hope Springs United Church, Elora

Registration nights Tuesday Sep 10 and Sep 17

Registration: 6:15 – 7:00pm, Rehearsal to begin at 7:15pm

Fall Session $ 75.00

Rehearsal nights:

September 10, 17, 24

October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

November 5, 12, 19, 26

(dress rehearsal (Nov 26) at Melville United)

Christmas Concert: Saturday November 30th , 3pm, Melville United Church, Fergus

For more information, send us an email at centrewellingtonsingers@gmail.com

support the choir

Centre Wellington Singers is now well into its third decade! We welcome donations large and small. As a not-for-profit we are unable to issue tax receipts, but your donation will be very gratefully received and will ensure this choir continues for another three decades.

Our concerts don’t happen without our team of volunteers. Please consider helping out in any way you can – distributing posters, posting on social media, selling tickets, preparing the venue, being an usher, photographer, videographer and more. Send us an email and we’ll happily add you to our team.


When you support Centre Wellington Singers you promote the study and practice of the musical arts. You encourage concerts, music classes and seminars to be held in our beautiful community. You help us lift up our voices and our hearts.

get in touch with us

Have questions? Please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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