From the Pen of the Artistic Director

“It is with great enthusiasm and pride that I, along with the choristers in the CCCS, present our concerts to you – our audience. I could not have brought this vision to fruition without the support of each choir member. Although classically trained, I have always loved the melodies found in the sacred and folk repertoire of Croatia – the birthplace of my forefathers. The musical talent found within my ethnic community leaves me in awe – it is a gift which needs to be nurtured developed and encouraged.”Edward J. Mavrinac

Our Artistic Director

H olding an Honours Bachelor of Music Degree and a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Toronto, along with Theological and Philosophical studies at St. Augustine’s Seminary, Mr. Mavrinac’s career has spanned a wide and varied spectrum.
As a Music Educator, Mr. Mavrinac has taught with various Boards of Education as well as serving as the Music Consultant for the Hamilton Wentworth Roman Catholic School Board.  He has acted as an adjudicator and clinician for music festivals and music workshops.  His success in education brought his award-winning choirs to the stage and opening ceremonies of Roy Thomson Hall.  In 1984, Mr. Mavrinac was appointed the artistic director of Education 200, a CBC Bicentennial showcase. In the same year he acted as chairperson for Toronto’s World Day of Prayer while also co-ordinating the hospitality committee for the Toronto visit of His Holiness John Paul II. In 1990 he conducted a mass choir of 1,500 children’s voices for the tribute to Lech Walesa at Copp’s Coliseum. In 1993 he was appointed the artistic director of the Festivale Mondiale de Drummondville (World Folklore Festival of Drummondville) and in 1994 was awarded the contract position of co-ordinator of Eastern European languages at the Foreign Language Institute of Ottawa, Department of Foreign Affairs. He worked with CBC award-winning producer Susan Papp on the “Debris of War” while also appearing on CBC in the production “Dinner with Friends.” In 2000, Mr. Mavrinac served as pedagogical advisor for the Royal Conservatory of Music and his articles on music education have been published in Music Matters.
Solo performances of original works have also taken him to the stage of Roy Thomson Hall.  He has produced, at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, Croatia’s National Opera “Nikola Subic Zrinjski” and was also the co-producer of the Omni Television documentary “In the Heart of Gold County – The Croatian Families of Schumacher” about the early immigrants who settled in the gold-mining region of Timmins, Ontario.  Throughout his professional career, Mr. Mavrinac has produced numerous fundraising concerts, strongly believing that music should be readily shared as a “gift” bringing enjoyment and pleasure to the audience and also the performers.
Mr. Mavrinac’s dedication and commitment to nurturing his Croatian heritage is evident in his community work over the past forty-five years.  He is the founding Artistic Director of Folklore Ensembles Croatia, Hrvatsko Selo and Hrvatsko Prelo, while also giving workshops across Canada and the United States.  He was one of the founding members of the Canadian Croatian Information Centre and was the President of various organizations including Estrada and Cro Med.  In 1994, he was employed at FLIO (Foreign Language Institute Ottawa) in the department of Foreign Affairs where he trained Canada’s first ambassador to Croatia.  Mr. Mavrinac has been on many artistic tours of Croatia participating with the drama group Histerioni and also with the female Klapa Ensemble Koralji.  Presently he is the proprietor of Music is Magic Studio where he shares his knowledge, pedagogical skills and love for music with his students.
In 1992, Mr. Mavrinac was presented, from the Office of the Governor General of Canada, the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada “in recognition of significant contribution to compatriots, community and to Canada”.

Board of Directors

The Canadian Croatian Choral Society is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected from its members. They serve for two-year terms, renewable for a maximum of four terms.

The Board meets regularly and works on establishing the strategic direction and plan of the choir. The Board also oversees the choir’s sub-committees such as concert planning, special events and membership.

The 2016 – 2018 Board of Directors (as of November 2, 2016) are:

Mira Lorkovich Omura  President
Hilde Mesic-Fuchs – Past President
Susan Medved – Secretary
Mary Ursa – Treasurer
Angie Sudac Mus – Director of Membership
Zlata Hecimovic-LaDelfa – Director of Special Events
Marko Valcic – Director of Archives

Choir Members



B, Zdenko
*H, Darije
B, Zlatko
J, Frank
J, Paul
M, Ted
S, John
Š, Leo

*Honorary Member



B, Vlado
B, Nikola
G, Len
G, Vinko
K, Leo
P, Mike
Š, Nikola
V, Marko
Z. Krešo



Ć, Mary
F, Hilde
G, Anita
H, Zlata
I, Biserka
I, Bernarda
I, Ivanka
J, Katica
K, Branka
M, Barbara
M, Angie
O, Mira
Š, Renata
U, Mary



A, Karolina
B, Antonija
B, Ljerka
*B, Ana
F, Barbara
I, Ana
J, Rose
K, Cecilia
K, Teresa
M, Andreja
M, Angela
M, Nina
M, Susan
M, Nada
M, Slavica
M, Biserka
N, Ivanka
P, Marina
R, Barbara
S, Mira
S, Vlasta
S, Anita
S, Marica
Š, Annie
T, Jasminka
U, Ivka
V, Nada
*Honorary Member

“Music Washes Away From The Soul The Dust of Everyday Living” – Berthold Auerbach

Choral Repertoire


Spiritual Religious

Amazing Grace – Milost
Ave Maria (Zajc)
Bliže O Bože Moj (Nearer O God To Thee)
Dona Nobis Pacem
Do Nebesa Nek Se Ori
Here I Am Lord
It is Well With My Soul
I’m Gonna Sing
In Paradisum
Jaganjče Božji
Krist Na Žalu
Moj Isuse
Na Nebu Zora Rudi
Oče Naš
Olde Irish Blessing
Panis Angelicus (Franck)
Slava Tebi Kriste Bože
Zdravo Djevo



Bože Čuvaj Hrvatsku
Bože Moj Čuvaj Hrvatsku
Croatijo Iz Duše Te Ljubim
Jedna Je Hrvatska
Ne Dirajte Mi Ravnicu
Oj Hrvatsko Oj
Tebi Grade Moj



Da Mi Je Proči Kontradom
Dobar Večer Gospodo
Dobar Večer Dobri Ljudi
Grad se Beli
Kriči Kriči Tiček
Mala Moja Bili Pošla Za Me
Međimurski Lepi Dečki
Moja Diridika
Oj Da Mi Je Iči u Svatove
Oj Hrvatska Mati
Oko Moje Plavo i Garavo
Plovi Barka
Pozdrav Kraljice
Protuletje Se Otpira
Rojžica Sem Bila
Širi Kolo
Slavonac Sam Time Se Ponosim
Slavonska Poskočica
Tebi Majko Misli Lete
Tri Divojke
Tri Jetrve Žito Žele
Vehni Vehni Fiolice
Zorja Prihaja


Christmas – Advent

Advent Antiphon
Djetešce Nam Se Rodilo
Dođi, Dođi Emmanuel
Here Comes Santa Claus
Joy To The World
Kyrie Eleison
Narodi Nam Se
O Betleme
O Come All Ye Faithful
O Pastiri Čudo Novo
Silent Night
Sjajno Sunce Ishodi
Sklopi Blage Očice
Svim Na Zemlji
The First Noel
Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle
U Se Vrijeme Godišta
Zlatnih Krila
Veseli Se Majko Božja



Lijepa Naša Domovina
O Canada
Oda Radosti



Slaves Chorus – Nabucco
Neka Cijeli Ovaj Svijet
U Boj, U Boj – Zrinjski



Da Te Mogu Pismom Zvati
I Nek Pjesma Dalje Teče
Jubin Te
La Muzika di Notte
Maslina Je Neobrana
Mom Zavičaju
Popevka Za Ljubav
Samo Nemoj Ti
Stoji Grad – Vukovar
Vrati Mi Srce (Greek/Croatian)



J’entends Le Moulin
Vrati Mi Srce (Greek)



Počinje Se Gorka Muka
Stala Majka