CanSing Choirs

Vancouver CanSing Choir 9th season

CHOIR START UP TODAY: September 18th!

                                          Welcome to all singers!!

To register, see the choirs below and click for information and instructions.

 

 

 

LEVEL 1 (ages 5 & 6)

LEVEL 2 (ages 7 & 8)

LEVEL 3 (ages 9 – 15. Non – auditioned)

LEVEL 4 CHORthemo (ages 10 – 18. Auditioned)

ADULT CHOIR (grades 11 and 12 through adult)

The Vancouver CanSing (VCS) 2018 fall session registration is open! All rehearsals begin Tuesday, September 18th, Cityview Church. We welcome new members (youth and adult) who LOVE to sing and perform all kinds of music. Please help us get the word out. Feel free to share via email, Facebook, Twitter, newsletters so the word gets out to people who are keen to sing!

The choirs will begin rehearsing for the 60 – minute show, WE ARE THE MUSIC MAKERS AND WE ARE THE DREAMERS OF DREAMS, Friday, November 16th, 7pm and will feature thematic songs from the classic, jazz, popular, musical theatre and folk genre. A more detailed list of music repertoire will be sent to registrants at the end of June.

Twitter: @vancansing

Member of the BC Choral Federation and BC Kodály Association

Congrats to all five VCS Choirs for an amazing concert on Tues. Dec 12th – spirited seasonal singing, energetic audience participation and wonderful acting from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” speakers! We raised $2224.00 for the Greater Vancouver Foodbank surpassing last year’s total!!

 

Here are a few teacher comments from the Level 3 & Level 4 Musical theatre choral show at the end of May:

This was a wonderful ‘hook’ and a terrific opportunity for those young artists to entertain all ages with their acting and singing talents.” Tony Araujo

“Thanks for the lovely performance! My students had a blast!” Deanna Bistriceanu (Simon Fraser Elementary).

“It was awe inspiring! Truly! I would love to be on a mailing list for next year if that is possible.” Christine Oades (General Wolfe Elementary).

“It was such a great show- again!! I always get shivers and come close to tears when I hear your children sing, it is such a beautiful thing. Thank you.” Jessica Wilkes (Van Horne Elementary).

TRICK ME ONCE GROUP 2

At the Dec 13th Greater Vancouver Fundraiser, our five VCS choirs raised $2000.00! Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not (Dr Seuss). Way to go everyone!!

show-picturesLast night, I went to see a Christmas concert by Vancouver CanSing, a relatively new choral organization founded and conducted by Gerda Blok-Wilson. What a delight to see the wonderful work being done here! CanSing is comprised of various choral groups of varying age groups, all of whom sing separately but also engage in multi-generational music-making.  I could not help but be swept away by the spirit of community.  The joy and sense of belonging in the room was undeniable. I am impressed by the obvious musical strides this organization has made in a few short year… Bravo!!! Dr Jeanette Gallant

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All the VCS choirs gave a spine-tingling performance of my SATB & youth choir arrangement of “Land of the Silverbirch.” I was impressed and I felt honoured to have the choirs perform it. The native drums were haunting and the violin/piano added extra spice. It was a fitting finale to another great concert of musicking!  I thought the level four singers (CHORthemo) were amazing!  What wonderful progress they have made.  I especially enjoyed Sing, Sing, Sing.    Susan Wagner

“A sincere thank you from Anna, Mark, Silvia and Luca for this past semester. We enjoyed ourselves and the concert was amazing. We loved the mixed ages, voices, songs and audience participation.” Silvia and Austin-Dotto clan

“It was wonderful!  My thanks to you and Kevin. I am looking forward to  “Spirit of Adventure.”‘ Bonnie Mutton“What a great evening to enjoy the great indoors, while it poured outside! The standing O was icing on the cake!” David Vaisbord

“Thank you so much for a wonderful season of song, Gerda. I have loved every minute of the camaraderie, challenge and sense of real ‎community.” Caroline Nevin

“The kids were fantastic – the sound carried so well, even the soloists. And the choreographed numbers were so cute. The adult choir was flawless…. Brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for bringing so much joy to the neighbourhood.” Beth Ringdahl

Vancouver CanSing Video

Spirit of Adventure 2015

VCS Level 2 & 3 Audio Postcard

General VCS Info

VCS will provide opportunities to improve vocal skills through a variety of vocal collaborative settings including choir and musical theatre.

As a professional music educator and conductor, Gerda Blok-Wilson believes everyone CanSing but the teaching and learning process is technically and socially diverse depending on the experience of the singer.  Including the classics, jazz, popular, gospel and world music, expressing the meaning of the words in a song is the key to developing as a singer. When the expressiveness of the words are understood and interpreted, engagement in the singing process flows authentically.

For the young singer, movement and acting skills are important, both of which are emphasized in the VCS format.  In addition to the vocal technique and stage training that each singer will receive, the program will also build self-esteem, confidence and social skills.

All rehearsals will be held on Tuesdays at Cityview Church at 4370 Sophia Street.

Please do not make phone call inquiries to the church instead contact me.