VCS music has arrived!!

by Gerda Blok-Wilson on August 29th, 2016

The Vancouver CanSing Choir music has arrived and we already have over 100 people registered in all choirs. It’Fall 2016 musics going to be another amazing VCS choir season! There’s room for more singers…PLEASE feel free to help get the information out to family and friends. As you know, VCS is a fantastic choir opportunity! “Word of mouth” is very effective (twitter/facebook).

The approximately 70 minute show, CATCH THE DREAM, Friday, November 18th, Charles Tupper Auditorium, will feature songs from the classic, jazz, popular, musical theatre and folk genre. As you’ve already guessed, the theme is about goals and aspirations as well as daydreams and NIGHTMARES!

Back by popular demand, Carly Simon’s Let the River Run will be the mass choir selection (all choirs will join together in singing). All rehearsals will begin Tuesday, September 20th, Cityview Church (4370 Sophia St).  For our performance, we will be trying out a new performance hall (Charles Tupper Secondary).

It’s not too late to register:

CHORthemo Youth Choir. SING WITH US! Auditions are now open. Vancouver Hillcrest community.

by Gerda Blok-Wilson on July 7th, 2016

CHORthemo, Vancouver CanSing Choir Level 4, is now in its second season and offers singers ages 10 – 16 (both boys and girls) the opportunity to achieve the highest artistic standards in interpretation, movement and singing through the study of quality choral literature in all genres including popular, jazz, folk and the classics. The group is directed by Gerda Blok-Wilson and accompanied by Kevin Eng.

poster ideaThe choir rehearses Tuesdays, 6 – 7:45 at Cityview Church in the Hillcrest neighbourhood. For 2016 – 17, the group welcomes boys with changing or changed voices. Singers will work with voice coaches, professional conductors, choreographers and drama coaches. There are opportunities for solo work if the singer would like to extend their vocal skills.

If you are interested in singing with CHORthemo, the Level 4 audition process will involve:

  • Filling out the online registration form including contact info & experience
  • Sing “O Canada” and one song of your choosing (a cappella – no accompaniment) – any style is fine.
  • Individual voice assessment and placement (checking to place low, middle & high voices)

VCS Level 4, auditions will be Tuesdays:  July 12th & 19th and Aug 23 & 30th.

I thought the level 4 singers (CHORthemo) were amazing!  What wonderful progress they have made!  I especially enjoyed “ Sing, Sing, Sing.”   Susan Wagner

Registration is open for Vancouver CanSing’s 7th season!

by Gerda Blok-Wilson on June 16th, 2016

The Vancouver CanSing (VCS) 2016 fall session registration is open! All rehearsals begin Tuesday, September 20th, Cityview Church. We welcome new members (youth and adult) who love to sing and perform. Please share via email, Facebook, Twitter, newsletters so the word gets out to people who are keen to sing!

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

LEVEL 1 (Maximum 15 members – ages 5 & 6) FULL

LEVEL 2 (Maximum 25 members – ages 7 & 8) FULL

LEVEL 3 (Maximum 35 members – Non-auditioned, ages 9 – 15) 7 spaces (Sept 8th).

LEVEL 4 CHORTHEMO (Maximum 20 members, auditioned – Boys/Girls ages 10 – 16 SAB). *New: boys are welcome to join this auditioned group. See information regarding auditions.

ADULT CHOIR (Maximum 60 members, mixed voices – SATB)

The choirs will be rehearsing for the 70 – minute show, I’VE GOT A DREAM, Friday, November 18th, 7pm and will feature thematic songs from the classic, jazz, popular, musical theatre and folk genre. While many pieces are still being selected, the show will feature such choral repertoire as Mozart’s DIES IRAE, Faure’s Sanctus, Croce’s I GOT A NAME, Elfman’s NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISMAS medley and Webber’s ANY DREAM WILL DO (Mass Youth Choirs). Sung by the Adult choir two years ago, the VCS mass choir of 150 voice will perform the choral arrangement of Carly Simon’s hit song, LET THE RIVER RUN. 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

VCS Youth Choirs present COME SAIL THE SEA, May 24th, 7pm and May 27th, 7pm, 4370 Sophia St.

by Gerda Blok-Wilson on May 7th, 2016

VCS Youth Choirs will present a 60 minute show, COME SAIL THE SEA featuring sea chanteys such as BLUENOSE and LUKEY’S BOAT and a musical theatre performance of PIRATES, THE MUSICAL by John Jacobson and Roger Emerson, Tuesday, May 24th, 7pm and Friday, May 27th, 7pm 4370 Sophia St. (Cityview Church). Admission to the community show is by donation ($5 – $10.00 suggested amount).

“Aye mates”, prepare yourselves for a 40 minute comical tale, PIRATES, THE MUSICAL about the King of the High “Cs” and his “salty crew” of singing pirates including Bluebeard, Yellowbeard, Whitebeard and the “no beards”.  “The swellest singer of the Swashbucklin’ Sea”, the King of the High “Cs” and his pirates are practicing for the annual pirate singing contest. They can’t lose this year because they’ve got the King on their side. While practicing “round tones” using their “scurvied diaphrams”, they unexpectedly discover a stowaway on board.  All the pirates know that King will know what to do and he doesn’t “take kindly to stowaways”. Will they feed him to the sharks, make him walk the plank or throw him into prison? “Yo, ho, ho!” They’ll be “singin’ a pirate song!”

Led by Gerda Blok-Wilson (Artistic director), Kevin Eng (assistant conductor and accompanist), Andrea Westaway (assistant youth choirs), Ashley Gonzales (guest accompanist), this performing choir (boys and girls age 8 – 14) offers singers a wide variety of 2 and 3 – part treble repertoire, more advanced vocal technique and musical theatre stage experience. Past performances by the VCS singers include Clowns, Pinocchio and The Elephant’s Child.

“The kids were fantastic – the sound carried so well, even the soloists.”  Beth Ringdahl (singer)

“I finally made a concert last night and enjoyed it thoroughly. Loved the repertoire and the high energy.” Mavis Weston (conductor)

Come Sail the Sea

Vancouver CanSing Adult Choir SPRING SING

by Gerda Blok-Wilson on April 27th, 2016

On Tuesday, May 17, 8 – 9pm, Cityview Church (4370 Sophia St) the 30 voice Vancouver CanSing Spring Session Adult Choir will be inviting audience members to sing along. Admission is by donation. Suggested amount: $5 – $10/person.

The choir welcomes all who wish to raise their voice in celebration of spring! It is a great opportunity for adult singers to check out the VCS adult choir program – serious singers, shower singers and those who have not experienced the wonderful feeling of singing with a choir.

The event will be conducted by artistic director, Gerda Blok-Wilson and accompanied by Kevin Eng. Guest performers will be the VCS Level 4 CHORthemo youth choir.

Audience selections will include SOUND OF MUSIC (theme song), A BICYCLE BUILT FOR TWO, TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME and BEATLES MEDLEY. VCS Adult choir will perform a spring selection including PUSSY WILLOWS CATTAILS (Gordon Lightfoot), SEASONS OF LOVE (Rent), HOLD ON! (African American Spiritual), CANTATE DOMINO (Hans Leo Hassler), CRIPPLE CREEK (American Fiddle Tune) and THE TURTLE DOVE (English folk song).

Member of the BC Choral Federation and BC Kodaly Association.

The Voice Calling Me Home

by Gerda Blok-Wilson on February 4th, 2016

The Vancouver CanSing Choir in the HillcrestTHE VOICE CALLING ME HOME poster mooseneighbourhood, conducted by Gerda Blok-Wilson and accompanied by Kevin Eng will present the approximately 60 – minute show THE VOICE CALLING ME HOME, Saturday, March 5th, 2:30 and 7pm, Immanuel Church (109 East 40th Ave (at Quebec St). The concert with youth and adult singers will feature songs from the classic (And the Glory of the Lord – Handel’s Messiah), jazz (Feeling Good – Michael Buble hit), popular (Wake Me UP – Aviici), musical theatre (Close Every Door – Joseph) and many more. The mass choir selection will be LAND OF THE SILVERBIRCH, a choral fantasia, written for youth and adult choir (150 voices in all choirs will join together in singing) and the audience singalong will be THOSE WERE THE DAYS. It’s going to be a fun rollicking concert!!

Everyone is welcome. Hope you can join us. Admission is “pay what you can” (suggested amount $5- $10.00/person to cover expenses).

Vancouver CanSing Choir, youth and adult, is a member of the BC Choral Federation and BC Kodaly Association.

SHOUT OUT to members of the VCS Level 2, 3, 4 Youth Choirs!!

by Gerda Blok-Wilson on December 17th, 2015

At CHRISTMAS IN THE AIR, a Greater Vancouver Fundraiser, members from the Level 2, 3,4 choirs raised $1070.00 with their singing, caroling! Fantastic effort everyone!!

Thank you so much to all the youth singers who participated, Cityview Church and to Kevin Eng and Andrea Westaway for their generous support with this project. Also, thank you to parents who volunteered to help and David Vaisbord for the group pictures!

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. Dr Seuss

Christmas in the Air Group

CHRISTMAS IN THE AIR, December 15th, 6:45 – 7:30pm, Cityview Church (4370 Sophia st)

by Gerda Blok-Wilson on December 10th, 2015

The Vancouver CanSing Choir Youth singers (65 voices), Gerda Blok-Wilson and Kevin Eng will present CHRISTMAS IN THE AIR, a short program of seasonal songs and audience singalong, Tuesday, December 15th 6:45 – 7:30, 4370 Sophia St (Cityview Church – 28th and Sophia). Admission is by donation ($5 – 10.00 suggested amount). All proceeds will go to the Greater Vancouver Foodbank (no food items please). With each $1 VCS Choirs donate, GVFB can purchase at least $3 worth of nutritious groceries and fresh produce for the thousands of people they support each week. Family and friends are welcome!

Goh Ballet caroling December 2014

Nutcracker caroling sat

The Vancouver CanSing Choir (VCS) will present DON’T LET THE LIGHT GO OUT, November 21st, 2:30 and 7:00pm at 108 East 40th Ave (Immanuel Baptist Church)

by Gerda Blok-Wilson on November 8th, 2015

The Vancouver CanSing Choir will present DON’T LET THE LIGHT GO OUT, Nov 21, 2:30 and 7:00pm at 108 East 40th Ave (Immanuel Church).   The approximately one hour show, presented by over 140 voices from VCS, will present songs from the classics to popular including “Gloria” (Vivaldi), “The Ground” (Gjeilo), “Seasons” (Gjeilo), “Samba de las Escrituras” (Berg), “Turn the World Around” (Belafonte), and mass choir selection, “Light One Candle” (Yarrow).

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” Albert Schweitzer (theologian, organist, philosopher, physician).

Admission is by donation ($5 – $10.00/person recommended to cover expenses). Hope you can join us!

Member of the BC Choral Federation and BC Kodaly Association.

Jolly Crawly Bugs and Winter Solstice News – mini musicals for the Christmas/Winter concert season

by Gerda Blok-Wilson on August 25th, 2015

Short musicals, written by Gerda Blok-Wilson, which can enhance both learning in music and other subject areas in the elementary school curriculum are available through Themes and Variations:

Jolly Crawly Bugs and Winter Solstice News, two great musicals for the holiday season are distributed by Themes and Variations.  So, plan ahead for your winter 2015 concerts!!

Also, Themes and Variations distributes Sound Advice and Simon Fraser and the Raging River.  MUSIC IN MOTION also carries Sound Advice.