Posts Tagged ‘Gerda Blok-Wilson’

The Voice Calling Me Home

Thursday, 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.

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

Thursday, 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

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

Tuesday, 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.

Vancouver CanSing Level 1 & 2 choirs waiting list information

Friday, August 14th, 2015

VCS Level 1, ages 5 & 6 years (K, grade 1) and VCS Level 2 ages 7 & 8 (grades 2,3) are now full.

If your child is really keen to sing, we encourage you to place them on the waiting list by emailing VCS Artistic Director, Gerda Blok-Wilson: gwilson@cansing.ca

Sometimes a few spaces come available before first rehearsal. Also, some spaces will open up for the January 2016 session.

Rehearsals begin Tuesday September 22nd, 4:30 – 5:15, 4370 Sophia St, Vancouver. You will be notified about space availability prior to this.

Member of the BC Choral Federation and BC Kodaly Association.

Ah, Si Mon Moine SAB Choir

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Ah, Si Mon Moine Voulait Danser is a lively traditional Québécois song arrangement with piano for a developing SAB choir by Gerda Blok-Wilson. This arrangement features changing boys voices. The rhythmic selection describes a young woman who wants a monk (the word also can mean a spinning top) to dance. She offers him a cap, a gown, etc., then a psalter; he rejects each because he has taken a vow of poverty. The piece will be a favourite for both singer and audience. Great festival selection! The recording is by the Prince George Bel Canto Choirs.

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Arranged by Gerda Blok-Wilson. Repertoire,Classroom,World,Folk,Celtic. Published by CanSing (S0.68899). Sheet Music Plus

Level 4 CHORthemo (Choral, Theater, Movement)

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

VCS LogoCHORthemo (Vancouver CanSing Choirs NEW PILOT PROGRAM) will offer singers ages 10 – 16 the opportunity to achieve the highest artistic standards in interpretation, movement and singing through the study of quality choral literature. Singers will have the opportunity to work with voice teachers, professional conductors, choreographers and drama coaches. This is a great way to build amazing life-long friendships.

For 2015 – 16, the group will begin with treble voices (12 sopranos and 8 altos) but after the first year will include boys with changed voices.

Singers in VCS CHORthemo will rehearse with Level 3 (ages 9 – 16) on Tuesday, 6 – 7:15pm and then rehearse separately 7:15 – 7:45pm. Additional rehearsals/workshops will be held the 3 – 6pm, Sat Oct 3rd, 17, & 31st. These will be with vocal, drama, movement coaches.

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)
  • Individual voice assessment and placement (checking to place low, middle & high voices)
  • Movement/text activity

For an audition, contact Gerda Blok-Wilson: gwilson@cansing.ca

*Auditions will be ongoing through the summer.

Vancouver CanSing Choirs present THE SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Vancouver CanSing Choirs directed by Gerda Blok-Wilson and accompanied by Kevin Eng will present THE SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE, Saturday, February 28th, 2:30 & 7pm at 109 East 40th Ave (Immanuel Baptist Church). The one hour show, presented by 140 voices from the Vancouver CanSing Choirs, will feature songs from the popular to classics including “The Dream Ship” (LaBarr), “Spirit of Adventure” (Up), “Awake the Trumpet’s Lofty Sound” (Handel), “Northwest Passage” (Stan Rogers) and mass choir selection, “We Rise Again” (Dubinsky/Adams).

Admission is by donation ($5.00 plus/person recommended to cover concert expenses and professional fees).  Hope you can join us!

The Vancouver CanSing Choirs will present DANCING THROUGH LIFE, November 22nd, 2:30 and 7:00pm at 108 East 40th Ave (Immanuel Baptist Church).

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Dancing Through Life posterThe Vancouver CanSing Choirs will present DANCING THROUGH LIFE, Nov 22, 2:30 and 7:00pm at 108 East 40th Ave (ImmanuelBaptistChurch).

The one hour show, presented by over 130 voices from the Vancouver CanSing Choirs, will perform songs from the classics to popular including “O Fortuna” (Carmina Burana), “Dancing through Life” (Wicked), “Anvil Chorus” (Il trovatore) and mass choir selection, “Hallelujah” (Cohen).

Admission is by donation ($5.00 plus/person recommended to cover expenses).  Along with Gerda Blok-Wilson (conductor), Kevin Eng (accompanist) and all the singers, we hope you can join us!

VCS youth present CLOWNS June 7th, 2:30 & 7pm

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Vancouver CanSing Choir (VCS) youth will present the musical theatre production of CLOWNS, June 7th, 2:30 & 7pm, 4370 Sophia St (Cityview Church).  The group is directed by Gerda Blok-Wilson, accompanied by Kevin Eng and choreographed by Erin Robertson. The show will be one hour in length and admission is by donation.  VCS will also present 2 school shows, June 6th, 10:30am and 1pm. These are already full!

Craig Cassils’ musical CLOWNS was first performed at the Canadian Music Educator’s Association National Conference in 1987.  Since then, it has been performed across Canada and in the US.

The story is about a young, energetic troupe of clowns who hope to be professionals someday.  They are looking for the great secret of life and set out to consult the BIG WHEEL.  The lively story with 11 wonderful songs is one of singing and dancing, laughing and crying, searching and finding – the very elements of life itself!  We hope you can join us!

Vancouver CanSing Adult Choir: Tony Araujo GUEST CONDUCTOR

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

With his energetic and inspiring conducting skills, Tony Araujo (BC Boys Choir, Corpus Christi Choir, St Patrick’s Regional High School Choirs) had the ability to pull out the best of Vancouver CanSing Adult Choir (Gerda Blok-Wilson, Artistic Director) members during their first GUEST CONDUCTOR session.  He reinforced a lot of concepts including vowels, diction, tone and storytelling. 

 Thank you to choir members for their whole-hearted participation!! There was a great response from singers when Tony Araujo  asked them to try new exercises and concepts.  Sometimes choir members don’t respond with such SPIRIT!!

SEIZE THE DAY , Saturday, March8th, 2:30 & 7pm, Immanuel Baptist Church (109 E40th Ave) is  going to be a great concert!