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Announcing Vancouver CanSing’s 8th season. Come sing with us!

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

The Vancouver CanSing (VCS) 2017 fall choir session registration is open! All rehearsals begin Tuesday, September 12th, Cityview Church, the Hillcrest neighbourhood. 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 (ages 5 & 6)

Level 2 (ages 7 & 8)

Level 3 (ages 9 – 13)

Level 4 CHORthemo (advanced choir) (ages 10 – 17).

*New members need to audition for this advanced choir (see information on website).

Adult Choir (non-auditioned)

The choirs will be rehearsing for the 70 – minute show, TO THE SPIRIT OF SONG, Friday, November 17th, 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 some fantastic mass choir selections including  Changes (women’s choirs), Stand by Me (men) Bonse Aba (Adult & Chorthemo) Sing (Advanced youth choir) & Kusimama (Mass Youth choirs). The VCS mass choir of 150 voice will perform I Love You/What a Wonderful World. A more detailed list of music repertoire will be sent to registrants at the end of June.

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. Dr. Jeanette Gallant

Member of the BC Choral Federation, Choral Canada and the BC Kodály Association

 

VCS Level 1 & 2 choirs present LEMONADE and Songs. Friday, Mar 3, 7 – 7:45pm & Tuesday, Mar 7, 5 – 5:45pm Cityview Church (4370 Sophia St.).

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Lemonade and songs invitationFri, Mar 3, 7 – 7:45pm & Tues, Mar 7, 5 – 5:45pm Cityview Church (4370 Sophia St.), the Vancouver Cansing Level 1 and 2 choirs, Hillcrest neighbourhood, will present LEMONADE and Songs. Everyone is welcome. Admission is by donation. Suggested amount is $5.00 to cover expenses.

The show will feature a few songs from the Level 1 and 2 choir year and a 20 minute musical called LEMONADE by John Jacobsen and John Higgins. Join in the fairytale frenzy when Chicken Little, the a Little Pig, Humpty Dumpty, the Cat with a fiddle, Little Bo Peep, Little Girl Blue and a host of other characters are having a bad day! With the help of a cheerful Mother Goose, they learn to make the best out of life’s ups and downs.

Bring your family and friends!

When the world gives you sunshine, don’t live in the shade. When the world gives you lemons…make lemonade!

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

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

Thursday, 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.

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Twitter: @vancansing

Member of the BC Choral Federation and BC Kodály Association

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.

The Vancouver CanSing website is now open for fall 2015 registration!

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

Don't Let the light go outIt’s going to be another great season! Thank you to those who sent music suggestions. If they’re not used in this concert, they’ve been added ti a list for future shows.

The approximately 60 – minute show, DON’T LET THE LIGHT GO OUT, Saturday, November 21st will feature songs from the classic, jazz, popular, musical theatre and folk genre (I’ll be sending a sneak preview in the next week). Peter Yarrow’s Light one Candle (Peter, Paul and Mary – 25th Anniversary Concert via @YouTube)) will be the mass choir selection (all choirs will join together in singing). Choir rehearsals will begin Tuesday, September 22nd, Cityview Church (4370 Sophia St).

Fees have gone up slightly to cover the cost of professional fees, larger rehearsal and performance facilities. The updated information can be found at the website.

The VCS Adult choir Tuesday rehearsal time will remain the same. However, because of growth and strong skill level development in our Level 2/3 youth choir, a new auditioned VCS Level 4 (age 10 – 16) project choir has been added. Click below for information. This meant that the Tuesday rehearsal formations for Level 1, 2 & 3 needed to be revised to fit Level 4 choir and rehearsal time available.

Early registration is encouraged. Last year, all choirs were closed before September rehearsal start up.

Click the following for more information and registration.

Vancouver CanSing LEVEL 1 (ages 5 – 6 – k, grade 1)

Vancouver CanSing LEVEL 2 (ages 7 – 8 – grade 2, 3)

Vancouver CanSing LEVEL 3 (ages 9 – 14, grade 4 – 10)

Vancouver CanSing LEVEL 4 Auditioned (ages 10–16, gr 5–10)

Vancouver CanSing ADULT CHOIR (mixed voices – SATB)

Vancouver CanSing Nutcracker Chorus parts to practice

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Here are the Vancouver CanSing Level 2 and 3 choir parts and Nutcracker choir music for the Goh Ballet: Nutcracker soprano part and Nutcracker alto part.

Also, check out Centre for the Performing Arts: Goh Ballet http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elD5US-ALM8 and Nutcracker: Waltz of the Snowflakes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcxixZjeulE

 

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!

Welcome Kevin Eng!

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Vancouver CanSing choirs are pleased to announce that Kevin Eng will be our new accompanist.  He has already begun rehearsals with Level 2 & 3 in preparation for the CLOWNS musical, June 7, 2:30 and 7pm Cityview Church.

Kevin brings a lot of experience and enthusiasm and will no doubt help build our Hillcrest neighbourhood community choir both in a musically proficient way but also in a positive and friendly atmosphere.

Congratulations on two wonderful SEIZE THE DAY shows

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Seize the day 3 - 14On behalf of Erica (accompanist), Andrea (assistant), Lucy (assistant) and me, I have to say that it’s been amazing to see the skill development this year.  The Level 2 & 3 singers “wowed” the audience with their expression, part singing and choreography! 

The commitment to rehearsal and creating an engaging performance by most of our members was reinforced by the standing ovation at the evening show! Congratulations!!

 EricaFor Vancouver CanSing Choir’s third session this year, rehearsals for the musical, CLOWNS, begin Tuesday, April 1st, 6:15 – 7:15 (chorus) & 6:15 – 7:45 (acting schedule will be given out at 1st rehearsal).  The community shows will be 2:30 & 7pm, June 7th, Cityview.  There are plans for school shows, Friday, June 6th (TBA).

There is no audition for chorus.  Group auditions for acting roles will be held at 419 Aubrey Place, April 5th & 6th.  Just like last year, children will sign up for 30 minute segments.  Full details will be given out at first rehearsal.

Adult Choir and Level 1 choir will resume September 30th Cityview Church.  Early registration will be mid-June.

Vancouver CanSing Choirs begin search for a new Vancouver CanSing accompanist

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

As you all know, Erica Ross, our assistant conductor/accompanist, has been instrumental in building the Vancouver CanSing Choir program in the Hillcrest neighbourhood.  Her friendly, encouraging and very accomplished manner in both rehearsal and concert has enriched our practices and performances.  Erica will be leaving Vancouver soon after our March 8th concerts.  She will be greatly missed!!

So, the search will begin for a new accompanist for some work through April – June with Level 2 & 3 and most importantly for the 2014-15 Season.  We are seeking a team player, interested in working with and building our choirs in a friendly but musically proficient way. 

Interested candidates should have completed a minimum of Grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music or its equivalent.  Good sight reading of the music is important. Choral accompanist experience is an asset.  Remuneration is competitive.

If you happen to know of someone who might be interested in this opportunity, please have them email me: gwilson@cansing.ca for details.