Posts Tagged ‘vancouver children’s choir’

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.

SelfDesign CanSing Choir

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Conductor: Gerda Blok-Wilson

Thursdays,3:30 – 4:30pm

Ages: 6 – 13

Jericho Hill Centre

4196 W4th Ave, Vancouver

 Singing in a choir is like playing on a sports team.  The rehearsals are similar to practices.  They prepare the singer for a performance which is a lot like a game.  The choir also has a conductor who is like a sports coach.  The job of the conductor is to teach skills that will help singers develop their musicianship and voice.

 At the beginning of the Self Design CanSing Choir rehearsal, there will be warm up exercises.  Along with many skills, these exercises will build such things as vocal, listening, rhythmic, breathing, movement and reading skills.  They will also build drama skills. 

 After a short warm up, the song practice will consist of learning how to sing the melody, harmony and rhythm (musical elements).  It will also include exploring ways to make the song interesting for the audience (dramatically telling a story through the song).  There will be several different songs during the practice for singers to develop skills. 

 A choir is a team just like sports.  Everyone practices skills together so they can sing a song both beautifully and creatively.  There will be many times during rehearsal and performance when everyone makes a mistake, but the choir scores goals when everyone works together with a keen attitude!

 I hope you can join the Self Design CanSing Choir team!!

We knocked everyone’s socks off!

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Tuesday, Jan 8th start up!

Congratulations to everyone for your fantastic performances at the HEART AND SOUL.
From diction, phrasing, vocal technique to expression, interpretation and teamwork all choir levels engaged the audience.

On behalf of the artistic team, Erica, Andrea, Erin (choreographer) and I, it was a pleasure rehearsing and conducting you!

Music has already arrived for the show, LOOK TO THE RAINBOW, Saturday, March 9th, 2:30 and 7pm – I’ll send samples in the next few days.

Rehearsals will begin Tuesday, January 8th. I hope to see everyone back for this exciting session which will culminate with all three choirs performing the a mass choir arrangement of the Voice – please share the news with friends and family. I’ve also confirmed that soloist, Emanuelle Lyons, will be back by popular demand.

If you can’t join us for this term, please let me know ASAP because music folders will be prepared next week.

Returning members do not need to re-register but payment can be made online: LEVEL 1, LEVEL 2, LEVEL 3 and ADULT CHOIR.

Thank you again and if I don’t see you before January, best wishes for a wonderful Christmas!!

Vancouver CanSing “Singing Girls”

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Some of the Cansing members doing their thing at theWeber St block party on Canada Day!


Friday, October 21st, 2011

The second CanSing choir season is off to a great start with over 60 members.  The audience will be in for a real treat when they hear the performances at the I’VE GOT THE MUSIC IN ME show, December 3rd, 2:30 & 7pm at Cityview Baptist Church (corner of 28th and Sophia St.).  Admission is by donation.

Vancouver CanSing Choir Startup October 4th

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

The Vancouver CanSing choir startup (2nd season!) in the Riley Park neighbourhood is fast approaching.  Thank you to those who have registered already!  We have some wonderful music-making ahead.

You can link to the choir description, by clicking Primary, Intermediate or Adult choir. 

Primary Choir (ages 6 – 8), 5:30 – 6:30 pm:  Fee – $79.00   

Intermediate Choir (Ages: 9 – 14), 6:45 – 7:55pm: fee: $89.00

Adult Choir, 8 – 9:15pm: Fee: $99.00

“If you can talk, you can sing”

Themes and Variations-electronic publication

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

I just got word this morning that “Jolly Crawly Bugs” and “Winter Solstice News” have been accepted for electronic publication by THEMES AND VARIATIONS.  They are going to try to get it out in the next few weeks for Christmas Concert time. That’s a bit sooner than I anticipated.  I still have editing to do for the SPRING COMES LAUGHING SET but I’m hoping it will come out for next spring. 

Fantastic Concert

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Thank you for the wonderful 2010 –  11 choir sessions!  The new Vancouver CanSing programs have grown since last fall especially with the adult group.

From the toe-stompin’ “Cripple Creek” to the beautiful harmonies of “By the Waters of Babylon” and mass Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, the choirs really pulled out all the stops March 12th – great teamwork!  The audience was so impressed.

I’m working to have the fall session organized in a few weeks.  I’ll send a notice ASAP and I hope to see you all back for another amazing choral journey, Tuesdays.  .

Once again, great singing!

CanSing Choristers: CONGRATULATIONS!

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Wow, the audience had so many compliments for the performers & it was great to see a full house!

I was proud to be able to lead the first CanSing show in our own neighbourhood and I think that I can speak for Gemma, too! Overall, I felt everyone’s performance was clean and very exciting and it was evident that each chorister was enjoying what they were doing.

I know that you’ll want to take the opportunity to register right away for the next 8 week session, begins Jan 18, which will culminate with the show, “Everything’s Coming up Roses, Saturday, March 12, 2:30pm.  It’s going to be a dynamic show including musical theatre, seasonal songs and the final number will be a mass choir arrangement of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”.

Please help spread the news to other prospective choristers!

I am also in the process of organizing a recording session for both the Primary and Intermediate groups.  That’s always exciting and a great learning experience. You can listen to some of the music that I’ve recorded with my choristers over the years when you visit my website and it’s under the heading “music”.  Last spring, my recording kids put out the musicals, “Simon Fraser and the Raging River” and “Sound Advice”.  Both musicals will be published soon through THEMES AND VARIATIONS.

Once again, thank you for your support and enthusiasm and I look forward to seeing you all in January!

CanSing Presents: Autumn is Singin’

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

2:30 – 3:30, Saturday, November 27, 2010

4370 Sophia St, Vancouver BC (28th & Sophia St)

Admission is by donation

The CanSing Primary Choir will perform a mini-musical that takes you on a trip to Farmer MacDonald’s barnyard.  All the animals are singing except Madam Cow.  Something is wrong…she just won’t MOO.  The animals join together to try to save the day…

The CanSing Intermediate Singers will perform seasonal songs including “Button up Your Overcoat”.