Posts Tagged ‘vancouver composer’

Vancouver Eric Whitacre Concert

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

As St Patrick’s Regional High School Artist in Residence, I work with the St Pat’s Chamber Choir and rehearsed 3 Eric Whitacre pieces: CLOUDBURST, SLEEP, THE SEAL LULLABY with them.  They will join forces with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Pacifica Singers and other select high school choirs…AMAZING CONCERT! You may be interested in his Ted Talk: Eric Whitacre Ted Talk

Eric Whitacre inVancouver Sat Oct 27 8pm Orpheum


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”.

Cansing Adult Christmas Choir Begins

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

The five sessions will be held every Tuesday, 8 – 9:15, 4370 Sophia St (28th & Sophia).  Everyone is welcome…no audition for this new event…just come out and meet your neighbours, get into the holiday spirit and rehearse some beautiful seasonal arrangements.

The seasonal music will include: A Festive Christmas Celebration (Medley), O Holy Night, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and the Hallelujah Chorus…

Online registration ( ensures that you will have music for the first rehearsal.

CanSing Community Adult Christmas Choir Registration

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

This five week Christmas Community Choir session in the Riley Park  area is for all of you who love to sing Christmas carols and seasonal music.  At the end of the session, there’s a CHRISTMAS CAROL JAMBOREE PERFORMANCE and CAROL SINGALONG, Saturday, December 4 2:30 – 3:30pm.  It’s when you can invite your family and friends along to share a bit of holiday cheer (admission for the Saturday event is “Pay what you Can” to cover rehearsal and performance costs).

There’s definitely no audition!  Singers of every skill level are invited to both learn and have fun.

Register online ( to ensure that you have music for the first rehearsal.

A Christmas Carol Jamboree

Tuesday evenings: November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Saturday, Dec 4, 2:30 – 3:30 (Christmas Carol Jamboree performance and carol singalong)

Time: 8pm – 9:15pm

Place: 4370 Sophia St (Cityview Baptist Church)

Fee: $79.00

Music: Seasonal arrangements including O HOLY NIGHT and


CanSing Registration News

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Meredith was the first to register and has recruited several of her friends.  She has the magic touch!

The registrations are beginning to roll in.  We have singers coming from St Augustine, General Wolfe, McBride, École Bilingue, Van Horne, Charles Dickens Annex School and the Vancouver Learning Network.  So far General Wolfe has the most registered!

News has been distributed to schools in the area but I encourage you all to “talk it up” with friends. The most effective way to build a choir is by letting friends and family know that it’s happening.

Primary Choir  (boys/girls)

Grades K – 3: Tuesdays: 5:30 – 6:30pm

Fee: $79.00

Intermediate Choir (boys/girls)

Grades 4 – 8: Tuesdays: 6:45 – 8pm

Fee: $89.00