Posts Tagged ‘music education’

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 Choir waiting list information.

Monday, July 27th, 2015

VCS Level 1, ages 5 & 6 years (K, grade 1) is now full. The choir is made up of 15 members.

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:

Generally, 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.


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. 

CanSing Recording Kids 2011 Schedule

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your session – 419 Aubrey Place (basement).

Friday, June 3rd

4:00 – 6:30pm           Jolly Crawly Bugs: Spoken & sung parts

6:30 – 8pm                Winter Solstice News (Songs only)

Saturday, June 4th

9 – 10:30am              Winter Solstice (Spoken parts)

10:30 – 1pm              Spring Comes Laughing (Set of songs)


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.