Have you already done a translation search? Are you confused?
Here is what Les and Diana tell us:
“We wanted a name that reflected what the choir was going to be about, and was a fit with our other choirs. We have Italian musical names for other choirs–Con Brio (meaning “with spirit”) and Con Bella (“with beauty” or artistry), so I asked Les to think along those lines”, says Coastal Sound Artistic Director, Diana Clark.
Les then proposed the following words, and definitions, and we morphed them to make the name De Coro. It was a fine balance between finding a name that had roots it “choir” and “heart” versus sounding like a furniture store!
Decorus – (Italian) beautiful, graceful, charming, proper, fit, becoming
Decoro – (Latin) beautify, embellish, adorn; (Italian) dignity, honour
De core – (Italian) of heart,
Coro – (Spanish & Italian) choir
Pronounce De Coro sort of like “Day KohDoh” with a rolled r… and that’s it! No matter how you say it, the choir welcomes returning Adult Choir singers and new members alike.
Les is excited to join the Coastal Sound team as conductor of “De Coro” – a new singing experience for adults. He is passionate about choirs and strongly believes that singing together elevates the soul, calls out the artistry in each of us, and nurtures meaningful community.
He holds a Bachelors of Music in Voice & Music Education and a Masters Degree in Choral Conducting, all from McGill University. He also has an Orchestral Conducting Diploma from the esteemed Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. Les is in his tenth year of teaching in the Vancouver School Board where he is Director of Choral Activities and the Fine Arts Department Head at Eric Hamber Secondary. He also serves as president of the Vancouver Secondary Music Teachers Association, continues his own professional development through the BC Choral Mentorship Project, and proudly sings with the Chor Leoni Men’s Choir. When not immersed in everything music, he can be found cooking for friends and family, traveling with his wife Ellen, and digging in the garden.
Education and Training:
- Bachelor of Music – Voice & Music Education (McGill University)
- Master of Music – Choral Conducting (McGill University)
- Diploma in Orchestral Conducting (Hochschule für Musik, Vienna)
There comes a time when change is necessary, and that time has come for Coastal Sound Adult Choir. After 17 years at the helm, director Michael Grice and the Adult Choir, will perform on Sunday, June 9 for the last time together. Michael has requested that there be no fanfare at the June 9th performance, but we all wish him the best in his future endeavors.
We couldn’t be more proud of our Coastal Sound Youth Choir: they have won their class at the BC Music Festival, and were also named top choir for the whole choral festival.
The group, directed by Carrie Tennant, is also one of 3 finalists in the ACCC Choral Competition. Read more here.
Be part of the next performance experience: you can hear Coastal Sound Youth Choir in performance on June 9 in Coquitlam, June 15 in Seattle, and June 22 in Vancouver. All the concert details are here.