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Coquitlam BC, April 28, 2015 — Local Children’s Choir exchanging with Nova Scotian choir

 

The Coastal Sound Music Academy (CSMA) Children’s Choir recently hosted 40 young singers from The Annapolis Valley Honour Choir (AVHC).

 

In 2013, Coastal Sound Artistic Director Diana Clark was conducting in Nova Scotia­ at Berwick Choral Camp in the Annapolis Valley. It was there that Heather Fraser and Clark met, promising that “one day we will have our choirs sing together!”

This April and May, their vision came true: first when Annapolis Valley Honour Choir arrived in BC and performed with local school choirs in Port Coquitlam, Port Moody and Nanaimo; sang a concert on “The Chief” at the top of the Squamish Sea to Sky Gondola; and visited places of cultural, artistic, historical and geographical significance. In mid May, Coastal Sound Children’s Choir heads to the Annapolis Valley to learn first hand, about the history of the area. Together, both choirs share repertoire that examines “where we live” in Canada through the lens of choral music. Singers have learned about each other, themselves and their choral art.

For Clark and her singers, it is a profound opportunity for professional and artistic growth. “Singing songs like The Blue Nose, while standing beside that same ship in Lunenberg, or singing Acadian music at the French Cross on the UNESCO world heritage site that is Grand Pré–one of the first French colonies that dates back to the 1600’s… these experiences will never be forgotten,” Clark says. It is also a valuable opportunity to trade songs and teach each other the local folk music. For the Nova Scotians, there are thousands of folk songs that have been collected, but Coastal Sound says they have had to research BC songs a lot! “We also have some workshops scheduled where we will be studying more folk song history and vocal technique.”

This twinning of these two choirs would not be possible without the funding of SEVEC, Society for Educational Visits and Exchanges in Canada. SEVEC exchanges encourage cultural sharing by granting airfare travel in Canada, with the understanding that twinned groups will stay in each others homes, build cross-Canada connections and experience first hand, places of Canadian significance.

Of all of the experiences, one the most fun and interesting is staying in each other’s homes! For many singers in both choirs, this is a first time away from home for any length of time. “There is a lot of nervous excitement and much anticipation at the idea of living with another family for a week, experiencing life and culture in their town,” says Clark, who herself remembers such experiences many years ago on school band program exchanges. “It is always surprising and reassuring to find kindred spirits with so much in common, in another part of the world. These exchanges build connection and understanding between people– sharing music together deepens the experience.”

The Coastal Sound Music Academy transforms lives and builds community through the pursuit of choral music excellence. From the 4-year-olds in the Sources song play program to the professional, award winning Youth and Children’s Choirs and DeCoro choir for adults, there is a place for singers to share a sense of spirit, artistry, heart and community. Whether they are singing “O Canada” at Grey Cup, Indie rock arrangements or traditional a cappella singing, Coastal Sound has gained a reputation for presenting artistic, entertaining and engaging performances. Friendly auditions for September placements with Coastal Sound Music Academy are now being accepted at coastalsoundmusic.com

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For more information or to request an interview:

andrea@coastalsoundmusic.com

www.coastalsoundmusic.com 604.552.2762

 

 

 

 

Coastal Sound Music Academy (CSMA) – Biography

 

Children’s Choir is one of seven choirs at Coastal Sound Music Academy. With the motto “Music for your WHOLE life”, Coastal Sound offers choral programs for singers 4 years old to adult.

Joy of singing, connection with others, and developing as choral artists are the core values of the Children’s Choir. The choir works with guest conductors and shares with other choirs and performers whenever possible. Recent highlights include performances and collaborations with Canadian composers Stephen Hatfield, Imant Raminsh and Kris Fulton; DragonDiva Opera Company; performances at TEDxKids BC conference, Grey Cup 2014, with Vancouver Chamber Choir and Michael Bublé, singing with him on his 2013 Christmas Holiday TV Special.  Children’s Choir loves to connect and tour exchange with other singers, most recently with Guelph Youth Singers, Annapolis Valley Honour Choir and Anima Youth Singers of Chicago.

 

Diana Clark is recognized for her creative work with young singers. She has an eclectic background that includes a Master’s Degree in Music Performance and top program honours in a Master of Music Education from Northwestern University, Illinois. She teaches children through music at an Elementary school in Port Coquitlam, and serves as Artistic Director of Coastal Sound Music Academy where she leads a 9 member artistic team and two of the Coastal Sound choirs. Diana is a member of the BC Choral Conductors Mentorship Project, a member of the Advocacy panel for Choral Canada, and an adjudicator/ clinician specializing in working with children and repertoire for unchanged voices.

 

Barry Yamanouchi graduated with a B.Mus. from U.B.C. and an M.Mus. from McGill University with a major in Sound Recording.  He works as an accompanist for several choirs and numerous solo singers.  He also makes recordings in his home studio and is a teacher of piano and theory. In 2014, Barry was the recipient of the Joyce O. Maguire award presented by the BC Choral Federation, for his outstanding and dedicated service to the BC choral community. Barry is also in demand as a teacher of Bridge.

Indiekör: indie-rock songs for choir

The Coastal Sound Youth Choir is thrilled to announce the return of Indiekör to Vancouver for its fourth year in a row! Featuring 65 singers aged 14-22, and local indie mainstays The Salteens, Indiekör is an innovative cross-pollination of classical choral music and indie rock. Music by Stars, Bon Iver, Sergei Rachmaninoff, The New Pornographers, Patrick Watson, Claudio Monteverdi, Hey Ocean, The Zombies, Imant Raminsh, Florence and the Machine, and Dan Mangan.

With guests, Coastal Sound Children’s Choir.

SUNDAY, JUNE 14,  7:30pm
The Vogue Theatre

Indiekor 2015 poster web918 Granville Street, Vancouver

 
Advance tickets:
$23 Adults
$18 Students
$13 Children under 12

All ticket prices include service charges and GST

Tickets available online or by phone at 604-569-1144

http://northerntickets.com/events/indiekor-2015/

 

Indiekör Rocks Victoria, Friday, June 12

Coastal Sound takes Indiekör on the road!
The Coastal Sound Youth Choir is thrilled to announce that they will be traveling to Victoria to share their Indiekör show with Vancouver Island fans! Featuring 65 singers aged 14-22, and local indierock mainstays The Salteens, Indiekör is an innovative cross-pollination of classical choral music and indie rock. Music by Stars, Bon Iver, Sergei Rachmaninoff, The New Pornographers, Patrick Watson, Claudio Monteverdi, Hey Ocean, The Zombies, Imant Raminsh, Florence and the Machine, and Dan Mangan. Special guest appearance by the Oak Bay High School Chamber Choir!
 
FRIDAY, JUNE 12
7:30pm
Oak Bay High School Theatre
2151 Cranmore Road, Victoria

Advance tickets:
$15 Adults
$12 Students
$5 Children under 12
All ticket prices include service charges and GST

Tickets available at Larsen Music School
1833 Cook Street
250.389.1988

for school and group rates email carrie@coastalsoundmusic.com

 

More about Coastal Sound Children’s Choir

Coastal Sound Children’s Choir aims to inspire each young singer to be their best–as musicians and as engaged, caring citizens–through choral singing.

Under the direction of Diana Clark since 2009, but founded by Donna Otto in 1989, Coastal Sound Children’s Choir consists of creative young people from diverse cultural heritages, ages 10-15 years old.

Children’s Choir is one of seven choirs at Coastal Sound Music Academy. With the motto “Music for your WHOLE life”, Coastal Sound offers choral programs for singers 4 years old to adult.

Joy of singing, connection with others, and developing as choral artists are the core values of the Children’s Choir. The choir works with guest conductors and shares with other choirs and performers whenever possible. Recent highlights include performances and collaborations with Canadian composers Stephen Hatfield, Imant Raminsh and Kris Fulton; DragonDiva Opera Company, TEDxKids BC conference, Grey Cup 2014, Vancouver Chamber Choir and Michael Bublé, singing with him on his 2013 Christmas Holiday TV Special.  Children’s Choir loves to connect and tour exchange with other singers, most recently with Guelph Youth Singers (Linda Beaupré), Annapolis Valley Honour Choir (Heather Fraser) and Anima Youth Singers of Chicago (Emily Ellsworth).

Throughout the past 26 years, Children’s Choir has performed at important cultural events–including the 2010 Olympics– throughout Greater Vancouver and Whistler, and has toured extensively.

Listeners can hear Coastal Sound Children’s Choir on CBCmusic.ca streaming radio.

coastalsoundmusic.com

 

Diana Clark is recognized for her creative work with young singers. She has an eclectic background that includes a Master’s Degree in Music Performance and top program honours in a Master of Music Education from Northwestern University, Illinois. She teaches children through music at an Elementary school in Port Coquitlam, and serves as Artistic Director of Coastal Sound Music Academy where she leads a 9 member artistic team and two of the Coastal Sound choirs. Diana is a member of the BC Choral Conductors Mentorship Project, a member of the Advocacy panel for Choral Canada, and an adjudicator/ clinician specializing in working with children and repertoire for unchanged voices.

 

Barry Yamanouchi graduated with a B.Mus. from U.B.C. and an M.Mus. from McGill University with a major in Sound Recording.  He works as an accompanist for several choirs and numerous solo singers.  He also makes recordings in his home studio and is a teacher of piano and theory. In 2014, Barry was the recipient of the Joyce O. Maguire award presented by the BC Choral Federation, for his outstanding and dedicated service to the BC choral community. Barry is also in demand as a teacher of Bridge.

About Annapolis Valley Honour Choir

The Annapolis Valley Honour Choir (AVHC) is an instructional music program that emphasizes musical and vocal training through choral music experiences. It exists to enrich the artistic lives of its members, their families, and the community they serve. Founded in 1988 there are currently 120 talented choristers from Grades 5-12 in these growing ensembles, representing over 18 communities from across the Annapolis Valley.

Singers receive a well-rounded choral education, singing a wide range of classical music, folksongs from around the world, spirituals, foreign language pieces, and pieces expressly written for young voices. We also highlight Canadian composers when possible.

The choirs present three full-length concerts each year, as well as an annual Coffee House, Sweets for the Sweet dessert night, and other fundraisers.  During the year the choir performs at many churches and for community events throughout the region and for special events such as the Remembrance Day Service at Acadia University. Most recently it has helped raise money for a variety of community projects such as the Wolfville and Kentville Food Banks, West King High School AV room, and Port Williams Park.

The choir also takes part in the Annapolis Valley Music Festival and other festivals in Nova Scotia. They have won their classes at both the local and provincial level in the last four years, and have been sent to represent Nova Scotia at the National Music Festival. 

In order to incorporate a worldly musical education and life experiences for the singers, the AVHC considers travel to be an extremely important part of the vision and mandate of the organization.

 

Heather Fraser (B.M. Piano Performance, Acadia 2001; B.Ed, McGill 2004) is a dynamic and energetic music educator specializing in choral activities. She is currently Artistic Director and Conductor of the Annapolis Valley Honour Choirs (grades 5-12) and the Halifax Regional School Board’s All City High School Honour Choir, Soundtrax. Previous conducting engagements include resident conductor of the Nova Scotia Youth Choir, preparation of choirs for Symphony Nova Scotia, and a recording project with the Children’s Chorus of Nova Scotia with SNS and CBC. Heather is also privileged to serve as Program Director for the Nova Scotia Choral Federation, developing and coordinating programs to meet the diverse needs of the Nova Scotia choral community.

 

Anna-Maria Galante has been working with children since 1997, and in the capacity of a piano and Kindermusik teacher since 2007. Before that she was a newspaper reporter. She prefers working with children, and for children. She loves what Heather Fraser is doing with this choir, and is awe- inspired to be part of a vibrant group of such world-changing potential. She’d like to see the world passed on to them in better shape than it is now – and once ran for the Green Party of Nova Scotia to that end. Anna-Maria grew up in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where her first piano students were her sister and brother, and her first accompanist work was for her dad, who likes to sing operatic tenor arias. She studied journalism in Ottawa, and runs a small music studio in Coldbrook.

More about the WE LIVE HERE exchange

Two summers ago, I made my first journey to Nova Scotia­–to a magical place for choral singing, under the Hemlocks at Berwick Choral Camp in the Annapolis Valley. It was there that Heather Fraser and I met, promising that “one day we will have our choirs sing together!”

And now, here we are, all of us glowing with pride at being able to welcome and host our new friends in our homes, in our towns and province!

This twinning of our choirs would not be possible without the tremendous funding of SEVEC, Society for Educational Visits and Exchanges in Canada. These SEVEC exchanges encourage cultural sharing by funding airfare travel in Canada, with the understanding that twinned groups will stay in each others homes and learn about Canadian history, geography and culture while touring.

WE LIVE HERE was initially inspired by the SEVEC guidelines for cultural exchange, but now the WE LIVE HERE concept is quickly taking on a life of its own, with plans to further highlight local music, artists, geography and history in future concert seasons.

This week, Annapolis Valley Honour Choir is with us in Metro Vancouver, performing with local school choirs in Port Coquitlam, Port Moody and Nanaimo; singing a concert on “The Chief” at the top of the Squamish Sea to Sky Gondola; and visiting places of cultural, artistic, historical and geographical significance. Together, we are sharing repertoire that examines Canada and “where we live” through the lens of choral music, and together, we are learning about each other, ourselves and the choral art.

In May, Coastal Sound Children’s Choir will be heading to the Annapolis Valley, where we are looking forward to singing songs like “The Blue Nose”, right there as we look at that ship in Lunenberg dry dock, or the Acadian song “Reel a Bouche” right there on the Acadian world heritage site that is Grand Pré.

Of these experiences, the most fun of all, is staying in each other’s homes! For many singers in both choirs, this is a first time away from home for any length of time. There is a lot of nervous excitement and much anticipation at the idea of living with another family for almost a week. For those of us who have participated in these SEVEC exchanges before, we know full well how transformative and unforgettable this exchange will be for singers. Our WE LIVE HERE project will be especially powerful because singing together­–making and sharing expressive art together–is a major part of the exchange.

It is often said that we all have more in common, than differences. When you view the slide show in the concert, keep in mind that photos from Metro Vancouver and Nova Scotia have been shuffled together… and you may have trouble figuring out where photos were taken because of so many commonalities between our coastal communities. This certainly surprised us!

By nurturing and supporting this SEVEC cultural and musical exchange, you are helping the youth of these choirs become engaged, proud, confident and patriotic leaders in our country. You are ensuring that these young people become life-long seekers of peace and global understanding.

We hope you will come enjoy a spirited concert by these two outstanding Children’s Choirs, and we hope that you leave the evening with a renewed gratitude and advocacy for this place… because WE LIVE HERE.

 

Diana Clark, artistic director Coastal Sound Music Academy