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Remembering Nick Stebbing

Nick StebbingOur hearts are saddened at the loss of one of our beloved singers and friends, Nick Stebbing. Nick passed away on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. 

We will remember Nick’s richly resonant voice, his infectious laughter, and generous, caring heart. Nick always had a good story to share. Often, these stories were about the world travels and adventures that he shared with his family. The photo here shows Nick in New York just over a year ago, where he and his wife Ruth sang in a choir festival in Carnegie Hall! 

Nick was a model for how to live life to the fullest: committed, involved and contributing to the community that he loved. He was a Police Constable, a Rotarian, a Christian, a Scouter, a Bass Singer, father, friend and loving husband. Nick and his family have been part of the Coastal Sound choirs for many years. We will miss him tremendously.

A memorial celebration of his life will be held at Eagle Ridge United Church (2813 Glen Drive, Coquitlam) on April 8th, 2017 at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, Nick’s family asks that donations be made to things that gave Nick life – Eagle Ridge United Church, Coastal Sound Music Academy, or another worthy charity.

Coastal Sound is creating a bursary in Nick’s honour, so that others can enjoy singing like Nick did. Tax deductible donations can be made to:

CSMA, PO Box 64528, Coquitlam, B.C. V3J 7V7

Please indicate that you would like to direct your donation to the “Nick Stebbing memorial bursary fund”. 

Coastal Sound Music Academy Society is a registered not for profit arts organization. Charity Number: BN 890176043RR0001. We can issue tax receipts for donations made to the organization.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: A Choral Celebration from Coast to Coast with Canadian Chamber Choir

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Coquitlam BC – February 10, 2017

The Canadian Chamber Choir performs with Coastal Sound Choirs

The Canadian Chamber Choir/Chɶur de chambre du Canada (CCC) will be in the lower mainland for workshops on February 24th and 25th, and performances throughout the region.

On Saturday February 25th the CCC joins choral forces with three choirs from Coastal Sound Music Academy for “A Choral Celebration from Coast to Coast”, taking place at Canadian Memorial United Church at 1806 W. 15th Avenue, Vancouver.

The concert with Coastal Sound will include repertoire from the CCC’s Juno Award-nominated album “Sacred Reflections of Canada – A Canadian Mass”, such as Tabula Rasa by Don MacDonald and Gloria! by Tobin Stokes – both of whom call BC home. Other BC composers like Brian Tate, Bruce Sled, Tim Corlis and Stephen Hatfield will also be featured.

The all-Canadian choral program has been thoughtfully woven to reflect the history, geography and changing cityscapes of this land. For example, three generations of Lil’wat singers who are members of the Coastal Sound organization, will perform a Women’s Warrior song to illustrate how the early French-speaking Voyageurs relied on indigenous hospitality and knowledge in order to survive.

Coastal Sound artistic director Diana Clark is a passionate advocate for Canadian choral music, and is thrilled at the collaboration and connection between the choirs. “It’s a rare treat to have the Canadian Chamber Choir here! Listeners will find the varied all-Canadian program interesting and accessible. We are also grateful for the exceptional opportunity for Coastal Sound singers in the Children’s, Youth and Adult choirs to learn from some of Canada’s finest choral singers.”

The Canadian Chamber Choir tour also includes workshops for local singers and conductors of all ages and stages. Friday, February 24 has the CCC sharing their expertise in SD43 as part of the professional development day, and the morning of February 25th they are at Vancouver Academy of Music for a public workshop on healthy singing for life.

Tickets for A Choral Celebration from Coast to Coast are available online at www.coastalsoundmusic.com. Adult $22, Student/Senior $17 or Child (12 and under) $10.  Group Rates are available for 10 or more people.  Contact admin@coastalsoundmusic.com for more details.

About Coastal Sound Music Academy

Coastal Sound Music Academy is a non-profit choral music education organization based in the Tri-Cities. The goals of this dynamic organization are to inspire each singer to develop to their fullest potential as individuals, musicians and as caring, engaged citizens. Healthy singing and musical excellence is nurtured in each person. From the wee 4 to 5 year old “Sources” song play program, to the professional and award winning Youth and Children’s Choirs, to DeCoro (a choral experience for adults), there is a place for singers to be uplifted, sharing a sense of spirit, artistry, joy and connection.

 

About Canadian Chamber Choir

The Canadian Chamber Choir includes singers, conductors, composers, educators, choreographers and scholars of Canadian choral music. Under the visionary leadership of Julia Davids, the choir convenes in a different region of Canada at least twice a year, offering concerts and mentoring choral practitioners of all ages and stages.

Wherever the Canadian Chamber Choir performs, they are met with praise for their expressive, committed interpretations, and their warm enthusiasm for sharing their gifts in the community. Concerts feature world premieres on every tour, workshops draw singers at any ability-level into vibrant music making, and masterclasses offer conductors and composers hands-on experience with one of the finest choirs on the continent.  Through these interactions, the CCC has inspired, nurtured, and mentored thousands of choral enthusiasts while working tirelessly to champion the vast wealth of choral music created in Canada. The power of this unique vision has allowed the CCC to truly become Canada’s coast-to-coast chamber choir.

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For more information, photos or to request an interview contact:

Andrea Howorth 604.802.2440 or 604.552.2762

admin@coastalsoundmusic.com

www.coastalsoundmusic.com

@coastalsound

Link to full Canadian Chamber Choir photo:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/4a8d90q96j5vq38/Canadian%20Chamber%20Choir-group.jpg?dl=0

Link to casual “choir on a bridge” photo:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/lgmx2u9d9t0taz8/CCC-group-bridge-casual.jpg?dl=0

Link to photo of Canadian Chamber Choir Artistic Team (L to R: Jeff Enns, composer-in-residence; Julia Davids, artistic director; Joel Tranquilla, associate conductor)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ohmh0w56r4ypi99/CCC-artistic-team.jpg?dl=0

PDF Version CSMA Press Release – Canadian Chamber Choir Feb 25 2017 FINAL

Rehearsal Tuesday Feb 7 is ON

We will have staff at our rehearsal on Tuesday February 7 so that choir can continue as scheduled. We know that roads and driving conditions can be different throughout the area, so we ask you to please make your own decision about whether it is safe for you to travel to rehearsal. We will be working on our music and theory as usual, so it will be a useful rehearsal time for those that can make it. 

Take care out there!

updated Tuesday, February 7 at 7:40am

Workshop with Canadian Chamber Choir Feb 24

AN EXCEPTIONAL OPPORTUNITY!
The Canadian Chamber Choir includes singers, conductors, composers, educators, choreographers and scholars of Canadian choral music. In one package, this group is able to address a number of our curriculum goals. This mini conference with the Canadian Chamber Choir will explore a number of music curriculum areas: vocal technique, conducting gesture, innovative programming including collaborations with indigenous musicians, choral arranging and composition, Canadian repertoire and more. 
Under the visionary leadership of Julia Davids, the choir convenes in a different region of Canada at least twice a year, offering concerts and mentoring choral practitioners of all ages and stages.
Wherever the Canadian Chamber Choir performs, they are met with praise for their expressive, committed interpretations, and their warm enthusiasm for sharing their gifts in the community. Concerts feature world premieres on every tour, workshops draw singers at any ability-level into vibrant music making, and masterclasses offer conductors and composers hands-on experience with one of the finest choirs on the continent.  
Learn more about the Canadian Chamber Choir: canadianchamberchoir.ca
Presented by Coquitlam Music Teachers’ Association, Coquitlam Teachers’ Association, with assistance from BCMEA and Coastal Sound Music Academy

SCHEDULE
When: Friday, February 24, 8:45am-2:30pm  
Where: Dr. Charles Best Secondary
2525 Como Lake Ave, Coquitlam

8:45am – check in 

9am – introductions and warm ups that teach vocal technique, with the Canadian Chamber Choir

9:45 – Canadian Chamber Choir mini concert

10:15 – coffee break/ time to chat

10:30 Special Topics #1 – choose from 
Vocal Technique 
Making the most of Male Voices 
Composing and Arranging

11:30 – lunch on site

12:15 – Special Topics #2 – choose from
Developing Voices/Q&A
Canadian Choral Repertoire 

1pm – short break

1:10pm – closing session with Canadian Chamber Choir: sing a piece all together, apply vocal technique

1:35pm – wrap up with Canadian Chamber Choir

1:45pm -2:30pm informal time to collaborate, share, process and debrief with colleagues

REGISTRATION PRE-REGISTER AND SAVE!!!

PayPal – to Michelle Reichert mnreichert@yahoo.ca
or 
etransfer to mnreichert@yahoo.ca (email password to Michelle)
or 
mail cheque to CMTA, attn. Michelle Reichert, 
Moody Middle, 3115 Saint Johns Street, Port Moody, BC V3H 2C6

Registration February 2-23, pay $25 for CMTA members; $45 for non- members

On-Site registration is $30 for CMTA member; $50 for non-members. Sorry, no early bird discount.

REGISTER ONLINE HERE

Canadian Chamber Choir with CSMA Feb 25

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featuring the Canadian Chamber Choir with Coastal Sound 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

7:30 pm-Canadian Memorial Church, 1806 W 15th Avenue, Vancouver

A made-in-Canada choral adventure featuring a variety of music by established and emerging Canadian composers. This musical journey will evoke the forces of nature, the passage from birth to death, elements of the liturgical calendar, reflections from various cultures and every region of this country. An eclectic selection of music from folksongs to original works by Tim Corlis, Don MacDonald, Tobin Stokes and others, also features pieces from the CCC’s JUNO-nominated recording “Sacred Reflections of Canada – A Canadian Mass.”

Also performing: Children’s Choir, Youth Choir, DeCoro

Ticket prices for this concert are: Adults $22 / Senior $17 / Student $17 / Children 12 and under $10 

Want to bring a group of 10 or more? Please contact us for group rates: andrea@coastalsoundmusic.com

GET TICKETS 

rehearsal CANCELLED due to snow Feb 4

We have been glued to the weather radar this morning- it looks like we are in for a lot more snow today…and we want you all to be safe and able to deal with the weather at home.
 
NO REHEARSAL TODAY. Rehearsal is CANCELLED TODAY, Saturday February 4th because of the heavy snow fall.
 
This shouldn’t stop singers from practicing their music at home though :) 
Check your email for more details. 
 
 

Concert tonight is ON

We’ve had our people over at the church to check out conditions at 1pm today. The main roads are clear. Another concert by Amabilis Singers is going on in the church right now!

The side streets are snow covered. The parking lot across the street from the church has been cleared. The side street parking is challenging because of snow buildup, so leave yourself extra time and wear your snow boots or shoes with good treads. Don’t be in a hurry- leave yourself lots of time to walk and drive slowly and safely. We are recommending carpools.

Drop off is available at the front of the church, heading West on 13th, only. 

Call times for singers is as follows:

Youth Choir: 4:30 (enter quietly by the side door as another concert may still be going on)

Children’s Choir: 6:00

DeCoro: 6:15

Concert starts at 7:30

In the event that the conditions seem to be getting worse while we are there, we will shorten the performance. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dec 10th CONCERT UPDATE at 12:40am

We are all “Seeing Amid the Winter Snow” a bit more than we’d actually hoped!

At this time, the Youth Choir’s morning rehearsal in the church is cancelled. We are still planning to go ahead with the concert at 7:30pm, with the hope that the snow plows will have had a chance to clear the roads for us all. 

Please check back here at 2pm to confirm whether the concert is going ahead as planned. 

Call times for singers:

Youth Choir 4:30pm

Children’s Choir 6:00pm

DeCoro 6:15pm

 

Dress Rehearsal is ON Thursday (but we will watch weather)

DRESS REHEARSAL is ON at Evergreen Cultural Centre Thursday.
 
We’ve read and considered the snowstorm warnings for Thursday night, but we are hoping to get all of our important rehearsing done before the snow begins to fall later on. Please leave yourself extra time to get to rehearsal, or consider taking the new Evergreen extension, right to the stage door of Evergreen Cultural Centre. 
 
We will continue to monitor and evaluate the weather and conditions as Thursday progresses, and will try our best to continue dress rehearsals without putting singers at risk of getting caught in the storm. 
 
Watch this space on our homepage for weather related rehearsal updates. 
 
Stay warm out there!

CHRISTMAS TREES support Coastal Sound

We are back at IKEA Coquitlam, volunteering at the Tree Lot. Come see us!

$20 gets you the tree of your choice, plus a $20 gift certificate valid in January. That’s like a free tree! Plus, you are helping Coastal Sound because IKEA donates a portion of each tree sale to our non-profit organization. 

Trees on sale after November 25th.