FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 1, 2017
COQUITLAM, BC – Choral fans across the Lower Mainland are in for a treat on May 25th as Coastal Sound Youth Choir joins musical forces with Edmonton Youth Choir in Dream Things True: Music of the Imagination. Under the direction of conductors Joel Tranquilla and John Wiebe, the choirs will kick-off their Western Canada tour with a program that features a fantastic array of both Canadian and internationally composed choral works. The concert will take place in the beautiful acoustic of St. John’s Shaughnessy Church in Vancouver. Special guests Burnaby Mountain Secondary Chamber Choir, directed by Deanna Gestrin will add their voices to the program.
From Polynesian chant to Swedish progressive rock, and works by renowned choral composers, including Jeff Enns, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Jake Runestad, and Eric Whitacre, Dream Things True is a collaborative choral experience, bringing together two of the finest youth choirs in the country. A night of creation, collaboration, friendship, and music for the whole family, Dream Things True is an example of the vibrancy and passion of youth.
Following the Vancouver performance, the choirs will take Dream Things True on the road, with informal concerts along the way to formal performances in Calgary and Edmonton.
Ka Hia Manu- Stephen Hatfield
Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine- Eric Whitacre
Ti in jaz-Ambroz Copi
Songs Are Thoughts- Lavinia Kell Parker
O, She Doth Teach the Torches to Burn Bright- Eriks Esenvalds
Amor de mi Alma-Z. Randall Stroope
Bright Morning Stars- Shawn Kirchner
Only in Sleep-Eriks Esenvalds
Dream Things True: Music of the Imagination, Thursday, May 25th at 7:30 PM (doors open at 7:00 PM)
St. John’s Shaughnessy Anglican Church —1490 Nanton Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets are available online at www.coastalsoundmusic.com
Adults – $20/ Seniors & Students – $15/Children (12 & under) – $10
Edmonton Youth Choir
EYC is the oldest choir in the Edmonton Youth & Children’s Choir family and focuses on advanced, a cappella repertoire. The choir has competed successfully in festivals and competitions across Canada and Europe, has been heard nationally on CBC Radio, has recorded six CDs, and tours have taken the group to locales across Canada and around the world. In July 2014, the choir received two Gold Medals for their performances at the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia and in 2016 they toured South Africa. When not touring the choir has presented full-scale choral-orchestral works with members of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Edmonton Youth Orchestra.
Coastal Sound Youth Choir
The Coastal Sound Youth Choir has become well-known throughout the Canadian choral community for its passionate, creative and heartfelt performances, representing the true energy and determination of Canadian youth. In 2013, Coastal Sound was awarded first place in the youth choir category at the ACCC National Competition for Amateur Choirs, and was also chosen, along with Elektra Women’s Choir, to represent Canada at the 2013 Chorus America Conference. In 2016 the Coastal Sound Youth Choir was selected as a showcase choir for Podium, Choral Canada’s national, biennial conference and festival.
Burnaby Mountain Secondary Chamber Choir
The Burnaby Mountain Secondary Chamber Choir, recognized for their musicality and choral excellence, is comprised of singers ages 13 to 17. Under the direction of Deanna Gestrin, the singers learn advanced vocal and choral technique through the study of repertoire spanning a variety of cultures, styles, and time periods. The BMSS Chamber Choir gives numerous performances each year in contexts ranging from school and community performances, to festivals and tours. They also have the unique opportunity of working with local and visiting vocal clinicians each year. Among other performance highlights, they were recently invited to perform at the British Columbia School Superintendents Association’s annual conference.
“This program is all about the vibrancy and limitlessness of the imagination, the coming together of ideas. Choral singing is at its best when people connect in the spirit of sharing and collaboration.” – Joel Tranquilla, Coastal Sound Youth Choir Director
“I’m so excited to perform and tour with the Edmonton Youth Choir! It’ll be amazing to have singers coming from two different provinces, joining together to become one voice.” – Erin Taylor, Coastal Sound Youth Choir Member
For more information, photos or to request and interview, please contact:
Andrea Howorth, Marketing & Operations Manager
604.552.2762 or 604.802.2440
Our 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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
For more information, photos or to request an interview contact:
Andrea Howorth 604.802.2440 or 604.552.2762
Link to full Canadian Chamber Choir photo:
Link to casual “choir on a bridge” photo:
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)
PDF Version CSMA Press Release – Canadian Chamber Choir Feb 25 2017 FINAL
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
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
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
Making the most of Male Voices
Composing and Arranging
11:30 – lunch on site
12:15 – Special Topics #2 – choose from
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
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A Choral Celebration from Coast to Coast to Coast
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: email@example.com
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.
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
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.
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
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!