BCCF News

November 14th, 2016

What an inspiring choral workshop we had under the capable direction of Greg Quan on Saturday, October 29th.  After having had some time to reflect on that day, I am not sure whether to express my appreciation more for the choral techniques I learned with ideas for better breathing and tone quality, conducting cutoffs, having “sparkly eyes” and enthusiastically joining our voices together in the musical selections, OR the life skills of centering, thinking of what brings me joy and focusing on building connections.  

August 28th, 2016

The Pender Harbour Choir is thrilled to announce the appointment of our new Choral Director, Kenneth Norman Johnson. Kenneth is a composer, lyricist, producer, director, conductor and educator. The Choir could not be more fortunate in having him at the helm.

Sunsine Coasters will recognize Kenneth from his performances at various local venues and events, and the Choir was privileged to work with him in fall of 2015 on his composition, Castles in the Snow. He has roots in the community and is supporter of a number of musical and non-musical local initiatives.

July 20th, 2016

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May 31st, 2016

In early September multi-award-winning Colwyn Male Choir from North Wales will be visiting Calgary. There they will be the featured choir at the North American Welsh Festival, performing at a Cymanfu Ganu (traditional community sing) and a special concert.

May 16th, 2016

Timbre! Choir of Port Alberni is very pleased to announce our new Musical Director for our 44th Season will be Rosemary Lindsay of Qualicum Beach.

Rosemary will replace Patricia Miller who retired on April 24, 2016 after 31 years.

Timbre! is excited to be able to continue to offer excellent choral performances in the Alberni Valley and looks forward to a fresh new start under Rosemary's direction.

May 13th, 2016

The Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir presents their spring concert, Folk Songs | Far & Near, on Friday, June 3. Directed by Betty-Ann Vroom, the concert will be held at 7:30 pm at South Abbotsford Church.

The talented choral group The Alumni Project, directed by Sonja Hindmarsh and Carmen Hollett, will be joining them as guests for the evening. This collaboration is a highlight for both choirs. Carmen and Sonja previously co-directed PMCC, while Betty-Ann currently sings with The Alumni Project.

March 18th, 2016

Mark your calendars!

MUSIC MONDAY
 

May 2, 2016


#MusicMonday
www.musicmonday.ca

Let’s all unite in song to celebrate music in our lives!

March 12th, 2016

In Nanaimo, on March 6, Sarona Mynhardt led 68 children aged 4-14 to understand and embrace the music of South Africa.  Sarona’s boundless energy, expertise and enthusiasm had the room rocking as they sang, danced and played authentic South African percussion instruments.

March 11th, 2016

Imagine, if you will, an intimate gathering of 50 people under the direction of Sarona Mynhardt. The drums are keeping time as we sing our hearts out in Zulu and move freely in unison…..well OK maybe not all in unison, but you get the picture!

February 6th, 2016

The Juno-nominated Canadian Chamber Choir is currently accepting Conducting Fellow applications for a tour of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island taking place August 12-22, 2016. Applications must be received by March 31st, and the successful applicant will be notified by April 15th.

December 2nd, 2015

Pandora’s Vox and Espiritu Vocal Ensembles are proud to announce the release of their latest CD, Only Joy Aloud, a collection of Christmas and winter seasonal favourites.

Pandora’s Vox has previously released five CDs, and Espiritu one, with this effort marking the first collaboration for the two groups on one recording.

December 1st, 2015

The Parksville & District Musical Association which currently has two senior choirs and a concert band, is delighted to announce their sponsorship of a new youth choir within the Association.
The youth choir “Sing-chronicity” is aimed at young voices 12 years & up and is under the excellent leadership of Hilary Whelton. Hilary is well known in Oceanside for her work as a vocal coach and in musical theatre, regularly working with young people. The choir is open for boys and girls – no experience necessary.
 

November 28th, 2015

Published on November 28, 2015

Choral Canada's Podium 2016 conference is the upcoming national choral conference that will take place in Edmonton in May 2016. We recently heard from Sara Brooks, Podium 2016 Student Chapter Representative, who shared with us two important opportunities coming up for students attending the conference.

November 21st, 2015

Published November 21, 2015

Click here to download the November 2015 newsletter from the BC Choral Federation designed specifically for Lifelong Singers.

Feel free to send this newsletter to your choir members and to singers that you know in your community who may be interested. I would greatly appreciate your help!  

October 21st, 2015

Published on October 21, 2015

On Saturday, October 17th, close to one hundred people gathered for Singabration!.  Singers from several choirs came from Williams Lake and Kamloops and met in 100 Mile House to experience a wonderful day of singing, learning vocal and breathing techniques, and connecting together.  Many thanks to Eclectica, the host choir from 100 Mile House, and to the organizing committee headed by their choral director Marilyn Buyar who spent countless hours planning this delightful event. 

October 21st, 2015

Published on October 21, 2015

October 16th, 2015

The Vancouver Island Chamber Choir is thrilled to have world reknown choral conductor, Rodney Eichenberger working with the choir in an open workshop and rehearsal. Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 7:30pm-9:30pm Cedar Hill Middle School Band Room (North end of the Building) 3910 Cedar Hill Road, Victoria Open to all BCCF and non-BCCF members, singers and conductors. Don't miss this special event! Admission is by suggested donation ($15-$20) to help defray costs.

October 16th, 2015

Published on October 16, 2015

World-renowned choral conductor Rodney Eichenberger will lead workshops in BC this month. This includes sessions at the BCMEA conference in Vancouver (Oct 23-24), as well as BCCF-sponsored workshops in Victoria (Oct 21) and Vancouver (Oct 25). Read the event details below.

October 9th, 2015

Published on October 9, 2015

Presenting a week of conducting sessions and technique seminars, Master Conductor Jon Washburn will provide invaluable instruction for selected choral conductors from around the world. The symposium will focus on providing conductors with as much podium time as possible and will culminate with each participant sharing in the conducting of a Vancouver Chamber Choir concert.

Observers are also welcome and are encouraged to participate in all aspects of the symposium, including some conducting sessions if they wish.

October 8th, 2015

Published on October 8. 2015

Dear Directors, Accompanist, Choristers and Supporters, As your North Okanagan Regional Director and Representative since 2007 I have seen and heard both established Choirs with impressive histories and the emergence of new singing groups and Choirs of all ages.

The BCCF works for Singers of all ages and has strong support in the North Okanagan as demonstrated at “Chorfestivity” in Vernon this May.

October 5th, 2015

Published on October 5, 2015

PRINCE GEORGE - On Friday, September 19, the Prince George Cantata Singers community choir enjoyed a season opener workshop with vocal specialist, Dr. Kathryn Whitney, who also presented a Saturday workshop which drew local choristers from the Cantata Singers,  Nove Voce choir, White Spruce City Chorus, and the newly formed, mixed voice Q-City Choir from Quesnel. These workshops were possible with the help of the BCCF, and were hosted by the Cantata Singers.      

October 5th, 2015

Published on October 5, 2015

POWELL RIVER - On Thursday, October 8, the International Choral Kathaumixw in Powell River will host the premiere screening of a new documentary film by filmmaker Claudia Medina. The film tells the story of the creation and delivery of the Totem Pole to the Choir of World in Slovenia - the prize for winning the top prize at the biennial choral festival.

Read more details about the screening on the poster below.

September 23rd, 2015

Published on September 23, 2015

Deborah Handley of Serenata Singers says……
“Our wonderfully successful spring concert, "Songs for the Earth", was held on May 2nd, and, after a celebratory dinner with AGM,  we went our separate ways for the summer”

September 14th, 2015

Published on September 14, 2015

Fourteen Choirs, 6 Festival concerts and a Gala Performance!

Nanaimo choristers are looking forward to this event of singing and camaraderie. This will be the third such festival since the first one in 2008. In the spring of 2011 the second festival took place, followed by Chorfest in Nanaimo in 2013. Featured are large choirs and small ones, classical choirs, barbershop and mixed choirs, young folk and older folk all getting together for the love of singing and music.

September 5th, 2015

Published on September 5, 2015