Inspiring Day of Music in the Cariboo

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. 

Our clinician Geordie Roberts was the perfect fit for this enthusiastic group of singers. Geordie is an instructor at Capilano University, and Music Coordinator at Highlands United Church in North Vancouver. He taught us a variety of breathing techniques, using our vocal cords effectively with amplification, vibrancy, and facial expression.  We used these techniques to produce a remarkable quality of sound as we rehearsed three varied pieces of music – “Solstice Song” by Jan Garrett, arr. Larry Nickel, “Swing Into Christmas Medley” arranged by Mac Huff, and “Gloria in D Major” by Vivaldi.  Time was given during this busy day for answering many questions from the assembled group.  Geordie’s approachable manner, skill and experience were appreciated by us all.

All participants left 100 Mile House with wonderful memories of good food, inspiring music with superb direction and accompaniment, and great connections made with other songsters in the Kamloops/Cariboo area of our musical province.  It was a proud day for the BC Choral Federation! 

Janette Walker

BCCF Board Member representing Kamloops/Cariboo