Upper Fraser Valley Report for Winter/Spring 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”

Jill Last of the Hope Community Choir told me…….
“The choir was very active in the Hope community over the past season”  They sang at many events in the community, for seniors at the lodges, and ended the season with a concert in the park, and a spring concert which raised over $900.   **Jill Last is continuing only until Christmas, and is hoping to have someone take her place as director.  They are also in need of an accompanist, so hope everything goes well so they can continue!**

Brenda Di Rezze of Harrison- Kent Community Singers reports that…….
“The winter session saw a continued decline in membership but those left wanted to continue. Despite this, we had a lively concert with a tv and movie theme, followed by a choir reunion and wind-up dinner a few weeks later. The members wishing to continue choral singing may join choirs in Chilliwack, while the others may gather as an informal sing-along/social group.”   **Both myself and my accompanist, Beccie Bokenfohr, have resigned.**

Liisa Nessim of Joyvox Community Choir stated that….
their  Festival of the Voice, held on Sunday, May 31st at Clarke Theatre in Mission, had four choirs participating.  It is “ a chance for choirs to hear each other and for a clinician (Janet Warren) to give workshops with each choir individually and conduct a mass piece at the end of the evening. This is all sponsored by the Joy Vox Community Choir and Stepping Stone Music Co.  wanting to promote singing in our community.”
 And an update: “ This year things went a little differently as I had breast cancer and had to have a double mastectomy three weeks before the concert. Janet Warren was absolutely wonderful and took over the day and concert for me. She also conducted my choirs for the concert. I will always be grateful for her help. Needless to say I was in the audience and thoroughly enjoyed the concert.”

Betty-Ann Vroom of the Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir told me that……..
their concert in May was with her adult choir from New Westminster, and that it went well.  It was followed in June with their spring concert entitled “We will sing for Joy”: a concert of the psalms, in different styles and from different countries.

Tony Funk of Valley Festival Singers…….
was pleased with their spring concert, “Far from Home” – American folk songs and spirituals.  His choir of 40-ish members – ranging in age from 16- early 70s – also performed a concert featuring jazz and show tunes.  He is pleased that he has about 17 male voices in his choir.

Submitted by Brenda Di Rezze, Upper Fraser Valley Rep.