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High Noon Choir

in Victoria, BC, Canada
directed by Siobhan Robinsong (Summer season: Cathy Baker and Dick Jackson)
sr@shivon.com | 250-995-8731 (Cathy: 250-857-9984)
http://www.gettinhigherchoir.ca/highnoonchoir

A choir for people who want to sing in the day time. Modelled on the Gettin’ Higher Choir, the High Noon Choir is non-auditioned, and has at its core the belief that everyone can sing. If you have always been a singer you’ll love this choir. If you are new to singing or have been told you can’t sing … this is the place for you. The repertoire is eclectic, including but not limited to world music, spirituals, African freedom songs, various rounds and chants, as well as some contemporary music. No music reading ability is necessary as much of the music is learned in the oral tradition. Tuesdays, noon–1:30pm at the Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street. $100–$80 (sliding scale) for 12 week session (scholarships available). Summer Season drop-in option $10–$8 (sliding scale).

Island Village SongCircle

in Bowen Island, BC, Canada
directed by Shasta Martinuk and Brian Hoover CCLT 2011
shasta@rhythmkeepers.ca | 604-947-2283

Bringing people together to sing, singing to bring people together. The Island Village SongCircle is a weekly gathering with the with the goal being simply to join in harmony with friends, family and neighbours, and make a joyful noise! We like Pete Seeger’s definition of harmony: “Any note you’re singing that your neighbour isn’t”. There is no scheduled concert, instead we gather with our friends and family at the end of each session for a potluck supper and sing-along. Ages 8 to 108 are welcome. No musical experience is required — new and/or nervous singers are especially warmly invited. We sing songs from all over the world in a wide variety of styles, including folk, gospel, rounds, devotional chants, songs of celebration and lullabyes. Most songs are taught in the “call & response” oral tradition, so you don’t need to read music. Cost is based on a sliding scale and people are welcome to join any time during the session. The fee will be pro-rated for late registrants.

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Isle Sing

in Cortes Island, BC, Canada
directed by Dayna Davis
davis.dayna7@gmail.com | 250-935-8507

I’m singing, oh I’m singing in my soul, when troubles roll, I sing from morn’till night, it makes my burdens light…”
— Sister Rosetta Tharpe Godmother of Rock and Roll.

Isle Sing is community choir for all voices. We meet weekly to raise our voices in sweet song. Singing as our birthright and a path to joy! Our songs are from a variety of traditions and are chosen for their uplifting melodies, harmonies and messages. We sing folk songs from Russia, chants from India, spirituals, gospel, lullabies, sea shanties, Brazilian samba, African freedom songs and so much more!

This is a perfect group singing experience to boost confidence and build vocal skills if you are a reluctant singer. New singers move into song with the support of the group energy and in a relaxed, playful atmosphere. You do not have to read music. Our focus is on building a vocal community, not on performance.

All songs taught by ear and heart. The only requirement is a desire to sing.

Letz Sing

in Comox, Courtenay and Black Creek, BC, Canada
directed by Tina Filippino CCLT 2004–05
letzsingtina@gmail.com | 250-337-8328
http://www.letzsing.com

The Letz Sing Choir, which meets in three locations in the Comox Valley, is committed to gathering weekly to share the experience of singing in harmony. The only prerequisite to joining this choir is a desire to sing with others. Whether you are a seasoned singer looking for a place to raise your voice, or you have never sung in a group before and had always wanted to, your voice is welcome in this choir.

At the Letz Sing weekly singing sessions you will acquire a repertoire of songs from a diversity of origins and inspiration. Words, melodies and harmonies are learned methodically in a step by step fashion in the oral tradition of call and response. Each session will include warm-ups for the voice and the body, the introduction of new material, as well as time to sing favorites from a growing repertoire of familiar songs.

There is no commitment to perform with this choir, rather every term there is a “Big Sing”, a casual but exciting Sunday afternoon where choir members from all choir locations gather. On this day the energy of the complete Letz Sing Choir Community raises the rafters with the melodies and harmonies they had been learning in their separate locations throughout the term.

Those interested in coming together to experience the joy of voices joined in harmony are encouraged to come try it out! All voices are welcome in this choir! Late starts prorated, sliding scale available.

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Lila Community Choir

in Duncan, BC, Canada
directed by Cari Burdett CCLT 2006–07
joythroughmusic@shaw.ca | 250-701-0978
http://www.joythroughmusic.com

Local Vocals

in Vancouver, BC, Canada
directed by Anna Baignoche CCLT 2005–06
annabmusic@gmail.com | 604-215-1901

Let Local Vocals be your global song machine! From Brazilian samba to Irish ballads, Portuguese fado to Canadian classics, West African highlife to American bluegrass, Indian kirtan to Cuban salsa to Japanese folk songs. Anyone can sing, everyone welcome, no auditions!

Monday nights. Please e-mail or call for information regarding this season’s schedule.

New Westminster Community Choir

in New Westminster, BC, Canada
directed by Patti Powell CCLT 2006-07
newwestcommunitychoir@pattipowellchoirs.com | 604-254-0891
http://www.pattipowellchoirs.com

Tuesdays, 12:30-2:30 at St. Barnabas’ Anglican Church, 1010 5th Ave., New Westminster

This is a No Barrier Community Choir, including financial barriers. Pay-what-you-can, and sign up for a session with us. Anyone and everyone welcome.

More at www.pattipowellchoirs.com

Sing for Pure Joy!

in Campbell River, Ladysmith and Quadra Island, BC, Canada
directed by Mary Dennison CCLT 2008
singforpurejoy@gmail.com | 250-202-1003

There is a proverb from Zimbabwe that states “If you can walk, you can dance… If your can talk, you can sing.”

Raise your voice in glorious song with heart-felt melodies, soulful gospel songs and rousing spirituals, meditative chants, luscious layered songs and robust rounds. Songs from the sublime to the ridiculous!

These are non-auditioned choirs for those who love to sing and those who don’t think they can. This is a safe, non-judgemental circle where ALL voices are welcome. There is no need to read music. All songs are taught in the traditional method of call and response.

If you desire an added boost of endorphins coursing through your body… SING FOR PURE JOY! and claim the birthright of a singing species.

For more information email me about times, locations etc.

Song Circle – A community choir for all ages

in Victoria, BC, Canada
directed by Mary-Wynne Ashford and Nancy Dobbs CCLT 2012-13
mwashford@gmail.com | 250-479-9189 and 250-652-5438

Our Vision… an intergenerational community choir that brings together people of all ages, and all singing abilities, in the joy of music. Come join us with your children, grandchildren, neighbors, and friends for songs from around the world, fun and laughter.

Sound Connection Choir

in Parksville, BC, Canada
directed by Megan Keene and SharonTomczyk CCLT 2015
keenemegan5@gmail.com | 250-228-2467
http;//www.soundconnection.weebly.com

The Sound Connection choir is an all-inclusive, non-auditioned choir for women and men (18 years and over) who love singing. The Sound Connection is a friendly and encouraging group where we sing contemporary and world music.

We love to make connections and build community through the power of song.

Sound Connection choir uses the age-old tradition of oral teaching, that is teaching by ear, using lyrics, call and response, and recordings online.

Vocalists will receive instruction on song parts, harmony, as well as guidance on vocal technique. The groups will have the opportunity to perform at local open mics, showcase nights, and community events, should they choose.

No experience necessary — but an eagerness to learn a must. Attendance at all sessions is encouraged.