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Songs and Games in Pemberton

The Whistler Children’s Chorus spent last Saturday (October 5th) in Pemberton at Signal Hill School at an all-day workshop in partnership with the Pemberton Children’s Choir.  It was a great opportunity to get to meet other kids who like to sing and make music.  It was the first of several scheduled joint rehearsals in preparation for our shared April concerts in Pemberton and Whistler.  The singers really enjoyed Pemberton’s music director, Helen Van Spronsen’s dinosaur warm-up song!  We ended the day with a mini-performance of our ‘works in progress’ for parents and other guests.  Many thanks go to our Whistler parents who so kindly volunteered to drive our singers to and from Pemberton.

Warming up with the dinosaur song!

Warming up with the dinosaur song!


Mark February 28th on your calendars – the Pemberton Children’s Choir will be joining us in Whistler for a pizza party and singing that evening.

We have now begun learning our Christmas and holiday season repertoire as well as final preparations for the municipal Remembrance Day ceremony.  Therefore, we are not accepting new choir members until January 2014.

Workshop with the Pemberton Children’s Choir

The Junior and Intermediate Choirs are off to Pemberton on Saturday, October 5th for a fun-filled day of singing and games with the Pemberton Children’s Choir.

Please remember to bring a bagged lunch and a water bottle.

This is the first of our joint singing times in preparation for our April 4th & 5th concerts together – Gonna Build an Ark.

Welcome Back to a New Season of Singing!

We hope you’ve had a great summer, filled with lots of fun adventures.  Now it’s time to sing…

Rehearsals begin September 10th for the Junior and Intermediate Choirs.  As usual, Junior Choir rehearses 3 – 4pm while Intermediate Choir rehearses 4 – 5pm.  Rehearsals are in the Music Room at Spring Creek Community School.  This year we will be presenting a joint spring concert – Gonna Build an Ark – with the Pemberton Children’s Choir.  It will be a super fun concert with music all about animals.  In order to facilitate the two choirs singing together in concert, we have planned two joint workshops.  The first workshop is all day at Signal Hill Elementary School in Pemberton on Saturday, October 5th.  We are arranging transportation for this.  On Friday, February 28th, our Pemberton friends will join us at Spring Creek Community School for an after school pizza party and singing.  April 4th will be our Pemberton concert and April 5th will be our Whistler concert so mark the dates in your calendar now!

Of course, we have lots more to sing for.  September 21st (Saturday), we’ll be singing for UN International Peace Day in the Olympic Plaza and we have two really great songs to learn right away.  Remembrance Day sees us at the Fire Hall in the village and then it’s on to the holiday season.  As well as our annual concert to benefit the Whistler Food Bank (December 7th), we will be caroling through the village on December 23rd and ending up at Millennium Place for a community Christmas Sing-a-Long.  Of course, December 24th is Christmas Eve and the annual Christmas Eve Carol Service.  This year marks 30 years of this Christmas tradition so we’re planning to make it extra special.

The Chorus will be rehearsing with the Whistler Singers this year – Thursdays from 7 until 9 pm at Whistler Secondary.  For our older singers, this gives them the opportunity to sing larger and more challenging works of music and to sing with other more mature voices.  Our young men will benefit from singing with the men in the adult choir. The Whistler Singers are looking forward to having your voices join in song with them.  Chorus and Whistler Singers rehearsals begin Thursday, September 5th.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

Library, Cake and Drumming, Oh My!

Thank you to everyone who came to sing at the Whistler Public Library’s celebration of opening on Sundays last weekend.  The choir sang and everyone enjoyed the food and cake.

The choir singing in the Whistler Public Library

The choir singing in the Whistler Public Library

The junior and intermediate choirs had a busy week with a percussion workshop with professional percussionist Lauri Lyster on Tuesday.

Lauri Lyster leads a percussion workshop

Lauri Lyster leads a percussion workshop

The choirs worked with Lauri to add percussion to some of the favourites that will be performed at the year end concert on Sunday, May 5.

Lots of shakers - can you guess the old favourite they're singing?

Lots of shakers – can you guess the old favourite they’re singing?

Thank you to the Whistler Arts Council for making this workshop possible.  The choirs had a great time and look forward to performing what they learned at the concert.


Singing with Edette

The Music Room at Whistler Secondary School on Friday, January 20th was the setting for not one but two singing workshops with clinician Edette Gagne. In the afternoon, members of the Whistler Chorus and the Intermediate Choir worked with Edette followed by an evening workshop for members of the Whistler Singers and other interested adult singers in the community. Both workshops were well attended and extremely successful. Exploring how our voices and bodies work and using tools such as corks and chopsticks left everyone with a better appreciation and understanding of how to sing. From monkey sounds to the final performance of the African song Ipharadisi, participants focused on sound production and certainly we could all see the difference by the end of each workshop! Intermediate choir members Cain, Charlotte and Aislinn talked about ‘throwing the frisbee’, ‘singing with fish lips’ and thinking about the top of your head as ‘silly putty’. For most of the workshops, pictures were not permitted – 20 singers with corks in their mouths or their tongues hanging over chopsticks are not pretty sights! However, a good time was had by all and the choirs hope to host similar workshops in the future. Thanks go to the Whistler Arts Council who provided funding for these workshops. Upcoming events for the Whistler Chorus, Whistler Children’s Chorus and Whistler Singers include the Howe Sound Music Festival on Friday, April 13th.

Intermediate choir and Chorus members participate in a workshop with Edette Gagne