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February 2020
Join us in Fort Langley and Abbotsford May 29-31 for BCCF Chorfest 2020, hosted by Langley Community Chorus and Valley Festival Singers.

Adult Choir Registration is now open, with Early Bird savings offered until the end of April. (That's only
$183.75 for a fabulous weekend of singing and socializing!)

Check out the video below for details...
Wondering about Chorfest 2020, May 29-31? Click on this video to learn more.
Have you heard our amazing repertoire? Give these tracks a listen. (Once registered, you'll also receive rehearsal recordings with isolated parts – ideal for practicing in advance!)

La Rideau – Laura Hawley    > Demo Recording
Be The River – Stephanie Martin    > Demo Recording
The Lake – Laura Sgroi (Renforth Music)   > Demo Recording
Water is Wide – Gwyneth Walker (ECS Publishing)    > Demo Recording
Dancing Dancing River – Carol Ann Weaver (Kelman)
Choral Da Capo announces 2020 dates

The BCCF's annual Choral Da Capo – a transformative conducting experience – returns August 20-23, 2020 with Sandra Meister at the helm. Our venue will be Vancouver Opera Studios, 1945 McLean Drive. Additional details will be announced soon!
If you live in Victoria... and have a repertoire full of Bach...

The Victoria Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO) is excited to invite students and ensembles of any instrument to perform in the Bach and Beyond Marathon. This fundraiser for this summer's Organ Fest Canada will take place on Saturday, April 4, from 1 to 4 pm at St. John the Divine Church (Quadra at Mason). Register by Feb. 29.
Vox Humana brings sound to silent movie

Don't miss a unique fusion of choir and film on Vancouver Island! On March 29, Vox Humana Chamber Choir will present the Victoria premiere of the 1929 silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc, projected on large screen, accompanied by the live soundtrack Voices of Light by Richard Einhorn, and featuring choir and orchestra. More info here.
SingYourJoy expands with second ensemble

Victoria-based SingYourJoy Young Adult Chorus (founded in 2011) is thrilled to announce a new chorus, SingYourJoy WestShore! The new ensemble had its first rehearsal in Langford on February 20 and, like the original SYJ, exists to provide a safe space for creative expression, learning new skills and forming new friendships. Full media release.
Lynn Valley Voices to host singing workshop April 2-4

A workshop called The Confident, Authentic Voice: A holistic approach to speaking & singing, with clinician Dr. Madeline Miskie-Jaeger, is coming to North Vancouver on April 2-4, and will be open to all singers. Registration for two sessions and a concert is $150.
Festival of Voices returns to Smithers May 1-3

Looking for a vocal getaway in northwestern BC? Sing Smithers is thrilled to present its 7th biennial Festival of Voices — a springtime retreat that brings singers of all levels together for a few days of fun & learning in a beautiful rural setting just outside Smithers, BC. Organizers are offering a special 'very early bird' rate until February 15.
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Do you have some exciting choral news to share? An award? A big announcement? Send us an email and we'll consider it for an upcoming edition of BCCF Choral Voices.
Thank you, Vancouver Island!

We were thrilled to offer two very well-attended workshops on Vancouver Island earlier this year. Our gratitude to our local workshop coordinators for their efforts, and to our visiting clinicians and participants. Here's a look back:
January 26: Renowned clinician Barbara McAfee visited Courtenay for a sold-out workshop called "Take Your Voice to the Dog Park."  Participants described it as "wonderfully heartwarming, hilarious, educational" and more.
February 8: A large group of Victoria singers experienced a Winter Tune Up with Dr. Jim Sparks. (Fun fact: Jim is the BC Youth Choir clinician this May at BCCF 's Chorfest 2020 in the Fraser Valley.)
Want to host a workshop in your region? Contact us!
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Here's what's been making headlines on the BCCF Classifieds page lately:

Malaspina Choir is looking for an experienced choral conductor; Comox Valley Presbyterian Church also seeks a director, and Comox Valley Youth and Children's Choir has an opening on the podium effective fall 2020.

Pacific Showtime Men's Chorus is looking for male singers; Out In Harmony is welcoming singers of all ability levels; as are Aequitas Singers in Surrey; High Spirits Choir is encouraging newbies for its first two rehearsals of the term; Choralation A Cappella have a spot available for a tenor; Handel Society of Music is looking for all voice types;  Grace Community Choir in Burnaby is seeking all voice types, with a preference to tenors and basses.

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