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South Peace Oilmen’s Association 2016-17 Bursary

5338726_origWe are very pleased to introduce a brand new fully-funded internal bursary program sponsored by the South Peace Oilmen’s Association. For children and youth under the age of 19, we are offering two needs-based full year bursaries to our programs. Registration for this year is now closed for the Musical Theatre program, but new registrants can apply for funding to attend the Piccolo Children’s Choir, Children’s Chorus, Youth Show Choir, or Community Singers. Please see the attached information and application form.

Applications are due Friday, November 11th, 2016

 

 

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Dawson Creek Arts Fund 2016-17

Here at DCCS we’re thrilled to be helping in a new grassroots initiative to provide funding for children and youth to participate in local arts programs. 

“With the generous financial support of the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use (CYMHSU) Collaborative Local Action Team and the efforts of some members of this fabulous community of Dawson Creek we are happy to announce the launch of the Dawson Creek Arts Fund! The fund was put in place to help children, youth and young adults access programs in the arts that would otherwise be unavailable to them due to financial barriers.  It will function along the same lines as KidSport and Jumpstart and will be administered by the Arts Fund committee. Fund guidelines, application criteria and the application form are attached.” (Angela Reay – Dawson Creek Arts Fund Committee)

You can find the application form here, or in person at the select drop-off locations (Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts, Dawson Creek Art Gallery, or Northern Lights College. 

Many thanks to the Child and Youth  Mental Health and Substance Use Action Team for your vision and great initiative in Dawson Creek.

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2016-17 Registration now open!

We are very excited for another bustling year with the Dawson Creek Choral Society! Registration is now available for all programs, including the brand new Piccolo Children’s Choir as well as our returning programs, Musical Theatre, Children’s Chorus, Youth Show Choir, and Community Singers. We have lots planned for this year building upon the previous years’ activities, and also hoping to have some tricks up our sleeves as we celebrate Canada’s 150th and the 75th anniversary of the Alaska Highway in 2017.

frog-1446246_1280Sign up today by filling out our PDF registration form and sending it back to Caitlyn[at]dcchoralsociety.org. We’re pleased to be able to accept e-transfers, Paypal, and cash or cheque payments.

Come sing with us and become part of our vibrant and growing community organization!

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We Have a Dream – Songs of Hope and Acceptance

Happiness can exist only in acceptance – George Orwell

Press Release

On February 13, 2016 the Dawson Creek Choral Society hosted a concert in partnership with the Dawson Creek Literacy Society as part of the Organizing Against Racism and Hate initiative through Embrace BC. The concert, held at Unchagah Hall, brought together many different community performers representing diversity not only of style and aesthetic but also of cultural background. The concert was headlined by Edmonton’s High Street Sound who hosted a choral workshop earlier the same day, and there were approximately 300 people attending in the audience.

This concert event could not have been put together without the financial contributions of the Encana Corporation, the Dawson Creek Literacy Society, and the SOCAN Foundation.

The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Theresa Gladue, who is Aboriginal Student Advisor at Northern Lights College and a strong voice for reconciliation and promotion of First Nations culture in Dawson Creek and surrounding region. Her group, the Northern Lights Drummers,  welcomed the audience with the traditional welcome song in Cree (sung four times to represent the four directions), followed by a healing song.

High Street Sound then took the stage with their first set. They are a six-piece a cappella vocal group who formed in 2011 out of a love for groove, harmony, and weird sound effects. Their original style of blending contemporary pop and jazz through their six unique vocal approaches left the audience captivated and wanting to hear more. Their ability to create a rich and vibrant sound through six different voices, singing about acceptance of self and others and overcoming adversity, created a powerful image of our nation’s multicultural mosaic.

The community portion of the concert began with bellydancing trio Troupe Shalize who performed three numbers, “Arabian Nights,” “Solo Galamat,” and “Albia Ho’o” – showcasing soundscapes and movements inspired by South Asian aesthetics.

They were followed by our Children’s Chorus who sang “Let Your Voice Be Heard,” and unpublished unison song by Canadian composer Matthew Emery. The song’s lyrics (written by John Nielson) encourage the celebration of free speech and confidence to speak through difficult situations. They were then joined by our Youth Choir to sing Mac Huff’s SSA arrangement of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Their young voices singing a dream for a better world–one where we can all live as one without greed, judgment, and possession–was a powerful testament to the resiliency not only of Lennon’s music but also of the human imagination.

Local songwriter Wayne Ezeard then took the stage with his own composition, “Wayfarers,” a song about the struggles of early European immigrants to Canada. He connected  our nation’s European ancestry to contemporary issues faced by immigrants and war-time refugees. Notable, a young vocal quartet directed by Steven Overholt (who also directs the South Peace Community Choir in Bay Tree, AB), performed Larry Nickel’s arrangement of Jan Garrett’s “I Dreamed of Rain,” a song about the raging fires and droughts in the United States in 2002 considered in direct relation to the flames spreading across the world with the American invasion on Iraq. The lyrics comment on how we have no reason to repeat the mistakes of our ancestors and, in Garrett’s own words, “we are free to forgive, release the pain, and start over again with a clean slate” through “the kind of luscious healing rain that comes to renew the natural world and the human soul after a long drought.”

The DCCS Youth Choir then returned to the stage to perform the 1986 anti-bullying anthem, “True Colors.” The song was recently re-released in Canada by Artists Against Bullying, responding to the troubling increase in teen bullying and cyber bullying that faces our contemporary social landscape. The youth choir was then joined by our Community Singers Mixed Choir, along with the members of High Street Sound, to perform Canadian composer (and High Street Sound baritone) Bryan LeGrow’s arrangement of Dan Heymann’s anthem, “Weeping.” The song was written in 1987 as a direct response to Heymann’s unwilling draft to the South African army at the height of apartheid and cultural genocide. The lyrics speak to the pain that is suffered through segregation and racism, that the sounds heard are not a violent enemy roaring and waging war, but an entire people weeping behind walls, smoke, and flame.

The Community Singers then performed George Weiss and Bob Thiele’s “What a Wonderful World” (arranged by Mark Brymer). This song was released by Louis Armstrong in 1967 at the height of the raging Civil Rights Movement in the United States, and featured in the movie Good Morning, Vietnam as a statement of the times. It is a hopeful and optimistic antidote to the troubled political and racial climate of the 1960s, and speaks to the beauty of the world and hope that our children will know an even more beautiful lifetime in their futures.

The concert ended with another set from High Street Sound, who left Unchagah Hall buzzing and optimistic for our community’s involvement in a strong stance against racism and xenophobia.

Thank you to all who participated in this event, including MC Theresa Gladue, the Rotary Interact Club who ushered and took tickets, Network Ministries who had an information booth on their community outreach programs, the Dawson Creek Literacy Society, the Nawican Friendship Centre, the technicians and administration at Unchagah Hall, all performers, sponsors, and of course our audience members. 

View our official concert program that has been updated since the event for accuracy of information and addition of the SOCAN Foundation as a post-event sponsor.

Caitlyn Triebel
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A High Street Workshop

12516636_10156608683575122_1413014922_oOn February 13, 2016, we were pleased to host Edmonton’s a cappella groove monster, High Street Sound for a workshop and demonstration. We learned about their growth as a band and their creative process through experimentation and improvisation. James Anderson and Gloria Wan, the group’s beatboxers, invited some of our younger members to the stage to learn the basics of beatboxing. The kids loved the new sounds that they discovered possible, and left with a new appreciation and inspiration for creating their own music.

In the latter portion of the workshop, the six members of High Street Sound worked hands-on with choirs to develop skills and improve performance. The DCCS Children’s Chorus first sang Matthew Emery’s unison song “Let Your Voice Be Heard” and learned about the value of performing with energy and excitement, especially in a slower song with repeating text. The DCCS Youth Choir and Senior Children then performed an SSA arrangement of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” and worked to develop storytelling skills and how to maintain reverence when performing such an emblematic song. Notable, a 4-piece group of young girls, then performed a beautiful SSAA arrangement of ljkldjfkldjakfa and Larry Nickel’s SSA arrangement of “I Dreamed of Rain” – the entire audience learned about taking presence when leading in a vocal group as soloist, and about being confident especially in the lower parts of an arrangement. Finally, the DCCS Youth Choir and Community Singers took the stage to sing High Street Sound founding member Bryan LeGrow’s arrangement of “Weeping,” an anti-apartheid anthem by Bright Blue. We learned about the importance of relaxing into a laid-back, African beat, keeping long vowel tones, and generally rounding out the sound. High Street Sound members Jessica Wagner, Jessica Bulger, Laura Forster, Gloria Wan, Bryan LeGrow, and James Anderson all joined us in singing this piece. To end the day, all audience members and participants were invited on-stage to sightread an SAB arrangement of “May It Be” from the Lord of the Rings.

All in all, it was a great afternoon and we look forward to the next time we host a workshop, to smooth out any organizational bugs, timing issues, and other things that are bound to get derailed on the first go of something like this! We learned a lot about not only our everyday craft, but also about what is possible in the world of singing, and how we can become more confident choral performers.

Thank you to the Encana Corporation for sponsoring this event, and for the management and staff at Unchagah Hall for being so wonderfully accommodating!

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Healthy Singing for Choristers – BCCF Workshop

Saturday, September 19 in Prince George, BC

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Find information on the “Healthy Singing for Choristers” workshop here
This is a great opportunity for anyone to brush up on important skills such as using your vocal apparatus to its greatest potential and balancing and blending your sound with the rest of your choir. It’s also a chance to meet other choral singers from Northern BC and to be immersed in the idea of healthy, thoughtful singing. Taught by Kathryn Whitney, a well established choral pedagogue and clinician. If there is enough interest, we may arrange carpooling from Dawson Creek for this day. Let us know!