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Music: The Best Gift of All!

 Music is one of the greatest experiential gifts that you can give your loved ones – it is a lifelong source of joy through creativity and community belonging. When we sing or make music together, we develop self assurance and confidence in our individual identities while building deep connections with those around us.

We love that music is something that anyone can enjoy at any age. Newborns are constantly listening to the sounds around them and making sense of their aural environment even before they can see beyond their caregiver’s face. The patterns and pitches heard in music helps them to formulate an early recognition of language patterns and mathematical sequencing. As soon as they experience the joy of their own voice, their self-confidence and ability to express begins to skyrocket! Toddlers and preschoolers love to move to music and to explore their own creativity and identity as they discover their preferences and interests. Songs and rhymes form the basis of our earliest understanding of the alphabet and basic math.

Children and teenagers find further sources of identity and belonging through the music that they choose to listen to. Singing is not only beneficial for their ability to express themselves, but also to connect with their peers on a social and fundamentally human level. Communities around the world thrive when voices are raised together. Positive memories and friendships built through music extends into adulthood and becomes a source of nostalgia, joy, and even physical therapy.

We love to hear our members singing out together and creating beautiful sounds at all ages. Music is more than just an extracurricular activity – it is a way of life!

This year, DCCS has gift certificates available for January entry into Kindermusik and Choral programs. Gift certificates are available anytime by filling out the form below or by visiting us during the 9th Annual Gingerbread Festival on Saturday, November 24th or during our own event on Saturday, December 8th: Crafts, Cocoa & Cookies: A Handmade Christmas Festival. At both events, we will have information on our programs as well as access to purchase tickets to any of our major 2018-19 Season events.

 

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DC Choral Society Announces Official Sponsors of 2018-19 Season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (View as PDF)

Dawson Creek businesses and organizations sing out their support of DCCS

November 15, 2018

DAWSON CREEK, BC — The Dawson Creek Choral Society is proud to announce its official sponsors of the 2018-19 Season. The local non-profit, now in its fifth year of operations, is sustained by a variety of revenue streams including member-funded registration fees, ticket sales, and support from BC Gaming. In order to continue to offer the quality of programming and engagement that the community has come to expect from the group, DCCS has turned to the business community and local service groups.

“We are so thrilled to have this outstanding level of support,” writes Artistic Director Caitlyn Triebel. “Our programs have experienced rapid growth in the last couple of years, and in order to keep our stick on the ice we’ve had to reach out to the community. The response has been incredible and it is great to be able to continue to grow our programs while maintaining accessibility for families.”

Current enrolment within the three streams of DCCS programming is at over 120 local families. “Many of the families that are members with us include multiple siblings and parents,” Triebel adds. “Music really is a lifelong activity and we couldn’t be more pleased that we can now accommodate infants through seniors in our programs.”

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Dawson Creek Sunrise, Sally Schilds explains that the “Sunrise Rotary Club has made a commitment to support the Arts in Dawson Creek and the DC Choral Society is the perfect vehicle to do this.  We are proud to support programs that reach all age levels and encourage people of all abilities to explore the arts in a safe, welcoming atmosphere of community.”

The complete list of 2018-19 sponsors (to-date) is: Big Time Haulers, Dawson Creek Co-Operative Union, Rotary Club of Dawson Creek Sunrise, C. Chandler Celtic Construction, Lake View Credit Union, South Peace Community Arts Council, DGS Astro Paving, ARC Resources, Dawson Creek Oilmen’s Association, Canadian Tire, Iron Relics, Legacy Car & Truck Wash, RE/MAX Dawson Creek Realty, and the City of Dawson Creek.

If your company or organization is interested in joining our list of sponsors, either with in-kind or cash donations, please contact us. Find out more at https://dcchoralsociety.org/about/support-us/

The Dawson Creek Choral Society is a non-profit organization providing music education opportunities in the South Peace region. Programs consist of Kindermusik® classes, community choirs, children’s musical theatre, and special event workshops. You can find DCCS performing several times throughout the year in the community and region. Find out more at dcchoralsociety.org

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Become an Official Sponsor of our 2018-19 Season!

This September, the Dawson Creek Choral Society is entering its fifth season! We are offering six full-year programs and expect up to 180 participants in Kindermusik, Choir, and Musical Theatre. The DCCS is a unique organization for Dawson Creek, in that its programs reach all generations of our community. We believe that music truly is a lifelong journey. Our goal is to cultivate a love of music by providing confidence-building opportunities to all members regardless of age or background.

As non-profit organization, DCCS operates for the benefit of its members. One of our priorities is to provide accessible programming so that all families can participate in music regardless of economic factors. We have a strong partnership with the Dawson Creek Arts & Wellness Society, with all programs eligible for financial support to youth aged 0 to 24.

This year, we are putting on a number of public events. These events include Bright Lights and City Nights – Winter Gala Concert on December 21, the One Night Only Show Choir Concert on February 22, a children’s Musical Theatre production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR in March, and the Flights of Fancy Dessert Concert on May 4. We will also be hosting a number of other non-performance events over the course of the season.

In order to support a wide variety of programs and events, DCCS is seeking partners and sponsors for the year. In-kind support could be building or crafting materials, advertising, office materials, safety equipment, technical equipment (such as PAs and microphones), and children’s instruments. Cash donations will go toward venue rentals, performance rights, costuming, set construction, and other general program expenses.

If you or your company is interested in becoming an official partner with us, please contact Caitlyn Triebel (DCCS Artistic Director) by email or phone, 250-467-9277.

Other ways that you can help are by attending the Co-Op Fuel Good Day on Tuesday, September 18, stopping by to see us at Legacy Car Wash on Saturday, September 22, or by attending any of our any public events. Anyone can also support us by purchasing a DCCS membership – no singing required.

 

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Performance Intensive Camp – Aug 20-24

Introducing a brand new conditioning camp happening August 20th to 24th. This camp is designed to set students up for success in their performance ventures. Activities include group vocal lessons from experienced voice teacher Caitlyn Triebel, development of acting skills, improvisation techniques for the stage, character development, choreography, practice skills, and confidence in auditioning. This camp is great for both beginners and experienced performers. Each student will have the opportunity to work on one to two solo numbers, as well as duets and larger musical theatre ensemble pieces.

This camp will be excellent preparation for success in our regular season Musical Theatre, Bravura Children’s Choir, and Youth Show Choir programs, or private voice training.

Performance Intensive I – Ages 7 to 11 – 10AM to 1PM – $125

Performance  Intensive II – Ages 12 to 15 – 2PM to 5PM – $155

The camp takes place at the Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre, upstairs on the second level. Students should bring a snack as there will be breaks throughout the three hours of class-time.

You can register for this program by using the form below. If you have any questions about this camp, please contact Caitlyn Triebel by email or phone (250) 467-9277.

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Potluck BBQ AGM on June 18th

The Dawson Creek Choral Society will have its next Annual General Meeting on Monday, June 18th at 7:00 PM. This will be a backyard potluck BBQ and all members are encouraged to attend! Dinner will start at 6:30, with a quick meeting and elections happening at 7:00. Please email us at board[at]dcchoralsociety.org if you are interested in nominating yourself or another person to be on our Executive.

DCCS is one of the fastest growing new organizations in the community. In just our fourth year, we have expanded in every direction and are seeing an increase in member engagement and community. We couldn’t be more thrilled! group-2351896_960_720At the upcoming AGM in addition to board nominations and elections, we will be presenting the year’s financials, a budget for the 2018-19 season, a new strategic plan, and formalizing the Society’s updated Constitution and Bylaws. And perhaps the news item everyone’s been waiting for is the announcement of our 2019 musical theatre production!

Come join us and let your voice be heard.

RSVP to board[at]dcchoralsociety.org

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NEW 2018 Summer Programs are here!

Registration is now open for all of our 2018 summer programs! Please visit our Register page for a registration form, or take a look at the posters and calendar below.

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Spring Choir starts May 24th!

We’re happy to be offering another Spring Choir mixed-age session this year! We have a few potential performances lined up already, including the South Peace Community Arts Council‘s Multicultural Fusion Festival on Sunday, July 8th in Downtown Dawson Creek. This group will meet every Thursday from May 24th to June 28th, from 6:30 to 8:00. We will work on a set of 5 songs to perform at this and other events.

Visit http://dcchoralsociety.org/register/ to register for this session!

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DCCS Newsletter – January 2018

Wow – It’s amazing how quickly 2017 flew by for us here at DCCS! We’re now half-way through our regular season, with a whole lot of exciting things up and coming in 2018. Starting January 8th, we are adding Kindermusik to our many ongoing programs. We’re starting a new term for all choir programs, with all new music and new goals for each choir group. And it’s amping up time for the Musical Theatre program, as rehearsals intensify and costumes, sets, and props start to come to fruition as we prepare for our March 7-9 production. We’re in the works for several other spring and summer initiatives as well.

Check out our January Newsletter for more information and an update on what we’ve been doing over the past year and beyond. Thank you for supporting DCCS whether you are a present or past member, an audience patron, a sponsor – everyone has contributed to the growth of this organization, for which we are immensely grateful!

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