COVID-19 Recovery Project Gets its First Boost from ECSF

COVID-19 Recovery Project Gets its First Boost from ECSF

COVID-19 Recovery Project Gets its First Boost from ECSF

July 11, 2020 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Dawson Creek Choral Society has received its first emergency support through the Community Foundations of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, administered by the Northeast Regional Community Foundation through the Government of Canada. DCCS Artistic Director Caitlyn Triebel met with Susie Lefferson, Executive Director of the Northeast Regional Community Foundation on July 9th for the official cheque presentation of $10,000. The funding was made possible through a collaborative mutual relationship between the DCCS and the Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre, where the DCCS hosts the majority of its public and performance events.

Since the COVID-19 shutdown in mid-March, the Choral Society was prevented from holding 12 major performances and community engagements, which would have reached more than 3,500 people in our region. Nearly 150 local youth and adults saw their hours and months of preparation in rehearsal, design, advertising, and advocacy evaporate as events were postponed or canceled. While the organization, like performing arts groups around the globe, remains dark for the coming summer and autumn months, the DCCS does look forward to a full recovery in 2021. Long term recovery will likely see a change in the way programs and events are delivered for years to come. “Public and community support is imperative,” says Triebel, “to continue to adapt to evolving needs in our society.”

It’s well documented that choral and group singing is incredibly beneficial for the mental and physical health of individuals and communities. The isolation experienced by individuals as a result of COVID-19 has already had a profound impact on mental health for Canadians. According to Choral Canada, 10% of the Canadian population sings in almost 28,000 choirs of all kinds (approximately 3.5 million singers!). In an open letter penned by Choral Canada, choir leaders highlight the need to “work with health officials and policy makers to find modifications and practical guidelines for safe singing, guidelines that are rooted in scientific research.” The group seeks “to create sensible safety guidelines that align with other sectors, such as adult rec hockey, gyms, dance studios, children’s soccer camps, etc.” The University of Alberta is already underway with a study to observe the aerosolizing of respiratory particles and droplets that may or may not be transmitted in singing situations

About the DCCS Recovery Project

The Choral Society’s COVID-19 Recovery Project involves a multitude of factors. Programs, which usually resume every September, will need to take a hybrid form of small in-person gatherings and virtual classes. In a discipline that was never intended to be practiced in isolation, choir and theatre leaders everywhere have been developing new creative strategies for virtual learning. Getting artistic staff hired again is paramount to the amount of planning and preparation required to restart programs. Once members are able to gather as one, the community non-profit is faced with a need to relocate to a space that will be large enough to accommodate physical distancing measures for up to 40 people at a time. Whether singing in the future will be masked, or continue to require distancing of 2m2 for each singer, programs everywhere are anxious to know what the future may bring.

There’s a saying that for every minute of live entertainment onstage, there are 100 hours of work behind it. DCCS programs are no different in that respect, and in order to be able to continue to entertain audiences and provide performance opportunities to youth and adults in Dawson Creek and surrounding area, there has to be a safe and effective way to practice. We hope that, with a hybrid system of program delivery in the fall, we’ll be able to host live (and live-streamed) events again in 2021. 

Learn more about the DC Choral Society’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Canada Emergency Community Support Fund is a $350 million fund that is being implemented with Community Foundations of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, and United Way Centraide Canada, in partnership with local foundations across the country. Its goal is to provide support to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable Canadians. Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe, Hudson’s Hope, Taylor, Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge – eligible organizations can still apply for grants of up to $40,000 until July 27th. The Northeast Regional Community Foundation is reviewing and awarding funding on a weekly basis to support projects that help ensure no one is left behind in COVID-19 recovery measures.

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Dawson Creek Choral Society

Music truly is a lifelong journey. At DCCS we work to provide music education and enrichment opportunities to hundreds of families in BC’s South Peace and Northern Alberta. Our educational programs cater to young families, youth, and adults from many different backgrounds. We pride ourselves in our community engagement and our relationships with our partner organizations. 

Longhorn Oilfield Services Host Pay It Forward Performance of Elf the Musical JR.

DCCS Musical Theatre Offers Exclusive Matinee on Friday, December 6th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 21, 2019

DAWSON CREEK, BC — The Dawson Creek Choral Society’s Musical Theatre Program, with the help of Longhorn Oilfield Services, is hosting a Pay-It-Forward exclusive matinee performance of their upcoming musical production. Longhorn has sponsored an entirely free matinee of the DCCS’s Elf the Musical JR. on Friday, December 6, 2019, at 1:00 PM at the Calvin Kruk Centre Theatre.

This Pay-It-Forward Performance is a chance for Longhorn Oilfield Services and the Dawson Creek Choral Society to bring music, theatre and magic to those individuals who might otherwise not get a chance to experience this musical event. Tickets are entirely free for up to 180 nominees.

Nominations are open for anyone who is in need of something extra this Christmas season, who has gone above and beyond in the community this year, who’s never seen a musical before, who might otherwise not be able to afford tickets to Elf the Musical JR, or who has simply made yours or someone else’s day a little bit better this holiday season. You can nominate your group, family, or individual at: https://dcchoralsociety.org/elf-the-musical/pay-it-forward/

Elf the Musical JR. is the Choral Society’s 5th major musical production. Program Director, Randi Jo Torgrimson felt that “a Christmas Production would be a perfect time to provide an opportunity for those who might otherwise not have it, to attend the performance and see what these amazing kids can do.”  As the DCCS Musical Theatre program has grown, it has been able to increasingly reach more of the community and region. “Last year, we had a princess for a show, and this year, we want to reach out to more people. 180 people, to be exact,” Torgrimson adds. “So we are asking you to help us fill the seats with those who would love this production as much as we do, for those who want to laugh and experience the joy of the holiday season in the best way we know how to provide it: musical entertainment.”

Tickets for all other Elf the Musical JR. performances at Pop-Up Box Office events around town up until December 6th. Find out where the Box Office is by visiting https://dcchoralsociety.org/2019-20/

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 multiple special events year-round. You can find DCCS performing several times throughout the year in the community and region. Find out more at dcchoralsociety.org

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

 

 

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.