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BCCF Choral Voices – September/October 2015
A Message From Choral Canada

Hello BCCF Members,

With the election officially called, our Choral Canada letter-writing campaign officially launches!

Choral Canada’s Advocacy Committee asks choral music enthusiasts to contact their local politicians and candidates running in the election. In doing so, we hope to encourage our politicians to support Canadian choral music. Most politicians probably don’t realize just how many of their constituents sing in a choir of some kind and rely on arts funding! Nor do they realize how much choral music contributes to communities and local economies. This letter-writing campaign hopes to highlight some of these benefits.

We’ve provided two letters – one in English, and one professionally translated in French. They are intended to offer some inspiration, a framework and some talking points to make the letter-writing process easy, yet personalized and meaningful. You will notice that we are not asking writers to choose sides in this election, nor endorsing any particular party, but rather highlighting choral music in Canada so politicians are informed about what matters to choral music advocates.

Please help by writing a letter to your local candidates. The editable templates are intended to be shared widely, so please feel invited and encouraged to share with your organizations, boards, your local conducting workshop attendees, your students, colleagues and singers and more.

Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #ChoralCanada(English) or #CanadaChoral (French). Inspire others by posting your letters or messages to the BCCF or the Canadian Choral Advocacy Network pages on Facebook. Thank you!

Diana Clark
VP Advocacy | Vice-présidente du comité des intérêts de la musique chorale Canadienne
Choral Canada | Canada Choral

Click here to find the Choral Canada letters. Let your voice be heard!


On Facebook: We’re glad to hear that our members are enjoying the BCCF lending library. Thanks for the shout out, Comox Valley Children’s Choir!

On Twitter: Positive thoughts about our Choral Directorship Course! Congratulations to all who participated!

And along the way, we’re helping our community spread the word about musical events in the province, including BC Kodaly workshops.

60-Second Challenge:
Is your choir holding auditions? We can help you spread the word through ourClassifieds page! Members can upload a free ad on this page. Looking for a choir to join? The Classifieds page can help you with that as well. Many choirs are posting for fall auditions now.







  • Choral Tune-Up for Adults (September 11-12, Vancouver) Clinicians Morna Edmundson and Marisa Gaetanne lead a turbo-charged event that will boost your musicianship!
  • Healthy Singing for Choristers (September 19, Prince George) Want to become a healthier singer? Dr. Kathryn Whitney leads a one-day workshop to improve vocal technique. Register today!
  • Singabration! (October 17, 100 Mile House) Join Eclectica Community Choir for this workshop on choral singing technique with clinician Geordie Roberts!

Interested in hosting an event? Have an idea for our next great BCCF workshop?  Our most successful workshops come from identifying a need within a community. We are grateful to our board members and others who have been generating activities and volunteering! To tell us about your idea for a future choral workshop, Contact Brigid Coult at projectmanager@bcchoralfed.com.




The choral concerts posted for September and October are as follows:

Monday, September 7 – 7:00pm
SingYourJoy Young Adult Chorus Fall 2015 Season Start-Up
Oak Bay United Church, 1355 Mitchell Street, Victoria
Victoria’s incredibly fun young adult community chorus is welcoming new singers for its Fall 2015 Season.
More info

Friday, September 18th – 7:30pm AND Sunday, September 20th – 7:30pm
Vox Humana Chamber Choir presents Vox in the Stars
Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, 5071 West Saanich Road, Saanichton
An annual concert that always sells-out! Don’t miss the opportunity to experience music performed under the stars from within the historic Plaskett Telescope.
More info (Sep. 18 concert)
More info (Sep. 20 concert)

Saturday, September 19th – 7:00pm
ReSounding Ryerson
Ryerson United Church, 2195 W 45th Ave, Vancouver
A benefit concert for Ryerson featuring performances by: Elektra Women’s Choir, EnChor, Ryerson Church Choir, and Vancouver Bach Children’s Chorus.
More info

Saturday, September 19th – 7:30pm
Lions Gate Chorus presents Hear Us Roar – Las Vegas Sneak Preview
Michael J Fox Theatre, 7373 Macpherson Ave, Burnaby
Who wants to go to Vegas? Can’t get there?…. No worries! Head on over to the Michael J Fox Theatre to get a “sneak peek” of the competition package that Vancouver’s own Lions Gate Chorus (LGC) will be putting on stage Oct 8 – 10 in Las Vegas.
More info

Looking to promote your upcoming concert? Our Concert Calendar lists choral concerts taking place across BC, and is a benefit open to all BCCF member choirs. Upload your choir’s concerts to the Calendar at www.bcchoralfed.com/concerts.

The online Choral Calendar deadline for the next issue is September 28, 2015. Submissions after that will appear in the online Calendar, but not in this email newsletter.



Improving Vocal Technique

As thoughts turn toward fall rehearsals, we also think about vocal technique. How can we keep our voices healthy? How can we sing without unnecessary vocal fatigue? Can we learn to blend well together? There are many ways to improve your skills (including BCCF’s September workshops in Vancouver and Prince George!), but these two articles really struck a chord with our readers this month.

Vocal Hygiene – Timothy Wayne-Wright of the King’s Singers offers some essential advice on taking care of your vocal instrument. He compares the singer to an athlete needing rest, hydration, and training. This makes complete sense given the intense touring schedule of the King’s Singers!

How blowing into a straw can save your voice – Have you ever used “the straw technique” to reset a tired voice? This article includes a couple of videos that show the way, with endorsement from the Mayo Clinic and the National Centre for Voice and Speech at the University of Utah.

Happy singing this fall!

If you find an important article or video that needs to be shared with the choral community, send it to David Archer, Communications Coordinator atcommunications@bcchoralfed.com.

This monthly newsletter is written for you, our valued BCCF members and member choirs. We encourage you to share this email with your fellow choir members. To update your choir’s contact information for distribution, please contact us. We are glad to assist you with information, workshops, concert listings, Virtual Library and library database projects, and fundraising with the BCCF Raffle. For more information, emailprojectmanager@bcchoralfed.com or bccf@bcchoralfed.com.