When days grow short and fall rains begin, Sunshine Coasters gather to sing.
There are 12 public choirs meeting weekly from Pender Harbour to Gibsons.
Sue Milne, director, lower Sunshine Coast, B.C. Choral Federation, gave us some insight into all the choral groups on the Coast.
The most musically ambitious choirs are the A Capella Strait, which requires an audition, the Pender Harbour Choir, which tackles extensive and challenging repertoire each season, and the Coast Phoenix singers.
The most relaxed are the four Music Maker groups: gospel, adult, children and family choirs. All are constantly looking for new members, and anyone interested is encouraged to come out. There is something for every singer of every age and ability. Most perform concerts, and some do community outreach singing for people in hospice, hospital or care homes.
Tuesday from 4 to 6:15 p.m., SASSPenders self-directed women’s ensemble at Pender Harbour Music School, Madeira Park. Contact Gwen Hawkins at 604-883-2778.
Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m., Pender Harbour Choir, director Joy McLeod at Pender Harbour Music School, Madeira Park. See www.penderharbourchoir.com for more details.
Tuesday from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m., A Cappella Strait, director Janice Brunson, St. Hilda’s Anglican Church. Contact Janice at 604-885-7019 for more details.
Thursday from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. Suncoast Singers, with Joy McLeod at Shorncliffe Care Facility, 5847 Medusa Street, Sechelt. See www.suncoastsingers.ca for more details.
Monday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Music Makers Gospel Night with Lynne and Reg Dickson at Music Makers Studio in Davis Bay. See www.music-makers.ca for more details.
Wednesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Music Makers Family Choir, children six and over and their families at Music Makers Studio in Davis Bay. See www.music-makers.ca.
Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m., Music Makers adult choir with Lynne and Reg Dickson at Music Makers Studio in Davis Bay. See www.music-makers.ca.
Monday at 7 p.m. Reflections, self-directed women’s ensemble, professional and semi-professional. Paula Seward’s studio, Davis Bay. Call 604-885-1011 for more details.
Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Choralations, director Janice Brunson at Davis Bay Elementary School. Call 604-885- 7019 for more details.
Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Community Song Circle, alternate weeks at Chaster House, Gibsons with Karen Stein, at Mission Point House, Davis Bay with Vicki Beeman. Contact Karen Stein at 605-886-9319 or email email@example.com.
Tuesday from 6:45 to 9:15 p.m., Arbutus Sounds directed by Deb Sneddon, Roberts Creek Elementary School. See www.arbutussound.org for more details.
Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Community Song Circle, alternate weeks at Chaster House, Gibsons with Karen Stein, at Mission Point House, Davis Bay with Vicki Beeman. Contact Karen Stein at 604-886-9319 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. Coast Phoenix Singers, with Michael Grice at Christenson Village, lower level Activity Room, 585 Shaw Road in Gibsons. Contact Sue Milne at 604-886-1255 for more details.