Fall 2020 Update

Greetings once again to all of our loyal supporters!

We hope that this letter finds you well. As we haven’t been in touch with you since July, we would like to update you on what we have been doing over the past few months. Although there were times when we thought that the choir’s future might be in jeopardy, we have soldiered on with our usual resilience, positivity, and determination by attending virtual rehearsals, learning new repertoire, and continuing to develop our singing techniques with our Director, Dr. Greg Caisley, at the helm.

Our choir has overcome many challenges since we embarked on own journey as an independent choir when our relationship with Pacific Spirit United Church ended. We are now a Society and we have a Constitution and a Board of Directors. Most recently, we received national official status as a Registered Charity thus enabling us to issue tax receipts for donations. We are hopeful that this will encourage donors to provide financial support, thus helping to ensure a solid and sustainable future for our choir. 

During the summer we did some work on both the Bach B Minor Mass and Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor. Currently, to the delight of choir members, we are now revisiting Handel’s Messiah. Singing this inspiring music has brought back wonderful memories for us, lifted our spirits, and given us hope. And, it has reminded us that Christmas and all of its beautiful sounds and the holiday season will soon be upon us.

Our goal is to be ‘ready to go’ when live concerts can safely resume. Given Dr. Bonnie Henry’s stated confidence in the availability of a Covid 19 vaccine by next fall, in January we will begin working on our fall concert series. Proposed works include Puccini’s Messe de Gloria, Rheinberger’s Mass in C Major and, of course, a revival of our annual Sing-Along Messiah. In the spring of 2022 we hope to present Mozart’s Mass in C minor and his Vesperae solennes de Confessore, works which we would have been performing for you in the spring of 2020.

For all of us, and for you, our loyal supporters, there is much to look forward to. Getting back to live performances will be beneficial to the choir and will also help assist the community. And it will also allow us to continue supporting young orchestral musicians and soloists. With continuing contributions from our members, volunteers, and supporters, we feel strongly that we will be able to present the repertoire as outlined above. As a non-profit organization, we depend on concert revenues, but given the current inability to perform as well as the considerable costs that are involved with the technological aspects of virtual rehearsals, our current financial future is somewhat precarious at this time. If you would like to make a donation to our choir please click here to go to voiceschoir.ca/donations/for more information. Donations of any amount will be appreciated and tax receipts will be provided for all donations of $25.00 and over.

In closing, we look forward to singing for you, and with you, again soon.  In the meantime, so that you might experience joy, inspiration, and hope from music of the holiday season, each of the members of our board has selected some of their favourite music of the season and we have put together a play list which is included at the bottom on this letter. We hope that you enjoy it.

We sendall good wishes to you and your families for continued good health and for happier days ahead and we thank you for your continued support and interest in the United Voices Choir. 

A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season to all of you from the Board and members of the United Voices Choir.

Click here to listen to a selection of some of our favourite holiday music. Enjoy!