News & Announcements
Want to become a singing member of the choir?
Welcome to the singers who have joined us for the 2017-18 season of concerts. We are pleased to announce that our 2017-18 roster is complete! However since "stuff" happens we do have a short waiting list. To get yourself on it send your details including voice & experience to Mary
Online ticket sales
We offer ticket sales online with the attendant convenience of payment by credit card or PayPal and the ability to print your ticket at home. This increasingly popular solution has replaced other avenues that we have offered in the past. Of course if tickets remain available they will be on sale at the door. Our ticketing service is managed by brownpapertickets.com
Our 30th Concert Season
Last year's research amongst those involved has signaled that our First 25 Years page does not reveal the full story of the genesis of the choir that honours the name "Vivaldi." The truth is that the group began in 1988-89 as the Vivaldi Community Choir and became a registered society under the BC Societies Act in time for the second season in 1989. As a consequence 2017-18 is indeed our 30th year of operations. Accordingly we have designed a celebratory season that will conclude next June with a program anchored by a chamber orchestra accompanied performance of Antonio Vivaldi's "Gloria" - and a party for friends, family & our audience. The date is Saturday June 2nd, in the evening, at St. Helen's! You could help us celebrate on social media with the hashtag #vivalditurns30
Eric Gets a New Job!
Many congratulations to our Tenor Section Leader, Eric Schwarzhoff, who has won one of Canada's leading choral appointments, being invited to join the Vancouver Chamber Choir. Happily Eric retains his position as tenor lead and will be rehearsing and performing with Vivaldi as well.
Updated You Tube Playlist
Two new videos are posted to our You Tube page. At the last piano rehearsal we had the services of "CJ" Janzen and Cross Hilt Productions recording the proceedings with sound engineering and post-production work executed by Zac Goerlitz of ZG Media. We are most grateful to them both. Click the sidebar link "Sound & Video Clips" to go to our updated playlist.
Edette Gagné was appointed Artistic Director and Conductor of the choir effective June 7th 2015, and the Choir is delighted to welcome Maestra Edette to her third season at Vivaldi. Edette is an extraordinarily accomplished musician, with worldwide experience as conductor, performer, clinician and festival judge. Her conducting experiences have now circumnavigated the globe, with shows conducted across Canada, in Sydney Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, Scotland, the Ukraine, Los Angeles and New York City. She is currently the Music Director and Conductor of the Coast Symphony Orchestra, the newly appointed Artistic Director of the British Columbia Boys Choir, the Stage Director and Conductor for the North Shore Light Opera Society and the Choir Director for Kids Sing Chorus. Edette also volunteers with the Vancouver Womens' Musical Society, where she supports emerging professional musicians in her position as President. More about Edette here
Rehearsals are at St. Helen's Anglican Church at 4405 W 8th Ave (8th Ave & Trimble) in Vancouver. We rehearse on Monday nights from 7:30 to 9:45 p.m.
- Ceremony of Carols - Saturday November 25th at Highlands United, North Vancouver and Saturday December 2nd at St. Helen's. Benjamin Britten's much loved Yuletide classic featuring Harp and Counter Tenor soloists crowns a program of devotional and traditional Christmas music.
- Love! - Saturday March 10th, 2018 at St. Helen's and Sunday March 11th at St. Andrew's in Langley. Our guest artist, David Sossa, classical and Spanish guitarist joins the choir in songs of love from the Renaissance to the present - linked with poetry by local writers. The Vancouver performance will be in the Church Hall with cabaret style seating; appropriate refreshments will be on hand, with doors open at 7:15
- Gloria! - Saturday June 2nd 2018 at St. Helen's. Our season ends with a bang and a party centred on our namesake's celebrated and celebratory Gloria. The work will feature two sopranos as well as a mezzo soprano as soloists and a chamber ensemble with the lyrical and triumphant sounds of oboe and trumpet. Don't miss our 30th anniversary show!
The Current Season page has more information on these concerts that make up our 30th season. We also offer several ways to buy individual concert tickets, including online via Brown Paper Tickets. Look for a link at the foot of each concert page, whch will be posted soon. Season passes will soon be available here at a significant saving over the single ticket price, AND they come with reserved seating for all three Vancouver shows.
We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia