Today I was thinking about the times in our life when we sing. We sing to celebrate a birthday or special occasion. We sing to pass time in the car during a long drive. In days past, workers would sing as they worked to help keep a steady beat during a repetitive task. They would sing songs in the fields to boost each others' spirits or to share hidden messages. We sing praise songs in church; we sing sad songs to help chase away the blues. We sing lullabies to put babies to sleep and songs to make others dance. We sing to communicate our innermost feelings. We sing in private and we sing with others. How wonderful to have a Community Choir where we can all sing for the love of singing!
Our choir sang three selections at the North Peace Performing Arts Festival on Tuesday, March 5. We performed very well and were given a superior (over 90%) rating.
In August, two members of the Peace River Community Choir travelled to Austria to participate in the Classical Music Festival Summer Academy. One of the highlights was singing for the Sunday Mass at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna. Can you spot Philippe Robert and Joan Blench in this photo?
We received $720.75 in cash donations to the Soup Kitchen plus an undetermined amount of donations to the Food Bank which were added to the box in the entrance to St. James Anglican Church. What a great response from the community, both in donations prior to the concert, and in positive comments at the end of the evening.
Christmas Concert December 10
A very successful concert with many generous donations. We received the following message from Major Grayling Crites of the Salvation Army:
"Please pass my thanks along to the choir for they performance at the Anglican Church in December which raised $569.60 in the kettle. It is much appreciate and needed with the increase of people coming for assistance especially at Christmas. Merry Christmas & God Bless You in the New Year."
Our new Community Choir season begins this month. If you've sung with us before, we'd love to have you with us again. If you've never sung with a choir before, you'll find we are a fun (and forgiving!) group. Some of us have great solo voices; others take comfort in the ensemble. Some of us read music; others do not. What we all have in common, though, is that we love to sing and enjoy the sounds when our voices blend together. Our first three rehearsals are trials only -- no obligation to join -- so come and give it a try. We ask that you commit one way or another by October 3 so we can budget for the year. Your $150 fee covers the cost of music, honorariums for our director and accompanist, entry fees for festival, use of the school courtyard and any other operating expenses. Bursaries or payment plans are available for those experiencing financial difficulty. Singing is good for the body and the soul. We want everyone to be able to experience the joy of making music as a group. We hope to see you on September 19!
10. There are no Oiler Games left to distract you.