The Pas Community Choir is co-directed by Andrew Legeny and Kristy Dyck. They had their first rehearsal of the fall season on Sept. 6.
The R.D. Parker Collegiate Choir welcomes their new director, RD Parker grad, Catharine Fisher. Her program consists of Grade 7/8 choir for all students in the division, Junior Choir (Grade 9), Senior Choir (Grades 10-12), and Vocal Jazz (an auditioned ensemble for students in 10-12). They will be attending Brandon Jazz Festival, as well Edmonton’s Cantando Festival.
Hapnot Collegiate Choir, under the direction of Kim Jones, looks forward to building on last year’s first appearance at the Rocky Mountain Music Festival in Banff. Kim will be participating in a festival workshop, as Flin Flon is host to a number of festivals. This year she traveled to Chicago for the Midwest Clinic and was privileged to hear an amazing gospel choir and to attend Hamilton, the musical. This year the school’s arts smart project is focusing on reconciliation. Students will make drums and learn inter-tribal First Nations songs from Kim’s colleagues, Doreen Roman and Margaret Head-Stephan. Their hope is that band students will then transpose these songs for their instruments, recording the history and significance of each. Kim refers to this as “a creative way students could interact with these songs, then pass down this booklet of songs to my colleague Anna Harrison to teach to her beginning band students. It is our hope that First Nations songs are played, listened to and sung as regularly by our young students as songs like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.”
This past summer, Flin Flon Community Choir performed at their annual Culture Days “Bucket List” event, where community members had a chance to conduct the choir or sing a lead. Other musical highlights included the Wild Rice Cabaret featuring many local performers, songwriting workshops within the school, live music at an outdoor market and another live music stage at a children’s culture tent. FFCC also presented a Christmas Concert with guest artist Joanna Majoko. Joanna got her start in Flin Flon, and is currently building an impressive resume in Toronto’s jazz scene and in New York City.
Rehearsals are well on the way for Mamma Mia, to be performed at the R.H.Channing auditorium in May, under the direction of Ann Hodges from Winnipeg and the production of Crystal Kolt.
Borealis Choir is up and running, led by Anna Harrison, Angela Ishaka and Tim Spencer.