The Dauphin Regional Comprehensive Secondary Senior Choir, under the direction of Andrew Coombs, travelled to Moose Jaw to perform in the Moose Jaw Band and Choral Festival in May. This choir is headed for its third year, and pleased that their numbers have soared!
The Keystone Chorus, in collaboration with members of the "Theatre Amisk” troupe, polished off its 47th annual spring show in April, regaling their audience with their production of “Experiencing Technical Difficulties”. They are led by director John Graham, assisted by Richard Hamilton. This men's barbershop group presently has 15 members. Besides their annual spring concert, they enjoy "sing outs". Last year they sang at 12 local senior's homes.
Their guests for this event were the Parkland Women’s Choir, a choir that grew out of conversations in the car, circa 2014, coming home after Cantata practice! In their words, “We would bemoan the lack of choral singing for women, especially for women who were in the workforce. With the arrival of the Suss family. we found our director! Next was our accompanist...and the Parkland Women’s Choir was off and running. 23 women came to that first practice, and we’ve only grown from then. The Choir prides itself on the high standard of performance that has been reached in a fairly short period of time. The Choir also prides itself on the fun we have, and the joy we get in sharing music with the community.”
Besides entertaining at senior’s centres and personal care homes, they provide Christmas party entertainment and carolling, hosting "A Taste Of Christmas" and evenings of music supporting their local food bank. They are often billed together with the Keystone Chorus and a trio called Stringed Harmony (violin, cello, piano).
Just 4 Joy is a 16-member ladies chamber group that meets bi-weekly to practice part-singing in one of the singers’ homes. They sing at events by invitation, at senior's homes and at Christmas.
The Swan River Festival is up and running again, thanks to the efforts of local organizers, former MCA rep Darlene McKibben among them.