Pacific Spirit Children’s Choir (PSCC)
We are the North Shore’s premier children’s choir serving the needs of children of North Vancouver and West Vancouver.
The choir’s goal is to teach each child how to sing in a way that nurtures the artist within themselves, and helps them perform with joyful confidence, working together as a team. We approach rehearsals as group singing lessons for children, nurturing the individual voice and establishing voice lesson techniques that build life-long habits of healthy, joyful singing.
The PSCC is led by Janelle Claudio and Kiyomi Hori, graduates of the classical voice program at Vancouver Community College, and esteemed teachers and singers throughout the North Shore and the lower mainland. Gerald Van Wyck, former conductor of the British Columbia Boys Choir, and noted Canadian authority on choral music, is mentor and advisor for the choir.
We’re Growing! In each of our nine years of existence we’ve expanded our numbers hugely; we’re now organized into Four Choirs that rehearse from September to May:
- Arbutus Choir, Grades 1-2, rehearse on Thursday afternoons from 3:50-4:45pm
- Cedar Choir, Grades 3-4, rehearse on Thursday afternoons from 3:50-4:45pm
- Fir Choir, Grades 5-9, rehearse on Thursday afternoons from 4:50-5:50pm
- Oak Youth Choir, Grades 8-12, rehearse on Thursday afternoons from 5:50-6:50pm
Rehearsals for all choirs take place at West Vancouver United Church, 21st and Marine Drive in West Vancouver, across from the West Vancouver Recreation Centre.
We perform our own shows twice per year, in addition to participation in community events in both North Vancouver and West Vancouver. We love to hear kids and youth singing a wide variety of repertoire, from traditional to popular music, in a variety of different locations and venues. In past seasons we have sung with Andre Rieu at Roger’s Arena, and presented a fund-raising concerts for a children’s orphanage in Quillota, Chile, for the North Shore Homeless Shelter, and for St. Paul’s Music Academy in the downtown East Side of Vancouver.
Stay tuned for updates.