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 Gerald van Wyck, former conductor of the British Columbia Boy’s Choir, and noted Canadian authority on choral music. Karen Mang, popular Vancouver singer and conductor, is Assistant Conductor. Judy Grafton, a popular, retired Principal in the North Vancouver School District is mentor and advisor, and also assists at rehearsals.
We’re Growing! In each of our three years of existence we’ve expanded our numbers hugely; we’re now organized into Three Choirs, that rehearse from September to May:
- Arbutus Choir, for Kindergarten to Grade One, ages 5 to 6, rehearses on Thursday afternoons from 3:50 to 4:55 pm.
- Cedar Choir, for Grades Two to Four, ages 7 to 9, rehearses on Thursday afternoons from 3:50 to 4:55 pm.
- Fir Choir, for Grades Five and higher, ages 10 and higher, rehearses on Thursday afternoons from 5:00 to 6:15 pm.
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.
Please email or phone us to arrange an interview for next September, 2013.
We are holding 10-minute interviews on Thursday May 23rd between 4:30 and 5:30 pm; please email or call (see Contact Us) to arrange a time. We will also be holding interviews on various dates throughout June.
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.