We are very excited to announce that Pacific Spirit Children’s Choir will be returning this coming fall 2020! After sadly not being able to safely perform our Spring Concert last term due to COVID-19, and several months of uncertainty, we have successfully come up with what looks to be a very exciting year of IN-PERSON singing! No online rehearsals required!
REGISTRATION for the coming year is now OPEN! (click here to register) Upon registration, you will be contacted to arrange a time at our first Intake and Registration Day, on September 3rd (please see below).
At this stage, large gatherings of over 50 individuals (ie. concerts) are still too high a risk and are currently prohibited by BC health authorities. In light of this, we wanted to offer the other side of the musical lifestyle…the recording studio experience! Each ensemble will get the chance to record in small groups on professional-grade equipment in our beautiful church space, culminating in two album-length collections of songs (one in the Winter and one in the Spring) that they can treasure forever, and a great video compilation of the whole recording process! The rehearsal stages will now include new areas of learning such as microphone technique, basic equipment training, along with honing their already exceptional singing skills to make a beautiful work they can sure to be proud of.
***IMPORTANT*** In accordance with BC health regulations as enforced by the BCCDC and Work Safe, we have made some adjustments to the structure of our rehearsals to ensure maximum safety for singers, as well as the other members of West Vancouver United Church’s community. We acknowledge that parents and guardians are in a particularly precarious situation of wanting their children to be able to socialize and have fun while likely being quite anxious about the health concerns of the world. Please take a moment to read our COVID-19 safe rehearsals procedures and guidelines, as there are some big changes. We are happy to respond to any emailed questions or concerns you may have at firstname.lastname@example.org
We also acknowledge that there have been some concerns over the safety of singing as an activity in general. After spending considerable time observing studies, reports, and policies from around the world, we believe that the BCCDC’s established protocols for safely operating a choir as well as music classes are in accordance with the most up to date science and should ensure as safe as possible rehearsals. You can find specifics for both of these on the BCCDC website as well as the BC Music Teacher’s Association report, Guidance for Music Classes in BC – UPDATED
We will be holding our first ever Intake and Registration Day on Thursday, September 3rd. This day will be used to fill out any additional registration information and ensure the contact information we have on file for you and your singers is accurate, to pick up any sheet music for the term, provide post-dated payments for the term, and answer any questions you may have. You will receive a sign-up link upon registration for a 10-minute time slot (please keep attendance limited to a parent or guardian and the registered singer(s)). Weather permitting, this event will take place outside on the grounds of West Vancouver United Church. Application and use of physical distancing, masks and hand sanitizer will be expected. Details will be provided upon registration.
We are so looking forward to this year. After the loss of our last concert and a Springtime of such toil, having the chance to hear all of your beautiful voices making music again will be a wonderful relief to the soul. Thank you for your trust and we look forward to seeing many of you again soon!
Be Kind. Be Calm. Be Safe. <3