Thursday, September 26, 2013

Grade 5 Choir Auditions with the Vancouver Island Symphony

Grade 5 Choir – Auditions
To sing with Rick Scott and the Vancouver Island Symphony

 Auditions are being held on October 10 and 12 in preparation for a sensational new opportunity for Grade 5 students, in SD 68, who love to sing. Says choir conductor Patricia Plumley; “It’s an exciting new arts program in which students can join the Grade 5 Choir to sing on stage at the Port Theatre with award-winning children’s entertainer Rick Scott and the Vancouver Island Symphony.”

An all new Education Program and Show - This year the Vancouver Island Symphony’s Outreach and Education is launching a three-part integrated music education program in partnership with three school districts (# 68, 71 and 72) on the Island. In February, for the first time ever, ALL Grade 4 students from these districts will be attending the Symphony. In addition, the Vancouver Island Symphony will be sending a musician to perform at each school prior to students attending the new education show called My Symphony.

My Symphony will be introducing the musical instruments of the orchestra in a fun way to the students,” says Plumley. “It features some of Rick Scott’s favourite music. Rick has eight award-winning children’s albums and several nominations for Juno Awards. Composer-director Nico Rhodes is doing the arrangements, Pierre Simard will be conducting the orchestra, and the Grade 5 Choir will be singing along with Rick.”

Auditioning can be fun – About auditioning Plumley says, “Kids in Grade 5 are invited to come and have fun. They can audition with a group of friends or come on their own. They can sing their favourite song or even Happy Birthday or O Canada.”

Right after the auditions rehearsals begin once a week in preparation for extra outreach concerts. “These will help the new choir get performance experience ready for the big show in February. We’ll start singing, dig in, and see what unfolds,” adds Plumley.

Additional shows – Besides singing in My Symphony, the Grade 5 Choir will also perform at community events and in Nanaimo BAR NONE, a showcase of Nanaimo’s supreme sumptuous talent being staged in May 2014.

About the choir conductor - Plumley is no newcomer to working with children. For seven years she directed the Kids Sing Inner City Chorus, was the accompanist and assistant conductor for the British Columbia Boys Choir, and conducted the Celeste Girls Choir, all in Vancouver. In addition to teaching at the Vancouver Community College, Plumley conducts the VCC Willan Choir, the VI Symphony’s Symphonic Chorus and the British Columbia Boys Choir – Vancouver Island. Plumley also gives private instruction at her home in Nanoose Bay.

“It’s a delight for me to hear all the beautiful voices that come,” says Plumley. “When we get together for choir we develop the voice and learn how to use it for expression. Singing is very healthy and athletic for the body. Singing in a choir is a huge confidence builder; it brings out a child’s individuality and promotes being a part of a team. It is also great fun.”

To book an audition – For information and to book an audition, please call the VI Symphony office at 250-754-0177. Keeping Music LIVE!


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