A Cappella Festival

September 27th – 29th

Belle Voci A Cappella Festival

Masterclass & Concerts

Belle Voci A Cappella Festival
Perform, be mentored and Learn
With two special clinicians, Christopher Suen and Joel Tranquilla
Tickets available now! $100 each

Your registration includes:

Admission to all three days of workshops, rehearsals and Concerts
Printed music
Friday evening Meet and Greet, Saturday light lunch, and Sunday light snack.
1 ticket to one of the Concerts of your choice

Weekend of September 27-29 Tentative schedule

27 September Friday, Sts Joachim & Ann, Aldergrove
6pm-7:30 Welcome workshop with Joel Tranquilla -Healthy choral singing
7:30- 9:00 massed choir rehearsal
9:00 pm- 9:30 Wine and cheese Meet and Greet

28 September Saturday, Sts Joachim & Ann, Aldergrove
9 -10 am Workshop with Christopher Suen – The polyphonic Motet
10:00 -11 Men’s Chant rehearsal with Christopher Suen
10:00 -11 Ladies sectional
11-12:30 massed choir Rehearsal
12:30-1:30 Catered Lunch
1:30-2:00 Workshop with Christopher Suen – Work on a piece provided by Christopher TBD (all participants)
2:00-4:00 massed Rehearsal
4:00- 5:30 Dinner
5:30- 6:30 pm Workshop with Joel Tranquilla – Expanding the singer’s “toolbox”
6:50- 9:00 pm Rehearsals

29 September Sunday
10:30- 12:30 Rehearsals -Chilliwack Cultural Centre

Concert 1 -1 pm Chilliwack Cultural Centre
Concert 2 – 3:30 Pm St James, Abbotsford
Concert 3 – 7pm Sts Joachim and Ann, Aldergrove

Massed Choir Pieces (all participants)

1. The Sun never Says- Dan Forrest
2. Let all Mortal flesh keep silence – Bairstow
3. Joshua fit the battle of Jericho-
4. Deers Cry- Arvo Pärt
5. Rejoice, O Virgin- Rachmaninoff
6. Sicut Cervus

Belle Voci concert Pieces
1. Lay a Garland
2. Agnus Die- Barber
3. Ubi Caritas- Ola Gjeilo
4. Seilig sind die toten- Schutz
5. O vos omnes- Tomas Luis de Victoria
6. Duo Seraphim- Hassler
7. Ultimi miei sospiri- Verdelot
8. Lo mi son giovinetta- Monteverdi
9. Sanctus & Benedictus (Missa Papae Marcelli)- Palestrina

Subject to change

Your music will be sent to you upon registration and payment.  LIMITED availability!

Dr. Joel Tranquilla is a conductor and music educator noted for his versatile musicianship and creative programming. As the Director of Choral Activities at Trinity Western University he oversees a program of six choirs and teaches various other courses within the School of the Arts, Media + Culture. Recent tours have taken the TWU Chamber Choir to Ottawa, New York City, China, Japan, and Taiwan. Joel is also the Artistic Director of the Valley Festival Singers in Abbotsford and the Associate Conductor of the Juno-nominated Canadian Chamber Choir. In high demand as an adjudicator and clinician, Joel works regularly with singers across the Lower Mainland and is a past Guest Conductor of the New Brunswick Youth Choir and the Manitoba Provincial Honour Choir. He holds degrees from Mount Allison University, the University of Michigan, and Michigan State University where his doctoral research was in the area of Canadian choral-orchestral works. Joel lives in Fort Langley with his wife Meghan and their two children, Everett and Penelope.

Christopher Suen is a conductor, director, teacher and performer of sacred music and folk music in and around Vancouver. Growing up in Winnipeg in a musical family, he learned a variety of instruments and genres from an early age, graduated from UBC in Religious Studies, Latin & Greek (2000), and studied conducting with Lars Kaario at Capilano University (2015). Chris has been active in Vancouver’s Traditional Latin Mass Choir since 1998, working closely with director Mark Donnelly as his assistant from 2008–2014, and then as director of music at Holy Family Parish from 2014–2016. He attended the Tallis Scholars’ Summer Courses with Peter Philips and David Woodcock in 2014, and studied music of the Eton Choirbook with Deborah Roberts in Triora, Italy, the same year. He spent two years as a seminarian with the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter in Nebraska and lived most recently in 2018 at Silverstream Priory, a Benedictine monastery in Ireland, under Dom Mark Daniel Kirby, OSB.

Having lived so much in communities where Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony are an integral part of daily life in singing the Mass and the Divine Office, Chris’ approach to sacred music is practical, fluid and expressive, yoking the natural aspects of vocal production to their supernatural end with sensitivity, clarity and intention.

Since the beginning of 2019, Chris has continued his choral work at Holy Family Parish with Mark Donnelly, and with chamber ensemble MOTET, directed by David Poon. In the local folk music scene, he plays community dances, events and workshops, and sings and plays banjo and fiddle with The Fugitives and Viper Central, two Canadian folk bands that play locally and periodically tour across Canada and Europe. He also maintains a private teaching studio, and he has just begun working as a tour director for Orbis Catholic Travel, specializing in custom pilgrimages and organizing scholas cantorum from among the pilgrims to sing at Masses in the holy places they visit.

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