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Belle Voci A Cappella Festival
CONCERT SERIES September 29, 2019
Belle Voci A Cappella Festival
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Sunday September 29, 2019
Concert #1 at 1pm
Chilliwack Cultural Centre, 9201 Corbould Street
Concert #2 at 3:30pm
St James, 2777 Townline Road, Abbotsford
Concert #3 at 7pm
Sts Joachim and Ann, 2827 273 Street, Aldergrove
Join us for an hour of amazing a cappella music. We have selected three amazing venues. Come to one concert or come to all of them. We love singing and we love to serve our communities by sharing our music with you.
Our Music Programme
Belle Voci Concert Pieces
Lay a Garland
Agnus Dei- Barber
Ubi Caritas- Ola Gjeilo
Seilig sind die toten- Schutz
O vos omnes- Tomas Luis de Victoria
Duo Seraphim- Hassler
Ultimi miei sospiri- Verdelot
Lo mi son giovinetta- Monteverdi
Sanctus & Benedictus ( Missa Papae Marcelli)- Palestrina
Massed Choir Concert Pieces
The Sun never Says- Dan Forrest featuring Sylwia Karwowka on Cello
Let all Mortal flesh keep silence – Bairstow
Joshua fit the battle of Jericho-arr Steve Barnett
Deer’s Cry- Arvo Pärt
Rejoice, O Virgin- Rachmaninoff
If you want to participate in the workshop, it’s not to late!
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.
Audition for Belle Voci
Celebrated a Capella Singers
Are you interested in singing with us? Admission to the Belle Voci a cappella ensemble is by audition/invitation, and we’re always interested in meeting new singers. who we’re looking for Prospective choristers are invited to contact the Artistic Director at any time during the year for an audition. In addition to filling permanent vacancies, we sometimes need substitutes for singers who are unable to perform certain concerts, or want to augment our roster for certain repertoire.
interested candidates are expected to:
• have an innate sense of musicality
• have a solid understanding of music theory fundamentals;
• be good sight readers;
• have a voice that blends easily in a small ensemble; and
• be committed to the choir’s rehearsal and concert schedule.
the audition Auditions are conducted by the Artistic Director and an accompanist. the 15 – 20 minute audition consists of:
• Performance of a solo piece.
• Unaccompanied sight singing.
• An interview.
Starting in September, Belle Voci rehearses every Sunday from 6-9:00 p.m. at Sts Joachim and Anne in Aldergrove BC. The choir is also expected at all dress rehearsals, preparation sessions with the symphony (if applicable), and occasionally, extra choral practices. contact information If you would like to audition or need more information about the Belle Voci a cappella ensemble, please contact the Artistic Director, Paula DeWit at [email protected]