The Sooke Community Choir

Winter concert and sing-out

Sooke Community Choir is presenting a Christmas sing-out

Join the Sooke Community Choir for our 2013 Christmas Concerts.

Our “Sing Out the Joy” evening performance will be 7 – 9 p.m. Friday, December 13, and the matinee will be 2 – 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 14. This is the first Christmas that our concerts will be held at the Sooke Baptist Church, 7110 West Coast Road. The concerts will be followed by our popular Christmas Carol Sing-Along.

Rick Underwood is our choir director for this session. Rick is the musical director and vocal coach for the Langham Theatre, an honorary life-time member of the Victoria Theatre Guild and has been the director of the Greater Victoria Concert Band for 14 years. Our accompanist, Gillian Lemire-Elmore is a piano teacher and performer. She has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Victoria, runs her own private studio and is a piano teacher at the Peninsula Academy of Music Arts.

Many of the songs the Sooke Community Choir will be singing are from around the world. We even had a mini workshop to learn Hebrew pronunciation for “Sim Shalom.” In several songs we will be accompanied by Sarah Wilson on the flute. Our special guests for the Friday evening performance will be DUO WEST featuring Heather Gatland on violin and Ellen Himmer on the cello.

On the Saturday matinee the Sooke Youth Show Choir (SYSC), sponsored by the Sooke Community Choir, will sing a few songs on their own and then join the adult choir for Do You Hear What I Hear? The SYSC is under the directorship of Sarah Wilson and accompanied by Gillian Lemire-Elmore. The Sooke Community Choir will also be performing at Sooke’s Santa Parade, Moss Cottage and Ayre Manor over the holiday season.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at Shoppers Drug Mart or from any choir member.

We look forward to welcoming former choristers, faithful audience members and newcomers to listen to and sing beautiful seasonal music. Tickets are $10 (16 and under admitted free). Enjoy locally baked goodies and some great door prizes. For more information on the concerts or if you are interested in joining the choir, please check our website sookecommunitychoir.com

Submitted by Laura Lucina