We’re back! VanDeca is hard at work putting together an amazing 2017/2018 season.
VanDeca is proud to present our final concert of the 2016-2017 season. Our singers have carefully selected some of the finest music that portrays the many paths we take as individuals, as singers, and as members of our community. We invite you to join us on a musical journey that you will not soon forget.
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Vancouver’s Freshest Choir is auditioning all voices! We are co-owned and self-conducted, so opportunity awaits! Musical experience is necessary, and choral experience is an asset. Weekly rehearsals every Sunday at 6:00 P.M. around the Lower Mainland. Learn more!
We are hard at work on an exciting new season! Please check back soon for updates on our upcoming events and concerts.
Be transported through time and space with VanDeca!
Featuring popular scores from Star Wars and Firefly, music from David Bowie, and choral adaptations of futuristic melodies; there is something for everyone to enjoy!
A huge thank you to our sponsors: New West Pride!
VanDeca will be partnering with MusicBox to host a tea party fundraiser! The tea party will take place in the fancy La Perla Ballroom, located on the upper floor of the River Market. We are still working out details but we are sure that this event will be an afternoon of family fun! Stay tuned. We hope to see you there!
As many may know, Christmas time can feel hectic and overwhelming, which is why we have chosen to hold our winter concert in January. So, come settle down from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season by coming to our concert, In Our Element.
We will be showcasing pieces that represent all the elements: water, earth, fire, and air. We will also be in our element as we perform a wide variety of genres: from Canadian folk songs, to passionate choral pieces, to funky disco songs. There will be music for all tastes. We promise it will be a fun time.
Where: Knox Presbyterian Church, 403 Columbia St E, New Westminster
When: Saturday, January 30, 2016
Price: $15 in advance; $20 at the door; Children 12 and under are FREE
For more information, please contact us through our contact page.
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We hope to see you there!
VanDeca is pleased to add several new voices to its ensemble this season. Joining the bass section is William, a Master’s student in Philosophy at SFU. He is still relatively new to Vancouver, having moved here in the fall of 2014 to begin his degree, and is excited to get back to creating music after a year-long hiatus.
Music has always been an important part of William’s life. “I remember my parents signing me up for music lessons when I was seven years old. I got to choose the instrument, but I had to sign up nonetheless. I picked piano, and my younger brothers picked guitar and violin to differentiate themselves.”
But it wasn’t a solo affair for him—music was a vital part of his community involvement growing up. “Our parish in Milwaukee [WI] was fortunate to have a really great music director, Mark Konewko, when I was a kid. He ran a children’s choir that I was a part of, and I later started leading services as a cantor.” William continued to broaden his musical horizons in high school. “High school was chock-full of musical opportunities. There was a choir, musical theater productions…some friends and I even started an Irish music band. I was also part of a music group with my brothers, mother and some neighbours, we would do the music for some of our parish services.” But he didn’t let his individual studies slide: “my piano teacher, Adam Baus, was a great mentor to me during this time as well. He pushed me to always do my very best and was supportive of my experiments in composition as well.”
Moving to Ottawa to begin university involved a great deal of changes, but he continued to seek out musical opportunities. “I joined the Carleton chamber choir for a bit, and I also provided musical services for the Catholic chaplaincy on campus.” The same was true during his exchange year at Dalhousie in Halifax. “I was so grateful to be a part of the Unconscious Collective; it’s a student a capella group based out of King’s College. They are a great group of people with very eclectic tastes in music, they remind me a lot of VanDeca in that respect.”
Now, William is very excited to sing with Vancouver’s freshest choir. “It’s a really great vibe, we strike that balance between professionalism and having pride in our performance while also having fun and being goofy. I’m really looking forward to the retreat this weekend. And who knows, I may have to try my hand at arranging again.”
Keep an eye out for future updates on our new members. If you want to hear VanDeca in action, come to their performance at the River Market in New Westminister from 6 to 7pm this Friday, September 22nd.