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Sing with Island Soul Choir!

All you need is a desire to sing. There are no auditions. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never sung in a choir before. You don’t even need to know how to read music. Just complete the registration form, pay your fees, and you’re in!

Click on the following topics to find out more!

The basics…

The choir is open to people of all ages who reside on or near Vancouver Island.

Membership in the choir is done on a session-by-session basis:

  • The Fall session runs from late August to late November.
  • The Spring session runs from late January to late May/early June.

We accept up to 140 members into the choir each session. The first 100 spaces may be filled during an advance registration period, by members from our immediately prior session. All remaining spaces are filled during the two weeks prior to our first rehearsal. All registrations are accepted ONLINE ONLY. If we receive more registrations than space allows, a waiting list is created.

Member fees can be paid online, by Interac e-transfer, or in person.

Typically, rehearsals are held on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00pm at St. Philip-by-the-Sea Anglican Church in Lantzville, and concerts, on Sundays at The Port Theatre in Nanaimo.

To assist you with learning the music, we provide rehearsal tracks for each part at the beginning of each session (either on CD or by download). In addition, we record the rehearsals and post them on the members page of the website.

Sheet music is also provided as pdf downloads, though not necessarily for all songs — there can be songs that we learn only by ear.

Check the Dates & Info Sheet and Member Handbook (see buttons below) for complete details. If you still have other questions, be sure to contact us. We’ll be happy to answer your questions.

IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT REGISTRATION!

By registering, you would be committing to:

  • attending at least 3 of the 5 rehearsals in the session,
  • learning and practising our music between rehearsals,
  • performing in our concerts, and
  • helping out however you can.

We ask that, BEFORE you register, you check your calendar and make sure you can fulfill on the participation requirements. It really isn’t fair to people who end up on the waiting list if you take a spot with no intention of keeping that commitment!

You must register online, and you can pay your fees only after your registration has been confirmed by the Choir Manager. Payment can be done online, by Interac e-transfer, or in person (by cash, cheque or credit card) at the first rehearsal.

To maintain your place in the choir, you will need to pay your member fee no later than 2 weeks after the first rehearsal; otherwise, you will be replaced by someone on the waiting list. This way, people coming off the waiting list can begin by the second rehearsal at the latest; they will have until the second rehearsal to pay their member fee.

Once your member fee is paid, it is NOT refundable unless you are precluded from continuing due to a significant health issue or major unforeseen circumstance (for either yourself or an immediate family member).

What being in the choir means to our members…

It means joy and inspiration… singing music that transcends race and nationality to touch the human being in all of us… living a dream you thought would never materialize… finding your own voice and making it heard in the world… joining voices to create beautiful harmonies… energizing us with passion to take on life’s adventures with renewed vigour.

It means connection and sharing with the other singers… laughing at our mistakes, then regrouping and trying harder to get it right… celebrating, encouraging and supporting those who step up to sing a solo… seeing our audience enjoying themselves so much that they stand up and dance and clap to our songs… feeling alive and present, calm and energized at the same time, like having a really good workout without all the sweat and sore muscles.

It means community… making me a part of something bigger than just myself… a collective and inclusive friendliness and warmth… going beyond the confines of the familiar, bonding strangers together through the music… transcending beyond our oneness and getting in touch with the energy that we are all part of.

All of this and more is what being in the choir means for us, and it’s what keeps us coming back!

Next chance to join

Registration for our Spring 2018 session will begin at noon on January 20, 2018.

Being on our “Interested” list below, you will receive a reminder email a day or so before registration begins. All registrations are completed right here on our website.

If you have been part of the choir in the past, you will automatically receive a reminder email in case you’re interested in rejoining the choir — just be sure we have your most recent email address on file.

Check out the following links for more information!

   Dates & Info for our Spring 2018 session
  Member Handbook, updated 17-07-22