Student choirs join pros at Bell concert May 20

SURREY – Student singers from three Surrey schools will rub shoulders with professionals during a special music festival next week.

 

Members of the award-winning Vancouver Chamber Choir (VCC) will participate in the daytime workshops and evening concert, all at Bell Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday, May 20.

 

Close to 250 students from North Surrey Secondary, Pacific Academy and Panorama Ridge Secondary will be involved in the one-day choral fest.

 

The gathering is a rare opportunity for the teens to learn from those who sing

 

professionally, says Carol Sirianni, who co-ordinates Surrey Schools Secondary Choral Festival.

 

"It’s a special day for these students," underlined Sirianni, Fine Arts Helping Teacher for Surrey Schools.

 

"They’ll be participating in a professional rehearsal, with their own choir conductor up there and the professionals standing next to them. That’s special."

 

Each of the choirs will rehearse separately with the VCC during the afternoon workshops, with public performances starting at 7 p.m. After an

 

intermission, the VCC will on their own perform a selection of songs, known as "The Ways of Water." Tickets for the concert are $20 via the Bell box office, 604-507-6355; admission is free for students.

 

This is the second time the VCC has been involved in the education-focused choral festival.

 

"We didn’t have as big an audience as we’d like, but educationally, it was a huge success."

 

tom.zillich@thenownewspaper.com

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