Our Choir Family

June 2012 tour of North Vancouver Island
Junior and Intermediate Training Choirs
JTC- 2012 Fraser Valley Kiwanis Festival

ITC- performing "Bye Bye Blackbird" at the 2012 Kiwanis Festival

The Junior and Intermediate Training Choirs (JTC and ITC) provide a program of sequentially developed skills which prepare choristers for admission into the Surrey Children's Choir.  The training choirs perform annually at the Family Christmas Concert and Year End concert (held in May of each year).  They also often compete at the Fraser Valley Kiwanis Music Festival, always with great results.  The training choirs may also perform at various events in the community.  The JTC, for singers aged approximately 6-9, rehearses Wednesdays at Ocean Cliff Elementary from 3:45-4:45.  The ITC, for singers ages approximately 9-12 rehearse from 4:45-5:45.

The Surrey Children's Choir
SCC - Gold winners at the 2012 Fraser Valley Kiwanis Festival

 Choreographed folk dance for
2011 Year End Concert "A Whole New World"

Annual Retreat to
Timberline Ranch

The SCC, a treble-voice choir of boys and girls aged 12-18 is a consistent gold medal winner at local festivals, hailed by Gerald Van Wyck, Vancouver Community College professor as "one of the best children's choirs in Canada". These exuberant young voices are heard at the annual Christmas Concert, Spring Orchestra Concert and Year End Concert, as well as at civic and community events throughout the year.

In 2009, the choir travelled to the UK to perform in stunning acoustic spaces such as St. Paul's and Salisbury Cathedral in London and to compete at the International Choral Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales.  The Senior Choir performed extremely well, placing 4th in their category.

The choir performed at many cultural events during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.  These included: singing the world premiere of Canadian musician Doug Johnson's (of Loverboy fame) original work "From My Home" at the Surrey Torch Lighting Ceremony, and performing concerts at Livecity Yaletown and Livecity Surrey.

The senior choir is also proud to have performed at the grand opening of the new Central City Library in Surrey in 2011, and at SFU Surrey's 10th Anniversary Gala this September.

The SCC rehearses Wednesday evenings at Ocean Cliff Elementary, from 6:00-7:30pm.

Surrey Chamber Choir
Performing at a Cancer Research Benefit
February, 2011

Hanging out at Willingdon Beach
during the 2010 International Choral Kathaumixw

Recording a demo at
Turtle Studios in White Rock
Founded in 2002, the Chamber Choir is a talented group of singers from the Children's and Youth choirs, chosen for their ability to read music, their colour and range, and their commitment to choral music. The 2011 Chamber Choir consists of 12 treble voices, with singers aged 16-24.

Accomplishments of this distinguished group include:

Gold Standing at MusicFest Canada, 
Richmond, 2005

"Your choir resides at the level...of artistry.  The level trod by musical saints..."
- Malcolm Edwards, University of Alberta

Second Prize in the CBC National Radio Competition for Amateur Choirs,
Vancouver, May 2006 and 2008

First place winners, Vancouver Kiwanis Festival - followed by wins at Provincial and National level
Vancouver/Saskatoon, 2009

Score of 97% in Female Voice Competition, International Musical Eisteddfod,
Llangollen, Wales, July 2009

First Prize Equal Voices & Second Prize Chamber Choir at the International Choral Kathaumixw, 
Powell River, July 2008 and 2010.

The Chamber Choir is an invitation only group that rehearses Wednesday evenings at Ocean Cliff from 7:30-8:20pm.

Surrey Community Chorus
Spring Orchestra Concert, 2004

The auditioned Surrey Community Chorus is an enthusiastic and disciplined ensemble of talented male and female adult singers under the dynamic leadership of conductor Stephen Horning.  Initially a group of Surrey Children's Choir parents who felt that they were missing out on all the fun, the ensemble is dedicated to the performance of superb choral works from a broad range of styles.  The Chorus appears each season with the SCC in the popular family Christmas Concert.

The adult chorus rehearses Thursday nights from 7:30-9:30 at Ocean Cliff Elementary School.

For more information on any of our choirs, or to book an audition, please contact Program Manager, Danica Kell, at danica.kell@alumni.ubc.ca