From June 28-July 2 of 2019, members of Camrose and Area Sr Children’s Choir and Vivo Cantando went to Ottawa to participate in Unisong 2019. Unisong is a choral festival that invites choirs from all across Canada to come together and celebrate unity through the sharing of great Canadian Choral music. Our singers deemed the entire experience a huge success. We were able to afford the trip through the generous support of both local and provincial granting bodies as well as individuals and the hard work of our choir members.
Once in Ottawa it became clear that our cultural goals were all met or exceeded. What kind of goals are cultural goals, you ask? Well, here’s just a partial list:
The music we sang was challenging and engaging, and many of us came back home with more than one favourite song we had learned!
Because this was a smaller Unisong group this year, we were afforded the privilege of performing “God Save the Queen” and “Oh Canada” onstage on Parliament Hill on Canada Day, which was an extremely impactful experience for the singers and their families The fact that we were on TV was a pretty big deal to families and other members of our community back home.
The cultural exchange in Ottawa was made even more impactful by the fact that one of the other choirs - Cantares from Calgary - was comprised of adults who had emigrated from Venezuela, and to hear their marvellous music but also their stories of how lucky they felt to be in Canada at a time when Venezuela is going through so much turmoil was very profound.
Added bonus: We encountered this group in public on the evening of Canada Day (after our choral festival was over) and spent almost 45 minutes just spontaneously singing on the streets as we waited for the crowds to clear after Canada Day fireworks.
A new season brings a renewed goal!! After last year’s event was cancelled due to events outside our control, plans for Unisong 2019 are well underway. Our choir members are very excited to continue fund-raising in preparation for attending Unisong 2019, from approximately June 28 until July 2nd.
What is Unisong? It’s a choral festival involving choirs from all across the country, and members of our choir will sing on the stage of the National Arts Centre on Canada Day with hundreds of other young Canadian singers. Stay tuned for more information regarding Unisong Canada, our fundraising efforts, and our repertoire for this National festival. For more information on how you can help the choir reach their goals, please contact us!
This year’s Camrose and Area Children’s and Youth Choirs will perform music on the theme “Dream Your Inspiration”. Music for these concerts will be based on songs that encourage dreaming big, having fun, and meeting the challenge - whether that be the challenge of being your best self, of singing beautiful music, or heading toward lofty goals! Check out our Events page for concert details!
Camrose Camerata adult chamber choir has chosen the contrasting themes of “Light” and “Dark” for 2018-19. Come explore with us as we present music of the community, of rejoicing, of faith and hope in our first concert, and turn to music of the night, of mourning, and of humour with a twist in the second coffeehouse event!
We are currently accepting singers in all SATB voice parts. For information on how to audition for our group, please send us a note or call 780-672-3372, or text 780-781-4087.