Jon Washburn Vancouver Chamber CHoir

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THE VCC'S DEFINING PERFORMANCES

  • Chorus America conference concert in Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, 1991
  • Concert with Moscow Chamber Choir in the Bolshoi Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music in Moscow - 1989 USSR tour
  • Philharmonic Hall concert in Tallin, Estonia - 1989 USSR tour
  • First Messiah performances for DYH Lui, Brian Priestman conducting, 1977
  • Performance of Cinq rechants (Messiaen) for Vancouver New Music Society, 1974
  • 10th Anniversary All-Beethoven concert with pianist Menahem Pressler - Fall, 1970
  • Misa Flamenco with Paco Peña troupe, 1993 & 1995
  • Let the Peoples Sing BBC/EBU competition with first Schafer performance - 1973
  • Eric Ericson workshops in Calgary, 1981, and Vancouver, 1993 (IFCM World Symposium III)
  • Detroit Regional ACDA conference with Schafer, Once on a Windy Night - 1998
  • Every concert in St. Ninian's Catholic Cathedral, Antigonish, Nova Scotia
  • IFCM World Symposium III concert in Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, 1993
  • Rachmaninov All-Night Vigil in Chan Centre, Vancouver - October 1998
  • BaroqueFest concert and recording in Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, with l'Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne and Michel Corboz as Expo 86 project - Oct 1986
  • First EMI/Virgin Classic compact disc, Willan An Apostrophe to the Heavenly Hosts - 1995
  • ACDA National Conference in Chicago - 1999
  • Taipei International Choral Festival performance, Taiwan, 2002
  • Premiere performance of R. Murray Schafer’s The Fall into Light with seven choirs and percussion, Toronto, 2004


PERFORMANCES OF CANADIAN WORKS

2336 performances of 306 works by 105 Canadian composers, including R. Murray Schafer, Stephen Chatman, Imant Raminsh and Jon Washburn.


COMMISSIONS & PREMIERES

183 VCC commissions & premieres
178 Canadian (54 composers)
British, American & Latvian (5 composers)

201 VCC commissions & premieres, including student composers
195 Canadian (65 composers)
British, American & Latvian (7 composers)

222 Other JW commissions & premieres, including other groups
213 Works by Canadian composers (68 composers)
9 Works by non-Canadian composers (9 composers)


PERFORMANCE COUNT

5634 total performances of an (as yet) uncalculated number of pieces.


LANGUAGES IN WHICH THE VCC HAS SUNG

English - French - Latin - German - Italian - Spanish - Catalan - Basque - Portuguese - Gaelic - Swedish - Danish - Finnish - Lapp - Norwegian - Icelandic - Estonian - Latvian - Lithuanian - Russian - Ukrainian - Polish - Hungarian - Czech - Hebrew - Bengali - Indonesian - Mandarin - Taiwanese - Korean - Japanese - Ainu - Haida - Salish - Inuit - Mohawk - Nahuatl - Onandaga


SINGER STATISTICS 1971 - 2005

In 35 seasons, the VCC has had a total of 115 singers. The break-down by section is: 31 sopranos, 25 altos, 27 tenors, 32 basses. Most famous singer: tenor Ben Heppner. Longest tenured singer: soprano/alto Violet Goosen (32 years).

SOPRANOS (31)

Christine Anton 1971 - 1973 (2)
Edith Elart 1971 - 1976 (5)
Claudia Kaye (Douglas) 1971 - 1973, 74-77 (5)
Ingrid Suderman 1971 - 1972, 1974 (2)
Dwila Beglaw 1973 - 1977 (4)
Heather Pinchin (Stubbs) 1974 - 1980 (6)
Erica Northcott 1977 - 1982 (5)
Marisa Spencer (Gaetanne) 1977 - 1979 (2)
Audrey Winch 1977 - 1982 (5)
Janet (Hassell) Kidd 1979 - 1986 (7)
Marjorie Boerema 1982 - 1984, 86-90 (6)
Colleen Dow (Clark) 1982 - 1984 (2)
Elizabeth Brodovitch 1984 - 1990 (6)
Danuta Kinnear 1984 - 1986 (2)
Barbara DalMaso 1985 - 1994 (9)
Lorraine Reinhardt 1988 - present (17+)
Cari Haynes 1990 - 1991 (1)
Margaret Lee 1990 - 1991 (1)
Allison Girvan 1991 - 1996 (5)
Aldona McLean 1992 - 1999 (7)
Phoebe MacRae 1995 - 1996 (1)
Katherine Goheen 1996 - 2004 (8)
Siri Olesen 1996 - 2003 (7)
Elizabeth Skillings 1999 - 2001 (2)
Alicia Hansen 2001 - 2003 (2)
Joanna Dundas 2001 - 2005 (4)
Jemmy Chen 2003 - present (2+)
Natasha Neufeld 2003 - present (2+)
Kyra Folk-Farber 2004 - 2005 (1)
Emily Cheung 2005 -present (+)
Caitlin Bradley 2005 -present (+)

ALTOS (25)

Winona Denyes (Vitalis) 1971 - 1982 (11)
Holda Fast 1971 - 1977 (6)
Katherine Fearn 1971 - 1972 (1)
Heather Ireland 1971 - 1986 (15)
Monique Thompson 1973 - 1977 (4)
Maggie Burr 1977 - 1998 (21)
Hazel (Ramsay) Osborne 1977 - 1980 (3)
Laverne G'froerer 1979 - 2000, 2001-2004 (25)
Marilyn Gronsdal (Powell) 1979 - 1982 (3)
Morna Russell 1981 - 1985, 86-90 (8)
Bonnie Dodds 1982 - 1989, 93/94 (8)
Céline Châput 1985 - 1986 (1)
Wendy Klein 1986 - 1997 (11)
Lydia (Reimer) Altenmueller 1989 - 1990 (1)
Linda Albertson 1990 - 1991 (1)
Renée Roseland 1990 - 1993 (3)
Elizabeth (Baker) Hamel 1991 - 2000 (9)
Cathy Lyons 1993 - 1994 (1)
Marla Mayson 1994 - present (11+)
Fabiana Katz 1997 - present (8+)
Sophia Vassiliadis 1998 - 2000 (2)
Melanie Adams 2000 - 2003 (3)
Magali Coustalin 2000 - present (5+)
Violet Goosen 1973 - present (32+)
Fiona Blackburn 1981 - 1988, 90/91, 94-95, 2004-present (10+)

TENORS (27)

Mel Ericksen 1971 - 1976 (5)
George Ross 1971 - 1972, 74/75 (2)
Alan Whitmore 1971 - 1972 (1)
Kenneth Perry 1972 - 1978 (6)
Patrick Wedd 1972 - 1976 (4)
Thomas Baker 1973 - 1974 (1)
Scott Bajema 1974 - 1975 (1)
Paul Becker 1975 - 1976 (1)
Gordon Crozier 1976 - present (29+)
Ben Heppner 1976 - 1978 (2)
Dan Bensler 1977 - 1979 (2)
Morley Fleming 1977 - 1983 (6)
Lars Kaario 1978 - 1981 (3)
Thom Geise 1979 - present (26+)
Craig Tompkins 1979 - present (26+)
Ray Harris 1981 - 1984 (3)
Marc Donnelly 1984 - 1985 (1)
Terry Pitt-Brooke 1985 - 1987 (2)
Ron Smail 1985 - 1986 (1)
Stephen Powell 1987 - 1990 (3)
Peter Spira 1987 - 1991 (4)
Howard Meadows 1990 - 1998, 1999 - 2000 (9)
Chris Givens 1991 - 1994, 95-96 (4)
Don Macdonald 1994 - 1995 (1)
Jonathan Quick 1997 - 2001 (4)
Dean Edmundson 1998 - 1999, 2001 - present (5+)
Tom Ellis 2000 - present (5+)

BASSES (32)

George Cotton 1971 - 1972 (1)
David Kendall (Stewart) 1971 - 1973 (3)
Philip Jenion 1971 - 1972, 74/75, 1978 (3)
Ray Nurse 1971 - 1973, 75-81, 82/83, 91/92, 94-99 (15)
Robert Hamper 1972 - 1974 (2)
Harris (Harry) Loewen 1972 - 1973, 73-75 (3)
John Mitchell 1972 - 1978, 81/82 (7)
Tom Graff 1973 - 1975 (2)
Gary Dahl 1977 - 1980, 81-83 (5)
Guy Ethier 1977 - 1978 (1)
Stuart Tarbuck 1975 - 1977 (2)
Robert Hall 1978 - 1979 (1)
William Kelly 1978 - 1981 (3)
Murray Walker 1979 - 1980 (1)
Cameron Haney 1980 - present (24+)
Marvin Regier 1980 - 1988 (8)
Anthony Booker 1981 - 1983 (2)
Eric Hominick 1983 - 1994 (11)
Robert Neville 1983 - 1984 (1)
Grant Rowledge 1983 - 1986 (3)
William Vermeulen 1984 - 1991, 92-95, 98-present (16+)
George Roberts 1986 - 1999 (13)
Craig Morash 1988 - 1995 (7)
Derrick Christian 1995 - 2002 (7)
Matthew MacTavish 1995 - 1998 (3)
Tyler Duncan 1999 - 2000 (1)
Steve Maddock 1999 - 2002 (3)
Lyndon Surjik 2000 - 2001 (1)
Paul Nash 2001 - present (4+)
Peter Alexander 2003 - present (2+)
Chad Louwerse 2004 - 2005 (1)
Sorin Tepes 2005 -present (+)

VCC CD RECORDINGS (1971-2005)

1. Vancouver Chamber Choir with the Baroque Strings (LP only) CBC 1974
2. Vancouver Chamber Choir (LP only) CBC 1977
3. Christmas Carols from Many Lands (LP only) CBC 1977
4. The World of Folksongs (LP only) KVP 1979
5. Music of the Americas (LP only) Grouse 1983
6. Sweet was the Song Marquis 1983
7. Handel Coronation Anthems CBC 1985
8. A Garden of Bells (Schafer) Grouse 1986
9. BaroqueFest CBC 1987
10. Due North (Chatman) Centrediscs 1988
11. The Christmas Gift (Charlotte Diamond) Hugbug 1990
12. Vancouver Chamber Choir (Beckwith/Weisgarber) Centrediscs 1990
13. Simple Gifts CBC 1991
14. Songs of the Lights (Raminsh) CBC 1992
15. Love Songs for a Small Planet Centrediscs 1993
16. The Miracle of Christmas (Ancient Cultures) GRD 1994
17. Rise! Shine! (Washburn) Grouse 1994
18. Music to Hear CBC 1994
19. An Apostrophe to the Heavenly Hosts (Willan) EMI 1995
20. Bach The Six Motets Grouse 1995
21. Missa Brevis CBC 1996
22. Brahms on Life and Love EMI 1996
23. A World Christmas (Henderson/WorldFest Ensemble) Miracle 1998
24. Crown of Fire (Chant) St Paul Film Foundation 1998
25. Ovation! (Detroit Live Concert) Grouse 1999
26. Once on a Windy Night (Schafer, vol. 2) Grouse 2000
27. Due West (Chatman, vol.2) CBC 2000
28. Earth Chants (Raminsh, vol. 2) CBC 2002

Collections, Compilations and Samplers
29. Centrediscs: Canada’s Living Music 1993 Centrediscs 1993
30. Introduction to Canadian Music Naxos 1996
31. Imant Raminsh: Resound! Boosey & Hawkes 1997
32. Classical Christmas Vocal Allegro 1997
33. Healey Willan 30th Anniversary Edition CD EMI 1998
34. Stereo Morning Collection: Peter Togni's Favourites CBC 199?
35. Centrediscs: Canada’s Living Music 1999 Centrediscs 1999
36. The Best Choral Album in the World...ever! EMI 1999
37. Festival Vancouver Sampler Festival Vancouver 2000
38. Choral Concert-Célébration Chorale CBC 2000
39. Local Harmonies: A celebration of music in B.C. Vancouver Sun 2000
40. Twin Souls: Music of Barry Truax Cambridge Street 2001
41. The Real Music of Christmas EMI 2001
42. Classical Chillout EMI 2002

CANADIAN WORKS RECORDED BY VCC

The VCC has recorded 107 works by 13 Canadian composers on 19 different CD's totaling 13 hours of music.
Of the VCC's total 44 recordings since 1973, 30 contain Canadian pieces, and 10 of them are completely Canadian.

CITIES AND COUNTRIES TOURED 1974-2004

389 performances in 306 visits to 190 cities in ten provinces, one territory, sixteen states and twelve countries.

70 tours through October 2004. 452 tour concerts and workshops.


EDUCATION PROGRAMMES WITH STARTUP DATES

National Conductors' Symposium 1980/81
Interplay 1994/95
Focus! 1989/90
OnSite 1992/93
Young Composers Competition 1992/93
Choral Contact 1996Schola

NATIONAL CONDUCTORS' SYMPOSIUM 1981-2005

2005 was the 25th annual National Conductors Symposium.


INTERPLAY COMPOSER WORKSHOPS STATISTICS

2004-05 was the 11th year of Interplay workshops. There have been over 77 composers involved during that time.

YOUNG COMPOSERS' COMPETITION WINNERS

1993
Elementary. Julie Heinonen (b.1982) Seasons Will Change
Secondary James Colpitts (b.1976) The Sheep to the Passionate Shepherd

1995
Elementary. Joseph Lee (b.1982) We’re a Family
Secondary Michael Droetboom (b.1977) Ode to the West Wind

1997
Elementary. Laura Stewart (b.1986) The Song My Paddle Sings

1999
Elementary. James Baylis (b.1990) Shalom
Secondary Nicolas Krusek (b.1977) Alone

2001
Elementary. Sida Bai (b.1989) The Fall of Songs and the Sea of Music
Secondary Sandra Wilmot (b.1983) Amen
University Jennifer Wood (b.1979) Wondering

2003
Elementary. Alison Bo Staudt (b.1993) Escape at Bedtime
Secondary David von Kampen (b.1986) The Ruin (Yellow)
University Russell Nadel (b.1983) Psalm 23 (The Lord’s my Shepherd)

2005
Elementary. Alison Bo Staudt (b.1993) From a Railway Carriage
Secondary Edward Enman (b.1987) Good Times (Yellow)
University Rob Teehan (b.1982) Virtue