This past April, PMCC began rehearsing again after a 5-month hiatus – in a beautiful red barn! To commemorate this special time of singing, sunshine, and selfies with cows, we recorded Ruth Watson Henderson’s setting of the Irish blessing, “May the Road Rise to Meet You.” May this song bring joy to your hearts, and remind you that goodness and beauty do exist in this world.
This fall, PMCC recorded a Christmas EP, “Christmastide.” Featuring 6 delightful songs by composers such as John Rutter, Patrick Wedd, Nick Page, and more, we hope that these songs will bring joy to your celebration of Christ’s birth this year. Starring the beautiful singers of PMCC, we also filmed a music video for the title track, “This Christmastide,” by Donald Fraser. While it has been a tough year for all of us, working on this project has been a bright spot in the lives of these singers. We are thankful to God for the gift of music!
The Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir presents How Can I Keep From Singing?, their spring concert on Friday, June 7. With artistic director Betty-Ann Braun and special guest Calvin Dyck, this concert explores the reasons why we sing: for love, for joy (or sadness!), to tell a story. We sing to tell the TRUE story, of God’s love and faithfulness to us. From silly to serious, from classical to jazz, join us as we take you on a romp through some beautiful, contemplative, joyous music!
Concert highlights include:
- “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” by Canadian composer, Eleanor Daley
- “So Long, Farewell” from The Sound of Music, featuring choreography by Janelle Stauffer
- Slovenian folk song, “Pa Se Slis”
- and many more!
Our silent auction fundraiser for our 2020 Scotland Tour starts at 6:30 PM, so be sure to come early and check out a wonderful line-up of available auction items, including a scenic helicopter ride of the Fraser Valley for 2!
The Big Sing – with PMCC and the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra
Lend your voices! Join PMCC and AYO for a community hymnsing on Sunday, February 24 @ 6 PM at South Abbotsford Church. Free admission (donations will be accepted for our 2020 Scotland tour).
On Dec. 10 at 7 PM, the Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir will join the Valley Festival Singers in a wonderful concert of Christmas music from all around the world. Featuring cellist Ben Goheen, wonderful choreography by Janelle Stauffer, and many songs by Canadian composers (including Erica Phare-Baerg and Larry Nickel), this concert will delight with the brand-new and the familiar. We are delighted to partner with VFS and their director Joel Tranquilla for this concert.
Other highlights include:
- “Put the Lights on the Tree” – by Sufjan Stevens
- “Patapan” – arr. by Jon Washburn (Artistic Director of the Vancouver Chamber Choir)
- Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah
- a short history of “Jingle Bells” with choreography!
- “There is no rose” from Ceremony of Carols – by Benjamin Britten
- …and many more!
This concert will leave you singing with a smile on your face!
Location: South Abbotsford Church (32424 Huntingdon Rd, Abbotsford)
Tickets are available online HERE or at House of James or King’s Music.
On July 2, 2018, twenty-two of our Cantare singers left for Powell River, BC, to compete in the International Choral Kathaumixw. Kathaumixw is taken from a Coast Salish word meaning “a gathering together of different peoples.” We had a wonderful time meeting people from around the world and we got to hear some amazing choirs!
On Thursday morning, July 5th, we competed in the Children’s Choir category along with 4 other choirs. Then, on Friday afternoon we found out that we had placed second! First place went to the Young People’s Chorus of NYC, a phenomenal show choir. They also won “Choir of the World at Kathaumixw” – a well-deserved win for them!
We performed in two concerts at Kathaumixw, enjoyed amazing food at Culacinno’s (check them out if you’re ever in Powell River), sang around the town, hiked, and made new friends. We were inspired by the amazing music we heard all week, and we are looking forward to a great 2018-2019 season!
Looking ahead: Christmas at the Chan with Joel Tranquilla & TWU Choirs (Dec. 2); joint concert with Valley Festival Singers (date TBA); and more wonderful singing!
On June 2, the Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir celebrates the culmination of their 40th anniversary season. Founded in 1978 by Nancy Dyck, the choir has touched the lives of over 900 singers. To mark this historic milestone, PMCC presents their spring concert, I’m Gonna Sing, on Saturday, June 2 at Gateway Church in Abbotsford. Singers from ages 8-18 will sing songs commemorating the choir’s rich history. Experience familiar works and new songs connecting the past with the present, including the world premiere of a work by Jeff Enns. Other highlights include Karl Jenkin’s “Adiemus” with choreography, the Canadian classic “I’se the B’y,” the world premiere of a collaborative student composition, and many more.
They will be joined by opera singer and PMCC alum, Melanie Krueger. She will perform Mozart’s “Laudate Dominum” and Handel’s “Let the Bright Seraphim.” As well, the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra will accompany several songs under the direction of Calvin Dyck, in addition to performing their choreographed “Por Una Cabeza.” After the concert there will be a standing dessert reception, to which all are invited.
Don’t miss this delightful concert on Saturday, June 2, at 7:00 PM at Gateway Community CRC (2884 Abb Mission Hwy). Early bird tickets are available for purchase in person at King’s Music in Abbotsford or online at Brown Paper Tickets ($20 for adults, $5 for students, plus applicable fees). Tickets are also available at the door ($25 for adults, $10 for students).
The Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir is an auditioned choir for unchanged voices. Their singers come from Langley, Surrey, Mission, Abbotsford and Chilliwack. They value musical excellence and the joy of singing in community. For more information about auditions, please visit our audition page.
Sharing in Song, produced by violinist Calvin Dyck in partnership with MCC BC, promises to be an evening of inspiring music, heartwarming stories and a window into the work of MCC in East Africa. The evening will feature Calvin and a number of his friends, including the Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir, The Alumni Project and the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra. A highlight of the evening will be the Moipei Trio, from Nairobi, Kenya. The trio of singers, who are triplets, have performed on tour in the US, have appeared multiple times on Kenya TV, and are currently completing their university degrees in the US.
Come on May 5th prepared to see, hear and taste a little bit of East Africa as you:
- Enjoy great music from many different cultures.
- Experience MCC’s work in Kenya and Ethiopia through Calvin’s eyes.
- Sample Ethiopian coffee, Kenyan tea, and snacks from both countries.
- Purchase Fair Trade items handcrafted in East Africa, from Ten Thousand Villages.
- Have the opportunity to donate and support the work of MCC locally and around the world.
- Adults $20
- Seniors & Students $15
- All tickets at the door $25
- Free admission for children 12 and under
Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the MCC BC Office, King’s Music and House of James in Abbotsford.
The Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir presents their Christmas concert, O Holy Night, at Bakerview Church on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7:00 PM. Begin your Christmas season with the clear voices of children singing about the joy of Jesus and Christmas.
Featuring special guest Crystal Hicks, a gospel singer from Abbotsford, highlights include:
- Three in White – your favourite songs about snow arranged by Vancouver composer Stephen Smith
- Joy to the World – from the TV show “Glee”
- O Holy Night – by Straight No Chaser
- Open Up – by Michael Gungor & The Brilliance
….and many more!
Adults $15 | Students $5 | 5 & Under Free | Tickets available online HERE or at the door.
Saturday, Dec. 2 @ 7 PM, Bakerview Church (2285 Clearbrook Rd)
The Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir is committed to pursuing musical excellence through performance and opportunities to learn from others. For more information about PMCC and our various choirs, please visit our About page.
The Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir presents their spring concert, A Short History of Love, at South Abbotsford Church on June 2 at 7:30 PM. Come out and hear the voices of children as they sing songs about all forms of love, including: love of food, love of dance, romantic love, and the Father’s love for us!
Featuring Abbotsford singing duo Andrea & Amaris, as well as the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra and dancers from the Fraser Valley Academy of Dance, this concert will be a delight for the ears and eyes. Highlights include a mashup from the movie Pitch Perfect, a choreographed performance of Karl Jenkin’s “Dos a Dos,” a Renaissance madrigal, an Italian opera aria, and much more! The drama and scope of love in its many forms is sure to woo!
Adults $15 | Students $10 | 5 & Under Free | Buy tickets for PMCC: A Short History of Love
The Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir is dedicated to pursuing musical excellence through performance and opportunities to learn from others. For more information about PMCC and our various choirs, please visit our About page.
Workshop with Gail Suderman & Good Noise VGC
On Saturday, Feb. 4, Cantare (ages 10-17) will participate in the Good Noise VIP (Voices in Performance) Young Artist workshop, along with other high school choirs from around Greater Vancouver. This all-day workshop includes a workshop on vocal development, and a presentation on early black pioneers in BC. In the afternoon the singers will learn 3 gospel songs to sing in the wrap-up mass choir concert.
Each participating choir will have an opportunity to perform two songs for the others. This has been a great motivator for learning our music quickly – we already have two songs memorized, and we only just started learning them in January!
Gift of Love Gala
The PMCC Choristers (ages 8-10) have been invited to sing at the Gift of Love Gala in Abbotsford on Feb. 18. This event supports the children’s hospice, Canuck Place, and all funds raised go to support the care of terminally-ill children and their families.
This is a special opportunity for the Choristers, as they don’t generally perform outside of the Christmas and Spring concerts. But they are ready for the challenge, and have already memorized their feature song, “Getting to Know You,” from the movie The King & I. Once they add a few touches of choreography, they will be ready to go!
The Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir is dedicated to pursuing musical excellence through performance and opportunities to learn from others. For more information about PMCC and our various choirs, please visit our website.
The Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir presents their Christmas concert of songs around the world: Peace on Earth | An International Christmas. Come and hear the voices of children ring out this Christmas season, as they sing carols from Canada, Japan, Jamaica, Africa, and many other countries! PMCC is also delighted to welcome bass-baritone Chad Louwerse from Ontario as their special guest.
Highlights include a few fun mashups, including the David Bowie/Bing Crosby version of Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth, a South African freedom song sung over top of the ancient hymn, “Of the Father’s Love Begotten,” and more! Come prepared to participate – we expect you to lend your excellent voices to our audience singalongs!
Saturday, December 17, 7 PM
Adults $15 | Seniors $12 | Students $10 | 5 & Under Free
Under the direction of Betty-Ann Vroom, the Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir is delighted to participate with Elektra in their upcoming Christmas concert.
Elektra rings in the season in style with what for many has become a treasured family tradition: Chez Nous: Christmas with Elektra. Their superb guest artist, concert pianist Jane Coop, brings her “spirited, musically sophisticated” artistry to this uplifting program. Expect beloved Christmas melodies, new seasonal compositions, and a heart full of joy when you experience Chez Nous. Two concerts – two communities.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
7:30 pm – Ryerson United Church (2195 W. 45th Avenue, Vancouver)
Sunday, November 27, 2016
3:00 pm – Good Shepherd Church (2250 150 St, South Surrey)
Tickets available online at ticketstonight.ca.
The Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir is delighted to sing on Oct. 14 & 15 with Calvin Dyck. They will present several selections by J.S. Bach and G.F. Handel. Come and enjoy some complimentary coffee with the Coffee Cantata!
Friday, Oct. 14 – Langley Canadian Reformed Church @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, Oct. 15 – Trinity Reformed Church @ 7 PM
Tickets available at the door.
We are nearly finished the first official day of the International Children’s Choir Festival in Canterbury and London, England!
We arrived safely without mishap on Friday, July 22nd. Friday and Saturday were spent sightseeing: we saw Big Ben and Westminster Abbey from the London Eye, walked past Egyptian mummies in the British Museum, and took a river cruise down the Thames.
Our tour guide and bus picked us up on Sunday morning and took us to see Windsor Castle before arriving at our first official stop, Canterbury.
This morning we rehearsed with 5 other choirs from around the world, and then PMCC performed a short solo concert in the quire at Canterbury Cathedral. What an amazing (and nerve-wracking) experience!
We are excited for more such amazing experiences, and will post another update soon. Thank-you for your prayers for us, we are grateful for God’s protection thus far.
The Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir (PMCC) is launching its new season in September, and welcomes interested singers to audition. The next audition date is Tuesday, June 28th, 2016.
PMCC is a choir for children ages 8 to 18, founded in 1978 in the Fraser Valley. For 38 years the choir has exemplified the best in choral tradition, discipline and dedication.
The choir has toured in countries such as Canada, the USA, Austria, Germany, the Ukraine, Italy and Korea.
In July, PMCC will travel to England with artistic director Betty-Ann Vroom, where they will perform with other children’s choirs from around the world.
While there, the choir will have the amazing opportunity to perform in Canterbury Cathedral. The children will also visit historic sites such as Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, among others.
A town in Eastern Europe was suffering from high crime rates and low morale, until the mayor decided to paint the town beautiful. The result? A change of mood came over the town, people started taking care of their streets, and crime rates went down.
Tube stations in London began piping classical music through their loudspeakers. The result? Loitering young people drifted away and gang problems disappeared.
What do those stories have in common? Beauty. But why does the beautiful have such a profound effect upon people?
Let me propose an answer: God is altogether beautiful, and thus, he is the Author of beauty. He created it and he delights in it. We only have to look around at the natural world, with its sunsets and mountain ranges and beaches, to see that he loves beautiful things.
He has created us in his image. So when we take the time to create beauty, we are reflecting his image, which leaves less room for evil and for darkness. Light drives out the darkness.
And, the more you experience beauty, the more you learn to love it.
So here in the Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir, we are teaching these young singers to delight in the good, the true, and the beautiful. In the middle of all of this beautiful music we’re making, we’re also creating a loving community of youth.
In a world where evil and darkness are often celebrated, we need to raise up young people who know beauty and goodness when they see it because they’ve experienced it.
So why do children’s choirs (and all of the arts) matter? If you think about the future, do you want a future where goodness and beauty are celebrated? Invest in music and children, invest in the arts, and you will reap a brighter and more beautiful future.
The Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir is a faith-based choir from the Fraser Valley. They value musical excellence and the joy of singing in community. To audition or to find out more, visit our website (www.pmcc.ca) or contact Cheryl @ 604-703-4763.
The Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir presents their spring concert, Folk Songs | Far & Near, on Friday, June 3. Directed by Betty-Ann Vroom, the concert will be held at 7:30 pm at South Abbotsford Church.
The talented choral group The Alumni Project, directed by Sonja Hindmarsh and Carmen Hollett, will be joining them as guests for the evening. This collaboration is a highlight for both choirs. Carmen and Sonja previously co-directed PMCC, while Betty-Ann currently sings with The Alumni Project.
“I’m excited to direct and perform in PMCC’s spring concert,” says Betty-Ann. “Our singers need to see that singing together can be done at every age. They don’t need to stop singing once they graduate from PMCC.”
With choreographed songs, an audience sing-a-long, and dancers from the Fraser Valley Academy of Dance, Folk Songs | Far & Near will be a delight for the ears and the eyes. Highlights include a dramatic arrangement of “Are You Sleeping,” and a choreographed performance of “Roar,” by Katy Perry. The Alumni Project will perform “Country Dances” by the Swingle Singers, a fast paced collection of American folk songs.
The concert features songs from Vancouver to Newfoundland to the USA to Zambia. The international theme of this concert emphasizes an important value of PMCC: to be ambassadors of musical excellence at home and abroad. In July, a small group of singers from PMCC will tour to England. While there, they will sing in Canterbury Cathedral with other children’s choirs from around North America.
PMCC has a long history of travel: past tours have brought the choir to Ottawa, Carnegie Hall in New York, and Italy (to name a few). “Our young singers will get the amazing opportunity to experience other cultures. They will meet and connect with singers from other parts of North America,” says Betty-Ann. “And we are beginning that cultural experience here at home, singing folk songs from around the world.”
Don’t miss this delightful concert on Friday, June 3 at 7:30 at South Abbotsford Church (32424 Huntingdon Rd). Tickets are available for sale at House of James or King’s Music, or online at www.brownpapertickets.com. (Cost: $15 for adults and $10 for students, plus applicable fees).
The Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir is an auditioned choir for unchanged voices. They value musical excellence and the joy of singing in community. To audition or to find out more, visit their website at www.pmcc.ca.