New adventures ahead for Swift Current Oratorio Choir during upcoming season

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The Swift Current Oratorio Choir will be resuming their Monday evening rehearsals on Sept 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Zion Mennonite Church. This year promises some new adventures for the choir. Singers of all levels of ability with a passion and interest in singing are invited to join. No previous choral experience necessary.

An offshoot of the Oratorio Choir, a chamber choir called Prairie Spirit has been formed. This ensemble will perform “Te Deum” by Canadian composer Eleanor Daley with the Saskatoon Chamber Singers during a confer in Swift Current on Nov. 2. The Saskatoon Chamber Singers, conducted by James Hawn, is one of Canada’s premier choirs. Many former Swift Current Comprehensive High School Chamber Singers have joined this choir when living in Saskatoon so there is a natural connection between the two choirs.

Prairie Spirit will be running auditions on Sept 16 at 6:30 p.m. Music reading skills are essential. The chamber choir will be performing choral music at an advanced level with an emphasis on acapellla singing. For more information, please contact Marcia McLean, director, at 306-773-8920.

For new members of Oratorio choir or present members who want to improve their singing skills, there will be an opportunity to improve music skills in half hour sessions running from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. before Oratorio rehearsals. The emphasis for these sessions this year is on sight reading. Tips and techniques for reading the music will be given. Other than the nominal fee charged for joining the choir, there is no charge for these extra sessions.

Our annual Christmas concert, on Dec. 8 will highlight “Music for a Winter Night” and will feature Christmas favourites and other selections to warm the “cockles of your heart”.

Over 40 members of the SC Oratorio Choir will be travelling to New York in late January to perform “Stabat Mater” by Karl Jenkins with several other choirs from all corners of the globe. This is a wonderful opportunity that will add to the fall preparations. Our Swift Current audiences will be able to hear the “Stabat Mater” at our spring concert in April.

Inside everyone is the desire to express oneself in song. Come to sing with us. It’s an experience that reduces your stress, enhances your feeling of self worth, and leaves you with a song in your heart each week.

Organizations: Swift Current Oratorio Choir, Prairie Spirit

Geographic location: Swift Current, Canada, Saskatoon New York

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