THE PENINSULA SINGERS
VANCOUVER ISLAND’S FAVOURITE SHOW CHORUS
Thank you for your interest in the Peninsula Singers! Here is additional background information on the choir:
WHO WE ARE
The Peninsula Singers came into being in 1980, and has grown into the Island’s largest show choir with an eclectic and wide-ranging repertoire. We are a mixed voice choir, with Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass sections.
Our Director is Lena Palermo, and we are accompanied on piano by Janet Yonge. At our concerts, we are honoured to have with us Jim Kingham as our Master of Ceremonies; as well as Terry Erskine (percussionist) and Jennifer Bennett (bassist) to round out our musical sound.
WHEN WE MEET
The Singers have a Fall and a Spring concert season. Members are asked to sign up with the choir on a season-by-season basis, rather than on a yearly basis. Regular rehearsals for the whole choir take place every Tuesday night from 7:00 – 9:30 pm, at 2159 Mount Newton Cross Road (Saanichton Bible Fellowship Church).
In addition to rehearsals, additional dates are scheduled for: an official photo shoot, a walk-through rehearsal one month prior to official show dates; and a full technical / dress rehearsal on the Thursday night before the shows open.
For the Fall season, our Christmas concert series takes place on the first weekend of December. For the Spring season, our series takes place on the last weekend of April. All shows are held at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney; and follow the same schedule:
Friday night: 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Saturday night: 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Sunday afternoon: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
All ticket sales are handled directly by the Mary Winspear Centre.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A REHEARSAL
The Director selects all songs for each season; and selects which songs to practice each rehearsal. The Director ensures that the choir moves through only portions of a song at a time, culminating in the choir being asked to memorize all pieces for final performances. The Director may also choose to add simple choreography to some numbers; and ensures that all members are able to perform and memorize all needed choreography.
Members support each other by actively listening to each other; and by being actively silent when the Director must focus attention on a specific section of the choir. Between rehearsals, members are encouraged to practice at home; and are supplied with 2 practice CD’s for their own use: one instrumental and one full-choral version of each show’s repertoire. Section representatives may also set up extra optional practices outside of Tuesday evenings, to encourage team building and to help members move forward with their music.
Soloists and small group ensembles are chosen at the discretion of the Director. Soloists and ensembles may be asked to attend extra practices outside of Tuesday evenings, to practice solely with the Director.
WHERE WILL I SIT
The current Vice President is our logistical coordinator, who determines where all members sit. Your seat is determined by what section you sing in, your physical height, and the total number of individuals sitting in each row. Often individuals need to be shifted in order to accommodate these variables. The coordinator will place a sticky note with your name on it, on a specific chair for each of the first several weeks. The note may need to move around depending on the factors mentioned above.
WHAT WILL I WEAR
At rehearsals, the only requirement is that all Singers are present and scent-free. Several current members of the choir are extremely allergic to perfumes, colognes, and other scents.
For the shows, section representatives will help individuals sort out what costumes will be provided to at no charge; and what items you will need to supply from your own closet at home.
HOW ELSE CAN I BE INVOLVED
The Singers call on members to volunteer for Executive Committee positions, as well as several additional support positions for each season. The sitting President informs the Singers as to what positions need to be filled.
All proceeds from the Singers’ concert series are donated to local charities, in particular the Music Therapy Program of Saanich Peninsula Hospital. To that end, the Singers are invited to perform a “mini-show” of some of each season’s songs, for the residents in Extended Care at SPH. This is a voluntary performance for members; attendance is encouraged but not officially required.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST
The fee for a season is $75. Research has revealed that this fee is among the lowest required of all choirs in the Greater Victoria region.
HOW DO I JOIN
Interested individuals are asked to contact the choir at firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating what voice you sing in (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass); if you read music; and if you have had any experience singing with a choir or choral group. The Director will meet with interested individuals to determine their suitability for the choir.
WHAT IF I DECIDE NOT TO JOIN, OR CANNOT COMPLETE A SEASON
Singers may “try out” the choir for up for two weeks. If one retires after that period, fees cannot not be refunded. But we know you’ll love us; and look forward to singing with you soon!