Welcome to Magee Choirs and Orchestra

Late Spring Edition

It’s been quite a year so far, but it’s not over yet! Over Spring break, the Chamber Choir, Wind Ensemble and Senior String Orchestra went on tour to Finland, Estonia, and Latvia and had an absolutely incredible time. We saw many sights and had some really strong concerts and experienced much musical joy as we performed with the Estonian Girls Radio Choir as well as the Tartu Youth Choir. We visited the Emil Darzins Music School in Riga where all the students are there to study to be professional musicians! Highlights for the choir included an audience with Mr Part Uusberg, Mr Eriks Esenvalds, and members of the supergroup Rajaton! It was a truly unforgettable trip and we had a fabulous time.

Once we came back from the trip it was into full concert mode as we had a week to get everything back in order for our fabulous Spring Classical Concert which involved all of our wonderful choirs, Chamber, Seraphims, Troubadours, Evolution, and Concert Choir, as well as our String and Symphony Orchestra. This concert turned out amazing as Ms Nguyen directed the Seraphims in a beautiful and impactful performance, the men’s choir dropped some dulcet tones with an a cappella version of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” and the Concert Choir wowed with not only a song from the Greatest Showman, Rewrite the Stars, but the absolutely became a powerhouse with the O Fortuna from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff with string orchestra and percussion. Then our orchestras delighted the audience with some incredible music including our MSO playing the Ludwig masters version of Modest Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain and our fabulous clarinetist Jeff Nan spectacularly playing the opening solo in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. All in all, a fabulous concert. Later that week the Chamber Choir and Evolution choir both gave stand out performances at the Kiwanis Choral Festival.

As that was Ms Nguyen’s last concert with us, we would like to thank her for her time and for allowing us to be a part of her growth to become a fabulous music teacher. We know with her dedication and hard work as well as her infections charisma, she will be a teacher that strives for excellence, not only musically, but also in helping to develop wonderful human beings. We are proud of you Ms. Nguyen!

Then on the 27th of April the String Orchestra played a concert for the WAV (str2jWild About Vancouver) Outdoor Education Event at Creekside park near science world and literally blew the audience away! Well it was so windy that we had to use clothes pins to hold our music down and weigh down our music stands and mic stands with our bags and jackets! It was great fun though as we learned how to grab our music before it flew away and we got a good and appreciative crowd. Lots of smiles and laughter from both the orchestra and the audience 😊

Our next Fundraising event is coming up this Sunday as the return of our popular Document Shredding fundraiser takes place at the school from 10-2pm. So bring your old tax documents or other stuff that is cluttering up your garages and attics and storage rooms and have it professionally shredded in front of your eyes by donation to the music department.

On May 8th, the String Orchestra has been invited to play at a prestigious UBC event at University Women’s Club at Hycroft for a symposium on mental health awareness, sponsored by Dean Bly Frank.

Then on Sunday May 19th at 3pm, the Chamber Choir will be singing with the Portland Community College Rock Creek Chamber Choir at Christ Church Cathedral for a wonderful afternoon concert. We invite you to come out this Victoria Day weekend as this concert is open to the public and is a beautiful venue for choral music.

Then we have our final Junior night of music on Tuesday May 28th and our Senior Night on Thursday May 30th – both starting at 7pm and as always, tickets are only $5.

Our final Show for the Orchestras will be on June 3rd as we once again finish out the year with the wonderful Little Night Music Orchestra. This concert always marks the end of our year and is a bittersweet ending as it is one of our best orchestra concerts but also our last.

Then our final show for the choir will be on Tuesday June 4th as we once again sing with our friends, the St. Patrick’s Chamber Choir, at the St. Patrick’s Church on 12th and Main at 7pm. This is always a great concert that we look forward to every year as we have had such a wonderful relationship with the fine singers and incredible director, Tony Araujo, at St. Pat’s.

Then it’s awards ceremony and grad and that will do it for another year! We would like to truly thank everyone who has come out to support any of our concerts or events and a special thank you to the grads who have mentored and been role models and made the program what it is today. You are all very special people and we will truly miss each and every one of you who has made a difference here. To everyone else who will be here next year, we can’t wait to see what new excitements await us and in the mean time, we hope you have a restful and memorable summer!

Most Sincerely,

Greg Quan

Artistic Director of Choirs and Orchestra