Welcome to Magee Choirs and Orchestra

Music Notes Early Spring 2018 Edition

Happy New Year and welcome to another exciting musical adventure in the Magee Music Department!

December was an incredible month where we had fabulous performances by all of our groups – Christmas time in general is a magical time here where the choir room is all aglow and decorated up and there is tons of great cheer to go around. The chamber choir in particular was in great demand as we had 10 events in December alone which encompassed many things including Church Services, singing for seniors at luncheons and at seniors homes, we did an elementary tour where we sang for four of our neighbouring elementary schools, as well as with big organizations such as the Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir and the Little Night Music Orchestra, and of course our own in house school concerts. Some stand out repertoire included Mary Did you Know, a pentatonix arrangement, as well as fun songs like a doo-wop version of Up on the Housetop. Also some standout performances by the String Orchestra with Iditarod and It’s the Most wonderful time of the year, complete with falling snow in our auditorium 😊 and some great music by the Magee Symphony Orchestra as the MSO played an incredible version of the Polar Express that brought out all the feels! The Concert Choir and string orchestra wowed the crowd with the original version of Handel’s Halleluiah Chorus and the Evolution Choir has certainly evolved to become an incredible ensemble.

January is a month for new beginnings and new music but we do have a few events for the students. At the end of the month we will be having two retreats, one for Evolution on Thursday the 25th and then for the String Orchestra on Friday the 26th. Then on the 27th, the Chamber Choir will be at Capilano University taking part in their full day Choral Intensive at which they will be working with Dr. Laurier Fagnan from the University of Alberta.

Then on Friday February 9th we have our biggest fundraiser of the year, the fabulous Magee Market Fair! From 5:30-9:30pm we turn our atrium and gyms into the most fabulous event filled with food, silent auctions, vendors selling their wares, entertainment, games, raffles, and lots of great surprises, all for admission by donation at the door. It is a fun and fantastic family event! It is run by our students and parents group, the Magee Music Society, and is a great opportunity for student leadership development. We hope to see you all there!

Later on in February the Chamber Choir will have our annual retreat with our dear friend Mr. Richard Nace. It is always magic when we spend time with Rich and we always come away better people.

Then we will host the Vancouver School Board Chamber Choir Festival. This fabulous event is in it’s 5th year and normally we have 8-10 different groups sharing incredible music in an atmosphere of support and respect.

In March we are taking the Senior String Orchestra on a tour to Seattle where we will exchange with other schools, and get a workshop with one of the University professors and watch the Seattle Symphony as well as an Irish string quartet. It will be a short and sweet tour, but it will be filled with lots of great music and great community building.

Then after Spring break we will have our choir and strings concert on Tuesday April 10th. At that special concert we will feature all of our choirs, including our mens and ladies ensembles, and we will present a special major work entitled MASSive; A Rock mass by British Composer Paul Barker – a four movement latin Mass, with a twist – full orchestra and rock band and soprano soloist Joanne Pan. We will also feature our string orchestra and our Magee Symphony Orchestra. It will be a wonderful evening of music and we hope to see you there.

Two days later, the Chamber Choir, Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Band will embark on their tour to Banff where they will not only participate in the festival and get clinics, but the Chamber Choir is extremely honoured to be featured in their very own one hour showcase concert.  And then the following weekend, the Evolution Choir will go on their first trip ever as they head to Whistler to participate in the wonderful Con Brio Whistler Music Festival where over 2000 students will be performing and working and singing together. It will be a fabulous experience that we are all looking forward to.

We welcome you to 2018 and we hope to see you at one or more of our events this early spring!

Thank you for your continued support of the Magee Music Department, we so appreciate you.


Greg Quan

Artistic Director of Choirs and Orchestra