What a concert!

Out in Harmony‘s ‘Heroes & Villains‘ concert last night was fabulous!  Big kudos to all the wonderful folks who helped make it happen: Central Presbyterian Church for the venue, Len Christiansen & John for their hard work with the sound system, the Concert Planning Committee for arranging the myriad details necessary to putting on a show, the many generous donors who helped create the gift baskets which were raffled off during the concert, Ariel and the hard working volunteer team, the choir members themselves for all their hard work and dedication in learning and performing the music, the many astounding soloists who stepped up into the spotlight and touched our hearts and minds with their inspiring and beautiful performances, Nicki our director for her nurturing leadership, and of course our amazing and enthusiastic audience!

It was truly a full-spectrum experience, with a wonderful mixture of music that ran the gamut: choral pieces and solos, heart-wrenching prayers and campy romps, lighthearted fluff and thought-provoking ballads, some pieces familiar to almost everyone and some known by hardly any, beautiful, invigorating, and inspiring.  In the next few weeks we’ll hopefully be posting photos & comments from the concert, so check back here (and if you have photos or comments/reviews, let us know!)

The choir has only one more rehearsal/wrap-up-party before summer break, but stay tuned for news about summer time events such as PRIDE, picnics in the park, etc.   The fall season’s first rehearsal will be Tuesday September 4th, and we’ll start preparing for January’s Canadiana themed concert.

Time Sensitive Donation Opportunity

If you are in a position to make a donation of any size through Canada Helps before the end of this month, there’s an opportunity to have $10 added to it. All you have to do is take a short quiz! Spread the word!

(Please note that Canada Helps hasn’t processed our name change yet, so we’re still listed as the Vancouver Lesbian and Gay Choir.)

Donate $1 or more to Out In Harmony before March 31st and Capital One will Donate $10!

March is Charity Fraud Awareness Month and CanadaHelps and Capital One are partnering to increase your awareness … and our donations!

All you have to do is:

1. Take the 5-minute Charity Fraud Awareness Quiz;

2. Make a donation of $1 or more to the Vancouver Lesbian and Gay
Choir on CanadaHelps: and

3. Capital One will contribute an additional $10 to your donation
(up to $25,000).

Click here to get started: http://www.canadahelps.org/CharityFraud/LandingPage.aspx

Thanks for your support!

January Concert

Happy New Year everyone!  I know January is a time when many of us are feeling exhausted, super-busy, worn out, and not really looking forward to months of rain without end.  However, Out in Harmony, your favorite community choir, can help you forstall the ‘End-of-January-Blues’ with a wonderful concert!   

The new year is a natural time for navel-gazing and trying to figure out what we really want out of life –Money? Love? Health? Social Justice? Acceptance? A New Car? … 
Come join us as for
What I Want  on Saturday January 21st and we’ll have fun together as we explore desire, happiness, consumerism, and hippopotami during an evening filled with good friends, tears and laughter, warmth, cheer, and of course, music! 

What I Want  is being held on Saturday January 21st, 2012 at 7:30pm at Central Presbyterian Church [1155 Thurlow Street].  The venue is wheelchair accessible by the back door.  The doors will open at 7pm, and tickets are available at the door, from Little Sister’s Book Emporium, or through choir members  [And don’t forget to bring some extra cash with you, as we’ll be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a wonderful gift basket].

As always, keeping our concerts accessible in all ways is a priority for us, so our ticket prices remain only $15 for a General Admission ticket, with $10 Concession tickets available for anybody who needs a break on price.  Children 12 and under are admitted for free.   
(Donation boxes will be on hand in case you wish to make a financial gift to help us ensure we are able to continue keeping our ticket prices low and affordable to everyone).

We greatly look forward to seeing you there!

2011 Tax Donations

It is the end of the year, which means not only is it time to pull out the winter blankets and snow boots, but also this is your final chance to top up this year’s charitable donations.   Out in Harmony (aka Vancouver Lesbian & Gay Choir) is a registered charity and dependent upon the financial support of our members, audience, and community supporters. 

Please consider making a donation.  Just go to our website www.outinharmony.org and press the button on the right which says “Donate Now through CanadaHelps.org”.   Payments may be made using Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Debit, or Paypal.

It is very easy, you’ll get a receipt for your 2011 taxes, and you’ll be supporting a good cause.  You also have the option of turning it into a gift by making the donation in somebody’s name.   It’s win-win all around!

Individual Donors, 2009-2010 Season

Donors play an important role in helping us bring music to the community. Concert ticket sales cover only a part of our operating expenses, so charitable donations play a crucial role to the existence of the choir. Financial support allows us to rehearse and perform, serve our community, tour and cover operating costs.

We are deeply grateful to those of you who donate to ensure our success. Out in Harmony is registered federally as a charitable not-for-profit organization, and provincially under the Society Act of the Province of British Columbia.

Out in Harmony wishes to thank the following donors for their general financial assistance in our nineteenth season.

Sostenuto

Ben Lewis
Ramona Roberts

Profundo

Alyx Dellamonica
Christopher Johnston
George Fuller
Kevin Bespflug
Liz Hughes
Michael Thompson
Nicola Hamilton
Trikinetic Massage Therapy

FAQs

Here are answers to some of the questions we’ve been asked.  Don’t see the answer here?  Ask away!

When and where do you rehearse?

Every Tuesday from September to mid-June, 7:30 – 9:30 at St. Margaret’s Cedar Cottage Anglican Church, 1530 E. 22nd Avenue (at Dumfries, near the corner of Kingsway and Knight), Vancouver.  We usually have a weekend retreat once per term.

Do I have to be gay to sing with you?

We welcome people of all genders, orientations, and levels of ability who want to sing together in community.

Is there an audition?

No! You will never be asked to sing alone, unless you decide you want to try a solo. (Though if you would like some advice on which part to sing, the director would be happy to spend a few minutes with you at the piano.)

Do I have to be able to read music?

No! We have a number of members who sing with us very successfully who don’t read music at all.

Do you use rehearsal tapes?

Not at this time. If this is a tool that works for you, you’re welcome to record rehearsals and practice with that.

Do I have to memorize the music?

It makes for a better concert experience if you have your music memorized, so we encourage you to try, but you can use music during concerts if you need it.

Do you only accept new members in September?

No, feel free to drop by any time! We have our major concerts in January and June. If you join right before a concert, you and the director will decide together whether you’re ready to perform, but you’re still welcome to come on Tuesdays and sing!

What if I need to miss a rehearsal?

We understand that we all have lives outside of choir, and sometimes that means missing a rehearsal.  If you aren’t going to be there on a Tuesday, or for some other scheduled choir event, we ask that you let your section leader know.   If you need to miss several rehearsals, we’d still like to have you come on Tuesdays and sing with us, and you and the director can decide together whether you’ll be ready to sing in the concert.

What if I need to miss an outreach performance or retreat?

When we are scheduling something for a time other than a Tuesday, we ask the choir as far in advance as possible to make sure that we’ll have enough singers to participate.

What kind of music do you sing?

A variety. We sing pop/rock, vocal jazz, madrigals or light classical pieces, selections from musicals, folk songs, and music that defies categorization. We mostly sing in English, but we have been known to sing in Italian, Spanish, and Russian, to name a few.

Do you sing religious music?

Generally, no. Very occasionally we’ll sing something with the word “god” in it, but it’s usually music that leaves the definition up to the singers and audience.

Can I bring my child/pet to rehearsals?

Regretfully, no. Choir is a group of adults who get together for just two hours a week, and the focus is on singing. We’d be happy to meet your child/pet at a choir social event, but they can cause too much distraction at rehearsals. (Assistance animals are, of course, welcome.)

Does it cost money to join the choir?

We don’t want finances to be a barrier to anyone’s involvement. Everyone pays $5 per year to become a member of the Society. There is a $15 one-time music fee when you first join the choir. (If paying that all at once is a problem, talk to our Treasurer.) The amount you pay on top of that is up to you. The suggested monthly donation is $30, but some people pay less, and some pay more.

Are you a registered charity?

Yes, we are both a non-profit society and a registered charity. Donations can be made through our website, and tax receipts will be issued for all amounts over $20.

How often do you perform?

We have two major concerts a year, usually late January and mid-June.  We also sing at smaller outreach performances every month or two.  We’ve sung at community centres, seniors’ homes, hospitals, fundraisers, and church services, to name a few.  Some years we make an out-of-town trip – the most recent have included Saltspring Island and Sechelt.

Will you come and sing for my group/event?

We do a number of smaller appearances throughout the season, both paid and volunteer. If you’d like to invite us to sing, please contact outinharmony@gmail.com.

We saw you at PRIDE

Thanks to everyone who helped make our booth a success at Pride on Sunday – Choir members, visitors, friends, and family – we couldn’t have done it without you!
The booth looked great with colourful signs, balloons, and brochures; choir members got to re-connect with each other as well as with other friends we hadn’t seen in a while, and we had lots of folks stop by the booth and learn more about us. We hope to see many of you in the fall when we start up again. Hooray!
In addition, thanks to generous donations by Big Bus and the Playhouse Theatre, we were able to hold a draw for some fabulous prizes: Sets of adult passes to Big Bus’s 2-day Vancouver Tour, and 2 tickets to see The Fantasticks at Playhouse Theatre. Congratulations to the winners!