About Us

We are:

  • a mixed group of people who love to come together, blending our voices in song
  • people who know that everyone is different, everyone is unique and everyone needs a place to belong where they can feel safe and free to be themselves
  • people who feel that it is very important to have a choir where everyone is welcome regardless of gender identity; of sexual, romantic or affective orientation; of musical ability or background; or of economic status
  • people who know that being Out is an ongoing process, and that there is still a need for a choir that stands up proudly saying “This is who we are. We are proud of who we are and we are part of this community”

Our Name

In 2010 we changed our name from Vancouver Lesbian and Gay Choir to Out in Harmony in a move to broaden our membership to include Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer, Lesbian, and Friends. We wanted people to know we are a choir that welcomes and encourages everyone who wants to be part of a supportive singing group that actively identifies as “non-straight-and-narrow”.

Our Artistic Team

Our Director

A native of San Francisco, Dr. Jannie Sing-Yen Burdeti, leads a dynamic and
varied career as a choral conductor, concert pianist, organist, and dedicated
educator. Having directed, sung in, and accompanied choirs all her life, her love
of working with singers truly blossomed while studying vocal coaching in
Baltimore with opera coach extraordinaire, Eileen Cornett.

Dr. Burdeti received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the prestigious Johns
Hopkins University’s Peabody Conservatory and a Master of Music from the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany. Her deep passion for collaboration led her to receive a second master’s degree in chamber music performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In addition, she is grateful to have studied choral music at Westminster Choir College and conducting from Dr. Harlan Parker (Peabody Conservatory).

She and her spouse Aurora (also a Dr. Burdeti) moved to Vancouver shortly
before the COVID pandemic. She is looking forward to this new and exciting
journey with Out in Harmony. In addition to music, her passions include
meditation, recycling, and doing dishes (not kidding).

Our Accompanist

Dan Lauterbach has served as accompanist for Out in Harmony almost since birth. He is a highly noted pianist, arranger, soloist, percussionist, closet ventriloquist, part-time puppeteer, and all-round swell kinda guy.

Maestro Lauterbach has won numerous awards and distinctions throughout his long and varied career, including an official designation as Honorary Lesbian (bestowed by A Vancouver Women’s Chorus in 1991), the illustrious Diva Certificate (Rainy City Gay Men’s Chorus, 1997), and a coveted ‘Willi Award’ for Lead Actor at the Paradise Valley World Figure Skating Championships (Vancouver Men’s Chorus retreat skits, 2005).

CONTACT US

Box 631 - 1771 Robson St.
Vancouver, BC  V6G 1C9
outinharmony@gmail.com

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We would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.

We would like to acknowledge that we meet and perform on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples: the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations who have lived here since time immemorial and continue to do so to this day.