Mary Buckerfield White Choral Program

PrintKATHLEEN ALLAN, DIRECTOR OF CHORAL STUDIES
CAROLINE JANG, HEAD VOCAL COACH

VAM’s Mary Buckerfield White Choral Program is Vancouver’s premiere choral experience for singers of all ages.  Exploring repertoire from all regions, periods, and genres, VAM’s choirs perform at the highest level in a joyful and exploratory learning environment. The choirs regularly join forces with VAM’s renowned instrumental, orchestral, and vocal theatre departments to perform choral-orchestral, chamber, and staged works in addition to a cappella choral repertoire. While working towards each performance, the unique rehearsal process incorporates:

  • Ear training based on RCM requirements
  • Ensemble musicianship
  • Vocal Technique
  • Historical context of the repertoire
  • Physics of sound and singing
  • Music theory

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Mary Buckerfield White Choral Program

Kits Point Chorale

Instructor: Kathleen Allan (Director of Choral Studies)
Recommended for: Ages 7-9
Class Time: Saturdays, 9:15-10:30am
Annual Fee:
  • $500
Class Description: Kits Point Chorale performs repertoire spanning across all cultures and genres. Rehearsals introduce fundamental singing technique, ensemble musicianship, and draw from methods of Orff, Kodaly and RCM ear training.
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Raincity Chorus

Instructor: Kathleen Allan (Director of Choral Studies)
Recommended for: Ages 10-12
Class Time: Saturdays, 10:45am-12:15pm
Annual Fee:
  • $500
Class Description: Think creatively and work collaboratively with an ensemble of experienced young musicians who wish to push the boundaries of choral performance and explore a vast array of repertoire from around the world and throughout history.
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VAM Chamber Choir

Instructor: Kathleen Allan (Director of Choral Studies)
Recommended for: Ages 13-17
Class Time: Saturdays, 12:30-1:30pm
Annual Fee:
  • $500
Class Description: VAM Chamber Choir offers a premiere experience for exceptional young singers seeking a high level of choral performance, focusing on the development of an advanced level of ensemble musicianship and sight reading.
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Vanier Park Voices

Instructor: Kathleen Allan (Director of Choral Studies)
Recommended for: Ages 18+
Class Time: Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00pm
Annual Fee:
  • $300
Class Description: VAM's adult choir is for those who wish to pursue their love of choral music with an open mind and a desire for challenge. The choir will perform diverse repertoire while developing vocal technique and musicianship in an encouraging and convivial setting. While some music experience is an asset, we welcome singers with varying degrees of music-reading ability. Free ear training sessions available Wednesdays, 6:30-7:00pm.
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VAM Schola Cantorum

Instructor: Kathleen Allan (Director of Choral Studies)
Recommended for: Ages 18+
Class Time: Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00pm
Annual Fee:
  • $300
Class Description: This elite chamber ensemble performs challenging repertoire from the Renaissance and Baroque periods in addition to 20th- and 21st-century compositions. With fast-paced, challenging rehearsals, Schola Cantorum is perfect for the experienced chorister who seeks the highest standard of excellence. Free ear training sessions available Tuesdays, 5:00-5:30pm.
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