Check us out...Virtually!
Do you love to SING and PERFORM? Are you missing that feeling of connection with others? Do you want to learn more about your voice and receive some excellent music education? Westcoast Harmony Chorus, based in Surrey, BC, has the solution.
Westcoast Harmony Chorus is still rehearsing…VIRTUALLY! Each week, we meet over Zoom to learn new music, new skills, and connect with like-minded musicians from around the lower mainland. Because of the new format of these virtual rehearsals, this is an unprecedented time for new and seasoned members to learn new skills, and really hone their voice as an instrument! Each rehearsal is likened to a music school – there’s singing, there’s laughing, and there’s tons of education!
Guests are welcome and encouraged to participate! For your first visit, we will pair you virtually with one of our leaders so that they can assess the best voice part for you!
Who are we?
Westcoast Harmony is a chorus of women and marginalized genders, and we love to sing a cappella, mainly in the barbershop style. Even in this time of uncertainty, we are meeting VIRTUALLY each Wednesday evening, to learn new, challenging repertoire, from traditional barbershop to contemporary pop and rock arrangements.
Our weekly rehearsals are led by Master Director Anne Downton, the baritone of Frenzy Quartet, 2017 International Quartet Champions! Every rehearsal is guaranteed to be fun, energetic, and a high-level group vocal lesson!
We are a member of Sweet Adelines International. In October 2018, we placed 13th in the world at the international competition in St. Louis, Missouri. In April 2019, we won first place at the Region 26 Chorus Competition in Surrey. This win entitles us to compete in the next International competition against the top choruses from around the world.
Our new "Normal"
Normally, we get together in-person in Surrey every Wednesday from 7:15-10pm. We warm up together, and spend the evening singing together, honing our vocal skills, and working to create the strongest unit possible. At any given point, you'll find us preparing for: an upcoming contest (regional or International with the best from around the world!), an upcoming performance, an upcoming show, or simply learning new music. We love to perform, we love to compete, we love to learn, and we love doing it together as a team!
Although we work hard, we have a great sense of community, and we have events each year that allow us to have fun outside of rehearsals – Pub Nights, away Retreat weekends, and more!
Of course, being together in groups is currently discouraged, but that hasn't stopped us! We are now meeting virtually every Wednesday on Zoom! Although singing together in real time is not possible, we're still learning new skills, learning new music, and even working on a couple of virtual chorus projects! Every week, we learn something new and have the opportunity to connect with each other! Our members have said that they so appreciate the connection each week, and the challenge!
Videos of us "in action" (including our first "Virtual Chorus"!)
If this sounds like something you'd like to be a part of, we'd love to meet you! Currently, we meet virtually every Wednesday night from 7:15-10pm on Zoom. Remember: what happens at a Westcoast rehearsal ... should happen to YOU!