Wednesday, April 8, 2015

30K in 30 Days with the Canadian Chamber Choir

Photo by David E. Cronkite
Greetings readers!

I wanted to draw your attention to a fundraising campaign by the Canadian Chamber Choir for their upcoming recording in May. In fact, I will be singing on it! This is the CCC's second recording project and it has been almost five years since their last one. I'm grateful to be included on the recording roster, especially since I just had my first tour with them this last February.

The recording is entitled, Sacred Reflections of Canada, a Canadian ‘composite mass’.  The recording is inspired by various settings of the mass by Canadian composers including the CCC’s own Composer in Residence, Jeff Enns. This recording will include the standard mass movements interspersed with pieces that reflect on the themes found within the mass. The works are an array of published and unpublished works that highlight established and emerging composers from across the country. This recording will highlight the diversity and strength of the Canadian choral community.

The CCC has set a goal to raise $30,000 in the next 30 days to complete this recording project by their deadline in May. The CCC has launched a crowd funding campaign and there are some pretty sweet donation rewards such as being included in the liner notes, dining with the choir before a concert, and conducting a piece with the CCC. You can check out the site for more information on each reward tier of contributions. However, even a donation of $20 gets you a digital download copy of the CD, which would be almost equivalent to what the CD would cost anyway.

I really believe in the CCC's mandate of building creative communities through choral singing. Their ongoing goals to perform works by contemporary Canadian composers creates an exciting and ongoing discourse of Canadian choral music. I will be counting down the days until I head off to Ontario to record this project with them. In the meantime, I just need to make sure I don't trip and fall down a flight of stairs in my hoop skirt while preparing for Edmonton Opera Lucia di Lammermoor.

Watch this video to learn more about the project and to get excerpts from the CCC tour this past February.

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