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EnChor: Gerald van Wyck

EnChor: Gerald van Wyck director

EnChor is an auditioned SATB choir founded by the late Diane Loomer C.M. in 2007 to encourage mature singers to continue to use their talents. Within three years she attracted more than 50 singers (age 55 and over), most of them current or former members of other choirs in the Lower Mainland. EnChor was a featured choir at Podium 2010 in Saskatoon and Festival 500 in St. John’s, NL in 2011. In May 2014, EnChor was the host choir at the BC Choral Federation’s annual Chorfest in Vancouver. It made its first appearance at Bard on the Beach in July 2014. Since its founding, EnChor, together with members of the UBC Opera Ensemble, has formed the VSO Choir for its annual Traditional Christmas Concert series..

EnChor’s Artistic Director, Gerald van Wyck is well known in the Canadian choral community. His innate musical talent, versatility and tireless energy are shared at Vancouver Community College, where he lectures in Music History, teaches Choral and Orchestral Conducting, and works with the Madrigal Singers, as well as at West Vancouver United Church where he has been Minister of Music for 29 years. He is also the founder of the Pacific Spirit family of choirs on the North Shore. For over 13 years Gerald was Music Director of the British Columbia Boys Choir, with whom he toured and recorded extensively. Recently he has served as Assistant Conductor to Lion’s Gate Sinfonia Orchestra, and the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra, and for five years was conductor of the Vancouver Island Opera Association.

october 2016

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