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Choir Life: Next Season & New Singers Info

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| Overview-Transition | Overview-Going Forward |
| New Singers Intakes | Experience?  | End Of Season Concerts |
| Fees | Web Site Info | Possible Singer Notifications |

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Our 2018 Fall season starts the week of September 18th
and ends with our June 15 & 16 end-of-season concerts.

Overview - Transition

The Gettin' Higher Choir is a Victoria, BC choir that was founded in 1996 by Siobhan Robinsong who directed it until June of 2017 along with the help of co-director Denis Donnelly who joined her in 1998.

During the choir's recent 2017 Fall season and current 2018 Spring seasons Siobhan took a sabbatical from the GHC and brought in Cathy Baker and Dick Jackson to direct the GHC on Tuesdays and Thursdays under the mentorship of Denis Donnelly who took primary responsibility for what has been the GHC's Monday chapter. (director's bios)

Siobhan was so pleased with the knowledge, talent and heart that Cathy & Dick brought to the choir that she has now fully turned over the leadership of the choir to them starting in the 2018 Fall season. Satisfied that the transition of the choir to a new generation of leadership is in very good hands Siobhan will now focus on directing her much loved High Noon Choir and on other personal and creative activities and projects.

Denis is also satisfied that the Gettin' Higher Choir will carry on under the excellent leadership of Cathy and Dick and so, starting Sept. 10, 2018, he will be turning what was the GHC's Monday chapter into a new non-auditioned choir of his own. For information, see the Wavelengths Community Choir website.

In addition to continuing to mentor Cathy & Dick as needed Siobhan & Denis will continue their very creative working partnership with their annual Community Choir Leadership Training program.

Overview - Going Forward

The Gettin' Higher Choir led by Cathy Baker & Dick Jackson will continue to come together primarily for the joy of singing in community and will remain un-affilliated with any particular religion or spiritual path.  We will, however, continue to seek to embrace and celebrate humanity's highest aspirations through music while welcoming people of all ages and cultures and singing songs from many eras and areas.

We get together in Tuesday and Thursday evening groups in James Bay and a Wednesday evening group in the West Shore, and we practice from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. As a member you are free to pick whichever night suits your schedule best as your home night and you will be welcome to attend on the other nights if you wish.

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Gettin' Higher Choir New Singers Intakes

All voices can sing! All voices are welcome! You audition us we don't audition you!

As a non-auditioned choir the only requirement for joining us is that you must want to sing and, of course, that you want to sing with us.  Feel free to come and check us out at any of our next season's new singers intake evenings at the following places, dates and times:

We will have a half hour New Singer Orientations at 7:00 p.m. on each of the New Singer Intake Evenigs listed below that will be followed by opportunities to sing with the current choir members from 7:30 - 9:30. Feel free to bring interested friends.

New Singer Intake Evenings
Tuesdays - Sept. 18 & 25 and Thursdays - Sept. 20 & 27
Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street (at St. Lawrence Street)

New Singer Intake Evenings
Wednesdays - Sept. 19 & 26
at our soon-to-be-announced West Shore location

If you enjoy the experience you are welcome to join us but you will need to register by the end of the second week.   

We will welcome you with open voices!

Would you prefer to sing in the daytime?
Meets on Tuesdays from noon to 1:30 pm
No audition! Join any time! All voices welcome!

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As much, or as little, experience as you have is ok with us. There is no audition, and no singing experience is required, just a desire to sing in harmony with others. In fact from season to season anywhere from 50 -70% of our new members start with hesitations about their voice and/or their ability to use it. Our choir is based on the absolute belief that all voices can sing and the GHC experience since 1996 tells us that any hesitations you may have will inevitably fade away as you relax into our very open and welcoming community of singers.

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End Of Season Concerts

We end each season with a pair of benefit concerts that members can choose to sing in if they wish.   Usually about 2/3 of us do so.

Since December of 1998 our concerts for our Fall season (at the end of Jan / beginning of Feb) are annual benefits for the Power of Hope. Since May 30, 1999 our concerts for our Spring season (in mid-June) are annual benefits for various projects in Mozambique under the auspices of the Caia Connection

All our concerts are held in the Alix Goolden Hall (907 Pandora).   For exact dates/times check our web site's Choir Life: Calendar  in the time frames previously mentioned in brackets above.

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We are a member supported choir with fees of $175 per season.¬†Fees may be paid by cash, by cheque to Gettin’ Higher Choir, or by Interac® e-Transfer to We ask everyone who can afford that fee to pay it. We ask those who can't afford the full fees to pay as close to them as they can. Beyond that we have a core policy that "no one misses choir because of money" and for those who need them we offer the following supports:

Payment Plans - Any member can set up their own series of payment dates and amounts as long as the last payment is due by Dec. 31st for Fall seasons or May 15th for Spring seasons. A series of post-dated cheques is preferred but a list of the payment dates and amounts is acceptable.

Sliding Scale Discount - Seniors, students and the un- or under-waged who need it are welcome to avail themselves of this by paying whatever amount from the full fee down to $130 on the scale that she/hethey decide is appropriate to their circumstances (keeping the option of payments in mind).  .

Partial and Full Scholarships - If even $130 with payments is not doable for a member the choir's registrar can authorize any level of scholarship fee including free.

Please Note - When extending these support we ask the member involved to provide a basic reason for their request. We don't need details or a back-story just a few concise words. Senior, student or un-waged are the most common but others such as "on disability," "temporarily unemployed' and even "single mom of 3, only part time work" have been offered and accepted.

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Web Site Info

For insight into the community of singers (current and past) that you are thinking of joining feel free to explore our site's Choir Life section using the left hand sidebar menu on all its pages (ie photos, videos, newsletters, etc.). For example in the Choir Community Issue of our newsletter (posted every 2nd week on the Newsletters page) you would also find out about lots of interesting opportunities that the roughly 1500 members of our extended choir community bring to each other’s attention in each issue. 

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Possible Singer Notifications

If you would like an email reminder in advance of our new singers intake nights you can add yourself to our Possible Singers Notification List.  In the body of your email please enter: your First & Last Names, email address and phone number(s).  Including how you first heard about the choir would also be appreciated.

From this list you will only get 6–8 notifications per year (ie two sets of concerts, two new singers in-take periods, a summer drop-in reminder and possibly an one-off event or two).   To be removed from the Possible Singers Notification List at any time simply make the request by reply to any email from us.  

If you have any remaining questions or concerns about singing with us, please contact us at:


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