Since 1996, the Gettin’ Higher Choir has been welcoming all voices and affirming singing as everyone’s birthright — and yes, we would want to hear you sing! Shy voices can rediscover the joy of singing, and seasoned singers can find new harmonious company. The Gettin’ Higher Choir is co-directed by Cathy Baker and Dick Jackson in Victoria, BC, Canada.
We are not associated with any religion or spiritual path, but seek to embrace and celebrate humanity’s highest aspirations through music, welcoming people of all ages and backgrounds. There is no audition, and no singing experience is required, just a desire to sing in harmony with others.
Gettin’ Higher Choir Fall Season Starts Sept. 26!
The Fall 2023 season starts Tuesday, Sept. 26th, running through Jan. 25 (no practice Dec. 21, 26 or 28)
- Tuesday sessions (In-Person AND on Zoom) run 7:00pm to 9:00pm Pacific Time. We sing at the beautiful Esquimalt Gorge Park Pavilion, 1070 Tillicum Road (Google Map link).
- Thursday sessions (only on Zoom, where we have at least four singers broadcasting to everyone else) run 7:00 to 8:45pm Pacific.
- Wednesday Sing-In sessions (on Zoom, and sometimes in person) run 7:00 to 8:30pm Pacific, and these are open to the drop-in public (see below).
Tuesdays and Thursdays are focussed on singing to build community, strengthen our resilience, have fun, experience harmony and to prepare songs for our planned concert (or concerts?) on the last weekend of January, at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall.
Our concert repertoire this season will come from folk music (old and new, from near and far), from our community-choir colleagues around the world, some classic rock, a rollicking modern West Coast sea shanty, and maybe some musical theatre!
Wednesdays (our “Sing-In” nights) are similar, but open to a wider community and have no pressure to learn any concert repertoire.
How to Join the Choir:
Try Us Out for Two Weeks — No Commitment!
No need to register yet! — just come to an orientation session at 6:30pm, either in person on one of the first two Tuesdays of the season (Sept. 26 or Oct. 3) or on Zoom on one of the first two Thursdays of the season (Sept. 28 or Oct 5) — then join in the singing that starts at 7:00pm.
To join Tuesday or Thursday on Zoom, please do the Zoom registration here.
Sign Up on Our Email List
… as a Possible Singer or for Concerts & Event Notifications
Wednesday Evening “Sing-In” Events — on Zoom (and sometimes in person, too)
Need a mid-week lift to your spirit? Join Cathy & Dick for our drop-in Wednesday Evening Sing-In. We’ll meet in Barnard Park in Esquimalt when the weather is good, and always include a Zoom option for those from out of town, or who want to stay cosy at home. We’ll include songs that are satisfying and beautiful to sing and relatively easy to learn in a short time. There is no performance pressure, plenty of fun, and opportunities to connect with each other and build supportive community.
Register for "Wednesday Sing-In"
Thursday Midday “Outside Voices” – Outdoor Daytime Singing with Cathy & Dick:
Join us for a scenic oceanside walk with “Outside Voices” outdoor drop-in singing. Typically, we meet somewhere near the shore in Esquimalt around noon, and we alternate singing and walking the shoreline, wrapping up after about 90 minutes. We plan to be out every week, rain or shine, but please subscribe to get notices each Thursday by 10:00am, confirming the details of exactly where and when we will meet that day! The songs and the walking path we take are very accessible!
Subscribe to "Outside Voices" Notices
For our drop-in Wednesday Evening Sing-Ins and Thursday Outside Voices, you need to sign up for email notices, but there is not a set fee—we want you singing with us! And if you feel that you can offer to contribute, the way you would for a movie or a yoga class, your gift will be gratefully received. (Note: we are not a registered charity)
“You will smile when you hear the Gettin’ Higher Choir it’s impossible not to. Each piece they perform is a celebration of the powerful humanity and sheer enjoyment! of singing”
“The Gettin’ Higher Choir is an amazing, energetic phenomenon. Hundreds of people who love to sing and who seek community, are drawn toward the choir like bees toward nectar. The joy and enthusiasm that is generated when they sing is absolutely magnificent”