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Belle Voci A Cappella Festival

Belle Voci A Cappella Festival

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Date(s) - 27/09/2019 - 29/09/2019
All Day

Saints Joachim and Ann Roman Catholic Church


Sing with Belle Voci!   Belle Voci A Cappella Festival September 27-29
Perform, be mentored and Learn Belle Voci, celebrated a cappella singers are hosting their first ever weekend long a cappella Festival in the Fraser Valley and you are invited to participate.  It will be a full weekend in a supportive environment to make great music with Belle Voci and two of the best workshop leaders in the lower mainland, Christopher Suen and Joel Tranquilla.

The workshops and rehearsals will take place in the great acoustical setting of Saints Joachim and Ann in Aldergrove

We have limited tickets to ensure a great experience and to avoid over-selling.

We are hoping that many singers will gather with us for an amazing weekend of workshops, networking and singing.

Tickets are available now and they are only $100 each.
Your registration includes:
1) Admission to all three days of workshops, rehearsals and Concerts
2) Printed music
3) Friday evening Meet and Greet, Saturday light lunch, and Sunday light snack.
4) 1 ticket to one of the Concerts of your choice

For more information and to register for the weekend, please head over to or call us at 604-795-0521.

We are also thrilled to give your community a chance to come hear and see our collaborative concerts.  The weekend festival will culminate with three concerts in the Fraser Valley on Sunday September 29, 2019 and we would love for you to come out and hear how the weekend turned out.  You can purchase tickets now for the concerts.
Sunday, September 29 
Concert 1 – 1 pm Chilliwack Cultural Centre- Tickets are $25 and are available online or by calling 604-391-SHOW
Concert 2 – 3:30 pm St James, Abbotsford- Tickets available online or at the door.
Concert 3 – 7 pm Saints Joachim and Ann, Aldergrove- Tickets available online or at the door.

Information on the clinicians:

Dr. Joel Tranquilla is a conductor and music educator noted for his versatile musicianship and creative programming. As the Director of Choral Activities at Trinity Western University he oversees a program of six choirs and teaches various other courses within the School of the Arts, Media + Culture. Recent tours have taken the TWU Chamber Choir to Ottawa, New York City, China, Japan, and Taiwan. Joel is also the Artistic Director of the Valley Festival Singers in Abbotsford and the Associate Conductor of the Juno-nominated Canadian Chamber Choir. In high demand as an adjudicator and clinician, Joel works regularly with singers across the Lower Mainland and is a past Guest Conductor of the New Brunswick Youth Choir and the Manitoba Provincial Honour Choir. He holds degrees from Mount Allison University, the University of Michigan, and Michigan State University where his doctoral research was in the area of Canadian choral-orchestral works. Joel lives in Fort Langley with his wife Meghan and their two children, Everett and Penelope.

Christopher Suen is a conductor, director, teacher and performer of sacred music and folk music in and around Vancouver. Growing up in Winnipeg in a musical family, he learned a variety of instruments and genres from an early age, graduated from UBC in Religious Studies, Latin & Greek (2000), and studied conducting with Lars Kaario at Capilano University (2015). Chris has been active in Vancouver’s Traditional Latin Mass Choir since 1998, working closely with director Mark Donnelly as his assistant from 2008–2014, and then as director of music at Holy Family Parish from 2014–2016. He attended the Tallis Scholars’ Summer Courses with Peter Philips and David Woodcock in 2014, and studied music of the Eton Choirbook with Deborah Roberts in Triora, Italy, the same year. He spent two years as a seminarian with the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter in Nebraska and lived most recently in 2018 at Silverstream Priory, a Benedictine monastery in Ireland, under Dom Mark Daniel Kirby, OSB. Having lived so much in communities where Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony are an integral part of daily life in singing the Mass and the Divine Office, Chris’ approach to sacred music is practical, fluid and expressive, yoking the natural aspects of vocal production to their supernatural end with sensitivity, clarity and intention.

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