VOICES for HOPE, under the direction of Douglas Knight, is a non-auditioned, inclusive daytime community choir for men and women
NEXT CONCERT: MAY 14 at 3:00 PM, Cedar Park United 204 Lakeview
Tickets $15 available at the door
The success of this win-win choir which began in 2008 is phenomenal; the singers love it, the audiences love it, and the recipients of the benefit concert proceeds are always grateful.
The choir is a non-competitive singing group designed for those who simply enjoy making music without the pressure of an audition, and where the ability to read music is not a requirement, simply an asset. Only a vocal range placement assessment is required to be sure you are singing in the correct section be it soprano, alto, tenor or bass to ensure the safety of the voice.
Voices for Hope is for people at various points on their musical journey. Some have years of experience, some have decided to re-visit a former singing passion, and others have finally decided to take the plunge and start a life-long desire despite minimal singing experience. It’s never too late!
Rehearsals are held Wednesday afternoons, 1-3 PM, September to June at Cedar Park United. “Voices for Hope” rehearsals are closed to the public; the best way to find out if this is the choir for you, is to attend a concert and talk with the singers at our post-concert reception. Interested new singers can always contact Douglas for information.
The music in our programs ranges from Broadway show tunes to songs of the Silver Screen and unforgettable Classic Pops. We present two different benefit concerts each season, one in January and another in May/June. Our next concert called “The Beat Sings On” will be performed at Cedar Park United on May 14, 2017 at 3:00 PM with proceeds donated to “Chez Doris’ Aboriginal Housing Program”. Tickets are $15 and available at the door. View poster.
Proceeds from our concerts are earmarked for charities. September 2016 marks Season 9 for Voices for Hope. To date, proceeds have exceeded $85,000. Recipients have included local charity groups: Nova West Island, West Island Cancer Wellness Centre, West Island Palliative Care Residence, West Island Women’s Shelter, Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal, Friends for Mental Health, Les Petits Freres, Omega, and West Island Citizen Advocacy; as well as charitable organizations whose work reaches well beyond our borders assisting various projects in developing countries as the Stephen Lewis Campaign Grandmothers to Grandmothers (Africa) and Cedar Park Youth in Action projects (India, Senegal and Haiti).
To be sure not to miss any concerts, why not get on the e-mailing list for early notification; Contact Music Director Douglas Knight with that request.
- Photographs: Charlie Scott