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    Viva Youth Voices

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    Viva Youth Voices Vivacity Workshop with Canada’s own Valdy.
    EVENT: Saturday March 10, 2018 at Grace Lutheran Church 1273 Fort St. Victoria 
     Early Bird $35.00 until March 1. $45.00 March 1 – 10th.

    Viva is celebrating 30 years of making music. To applaud this achievment, Valdy is excited to share his vast experience with the kids of Vancouver Island and Gulf islands. Don’t miss Viva’s Vivacity Workshop with facilitator’s Valdy and Yuliya Myers of Viva Youth Voices. For REGISTRATION click here: website

    (Paul Valdemar Horsdal) is a touring entertainer/singer/songwriter/folksinger/guitarist/bassist/arranger.  Valdy has 16 albums, 22 singles, 4 Gold records, has earned 2 Juno awards, 7 Juno nominations, Songwriter of the Year and CARAS awards in Folk/Bluegrass categories. Valdy was invested as a member of the Order of Canada in July 2012. “As a folksinger, I have access to all styles and genres of music and song.” “Growth of knowledge, and learning a means of applying that knowledge” is what keeps Valdy going.  In July of 2017, Valdy composed a song for the kids called The Future. He organized youth from the Greater Victoria Area, including Viva singers, rehearsed and performed with the youth at the Victoria Canada Day event on July 1st at the BC Legislature.   

    What We Do

    Since 1988 years Viva Choirs have existed to enrich the lives of the singers, their families and the Greater Victoria community.  We welcome all between the ages of 7 and 22 who wish to sing. Children age 7-13 join Viva with just a brief interview to ascertain the appropriate group (Da Capo and Crescendo ensembles). Singers aged 14-22 can audition to join Concerto. Viva choristerers experience the beauty of music, and bring joy to themselves and their audiences; they develop commitment, confidence and self-discipline as they attain excellence. Groups have been honoured repeatedly in local and international festivals. Repertoire focuses on international folk and classical music in an exciting variety of languages and styles.

    Viva  Conductors

        Yuliya Myers completed her Bachelor of Music (Academic Choir Conducting) and additionally completed specialized course work such as vocal teaching, methods working with children and piano pedagogy at the University of Culture and Arts in Kiev, Ukraine. Yuliya began teaching in Edmonton, Alberta in 2000 and has worked with many choirs, ensembles and associations in the greater Edmonton area. Yuliya is an enthusiastic and dedicated educator continually pursuing excellence for her students, ensembles and choirs. She owned and managed her private music studio for nine years where she was a teacher of piano, voice and music theory and conducting. Her children’s choirs have consistently won awards at music festivals winning best overall choir category for two years. Yuliya is very passionate watching children grow in poise, confidence and musicianship through singing. She is a great believer in excellent musical training and discipline that choral singing brings to children.  Yuliya moved from Edmonton to Victoria in 2016 and is excited and honoured to conduct for Viva Youth Voices.

         Georgina Craig is conductor of the Senior Women’s Ensemble. Georgina Craig graduated from Christ Church University in Canterbury, England, and undertook postgraduate vocal studies at Trinity College of Music in London. Currently a Community Outreach Teacher for the Victoria Conservatory of Music and with past experience of conducting both vocal and flute choirs, she brings a wealth of experience working with students of all ages. As a vocal teacher she is particularly passionate about helping young singers find their voice. Georgina enjoys performing music of all genres and is a member of Ensemble Laude here in Victoria. She also sings with the Victoria Baroque Players and has sung with the professional chamber choir Luminous Voices, based in Calgary. She is a published composer and especially enjoys composing and arranging music for voice.

    We are now  accepting registrations   Go to the Registration page on our website for application forms and fee information.  To arrange for a placement interview (ages 7-13) or audition (ages 14 and up) please contact us by email or phone (scroll to the bottom of the page for contact information). 

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