In December 2020, Phoenix Chamber Choir premiered an amazing video with over 200 physicians performing virtually together. The Canadian Physician’s Virtual Choir performance of “Ordinary Day” has become not only a viral sensation, but an inspiration to people across Canada and around the world.

For so many physicians, choral singing is a place to forget about the worries of the day and just breathe and do something creative.  The added advantage of singing in your living room (or call-room!) and the fact that no one else in the rehearsal can hear you, is liberating – especially for those who have not sung in a choir for many years!

Over the last 2 months, another 200 physicians came together from all-across the country to create the second Canadian Physician’s Virtual Choir project, and we are elated to announce:

The video is coming soon!

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Phoenix is thrilled to be celebrating Earth Day this year with our Earth Songs concert, for which the vision was cast back in 2019. When the pandemic barred us from hosting our long-awaited concert in 2020, we decided to re-create it as a virtual experience for Earth Day 2021.

When thinking of pieces that were celebratory of our planet and the wonderful gift that nature is to all of us, Stephen Chatman’s Due North quickly came to mind. Read more

One year ago, we eagerly introduced local BC Artist Corrinne Wolcoski, who was booked to attend and paint at our 2020 Earth Songs concert. Of course, the world has flipped upside down since that conversation, yet Phoenix’s commitment to supporting local artists and integrating a multi-medium arts experience into our 2021 Earth Songs concert remains the same. Note, the conversation below is amended based on this one, published one year ago.

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In December 2020, Phoenix Chamber Choir premiered an amazing video with over 200 physicians performing virtual together. The Canadian Physician’s Virtual Choir performance of “Ordinary Day” has become not only a viral sensation, but an inspiration to people across Canada and around the world.

For so many physicians, choral singing is a place to forget about the worries of the day and just breathe and do something creative.  The added advantage of singing in your living room (or call-room!) and the fact that no one else in the rehearsal can hear you, is liberating – especially for those who have not sung in a choir for many years!

Be part of the second

Canadian Physicians Virtual Choir Project!

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Phoenix has been lucky to have had huge success with our Covid-era virtual choir videos, which makes it high time to introduce you to Brad Andrews, our sound engineer extraordinaire and the master of the audio behind all Phoenix virtual videos and concerts. Brad’s insight and skill is invaluable to us, and we are grateful for his commitment to the Phoenix Family.

During the month of January, due to continued provincial restrictions around rehearsing together, Phoenix singers are spending time working 2:1 with the Andrews duo (Brad, and Phoenix Artistic Director, Nicholle) in order to improve vocal performance and sound. We asked Brad his top tips for getting  quality sound when everyone is stuck at home with “what they’ve got” and don’t always have access to studio-quality sound equipment. Below are Brad’s tips. Read more

Phoenix Chamber Choir is looking for art and poetry from children and youth to showcase at our April 22nd, 2021, Earth Day concert, Earth Songs

 

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN!!

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Over the last 2 months, over 200 physicians came together from all-across the country to create the first ever Canadian Physician’s Virtual Choir project, and we are elated to announce:

The video is now available!

 

Initially inspired by the work of Voices Rock Medicine, in Toronto, the Calgary Physician Choir, in Calgary, and Phoenix’s own Vox Panacea, in Vancouver; Phoenix Chamber Choir was honoured to take on the management and artistic direction of this project. Our Artistic Director, Nicholle Andrews, originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, was able to secure permissions for us to perform “Ordinary Day” by Great Big Sea, and even worked her magic to get some special guests to share their talents with the performance!

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Voices Rock Medicine – Toronto

Vox Panacea – Vancouver

In April 2020, Voices Rock Medicine – a choir made up of soprano and alto physicians in Toronto – premiered an amazing video of them singing “together” through the use of technology – all separately filmed videos compiled to create a virtual choir.  Inspired by the Toronto-based choir, there are at least two new physician choirs started in the past few months – Vancouver-based Vox Panacea and the Calgary Physician Choir, all rehearsing using online platforms.

Calgary Physician Choir

For so many physicians, choral singing is a place to forget about the worries of the day and just breathe and do something creative.  The added advantage of singing in your living room (or call-room!) and that no one else in the rehearsal can hear you is liberating – especially for those who have not sung in a choir for many years!

 

Be part of the first-ever

Canadian Physicians Virtual Choir Project!

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If you loved our parody videos this spring and summer, you will love what we have in store next. We are inviting any and all members of the broader Phoenix community who would like to be “Part of our World” to be featured at the Gathering Together concert as we parody the Disney classic “Part of Your World.”

Here’s a sneak peek of the lyrics:
“We want to be where the people are
We wanna to sing,
wanna sing together
We miss our friends in our
(Whad’ya call ‘it?) oh – choir”

Fun, right?! Be brave and join us!

 

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“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” -Victor Hugo

 

Throughout history, music has played the role of healer, communicator, and protestor when words or other social commentary miss the mark. Since late May 2020, a frustratingly age-old revolution has once again crescendoed from a mellowed hum to a loud roar as people around the world have come together to proclaim that Black Lives Matter, and to demand change from law enforcement and other social systems. All while the impact of the pandemic continues to ravage the world, claiming lives, jobs, and even basic everyday pleasantries in its path, people gather to march and cry out for a more just society. The impact of this cultural moment is not lost on musicians nor community choirs such as Phoenix. The call is ours to promote human flourishing and freedom in our craft. No doubt, our future plans continue to be folded and reshaped by the happenings of this year, and we know that the work we are doing now is necessary.

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