submitted by Peter O'Flynn
This is our twenty-second year of bringing the joy of choral music to the South/Central Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada.
Musaic began in 1995 under the call and direction of the Reverend Ken Gray, Incumbent of St. Stephen's Anglican Church in Summerland.
In the spring of 2004, after Ken was transferred to a Vancouver Island parish, the choir was taken over by Ms. Noreen Morrow, music director of Cathedral Church of St. Michael and All Angels in Kelowna, B.C., and member of the choir at that time. As her responsibilities at Kelowna increased she decided to leave us after the spring concerts in 2007
Ms. Joanne Forsyth, Director of Music for Elementary schools in Penticton, kept the choir going as our interim director for the fall term. During that time, Tom Klassen, a former Summerlander, recently returned from a choral music career in Texas, joined the choir. He was appointed director in January of 2008 and dedicated his time into developing a fine choir of over 40 singers.
We were saddened this summer to find out that we would be loosing our director, Tracy Stuchbery. We send her and Mike our best wishes as they begin a new chapter of their life in Ontario. We welcome Frances Chaisson, as our new director and look forward to working with her. We've found that each new director, with their support, enthusiasm and technical expertise, is committed to developing the choir's musical excellence.
In this my twenty-first year with Musaic, I cannot say enough about the joy of choral singing. It is a great night out; an opportunity to gain relief from the tensions of the week as we let go the world and concentrate on music; deep breathing fills the system with oxygen; a well tuned and well sung chord brings pleasure as it tingles your spine and lifts your spirits; it is a joy to lift the hearts of others in the community through a well sung performance; its an opportunity to work with and come to know a variety of people.
Peter O"Flynn, Musaic Vocal Ensemble,
Musaic Member since 2002
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