Sirens will present an online event to launch its first album, Boundless, on Friday, November 13, 2020 at 8:00 PM.
The group recorded these works in December 2019 with noted producer Jeff Reilly of Halifax, who has produced albums for the Canadian Chamber Choir and Xara Choral Theatre. Captured in the beautiful acoustics of the Church of St. Bonaventure in Tracadie Cross, the recording was to be released during a live performance earlier this year. However, like so many other aspects of life recently, those plans had to be rearranged.
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the world of live music, but Sirens is seeking ways to engage with its singers and its audiences. The songs of Boundless tell stories about struggle and the resiliency of the human spirit. Although it was recorded before the current pandemic, its message is even more powerful now.
Artistic Director Kelsea McLean describes it this way: “Our first album honours women’s propensity for resilience. When confronted with life’s obstacles, women have an innate drive to overcome and seek freedom from their suffering and challenges. This album tells stories of these adversities, but more importantly, it journeys to a place of hope and light,” said McLean.
“Reaching lightness could not happen without the fortitude of strong women working together in community. Boundless is a celebration of an uplifting and encouraging sisterhood. It is through our shared love and support that we take flight and soar!”
This special event will include the world premiere of Katerina Gimon’s choral work “In Her Image,” with text by poet Lauren Peat. The virtual début of this piece will be presented through the work of Island filmmaker Millefiore Clarkes. Mille and her team recently spent a day with the singers in and around historic St. Mary’s Church in Indian River. She captured footage of the physically-distancing singers and has created a visual story to accompany the composition, thanks to support from FACTOR, who also funded the creation of the album.
Be sure to join Siren on YouTube from the comfort of your home. Watch this special virtual launch on Friday, November 13, 2020 at 8:00 PM AST.
Harmonia is a choir for girls who love to sing. It provides a safe place where girls can have fun, make new friends, and discover the joys of singing in a group. The ensemble is starting its sixth season and is now accepting new singers.
This year will be a profoundly different one. COVID-19 has disrupted our lives in ways we never imagined. Yet Harmonia is still a community where girls can feel safe to find their voices through music.
Sirens Choral Association (SCA) runs Harmonia as its principal educational program. The group will provide meaningful educational opportunities for singers, while maintaining the strict health and safety protocols recommended by the Chief Public Health Office.
Under the direction of Kelsea McLean and Andrea Ellis, the program will offer small-group, in-person sessions, and incorporate online learning. The challenge of the pandemic is also bringing exciting opportunities: one-on-one singing lessons, virtual networking with other choirs from across Canada, online workshops with composers, and virtual projects and performances.
In addition to these new learning experiences, Harmonia is expanding to include two choirs: Harmonia Junior for girls aged 10-14, and Harmonia Senior for girls aged 14-19.
Location: Charlottetown area, location to be determined;
New! Harmonia has expanded to include two choirs: Harmonia Junior for girls aged 10-14, and Harmonia Senior for girls aged 14-19;
Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings, 6:00 – 7:00 PM for Harmonia Junior, and 7:30-8:45 PM for Harmonia Senior;
There will be a virtual orientation for parents and singers on Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 PM
Regular rehearsals begin on September 22, and will run Tuesday evenings until May
Singers will attend either a virtual or in-person rehearsal every week. Harmonia will operate on a 3-week rotation. Every child will rotate between: in-person rehearsal, “tune-in” by Zoom to an in-person rehearsal, and virtual Zoom rehearsal;
Harmonia will produce two virtual projects: one in December, and one in May;
Singers will receive specialized vocal training specific to the girl’s developing voice;
New opportunities this season include: one-on-one singing lessons, virtual networking with other choirs from across Canada, and online workshops with composers;
Registration for the year is $125. No child will be excluded from participation due to financial reasons; please reach out to us directly with any questions you may have;
Community Service Bursary are awarded to participating high school students;
Sirens Choral Association Inc. will follow strict health and safety protocols (click here)