Swiss Choir

Welcome to the Vancouver Swiss Choir

 

We are a easy-going mixed-voice choir of all ages and many nationalities who enjoy multilingual Swiss folks music in choral settings.  Beginners are encouraged to join.  Under the guidance of Dr. Sergio Pires, who holds a doctorate in conducting , we enjoy exploring a wide repertoire of Swiss folk music with a healthy dose of Yodeling.

New Singers welcome – Old and Young! Do you like to sing? Come & join us now – no audition! 

Venez chanter avec nous! Kommen sie einfach vorbei! Viene con Noi! All nationalities are welcome. Our choir sings at a variety of concerts and events throughout the year and in addition to that we always make time for enjoyable social hours together. Please contact any of the choir members below to join us at our next rehearsal.

Silvia Kinvig (President): 604-945-7008
Dr. Sergio Pires (Choir Director): sergio.pires@ymail.com
Dorli Meier (Member): 604-853-0890 

First Row from left: Marie-Louise Hanna; Marianne Vlek; Andrea Flukiger; Regina Wiedemeier; Silvia Kinvig; Erna Schaefer; Rosy Schuepbach ; Anna-Marie Spaeti; Maja Joehl, Sergio Pires
Second Row from left: Beat Heeb; Alfred Eigenmann; Kim Hong Chul; Rolf Brulhart, Karin Kapp
Missing Singers: Hans-Peter Wacker; Dorli Meier

Rehearsals

Our practices take place every Tuesday at 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the St. Mary’s the Virgin Church, Sappereton, New Wesstminster, 121 East Columbia St, New Westminster, BC V3L 3V7 

Conductor

Sergio Pires has a doctoral degree in choral conducting from Boston University, a master’s degree in Musicology from the Brazilian Conservatory of Music and a Licentiate’s degree in Music Education from the Federal University of State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO). He studied conducting with Carlos Alberto Figueiredo in Brazil and with Ann Howard Jones, David Hoose and Daniel Moe in the United States . He also attended several workshops with renowned international conductors. Between 1990 e 1995 Dr. Pires conducted the ensemble Brasil Barroco Choir and Orchestra which focused on music from eighteenth century Brazilian composers. He also conducted the Merck Chorale and the Chamber Choir of School of Music Villa-Lobos. From 1997 to 2010, he was a tenured professor of choral conducting at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) where he conducted the school of music’s chamber choir and co-directed the university Symphony Choir, as well as other choral ensembles. He also taught conducting and musicology seminars, developed research projects on Brazilian choral music and advised a number of undergraduate and graduate students. He immigrated to Canada in 2010 and lives in Burnaby with his wife Kathleen and son Claudio. 

 

Events

Christmas Concert: November 24th, 2018
Performance at the annual Swiss Seniors’ Brunch: December 8th, 2018
Annual Spring Concert in June 2019
Participation in the 30th Pacific Coast Swiss Singing & Yodelling Festivals  in Los Angeles in June 2020.

History

The Vancouver Swiss Choir was founded in 1966. From a modest 14 members, it grew to an impressing 62 members in 1981 when the choir hosted the 17th Pacific Coast Swiss Singing and by  Yodelling Festival of the USSSPC in downtown Vancouver.  This event was again hosted -the 27th Saengerfest-  by the Choir with large support from the Swiss Society of Vancouver in 2011 at UBC with a healthy membership of 33 singers under the baton of conductor Dubravko Pajalic.  He resigned in December 2018. Dr. Sergion Pires took over as conductor in February 2018.

Executive

President: Silvia Kinvig 778-996-8775
Musical Director: Dr. Sergio Pires  sergio.pires@ymail.com
Musical Library/Notenwart: Andrea Flukiger andrea_flukiger@hotmail.com
Equipment/Trachten & Choteli: Andrea Flukiger
Kinderchor liaison: Rolf A. Brulhart 604-710-7653  rbrulhart@hotmail.com