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.

Andrea Flukiger (President): 604-819-7003 & andreaflukiger@gmail.com
Dubravko Pajalic (Choir Director)
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

Thursday’s, 7:30pm – 9:30 pm at All Saints Anglican Church, 7405 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby, V5J 4J8

Conductor

Dubravko Pajalic is a conductor, musicologist and composer, originally from Zagreb, Croatia. He studied also flute, guitar and informatics in Croatia, Austria and Canada. He edited and arranged many Croatian folk and classical pieces for chamber ensembles and choirs, and created music education TV shows. Mr. Pajalic has lived in Vancouver since 1992 and worked as IT Manager at a research facility until 2018. At the same time, he continued as a conductor, arranger, composer, author and music publisher. He has conducted community and church choirs, and served as organist. Now he is fully engaged in music.

Events

Currently none.

Membership

Choir membership fees include the basic Swiss Society membership fee plus an additional Choir fee. Please refer to the fee schedule on our website below.

Membership

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 and resigned in early 2020. As of March 2020, Dubravko Pajalic is conducing the choir again.

Executive

President: Andrea Flukiger 604-819-7003 & andreaflukiger@gmail.com
Musical Director: Dubravko Pajalic
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