In spring of 2009, an ad-hoc group of singers, led by Juno-nominated composer and director Timothy Corlis (www.timothycorlis.ca), gathered to prepare for the choir’s first performances at Gilmore Park United Church in Richmond and UBC’s Chapel of the Epiphany. This first concert was called “Into Paradise” and was a celebration of our shared love for the earth and for the astounding beauty that surrounds us here on the West Cost. We performed a wide range of music from the popular song “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel to the traditional motet “Sicut Cervus” by Palestrina. Highlights in this concert were Eric Whitacre’s “Cloudburst” and Corlis’ “In Paradisum” featuring guest soloists Willem Moolenbeek and Boyd McDonald. At both venues, our audience offered standing ovations – we took this as encouragement to continue.
The choir is now still growing and still searching for opportunities to reach out across divisions, to nurture hope, to lament the violence in our world, and to share joy through music.
As members of the Vancouver Peace Choir we hope to inspire opportunities for building bridges. Music is our way of sharing a richly artistic and meaningful experience both within the ensemble and with our dedicated audience. We welcome strong choral singers of all different perspectives and thrive on the cultural diversity that is naturally a part of our city. To learn more about who is involved, check out our bios page.
Members audition informally with our director and are placed by vocal section. Each season includes 8-10 weeks of rehearsal (typically on Sunday evenings) and culminates in two concerts in differing venues. Choristers are expected to attend both concerts, and should expect to take music home to practice between rehearsals. For more information on auditioning, please email Tim.
After several concert seasons, word of mouth has been spreading based on glowing reviews. Ideas continue to emerge for further integration of peace action–from moving spoken word pieces in concert to community partnerships outside of performances. To join the choir, or contribute your ideas, feel free use our contact form or email one of us directly.
Conscientious and peaceful communities.
To embody and promote awareness, compassion, and engagement through the preparation and performance of high-quality choral music.
- inclusion: acceptance and welcoming of diversity
- social justice & human rights: promote themes in music and in our activities
- musicianship: commit to high level of practice and performance
- community: creating a choir community, and serving our wider community
- conversation: opening thoughtful dialogue within our choir, and with our audience on important topics
- empathy & respect: for one another, for community members, and for global citizens
- collaboration: with composers, artists, and community groups
His music is frequently performed across North America to critical acclaim and often championed by performers further afield, including performances in Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Japan, and more recently a New York City, Carnegie Hall premiere with Noel Edison and the Elora Festival Singers. In the media, he has been described as “a composer of great depth and passion, not to mention a pristine polished craft.” (WholeNote Magazine, Toronto).
As a director, Corlis has worked with numerous choirs and ensembles, including founding the Vancouver Peace Choir in 2009. More recently he directed the 300 voice Sanap Wantaim choir as part of United Nations Women’s Campaign to end violence against women in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. As an educator, Corlis holds a Masters of Arts in Social and Political Thought, a Masters of Music from the University of Toronto and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of British Columbia. He is the recipient of numerous scholarships, awards, and grants and taught for a number of years as a tenured professor of music theory & composition. He currently works as a full time composer, orchestrator, and music director on commission.