Gettin' Higher Choir
 The Gettin' Higher Choir sings out the simple philosophy that singing is our birthright; an essential activity for personal and community health and vitality. This "come as you are" choir brings together a diverse group of over two hundred singers, who are re-discovering the joy of singing.

Established in Victoria in 1996, the choir now has about 300 members who come one or more of three evenings each week. We welcome new members. There is no audition, and no singing experience is required ­ just a desire to sing in harmony with others.

The choir is not associated with any religion or spiritual path, but seeks to embrace and celebrate humanity's highest aspirations through music, welcoming people of all ages and cultures.

The Gettin' Higher Choir seeks to re-integrate singing into the daily routines of life. We sing for the pure joy and pleasure it gives us, in an atmosphere that is fun, relaxed, and accepting. Our repertoire consists of songs from many cultures, traditional and new, with meaningful and relevant content, mainly a capella (unaccompanied) in 4-part harmony.

There are three chapters of the choir, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Each night sings the same material. Choose the one night that works best for you.

As in past summers we will be having summer drop-in sessions at the Church of Truth, 111 Superior St, Victoria. They will run every Tuesday in July and August, and on the three Tuesdays in September prior to the start of the regular session on the week of Sept.22. These are a great way to introduce yourself and friends to what the choir is all about.

The cost is two twoonies per session ($4). Denis will be there on July 22 and 29, August 5 and 19, and the early Tuesdays in September. )Shivon may also be at a couple of those Tuesdays, although her schedule is not confirmed)

On the dates when Denis and/or Shivon are not there, some of the members of the choir will be organizing the evenings so that choir members can introduce songs, lead songs, and generally try their hand! Proceeds from these evenings will go to the choir scholarship fund. Those wanting more info about these sessions can contact Kim at lizzie-lu@shaw.ca or cHumi at chumi@telus.net

2003/2004 Schedule:
Fall/winter session begins Sept.21 - runs 13 weeks til the week of Dec.15. 2 weeks break Resumes Jan 5 - till week of Feb.2. (18 weeks total) Concerts Jan 31 & Feb.1, 2004. Then there is a two-week break. Spring session runs Feb.23 through wk of June 21 (18 weeks). Concerts June 19 & 20, 2004.
TIME: all groups meet 7:30-9:30 pm.
COST:sliding scale of $120 - $150. (Present choir members note that this is 1.5 times the previous fee scale to reflect the change in session structure from three sessions of 12 weeks to two sessions of 18 weeks.) Some scholarships are available.

Tuesday & Thursday Groups meet at The Church of Truth, 111 Superior St.
Monday group meets at the Unitarian Church, 5575 West Saanich Road.

Shivon Robinsong
250-386-3184 or shivon@shivon.com

Denis Donnelly 250-598-5186 or denis@denisdonnelly.ca

Bill Hanson

Gettin' Higher Choir / www.shivon.com


Gettin' Higher Choir
Live at the Kaleidoscope Theater

Features many songs from the South African Freedom Movement, and several from the African American tradition, as well as six of composer Harold Moses’ Sacred Geometer Canticles.

Gettin' Higher Choir

Spans a wide range of musical modes, heightened by the beautiful choral arragements of Denis Donnelly. Featuring Rhada's Song, with guest vocalist Ann Mortifee.

Gettin' Higher Choir

Gettin' Higher Choir
Alix Goolden Hall

recorded at the Alix Goolden Hall, Victoria Conservatory of Music
December 15th, 2002
Directors: Shivon Robinsong and Denis Donnelly
Russel Dawkins, engineer Airborne Recording