Stories from our singers, parents, and the community.

 

I found my way back to singing this past year, after over a decade hiatus. Samara and the members of the Crescent Women’s Choir have been so welcoming. It has been such a joy to sing every week with these women, and be challenged and guided by Samara’s wonderful instruction. She pushes everyone to be the best they can all while being incredibly supportive and fun! I am so thankful to have found such a wonderful group with which I can share my love of music and singing.
— Jess Webb, Crescent Women's Choir
Even though I joined midway through the season, I felt welcomed into such a kind, loving environment. Singing with other people brings me so much joy and is such a great outlet. Choir is such an amazing place for everyone. It is welcoming, warm, and an amazing place to meet friends. Samara is amazing because she helps her students grow not only as singers but as people.
— Trey Foreman, Crescent Youth Choir
I joined Crescent Women’s Choir just this past September after my friend encouraged me to join with her. I’m so glad I did! I think there’s a special sort of magic that happens when a group of people sing together. Choral singing is good for the soul and I’m so happy to be a part of that again.
— Courtenay Chow, Crescent Women's Choir
Music has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. Childhood church choirs, school choirs where participation was expected, led to my own expectation that singing, and music in many forms would become a core value for me. Music for me allows expression of the soul, creativity, and choral singing specifically is a beautiful example of the collaboration this world so much needs. Many unique voices, weaving together a unified sound. Singing with Samara seems so natural as I’ve had the joy of seeing her grow up in the community of White Rock Children’s Choirs and develop her own musical gift. It’s wonderful to see her now impart that gift to others. She brings amazing musical expertise in fun yet challenging ways to singers at all different levels of singing. This past season has been one of learning new music, enjoying familiar pieces, and having the opportunity to sing a variety of voices. Choir always lifts my spirit even when it been a tiring day at work. I come away feeling lighter, energized and joyful!
— Ingrid Baerg, Crescent Women's Choir
I’ve had an amazing year with the Crescent Youth Choir. It’s a great group of people and we’ve grown super close working as a team. Samara and Andrew are fantastic leaders who are approachable and easy to connect with. Rehearsals are always lots of fun, and we work hard to be the best we can be.
— Josh Bogert, Crescent Youth Choir
I love choir: Our director, the music and my fellow choir members. Samara leads our practices with patience, humour and a firm hand to keep all of us women on track. My knowledge of music and singing has increased extensively. I never realized the intricacies of singing. I love the sound of our voices blending and moving, under the leadership of Samara. I wish for other women and children to have the joy of working with Samara.
— Wendy McGillivray, Crescent Women's Choir
With this year being my last, spending a weekend at Loon Lake with the Crescent Choir family has led me to reflect on all that I have learned and experienced over the four years I have been in choir. While singing in choir has definitely improved my musicianship, it has also led to life-long friendships. The effort we put into preparing for concerts is expressed not only by being able to sing our parts but also in the respectful ways we treat each other. This results in a very welcoming and homey environment that I am grateful to be a part of. This space would not have been possible, however, if it were not for the work and love that Samara and Andrew put into Crescent Choirs. Samara and Andrew care deeply about us and many times I wonder how they have so much love to share. To me, Crescent Choirs is a space that has contributed to my growth as a person; it is a space that has taught me the value of friendship, and it is a space where I always feel welcome.
— James Ho, Crescent Youth Choir

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Nina Bradley

Grade 12
Soprano

 
Choir is meaningful to me because it has been, and continues to be, a source of joy for me. I have met so many wonderful people through choir and have had many amazing experiences.
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Eve Partridge

Grade 11
Alto

 
The best part of choir is the people. I’ve met so many new friends and It makes the experience of choir so much better.
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NAthan Davidson

Grade 9
baritone

 
Choir is meaningful to me because it's something I get to do with my sister! 
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meruert Bestybay

Grade 10
Soprano

 
Singing is a really big part of my life and I feel the most happy in choir because I get to sing songs I love and see awesome friends.
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Sara cosman

Grade 9
Alto

 
Among other things I love when we do songs from other countries, specifically African folk songs. I feel like our group has a lot of fun while doing them and it makes me feel connected to other genres and cultures of music.
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Ava Brotherston

Grade 12
Alto

 
Choir is a place where I can forget about how busy and tiring life can be, and just sing, which is what I love most. I get to make beautiful music with a bunch of beautiful people every week. I think that that’s something special.
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megan Davidson

Grade 12
Alto

 
Choir is a place where I can come together with a group of people who love and appreciate music. Its a place where I can get lost in the music and just feel so content.
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Tristan Besse

Grade 10
Soprano

 
I love choir because it gives me the chance to create something beautiful with other singers and share it with the world.
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Sara Nguyen

1st Year University
Alto

 
I love the storytelling aspect of choir and how it connects not only the choir, but the audience as well.
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Javonna Lowe

Grade 8
Soprano

 
It is fun to sing and I like the experience. My favourite part of choir is learning new songs.
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Romy Dawkins

Grade 12
Soprano

 
I thoroughly enjoy creating music and being able to do this with my friends makes choir that much more meaningful.
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Ethan Dix

Grade 11
baritone

 
I believe everyone has a voice and should be heard. In choir we get to express our voices as a whole and it is beautiful.
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Nicole Brotherston

Grade 10
Alto

 
Choir is meaningful to me because it is like a second family, and I love to sing. I have made so many friends throughout the years, and I really enjoy surrounding myself with people that have the same interests.
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EDward Hilario

Graduated
Baritone

 
Choir has given me chances to meet and sing with amazing people over the years. Choir has also changed my life in a positive way and got me out of my shell. It gives me something to look forward to everyday.
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Karina zhou

Grade 9
Alto

 
Being a part of a choir is being a part of a family and community that work together to create beautiful music
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Taryn Sandhu

Grade 10
Alto

 
Choir is meaningful to me because I get to do what I love, which is singing.
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Emma cosman

Grade 9
Alto

 
Choir is meaningful to me because not only do I get joy from singing with such a lovely group of people but also I can give joy to others as well through music!