Feb 15 – Family Day Children’s Sing-along at Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre
With soprano Trudy Chalmers, mezzo-soprano Nadine Cornelius and pianist Roger Parton. We even wore costumes!
May 24 – Our first online Salon Social Concert and Chat with guest singer, baritone, Samuel Chan.
Due to COVID-19, we had to move our Salon Social online, so we booked a recording studio and filmed the concert portion then set up a Zoom meeting for the live chat. All those that registered for the event received a link to the recorded concert then met us online to chat with our guest singer Samuel Chan, pianist Roger Parton, and artistic director Trudy Chalmers.
July – The Community Opera Chorus reunites for rehearsals outside of the fieldhouse!
COVID-19 forced us to cancel our indoor rehearsals. We stopped rehearsing for months until it was okay to rehearsal outside with social distancing, hand sanitizer, and masks. We brought the keyboard outside and sang to the birds and squirrels. We also gained new chorus members from curious passers-by.
Opera in the Parks!
Throughout the summer months, we performed mini concerts in parks across Vancouver. The concerts were no longer than 15 minutes in length so as not to draw a large crowd during the pandemic. People were so thankful to hear live music again after months of being shut-in.
July 30th – Queen Elizabeth Park and Riley Park with soprano Tamar Simon, baritone Geoff Schellenberg, and pianist Roger Parton.
August 13th – Harbour Green Park and Lost Lagoon with soprano Katie McCullough and pianist Roger Parton. We were even captured in a travel video being filmed by YOUZANG at Harbour Green park.
August 19th – Oak Park outside the fieldhouse with tenor Justin Cho and pianist Roger Parton.
August 28th – We returned to Lost Lagoon with soprano Katie McCullough and pianist Roger Parton.
September 2nd – Memorial South Park with baritone Matthew Kim and pianist Roger Parton. The geese joined the audience.
September 10th – Memorial South Park with soprano Madison Craig and pianist Roger Parton.
August 30th – Our first Salon Social concert and chat outside with mezzo-soprano Taryn Plater and pianist Roger Parton.
Everyone was socially distanced and wearing masks.
September 27th – Salon Social with soprano Julie Duerichen and pianist Roger Parton.
October 4th – Opera Gala Concert
We closed our concert season with an outdoor gala concert at Oak Park behind the fieldhouse with sopronos Katie McCullough and Elaina Moreau, mezzo-soprano Nadine Cornelius, bass-baritone Andy Greenwood, and pianist Roger Parton.
December 22nd – Community Opera Chorus online rehearsal and Christmas party.
We moved the chorus rehearsals online in November and ended the year with an online party and mini recital. We also had a guest singer, soprano Katie McCullough, pop into our Zoom party to sing us a couple of Christmas carols.