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Eclectica Rehearses at
100 Mile United Church
49 Dogwood Cres.
7:00 - 9:00pm

Eclectica Spring Concert 2015
Williams Lake Parade of Choirs

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Spring Concert 2015 Photos Available
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Thanks to Steve Monk for the photos.

Eclectica Videos Available
Click on this link: To view "And the Poppies Grow" on YouTube.
While on YouTube you can do a search for Eclectica Choir to view additional videos from Nov 11th
and the Christmas Concert.

Parade of Choirs Williams Lake March 5, 2017
Click HERE to view a YouTube Video of the event.


Spring 2020

Choir practice will be on Wednesdays, starting at 7:00 pm and ending at 9:00 pm.  Please come ready to sing by 7:00 so we can make the most of our time together.
This newsletter is an outline of choir events this term.  Please feel free to contact anyone from our management team if you have any questions.

Water Bottles
No food or beverages are allowed in the sanctuary of the church where we sing.  Only water is allowed and we encourage everyone to bring a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated through rehearsals and help the planet.

Fragrance Free

Thank you, men and women, for avoiding fragrances.  For health and breathing reasons, the Canadian Choral Federation, the BC Choral Federation and Eclectica have a fragrance-free policy.  Please do not wear perfume, cologne, body spray, scented hair products, or lotions.  Some members are extremely sensitive and these scents interfere with their breathing and singing.

Name Tags
Once again, we are asking members to wear name tags to help everyone get to know each other.  Name tags can be picked up each evening in the front foyer and returned to the table after choir each night.  

Practice CDs
Practice CDs will be available soon.  These are CD recordings of each choral part to help singers learn the parts.  The cost is $10 and they contain most of the music we are working on.  Sign up for your copy with Walt.

Basic Music Theory
Barb has created a Basic Music Theory Sheet, available on the back table, to help members with some of the technical aspects of the music.  Please take a copy to keep in your choir folder.  You can talk to any of the section leaders or choir management team members if you have questions about the music.  

Our music library is a wonderful resource that has been painstakingly grown over many years.  The music issued each term needs to be treated carefully and returned so we continue to have enough copies of each piece without having to replace damaged or missing copies.  
*Music should be kept in a black three-ringed binder or black choir folder.  
*Please only use pencil when marking practice notes and try to erase marks before returning your music.  
*The music is usually collected after the final concert of each term.  If you are unable to attend the final concert for the term, please make sure you turn in your music to any member of the team at your final rehearsal.
Thank you to our Music Librarians – Len Aune, John Hooper, Carol Ewing, and Edda Brett with backup support by Rick Meyer

Conducting Team
– Barb Hooper, Melissa Hermiston, Cathryn Aune
Accompanist – Donna Forward-Houriet

Upcoming Events

Extra Registration Night and Social – Wed., Feb. 5 th  
Because we missed the first registration night, we will have an extra registration night on Wed. February 5 th from 6:30 to 7:00 pm.  We will also end the rehearsal a bit sooner that night (8:15 pm) and have a social in the fellowship room.  We will serve tea, coffee, and juice as well as some treats.  This gives us a chance to get to know our new members as well as catch up with returning members.  

Parade of Choirs - Sunday, March 1st
This is a fun event that gives us a chance to perform for and listen to choirs from Williams Lake.  The concert lasts about two hours and includes a mass choir selection.  Admission is by donation and all funds raised go to the Williams Lake Hospital  
Place:  Cariboo Bethel Church, 833 Western Avenue, Williams Lake
Arrive at church at 1:00 pm.
Group warm up 1:20 pm
Performance begins at 2:00 pm.  
Dress:  Blue scarves (pinned at back), black tops, bottoms and shoes.
Music to be determined

100 Mile Festival of the Art –April 14-24

We are hoping to participate in the Festival of the Arts.  We are waiting to hear from the festival committee when the vocal adjudicator is scheduled.  We will let you know as soon as we know.

Spring Concert- Saturday, May 16 th – 7:00 pm
Hall set up will start at 10:30 am.
-Sound check for soloists and ensembles will be from 1:30 – 2:30 pm.
-Choir rehearsal will be from 2:30 – 4:00 pm.
-Choir members need to arrive back at Martin Exeter Hall by 6:00 so we can get organized and warmed up before the doors open at 6:30 pm.
-Doors open for the public at 6:15  pm and Front Porch will be playing from 6:30 to 7:00 pm.
-The concert will start at 7:00 pm and last approximately 2 hours with an intermission.
-Proceeds from the concert will go to the 100 Mile Hospital Auxiliary and the Mill Site Lodge/Fisher Place Auxiliary.
-Dress for the concert is still to be determined.  We will let you know as soon as possible.

Wrap Up Social Gathering

-We would like to get together after the May 9 th concert for an end of session gathering with choir members, family, and friend.  We have booked the Valley Room, right next to Martin Exeter Hall.  We will have tea, coffee, and juice and we ask that you bring something to share for after the concert.  We will provide more details closer to the dat.

Singing at Canada Day Celebrations – July 1 st
This is a tentative event.  We will keep you informed.

Music Fund
    Once again we are putting out the Music Fund can to collect donations for new music.  We are always on the lookout for pieces to add to our repertoire.  The Music Fund Can is a way to give a little bit towards obtaining new music.  As we have found, a little bit from a lot of people can really add up.  Please consider contributing a loonie or two or more.  The can will be out on the table in the foyer at each rehearsal.

Returning Music at the End of the Season
All music needs to be turned in at the end of the concert.  Boxes will be set out back stage and at the social to return music.  If you know you will not be at the final concert, please hand in your music early.  If you are unexpectedly away for the final concert, music can also be turned in at Parkside Gallery.  Please try to get your music turned in as quickly as possible as missing music is extra work for our dedicated librarians.

The Management Team

Barb Hooper

Director/Director's Team Rep


Karin Graham



Margot Shaw

Planning Team Chair


Walt Sherry

Treasurer/Technical Director


Len Aune

Music Librarian


John Hooper

Music Librarian


Carol Ewing

Member at Large


Rick Meyer



Section Leaders

1st Soprano

Karin Graham


2nd Soprano

Carol Ewing



Laraine Shedden



Margot Shaw



Walt Sherry


The section leaders can help with any questions or concerns you might have.  Throughout the year, please let your section leader know if you will be away for a rehearsal or if you need assistance in any way. Please visit our website at  click on 'Eclectica.'  Our thanks go to Walt Sherry for maintaining and updating our page.  You can also find more information at the 100 Mile and District Arts Council facebook page.

In case of inclement weather, please check website.  We will post if we have to cancel a rehearsal.


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