Moving Between Light & Darkness

AURA Chamber Choir presents “Moving Between Light & Darkness” at All Saints Anglican Church, 3205 27th Street, Vernon, BC this coming weekend.

Concerts will take place on Saturday November 17 at 7.30pm and Sunday November 18 at 2.00pm.

Our new Music Director and Conductor, Tami Harker, will lead the choir in a wonderful selection of pieces featuring Schubert’s Mass in G.

The concert will begin with Palestrina’s Videntes Stellam recalling the Magi finding Jesus and Mary and offering him their gifts. The audience will be “surrounded” by sound as this double chorus is performed from the side aisles at All Saints.

The program includes two pieces by Norwegian born composer Ola Gjeillo; The Rose based on a poem of the same name by Christina Rossetti and Ave Generosa with the text of poet Hildegard von Bingen.

The concert continues with a short piece by Brahms, Waldesnacht  (Wondrous Cool Thou Woodland); Oh How Beautiful, This Finely Woven Earth by Greg Jasperse; Eric Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs accompanied by string quartet and three sixteenth century French folk songs.

Our retiring conductor, Imant Raminsh may even delight you with Put, Vejini , one of his Latvian folk songs (the unofficial national anthem of Latvia).

Tickets (Adults $18; Students free) are available at the door and from choir members. Please visit our web site at for further details or call Wayne or Marjorie at 250-542-8118.

We hope you will join us for this evening or afternoon program of choral music to delight!

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AURA is looking for Tenor and Bass singers

AURA’s fall season is under way!

We have just finished our first workshop under the direction of our new conductor, Tami Harker. We have had a wonderful day in preparation of a beautiful fall program to be presented November 17th and 18th at All Saints Anglican Church.

Tami has chosen the Schubert Mass in G as the foundation of the program. Rounding out the concert will be two pieces by Norwegian born composer Ola Gjeilo that are sure to make you say “Ahhhh”. Also included will be Five Hebrew Love Songs by Eric Whitacre. The poetry was written by Whitacre’s now wife, Hila Plitman. Oh How Beautiful, This Finely Woven Earth was written by Greg Jasperse in response to the 911 attacks in New York. There might even be a Latvian folk song arranged by our retiring conductor Imant Raminsh.

If this program excites you and you are a tenor or bass choral singer, we would welcome you to contact us using the “Contact Us” button to arrange an audition to sing this program with AURA.

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Christopher Dlouhy in Concert

Not Just Another Recital

A Performance of ARCT piano repertoire by Christopher Dlouhy.

TONIGHT Friday evening (May 11th) at 7pm at All Saints Anglican Church in Vernon, BC.

Admission is by donation.

Our youngest AURA bass, Christopher Dlouhy, will be playing his Piano ARCT exam in another month.  In final preparation, he is offering a recital of the performance of his entire repertoire (6 pieces).

J.S.Bach Partita #1: Prelude, Sarabande, Gigue

Beethoven Sonata #12 in Ab+ Op 26

Chopin Etude op.10 #3

Rachmaninoff Prelude in g- op.23 #5

Glinka (transcription by Balakirew) The Lark

Morawetz Scherzo

The recital will be approximately 50 minutes in length.

Chris is the piano student of AURA accompanist Marjorie Close.

He has been accepted into the music program at the University of Victoria in September.

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A Choral Music Program to Delight

This is the weekend to enjoy a rare opportunity in the Okanagan Valley. Our internationally acclaimed director, Imant Raminsh, will lead AURA in a program of his compositions. His memorable melodies and lush harmonies will delight you!

The concerts take place this Saturday evening April 21st at 7:30pm or Sunday afternoon April 22nd at 2:00pm at Peace Lutheran church, 1204 30th Avenue, Vernon.

Tickets are available from choir members, at the door or by calling Wayne or Marjorie at 250-542-8118.

For program information, please see our website at


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AURA presents “The Peace of Wild Things”


AURA CHAMBER CHOIR presents “The Peace of Wild Things” – Saturday April 21st at 7:30 and Sunday April 22nd at 2pm at PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1204 – 30th Avenue, Vernon, BC.

Admission is $18 for Adults and Seniors – students are free.

Tickets are available from Choir Members and at the door.

This concert is conducted by Imant Raminsh and will feature a full program of Imant’s  music (with accompaniments by oboe, string quartet & piano).

This may be the last time AURA will have the opportunity to take part in a program of this kind under Imant’s direction as he will retire from AURA after the Spring 2019 performance of Bach’s B-minor Mass.

Our program will include Imant’s Missa Brevis, our title piece The Peace of Wild Things, a Doukhobor Lullaby, Bye, Bye, Baby, the famous unofficial Latvian National anthem, Put Vejini and among other pieces, you won’t want to miss the haunting cello accompaniment to In The Night we Shall Go In.
Our soprano soloist is Salmon Arm’s Andrea Roberts.

We invite you to join us for this concert of music by Imant Raminsh – to sit back and enjoy the beautiful melodies and rich harmonies .

Please feel free to call Wayne or Marge at 250-542-8118 for tickets.

2018 spring poster

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Spring 2018 concert dates announced

AURA has announced its upcoming spring concert will be performed at Peace Lutheran Church located at 1204-30th Avenue in Vernon, BC on Saturday April 21 at 7:30pm and on Sunday April 22 at 2:00pm.

The program will include works by our internationally acclaimed conductor Imant Raminsh including his Missa Brevis, last performed by members of AURA at Carnegie Hall in 2006.

Other pieces that you will not want to miss include Ave Verum Corpus, Ubi Caritas and I will Sing Unto the Lord (Text Psalm 104).

In a lighter vein, Nootka Paddle Song and Bye, Bye, Baby from the Northwest Trilogy will charm you and the famous Latvian folk song Put, Vejini (Blow, Winds) with its wonderful melody and rich harmony will make you smile for days.

Mark your calendars now…. you won’t want to miss this wonderful program.

I’ll let you know as soon as tickets are available in early April.

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Welcome To All The Pleasures

This is the weekend to enjoy great choral music presented by AURA Chamber Choir, marking the start of their 39th year.

The concerts take place this Saturday evening November 18th at 7:30pm or Sunday afternoon November 19th at 1:30pm at All Saints Anglican church, 3205 27th Street, Vernon.

Tickets are available from choir members and at the door.

For program information, please see our website at


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FALL 2017 Concert

We have had a most enjoyable rehearsal time over the past two months working with our guest conductors and are ready to entertain you with the delights of Vivaldi’s  Magnificat and Purcell’s Welcome to all the Pleasures, both accompanied by our chamber players, Orchestra Nova.

The program includes more favourites from AURA’s extensive library including Hark, All Ye Lovely Saints by Thomas Weelkes, The Heavens are Telling by Haydn, Ave Maria by de Victoria as well as newer additions to our repertoire including Eric Whitacre’s The Seal Lullaby and Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo’s Northern Lights.

Our venue once again is the lovely sanctuary at All Saints Anglican Church, 3205 27th Street, Vernon. Concerts will be on Saturday evening November 18th at 7:30pm and again on Sunday afternoon November 19th at 1:30pm.

Tickets are available now from choir members or at the door (Adults $18; Students free).

For more information, please visit our website ( and press the “Contact Us” button or call 250-542-8118.

Novemeber 2017 Poster (3)


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AURA rehearsals have begun….

AURA has begun preparation for its Fall 2017 season with the first rehearsal of its 39th year last night. Even at this early stage, the music is wonderful to sing!

This season will be shared by two guest conductors, Terry Pitt-Brooke and Tami Harker, who have been chosen to audition for the Music Director’s position. They have selected the program which includes many well-loved favourites from AURA’s library including de Victoria’s Ave Maria, Faure’s Madrigal and Cantique de Jean Racine, Vivaldi’s Magnificat , Haydn’s The Heavens are Telling and the wonderful Seal Lullaby by Eric Whitacre, among others.

As always, basses and tenors are an especially welcome addition to the choir (along with soprano and alto). If you have an interest  in singing or exploring the possibility, please go to the “Contact Us” button to let us know of your interest in the choir.

Concert details will be available on this site at the end of October. In the meantime, reserve November 18th or 19th to hear our program of AURA favourites.

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Fall 2017 Program

The Music Director selection committee has been hard at work over this smoky summer and is pleased to announce that two applicants have been chosen to conduct portions of the fall 2017 program. Once the repertoire is selected by our applicants, we will post the details…. in the meantime, please reserve November 18th or 19th at All Saints Anglican Church to hear AURA perform under these two fine musicians.

Our auditioning conductors are Tami Harker and Terrance Pitt-Brooke:

Tami Harker  has a Bachelor of Music, UBC, and a Bachelor of Education, UBC. Her twenty years of conducting and teaching experience has included teaching music for 14 years at McRoberts High School, Richmond,B.C.,  building a choral program of five choirs including a boys choir  that received gold standings  in festival competitions. She organized a Musical Theatre program at Arts Umbrella on Granville Island. She conducted the Delta Community Choir for four years, building its membership and expanding its repertoire to include works of the masters.  She started  the Tapestry Young Adult Choir (auditioned chamber ensemble), and the Angelicus Children’s Choir in Delta. She has presented vocal workshops, and given private voice instruction for twenty years

Terrance Pitt-Brooke  has a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education , UBC; Bachelor of Music, U of Toronto; Masters of Music (Choral Conducting) U of Wisconsin; currently completing his Doctorate at U of Arizona (choral and orchestral conducting).He has conducted selected works with the Erato Ensemble and Concord of Voices; and conducted a   number of community and church choirs , longer term, in the Lower Mainland –  i.e. North Shore Chorus, BC Tel Choir and Malaspina Choir of Naniamo. He  has had shorter term conducting  assignments  at UBC, Vancouver Community College, the University of Wisconsin and the University of Arizon, and received numerous awards.  He taught 12 years of high school music in Surrey, B.C., and a year in Vancouver. He sang several seasons in the Vancouver Chamber Choir (tenor).

The Spring 2018 program will feature the choral music of our founding director Imant Raminsh and will be conducted by him. Dates and repertoire will be confirmed soon.

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