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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AURA Chamber Choir seeking a MUSIC DIRECTOR

The AURA Chamber Choir ,  an auditioned SATB choir of 35 to 40 singers situated in Vernon, B.C., is dedicated to the performance of fine choral music,  having a  music repertoire  that extends from Renaissance to twenty first century and including  a wide range of musical styles as well as  major works by the masters.

AURA is seeking a new dynamic  Music Director. Our  founding  director will be retiring in the spring of 2019 following a Fortieth Anniversary Concert  so we are planning a transition period with auditions of applicants  in the fall of 2017.

We envision the successful applicant to be a suitable fit with AURA’s vision and values, and a strong musical  leader with:

-sound knowledge and skills in choral singing, and conducting

-a passion for musical interpretation and artistry

-strong teaching  skills

-excellent communication and organizational skills

AURA rehearses on Tuesday evenings, September through April/May in Vernon, B.C.   Remuneration details will be determined with the successful applicant.

Applicants are requested to provide a resume outlining qualifications and experience, contact details and two references. Send resume and other information to Frida Paetsch,  ; 950 37th St. S.E., Salmon Arm, B.C.  V1E 3M2 .

Please submit your application by July 15, 2017

For further details about the Music Director position, contact  Frida Paetsch at (250-832-6745)

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Laudate sings in Vancouver

You may recall the wonderful Laudate Singers concert sponsored by AURA presented last fall here in Vernon. If you happen to be in Vancouver, here are the details for their spring concert.

Scandinavian Spring – Laudate Singers

Sunday April 30 at 3pm 

St. Andrew’s United Church

1044 St George’s Avenue

North Vancouver  V7L 3H6 

Led by Finnish guest conductor Dr. Kari Turunen, Laudate Singers invite their audience on a cultural getaway to Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Iceland. A new commission by Eric Wettstein based on a Swedish poem will stand alongside composers like Grieg, Sibelius, Holten, Asgeirsson and even Rajaton. 

Ticket prices: $25 general / senior $20 / $10 with student ID /  Free < 12

Box Office 604-729-6814, online at 



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Today is the Day!

I’m standing here listening to Marjorie put the finishing touches on the piano accompaniment for AURA’s spring concerts.

It’s glorious music featuring Bernstein, Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff, Copland and others.

Please join us tonight, March 25th at 7:30pm or tomorrow March 26th at 2:00pm in All Saints Anglican Church Vernon  to hear this outstanding program topped off with refreshments and treats after the concert.

Tickets are available at the door (Adults $18; Students free).

For more details go to our website at or call 250-542-8118.

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AURA announces “The Promise of Living”

Tickets are now available for AURA’s spring concert to be presented Saturday March 25th at 7:30pm and Sunday March 26 at 2:00pm in All Saints Anglican Church, Vernon.

“The Promise of Living” begins with excerpts from Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil with the rich harmonies of this monument of Russian sacred music.

We continue with the third movement of Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms (Psalm 150) and end the first half with Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, sung in Hebrew.

The second half will include a selection of spirituals from Michael Tippett’s A Child of our Time, and two selections from Aaron Copland’s The Tender LandStomp Your Foot and our title piece, The Promise of Living.

Tickets (Adults $18; Students free) are available from choir members, Bean Scene Coffee House and at the door.

For further information call 250-542-8118


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LAUDATE SINGERS perform in Vernon

AURA Chamber Choir is pleased to announce that Laudate Singers from Vancouver will be performing at All Saints Anglican Church 3205 27th Street in Vernon on Sunday afternoon October 2, 2016 at 1:30pm.

AURA is hosting this concert as part of Laudate’s fall tour through British Columbia.

Laudate Singers were formed in 1995 by Lars Kaario, conductor, Capilano University choral and conducting instructor and tenor soloist( Lars was the tenor soloist for AURA in our 10th anniversary performance of Bach’s B-minor Mass) . This fine ensemble has toured extensively throughout BC as well as typically performing four full concert programs each year in the Vancouver area. They have recorded seven outstanding CD’s.

Laudate’s program in Vernon will feature music and composers of the British Isles including William Byrd and Ralph Vaughan Williams among many others.

Having heard this very fine choir many times, I cannot overstate your enjoyment in attending this upcoming program in Vernon at All Saints Anglican Church on October 2 at 1:30pm.

Tickets are available at Bean Scene, Bean to Cup and at the door. For more information, call 250-542-8118.


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