AURA announces upcoming programs

At AURA’s recent Annual General Meeting, the program for our upcoming 38th season was announced by Music Director Imant Raminsh.

Based on the theme “Psalms”, the program will feature excerpts from Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Orff’s Catulli Carmina as well as Tippett’s Child of our Time.

The concerts will be performed at All Saints Anglican Church in Vernon on March 25th & 26th, 2017. Further details will be available on this web site in February 2017.

AURA has also announced that its 40th anniversary program will take place in the spring of 2019 once again featuring Bach’s monumental B-minor Mass with full orchestra.

AURA performed this powerful work for its 10th and 25th anniversary celebrations and looks forward once again to this awe inspiring experience to celebrate our 40th year under the direction of our founding conductor, Imant Raminsh.


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Don’t miss “Evening” presented by AURA Chamber Choir

AURA Chamber Choir presents it’s Spring 2016 concert on March 12 & 13 at All Saints Anglican Church.

Our program will feature Johannes Brahms masterpiece, A German Requiem.

This powerful work features professional soloists, soprano Mia Harris and baritone Mark Wells. The choir will be accompanied this season by our very fine long time pianist Marjorie Close and guest organist Jim Leonard. Jim is well known in his role accompanying Melina Moore’s programs and as All Saints accompanist each Sunday for their jazz service. If you heard Jim’s  classical concert last fall on the All Saints organ, you will know that you shouldn’t miss this opportunity to hear Jim and Marjorie working together to present our Brahms Requiem.

Tickets are now available at The Bean Scene coffee house downtown, from choir members and at the door. For further information, see the poster below, visit our website at or call 250-542-8118.

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Looking for a little help from our friends

If you love classical music, are perhaps a former AURA singer or just like to help in your community, we have an opportunity for you to consider.

Many years ago a former AURA member, Janet Armstrong, started “Friends of AURA”. This is a small group of people who assist the choir with the setup of our famous after concert receptions. It is not a difficult or time consuming task.  A Food Safe Certificate would be an asset but not essential.

The food is provided already plated and punch supplies simply have to be mixed. It’s an easy job to do with one or two of your friends or neighbours. Then you can listen to the concert if you wish with your complimentary ticket. Cleanup help is provided by choir members at the end of the reception.

If you would like to volunteer for this small task and enjoy a free concert in thanks for your kindness, please click on the “Contact Us” button at the top of the page to provide us with your contact information. We will then be in touch.



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Join us in March 2016 for a performance of Brahms- A German Requiem

AURA’s next concert will feature a performance of the Brahms German Requiem.

Our conductor Imant Raminsh says this about the program:

In this upcoming AURA season, I invite you to explore and experience with me Johannes Brahms’ wonderful German Requiem.  Besides being one of the great monuments of the choral repertoire, it is also an intensely personal, intimate and comforting work, written partly as a response to the death of Brahms’ mother. It is not easy to find suitable companion music for this commanding work, but I feel I have been successful by choosing a number of smaller works on the theme of nature and evening by some of Brahms’ contemporaries:  Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens, and Alfven.”

Our soloists for this program will be Mia Harris and Mark Wells.

The concert will be held at All Saints Anglican Church, 3205 27th Street, Vernon, BC on Saturday evening March 12th, 2016 at 7:30pm and Sunday March 13th, 2016 at 2:00pm.

Watch this space during February 2016 for information on Ticket availability.

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Chorfestivity 2015

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British Columbia Choral Federation presents it’s annual gathering of choral singers who come together for an inspiring weekend of camaraderie and rehearsals, culminating in a gala Sunday afternoon performance of fine choral music.

This year, Chorfestivity 2015 is hosted by AURA Chamber Choir, Counterpoint, Shuswap Men’s Chorus and Vernon Community Singers in Vernon’s Performing Arts Centre.

The gala concert will include music by Daniel Pinkham, W.A. Mozart, Samuel Barber, Eric Whitacre, David Childs, Bruce Cockburn, Rupert Lang and Vernon’s own Imant Raminsh.

In addition to the adult choir of 200 singers under the direction of OSO conductor Rosemary Thompson and a children’s choir of 100 under the direction of Sarona Mynhardt, the provincial youth choir under the direction of John Washburn will all appear in the gala concert program.

Join us on Sunday May 17 at 2:00pm in the Vernon Performing Arts Centre for an afternoon of fine choral music. Admission is by donation. All seating is “rush” so early arrival is recommended.

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Spring 2015 programs

Happy New Year to all our readers.

Thank you for your support of our very successful fall program, Alleluia.

AURA will be participating in two community events during the spring of 2015.

AURA is one of three hosts choirs for this years annual Chorfest weekend. We, along with Vernon Community Singers and Counterpoint will be learning a program that includes music by Imant Raminsh, Eric Whitacre, Mozart, Samuel Barber, Rupert Lang and others. The Chorfestivity 2015 final concert, under the direction of Rosemary Thompson, will be held at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre on May 17 at 2pm. For further information on Chorfestivity 2015, please visit the Chorfest website at

Many members of AURA will  be participating in the Okanagan Symphony Chorus, also under the direction of Rosemary Thompson and the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, in the production of Haydn’s Creation. This program will be performed in Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon (April 12, 2015 7pm at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre). More information can be found on the orchestra website at

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Tickets now available

Tickets are now available for AURA’s fall concerts to be held on November 28th and 29th at All Saints Anglican Church, 3205 27th Street in Vernon.

You may purchase tickets at The Bean Scene Coffee House, 2923 30th Avenue in downtown Vernon, from choir members and at the door. Tickets are $18 for adults and to encourage interest in fine choral music for students, student tickets are free.

For more details on the program, see the post below or contact us at either 250-542-8118 or 250-503-1927.

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