Choral Stage 2017

A fun-filled two-week choral day camp for young singers ages 8-16. Now in its 27th season!
Choral Stage 2017 will be held July 3-14 at West Point Grey United Church (4595 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver)


Choral Stage provides a unique opportunity for young singers to immerse themselves in exciting musical activities (theatre games, vocal skills, musicianship and ear training) culminating in a semi-staged choral concert.

Singers will experience a wide range of music including classical, jazz, music theatre and popular selections. Solos and small ensemble work will be encouraged. Singers wishing to do solo work should prepare a short song for audition on the first day.

Choral Stage 2017 will end with a free family concert at 5 pm on Friday, July 14.


Registration Deadline: June 16, 2017
Early application advisable. Space is limited.
Click here to access the brochure and printable application form.

Any applications for refunds must be received in writing before May 19, 2017. No refunds after that date. An administration fee of $25 will be deducted.


A limited amount of financial assistance is available. To apply for a scholarship or bursary, please attach a letter to justify your request, and state the amount you are able to pay.


9:30 – 10:15        Warm-up, theatre games, movement
10:15 – 10:30     BREAK
10:30 – 12:00     Musical rehearsal: vocal techniques, musicianship, sectionals.
12:00 – 12:45     LUNCH
12:45 – 1:45       Solo and small ensemble coaching, staging
1:45 – 2:00          BREAK
2:00 – 3:00          Staging/rehearsal

*Program subject to change

Singers should bring a water bottle, lunch and 2 drinks for breaks each day. Comfy clothing is a must.


Marisa Gaetanne, M.Mus. Voice Performance (UBC), won the prestigious Eckhardt Gramattee Competition and the Northwest District Metropolitan Opera Auditions after studying in London, New York and Florence. Known for her beautiful coloratura voice and vivacious personality , Ms. Gaetanne has sung professionally for more than 20 years with solo recitals and orchestral engagements such as Mahler’s 8th Symphony, the Chorfest 2000 Brahms Requiem, and many performances of Carmina Burana. She has taught voice at UBC for the last 20 years and also taught at VCC for many years. Appointed as the Music Director of the Vancouver Bach Children’s Chorus and Youth Choirs project in 2009, she continues to conduct the Junior and Chorale levels in that program, as well as the Chorus itself. Ms. Gaetanne has also spent considerable time studying and teaching Kodaly and Orff techniques for young children, is a popular adjudicator, and gives work- shops on vocal technique throughout the province.

Carol Coulson attended Dalhousie University and UBC before graduating from the University of Lubin in Polish Folklore and choreography. She performed with the Halifax Theatre Ballet Company and New York City Ballet and developed her career choreographing spectacular events such as the Opening Ceremonies of EXPO 86 and the Papal Visit. She has directed many stage and opera productions including Benjamin Britten’s Noyes Fludde. Carol will work with the children on staging and choreogra- phy for the finale show of Choral Stage.

Kin Ming Wong, accompanist, is a Vancouver based private piano instructor and collaborative artist.He has his Bachelor’s in Piano Performance from UBC as well as a Master’s in Piano Performance from UVic.He also holds FLCM and LLCM performance diplomas from the London College of Music and an ARCT for Piano Performer and Piano Teacher.