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Frank RackowVocal Latitudes is a non-auditioned, world music, community choir in Calgary, Alberta. Our director is Frank Rackow.

 

 

Our accompanist/pianist is Faye White. 

Upcoming

Our December concert, “The Winter’s Night” will be at 1:30 pm on December 14 at Hope Lutheran Church. Tickets can be bought via: Brown Paper Tickets

Directed by: Frank Rackow, Accompanied by: Faye White, pianist, and Robin Tufts, percussion. Special Guests: Quintessentials

Location: Hope Lutheran Church (View map)
3527 Boulton Rd NW, Calgary

 

 

About

Do you love to sing?  Love music from a variety of traditions and eras? Vocal Latitudes is a non-auditioned world music community choir. We sing for two terms a year, September–December and January–May; each term closing with a public concert.

 If you want to experience the benefits of singing in a welcoming vocal community, Vocal Latitudes may be the choir for you.  Vocal Latitudes meets Tuesday evenings at 7:30 PM from September to May in a convenient central location.  Repertoire includes jazz, gospel, African, Canadian, Renaissance, pop, original and contemporary.

You do not need to be able to read music if you wish to join. It is important that you love to sing and can carry a tune!  Please be aware that we are quite ambitious and our repertoire can be quite challenging, but you can also count on great supports to help you learn your parts and become a better singer!

 If you are interested in singing with us, feel free to come and visit us on Tuesday night or use the contact us button on this page and send us an email.

Vocal Latitudes is a World Music Community Choir which is managed by the Vocal Latitudes Choir Society,  a registered non-profit organization. The society’s board is elected at our AGM. Our current chair is Robin Smith.

Our director, Frank Rackow has been trained in music at Concordia and McGill universities in Montreal. As a woodwind player, he has performed at clubs and festivals across the country. In addition, he has acted as music director for theatre productions in Ottawa, Toronto and Hamilton.

F.A.Q.

Q.: What is a world music choir?

A.: For us at Vocal Latitudes (VL), a world music choir is a choir that can sing anything it wants to!  Each season our Artistic Director works to choose a varied musical adventure for us to present to our audiences.

We sing songs from different musical traditions from around the world, in many different languages. This has included traditional African music, gospel, jazz, Latin chants, Finnish Christmas Carols, Top 40 songs, Broadway hits, original compositions, Japanese poetry, Haitian Creole, themes from Video Games . . . the list goes on and on.

Q.: When are rehearsals/shows?

A.: We rehearse on Tuesdays at 7:30 PM, when in session. We have two terms, one that starts in September and ends in December and a second that starts in January and ends in May. In addition to the main rehearsals, each vocal section has two or three additional rehearsals in each session. We host major concerts at the end of each term in December and May. We also perform at seniors residences and by invitation at community events.

Q.: Who runs Vocal Latitudes?

A.: Vocal Latitudes is managed by the Vocal Latitudes Choir Society, a registered non-profit organization with a board of directors. The members on the board are elected annually and they are responsible for managing the choir. Rehearsals are run by our Artistic Director, Frank Rackow.

Q.: What are membership fees?

A.: The fees are set annually by our board of directors. The fees for the 2019-2020 season are $150 for a single term or $250 (a $50 discount) if you pay for the full year.

Q.:  Do I need to practice at home?

A.: Definitely! Although we are a non-auditioned choir, we are also a choir that works hard to create a great vocal performance for our audience and that means practice at home is a must!

Q.: I don’t read music. Can I participate?

A.: You must love to sing and be able to carry a tune (match pitch). The Members Area of our choir website contains audio files that you can use to practice with. Each section rehearses their parts separately about 2-3 times/session. Although it is certainly easier if you have some basic knowledge of music notation, our helpful choristers will do everything they can to help make you be successful.

Q.: Can children join?

A.: Unfortunately, not at this time. Choir members must be 18 years or older.

Q.: In how many languages have you performed?

A.: At last count it was 17. (18 if you include the gibberish language, Cirquish, that Cirque du Soleil invented.)

Q.: Can I sit in on a session before I commit?

A.: Absolutely. Come to the Calgary Unitarians building to visit us at rehearsal time on Tuesday from 7:30 – 9:30pm. Contact via the “contact us” page to let us know you are coming!

Contact

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Thanks for your interest in Vocal Latitudes, an unaffiliated community choir.  Our email form is below. We will get back to you as soon as we can!

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We practice Tuesday evenings at Panabaker Hall, in the Calgary Unitarians building on 1st Streen just north of 16th Ave NW