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the Gettin' Higher Choir

photo by Andrew Kielbowicz


Our “come as you are” choir embodies the idea that singing is our birthright. Here, even the shyest of voices can re-discover the joy of singing. The Gettin’ Higher Choir, with over 150 members across our three weekly sessions, is co-directed by Cathy Baker and Dick Jackson. As of September 2018, Denis Donnelly and founding director Siobhan Robinsong have retired from the GHC to continue other groups that they lead, and Cathy and Dick are carrying on in their tradition.

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Gettin’ Higher Choir
Upcoming Benefit Concert for The Power of Hope
“Singing the Deeper Story”
with Special Guest Artist Barbara McAfee
and featuring Oliver Swain.

Saturday, January 25, 2020, 7:30 pm
Alix Goolden Performance Hall

For further info please see our FULL concert info.

Our friend Barbara McAfee will be visiting the Island for the week, and we've helped to arrange some other events to keep her busy. You might be interested—and please spread the word!

Friday, January 24, 7:00–9:30pm
Songs from Poems - An Evening with Vocalist Barbara McAfee

Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street

Barbara McAfee is a singer/songwriter with a gift for setting great poems to music and singing them with sass and soul.

Regular Price $20
Supported by Others $12
Supporting Others $28

About this Event

This acoustic concert will be a feast of beautiful words set to gorgeous music. Barbara's brilliant settings of poems by Rumi, Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, Lao-Tzu, Hafiz, Lucille Clifton, and others will carry you deep into the human soul. Her piano accompaniments are jazz and gospel influenced...and there's a little New Orleans in there as well.

Here is a sample of Barbara's work -- a song she wrote in honor of her friend, Jamie Showkeir, as he traveled with Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS).

Saturday, January 25, 10am–12:30pm
Unleashing the Power of Your Full Voice

A joyful exploration of full expression with master voice teacher, Barbara McAfee
In the Cadboro Bay neighbourhood, east of UVic

Regular Price $75
Supported by Others $45
Supporting Others $105

About this Event

What untapped gifts does your voice have in store for you?

What might happen in your life if you fully expressed yourself?

When was the last time you played hard, breathed deep, cut loose, felt free?

In this joyful, illuminating workshop, you will join with a lively community of vocal explorers to:

You do NOT need to know how to sing to participate in this workshop. There will be singing involved, but we won’t read a lick of music and no one will have to sing a solo. (In fact, no one will have to do anything they don’t want to do.)

Learn more about Barbara's approach by watching her TEDx talk.

Space is limited to 25 participants—Reserve your place and receive directions to the location by emailing to Frances Strauss.

Payment at the door by cash, cheque or credit card.

Bring a water bottle, and dress comfortably in layers as we'll be moving around a bit.

Doors open 9:30am.

GHC News!

February and June 2019 Concert Videos

Concert videos from our February concert with Pat Wictor and our June concert with Samara Jade are now all up on YouTube:

GHC Spring 2020 Season

 Our Spring Season begins on Tuesday, Feb. 18:
    Tuesdays 7:00–9:00pm and
    Thursdays 7:30–9:30pm
in James Bay at the
        Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street, and
    Wednesdays 7:30–9:30pm in Langford at
        Alexander Mackie Lodge, 753 Station Avenue
Full details are on the GHC info page.

High Noon Choir News!

The Winter 2020 Season will begin January 7th, when there will be an orientation at 11:30am on that first day. See the High Noon Choir page for details.

Wavelengths Choir News!

The former Monday GHC group has evolved into a new choir under Denis’ leadership. See the Wavelengths Community Choir website for details.

“You will smile when you hear the Gettin’ Higher Choir—it’s impossible not to. Each piece they perform is a celebration of the powerful humanity – and sheer enjoyment! – of singing. Choir directors Dick Jackson and Cathy Baker have struck a perfect balance. The repertoire is always interesting, varied, and challenging, AND everyone is welcome as they are, singing in a safe space where their vocal gifts and personhood are valued. The week I spent rehearsing and performing with GHC was one of the most wonderful, unforgettable experiences of my musical life. ”

— Pat Wictor, U.S. singer-songwriter, GHC Guest Artist

“The Gettin’ Higher Choir is an amazing, energetic phenomenon. Hundreds of people who love to sing and who seek community, are drawn toward the choir like bees toward nectar. The joy and enthusiasm that is generated when they sing is absolutely magnificent. [Former Co-Directors] Siobhan and Denis, both consummate facilitators, have created a marvelous template for community choir. In this world where harmony is of the utmost importance, what better way to foster the best qualities of the human spirit than to lift our voices together in beauty, passion and grace. The Gettin’ Higher Choir does all of this and more.”

— Ann Mortifee, Canadian singer-songwriter, GHC Guest Artist