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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 is co-directed by Cathy Baker and Dick Jackson.

“Jazzed Up!” BBBS Benefit Concert with the Fias–La Riviere Quintet

Sunday, January 29, 2023, at 2:30pm

with special guests: The Fias–La Riviere Quintet, led by Attila Fias and Nick La Riviere

The Gettin’ Higher Choir welcomes you to our winter concert, bringing our wholehearted, uplifting songs in support of the excellent work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria Capital Region

The GHC repertoire will run the gamut: Swing era tunes, Canadian classic rock, groovy funk, neo-folk, and even a lullaby.

Nick La Riviere and Attila Fias will lead some of Victoria’s best jazz players, three of their friends from Best Laid Plans, on their own as a quintet, and together with the choir. Don’t miss it!

a benefit for: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria Capital Region, our 3rd annual concert for them (learn more)

venue: Alix Goolden Performance Hall, 907 Pandora Ave, Victoria (enter off Johnson St)

where to get tickets:

$20 general admission, or $10 for students, plus fees

Available now only from:

If the show is not sold out (selling to half-capacity of 400 seats), tickets will be sold at the door.

The GHC Continues in Person!

The Spring 2023 season starts the week of February 14th, 15th and 16th.

Newcomer Orientations: For the first two weeks, on both Tuesdays and Thursdays, newcomers are welcome to a half-hour orientation session that will begin at 6:30pm. Tuesday orientations will be in person at the Esquimalt Gorge Park Pavilion and on Zoom. Thursday sessions will be on Zoom only.

Tuesdays and Thursdays are focussed on singing to build community, strengthen our resilience, have fun, experience harmony and to prepare songs for our benefit concert (or concerts?) on the last weekend of January, at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall.

We sing soul-nourishing songs from folk music (old and new, from near and far), current musical theatre, popular music even back to the Swing Era, and from our singing friends around the world!

Wednesdays (our "Sing-In" nights) are similar, but open to a wider community and have no pressure to learn any concert repertoire.

BIG NEWS!

For our Tuesday sessions, we have an exciting new venue that has stunning architecture, great ventilation, lots of space, windows overlooking beautiful trees, bus access and plenty of parking. We are thrilled to launch a long-term connection with The Esquimalt Gorge Park Pavilion (map here and background here), at 1070 Tillicum Road just south of the Gorge, and to honour the legacy and cultural contributions of Canada’s Japanese community. We will use the 3000-square-foot "stunning second floor banquet/reception hall with breathtaking cedar beams and panoramic views of the Gorge Waterway." (There's an elevator to reach the second floor.)


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Wednesday Evening Sing-In Events!

Click here to Register for Cathy & Dick's weekly Wednesday Evening Sing-In, 7:00–8:30pm Pacific Time. You will receive an email with instructions on connecting to the event, and an updated link and password in the hours before each Sing-In. See more details on the GHC info page.

High Noon Choir Continues on Zoom, Tuesdays!

During this time of required physical distancing due to COVID-19, High Noon Choir has moved to the Zoom platform, with sessions led by Dick Jackson and Siobhan Robinsong. All are welcome! Click here to Register for the weekly Tuesday High Noon Choir sessions, 12:00–1:15pm Pacific Time! You will receive an email with instructions on connecting to the event, and an updated link and password each Tuesday morning. See more details on the High Noon Choir info page.

For our drop-in Wednesday Evening Sing-Ins and High Noon Choir, you need to register, but there is not a set fee—we want you singing with us! And if you feel that you can offer to contribute, the way you would for a movie or a yoga class, your gift will be gratefully received.
(Note: we are not a registered charity):

or by Interac™ e-Transfer (no security question needed) to:
address for e-Transfer payments

Recent items in the media…

… about our online singing seasons and the plans leading up to the "Voices Rising" concert:

GHC News!

Recent Concert Videos

Videos from recent concerts are now all up on YouTube:


“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

A Testimonial from a First-Time GHC Singer

Hi Cathy and Dick,

I really enjoyed my first experience with the choir and I owe it to both of you.

Your passion and enthusiasm for the choir is amazing. My experience from your friendly welcome at my first night orientation session to the finale at the concert was wonderful.

Whenever doubts were starting to settle in and cause me to question if I actually belonged in the choir your enthusiasm and humour erased those doubts and I persevered. Originally, I had not planned to sing in the concert. Thought I might be in the audience the first time. Again, because of your commitment and passion I decided I should see the whole process to the end and sing in the concert. After the sectionals and the extra practices I could remember all the songs and I knew that I could be part of the concert. I’m so glad that I did see it through to the end. I enjoyed every moment yesterday. It was a memorable day.

I’m so looking forward to the next choir session.

[…]

Thank you so much.

— [Name withheld by request]
January 26, 2020