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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.

New: Online Sing-In Events!

These days, the choir has their practices with the use of Zoom online meeting technology, and we now also have Online Sing-In events open to all!—Singing starts every Wednesday at 7:30pm Pacific Time! See details on the GHC info page.

For our Technology Upgrades and our GHC Bursary Fund,
which helps us to welcome to our choir singers in financial need,
or for the Online High Noon Choir virtual "tip jar", your kind
donations are gratefully received (Note: we are not a registered charity):

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

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Check Out Our YouTube Channel with Concert Videos

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
online, using Zoom.

High Noon Choir News!

During this time of required social distancing due to the COVID-19, High Noon Choir has suspended activity for now.

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

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.

Enjoy your well deserved break. See you February 18th.

Thank you so much.

— [Name withheld by request]
January 26, 2020