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Grande Prairie Boys' Choir

The boys in the GPBC eagerly seek opportunities to gift their community with their offering of song. Since the inception of the first season of the choir eight years ago when director Jeannie Vanwynsberghe PernalJeannie Vanwynsberghe Pernal leads her Grande Prairie Boys\' Choir formed the group, the presence and activity of the choir has grown from its humble beginnings to currently boasting some of Grande Prairie's most ambitious performances while simultaneously playing host to among the city's highest-quality professional voice and performance training, all premised in the choir's founding principals reflected in the GPBC mission statement.

In the 2007/2008 season, in a one-of-a-kind collaboration, the boys' choir hosted and performed with Pro Coro Canada through the entire season, an accomplishment made possible through a $20,000 grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Pro Coro is an Edmonton-based professional choir, whose assistant conductor, Trent Worthington, Trent Worthingtonfirst became familiar with the GP Boys Choir when the group hosted his Pre Tenors, a tribute to the three tenors with a North America-wide touring presence, at a sold-out even in March of 2007. Since that event, Worthington worked with GPBC director, Jeannie Vanwynsberghe Pernal, to realize her dream of providing the boys with unparalleled vocal experience through the joint effort which included an October performance in Grande Prairie and Beaverlodge including all the boys' choirs. The GPBC's Men of Note group performed again with Pro Coro at the Winspear in Edmonton in May of 2009.

The Senior boys and Men of Note travelled to Edmonton in November where they have were invited to sing at the opening banquet of the Alberta School Board Trustee Conference. For their efforts, the boys also took part in an Edmonton Oilers game during their weekend excursion.

Work is also already underway for what has become one of Grande Prairie's most celebrated holiday-season events, the Christmas performance featuring the full choir as well as their fathers. This year's performance, Peace at Christmas, promises to build on the excitement and support of the entire community this event has enticed year after year.The Grande Prairie Boys Choir and their fathers in their annual Christmas performance

Other events are now in the final planning stages to round out the 2009 – 2010 season to follow on the success of last year and those previous. In an effort to continually provide the community with innovative ways of showcasing the talent of all levels of the 92-member choir, the 2007 season culminated in an elegant dinner-theatre production entitled Fantastic Finale, which delighted a sold-out show with solos, ensemble numbers, musical theater and a banquet served by the performers.

This followed a couple of events that helped shape both the professional development of the boys, and gave them life-learning experiences at the same time. In March of 2007, Vanwynsberghe Pernal and the choir hosted a five-day voice intensive training workshop with some of the province's most distinguished professionals in the industry for the senior boys and Men of Note. The boys rotated between intense sessions with Kim Mattice-Wanat and her team of voice specialists.

Mattice-Wanat is the founding director of Opera Nuova, of Edmonton, one of the leading training programs in the country. The boys' exposure to the program is considered by Pernal to be one of the most advantageous events of their vocal development.

Last season's events also included being asked to sing in the annual Remembrance Day ceremonies, an occasion that warmed the hearts of veterans and the boys alike.The boys perform during the Remembrance Day ceremonies

With each and every road trip and hometown performance, the boys' confidence in their ever-blossoming talent grows and expands, as does their desire to deliver joy through their song.

The growing organization surrounding and supporting today's boys' choir is a far cry from its humble roots as a small collection of boys' singing without even uniforms in the fall of 2000. But even in that first trial year, Vanwynsberghe Pernal entered her group of 22 boys in the local music festival where they received gold standing and were asked to sing at the gala performance. That single event led to a long-term collaborative effort between the festival adjudicator, Kim Mattice Wanat and the choir who regularly works with Mattice Wanat's aforementioned Opera Nuova. The collaboration allowed the boys to perform in the production of Amahl and the Night Visitors, a heart-warming Christmas tale. Mathieu Aubin, one of the original choristers was the lead, Amahl. The Grande Prairie performances of the show, conducted by Malcolm Forsyth, were met with enormous local enthusiasm selling out in all performances and inspiring a strong of further outstanding caliber events for local audiences.

In each year following, the number of boys and parents involved with the organization has grown exponentially, as has the amount of performances and festivals on as high as national levels as well as training and performance opportunities both in the immediate area and beyond. Over the years, the boys have had some truly golden opportunities of singing alongside some of the country's most high caliber of operatic and choral performers, and it is the wish of Vanwynsberghe Pernal, supported by each and every parent of a son in the choir, to continue to seek out occasions to enhance their vocal, and social, development.

By the 2003/2004 season, the choir now consisted of 54 boys and three levels! Three boys voices had changed and they formed a trio known as "Men of Note. During that pivotal year, the boys once again collaborated with Opera Nuova and expanded their performances to two operas in one of the city's largest facilities, the Grande Prairie Cardinal Centre for the Performing Arts Theatre. The junior boys sang in a repeat performance of Amahl and the Night Visitors, and the senior choir essential roles in the production of Once Upon a Christmas. Opera singers were flown in from all across Canada, and Malcolm Forsyth made the return trip to conduct. The events proved wildly successful with another two sold out performances drawing a substantially larger audience.

By January of 2005 word of the organization was creeping through the musical community in Alberta, and as a result, the boys were honoured to combine their talents with an obligation to help out when needed when they were invited to perform at the Winspear Centre with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in the Tsunami Relief Concert. The repertoire included the moving perfomances of And God Shall Wash Away All Tears as well as a performance of Pie Jesu. In that same year, the junior choir participated in a non- competitive choral festival called Choral Fest North in Edmonton, and took in both a children's symphony concert as well as the space science centre, equating in an educational and fun bonding trip for the boys and their families.

The cohesiveness of the choir by this point was showcased at the 2005 Grande Prairie Music Festival, wherein many boys performed solos, duets, trios, musical theatre numbers and choral pieces. The results were outstanding with a gold standing achieved in all but one category/entry. At the same time, Pernal has led the choir into the new world of musical theatre, where she discovered that not only could the boys sing but they could act extremely well as well. Since then, they have found many opportunities to broaden their experiences with acting as well.The boys have expanded their experiences to now include musical theatre

With provincial-level competitions and a growing buzz about the talent of both the boys and their leader, the organization has continued to grow in numbers and today relies heavily on the support of all parents of choir members to achieve its mission.

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