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Congratulations Chamber Singers 2012-2013
Auditions for the MEI Chamber Singers are complete!  Congratulations to all the new members of Chamber Singers!  They are:

Soprano:       Marie Siemens, Meagan Engh, Olivia Moorhouse, Dona Park, Sophia Wang
Alto:               Julie Bulawka, Karina Bergen, Krista Alexander, Chelsea Pedersen               
Tenor:            Cayden Hong, Caleb Wee        
Bari/Bass:      Aaron Kornelsen, Nick Parker, Adam Dollinger, Matthew Wollf     


MEI Spring Choral Concert - May 31, 2011 (Tuesday - 7:00pm)

The MEI Choral Department is preparing for our annual Spring Choral Concert.  This spectacular concert will feature all the choirs at MEI including: the Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Renaissance Singers and Junior Chorale.  The choirs will all come together to create one huge finale choir that you won't want to miss.  We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, May 31st in the MEI Secondary Auditorium.  Admission is free!


MEI Concert Choir - Spring Tour 2011

The MEI Concert Choir is preparing for one of their annual tours, this time to beautiful Winnipeg, Manitoba.  The choir is participating in the CAMS Music Festival on April 7-10, 2011.  "CAMS" is the Canadian Association of Mennonite Schools.  The choir, along with other Mennonite high schools from across Canada, will participate in performances and rehearsals, featuring a finale concert on Sunday afternoon with performances by the mass choir of all the schools directed by guest conductor, Dr. Elroy Friesen from the University of Manitoba.


Renaissance Singers weekend festival to Nelson, BC

The MEI Renaissance Singers also have a weekend festival trip planned to Festival Nelson.  The choir is preparing festival repertoire and choreography for this fantastic event on April 28 to May 1.  The Renaissance Singers will also be performing at the Abbotsford Community Services Volunteer Luncheon on April 12.

 


Congratulations MEI Chamber Singers (Jazz Choir)

Congratulations to MEI's jazz choir, also known as, the MEI Chamber Singers, who participated in the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho at the end of February.  The choir competed in two categories: the open multi-mic category and the area mic category and was invited to perform on the Kibbie Dome mainstage in the Young Artists Concert, selected as the "Outstanding A Division Choir".

 


Congratulations Chamber Singers 2010-2011
Auditions for the MEI Chamber Singers are complete!  Congratulations to all the new members of Chamber Singers!  They are:

Soprano 1:     Sierra Nickel, Rachel Toews, Lisa Yaskow
Soprano 2:     Lexie Bergen, Bethany Caldwell, Emily Marazzi
Alto:               Annie Enns, Kendra Giesbrecht, Jisoo Kim, Tori Kornelsen,
                       Chelsea Novakowski, Jodie Wiens

Tenor:            Ryan Bae, Drew Bergen, Jesse Kaufman, Tyler Siemens
Baritone:        Josha Ho, Karl Reimer, Dawson Suderman
Bass:              David Dueckman, Jordan Regier


"Make a Gospel Noise"

A gospel music experience you won't want to miss.  Whether you take part in the singing experience
on Saturday, March 12 or join in a listen to the finale concert on Sunday, March 13.  Gail Suderman
instructs and leads with a fantastic band an all day workshop with the MEI choirs and CBC choir and
others that would like to take part, to learn some of the 'urban feel' and rhythm in gospel music. 
Please join us for the full day experience or just the concert!

 

 



 


MEI Concert Choir performs with Tenore (The Christian Tenors)


MEI Music Department - Spring Tour 2010

 

Anaheim, California; April 13-20

Anaheim Heritage Music Festival
      (Razzberry Jam & Chamber Singers)
                Fullerton College - Fullerton, CA (Orange County)
Heritage Festival of Gold - Anaheim  
      (Concert Band, Concert Choir & Chamber Singers)
                Henry and Renée Segerstrom Concert Hall
                          Orange County Performing Arts Center - Costa Mesa, CA


Concert Choir, Concert Band, Chamber Singers, Razzberry Jam

Brief Itinerary:

Monday, April 12 - suitcase departure from MEI
Tuesday, April 13 - depart MEI 2:00 pm
                            flight to Anaheim from Seattle
                                AA #478 (departs 8:00 pm)
              Accomodations: Knott's Berry Farm Resort Hotel - Buena Park, CA (April 13-15)

Wednesday, April 14 - Knott's Berry Farm/Medieval Dinner
Thursday, April 15 - Options Day
Friday, April 16 - Change hotels today
                       - Biola/Azusa University Workshops
                       - Razzberry Jam Festival Performance - 3:00 pm
                       - Vocal Jazz (Chambers) Festival Performance - 4:30 pm
                             Anaheim Heritage Music Festival - Fullerton College
                      - Honor Choir/Super Band Rehearsals - 7:30 pm
               Accomodations: Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel - Costa Mesa, CA (April 16-20)
Saturday, April 17 - Honor Choir/Super Band Rehearsals - 8:00 am
                           - Concert Choir Clinic (Festival of Gold)
                           - "Jazz" Festival Awards Ceremony (Disney)
Sunday, April 18 - Honor Choir/Super Band Rehearsals - 8:00 am
                         - Combined Choir rehearsal - 10:30 am
                         - Concert Band Clinic (Festival of Gold) - 12:15 pm
                         - Chamber Singers Clinic (Festival of Gold) - 1:30 pm
                         - "Curtain Call Dinner Theater"
Monday, April 19 - Honor Choir/Super Band Rehearsals
                         - Concert Band Performance (10:30 am)
                         - Concert Choir Performance (12:15 pm)
                         - Chamber Singers Performance (1:30 pm)
                               "Festival of Gold" Performances
                               Henry and Renée Segerstrom Concert Hall 
                         - Honor Choir/Super Band Rehearsals
                         - Finale "Encore" Concert (Festival of Gold) (8:00 pm)
                                 Honor Choir/Super Band/Combined Choirs/Winning Groups/Awards
Tuesday, April 20 - flight from Anaheim to Seattle - 12:30 pm
                                  AA #459 (arrives 3:17 pm)
                          - arrive back at MEI - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, April 21 - suitcase arrival at MEI 


Tour 2010 - Concert Choir and Concert Band
The MEI music department is touring in Spring 2010 to Anaheim, California.  The Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Concert Band be performing at the Heritage "Festival of Gold" Music Festival and the Chamber Singers (Vocal Jazz) and Razzberry Jam will be performing at the Anaheim Heritage Music Festival.  See main page for itinerary details.


MEI Concert Choir performs with "The Christian Tenors" in January


Ben Heppner Gala Concert
The MEI Chamber Singers performed along with internationally renowned opera tenor, Ben Heppner, in a gala MEI Chamber Singers with Ben Heppnerconcert held April 25, 2009 at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver.  The evening, "Honouring our Mennonite Heritage" was directed by Larry Nickel and featured many groups including the Festival Orchestra led by Calvin Dyck, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the MEI Chamber Singers and the Pacific Mennonite Children's Chorus. The MEI Chamber Singers performed two numbers alone before being joined by the Vancouver Chamber Choir for two a cappella numbers with Mr. Heppner.  He continued with a number of highlight opera arias along with the orchestra and capping off the evening with an arrangement of "How Great Thou Art" including PMCC, Vancouver Chamber Choir, MEI Chamber Singers and the Festival Orchestra.

 

 

 

 


Congratulations Chamber Singers 2009-2010
Auditions for the MEI Chamber Singers are complete!  Congratulations to all the new members of Chamber Singers!  They are:

Soprano 1:     Cara Friesen, Justine Davis, Ashley Hiebert
Soprano 2:     Lexie Bergen, Carlee Lewis
Alto:                Hannah Marazzi, Liana Esau, Jisoo Kim, Allie Driedger, Jessika Wiebe
Tenor:            Joel Patillo, Ryan Bae, Ryan Gienger
Baritone:        Ajay Klassen, Brayden Eshuis, David Dueckman
Bass:              John Altenmueller, Stephen Jackson


New Addition of Second Chamber Singers group for 2009-2010 - The "Bel Canto Singers"
Auditions for the MEI Chamber Singers are complete and there are so many strong singers we have two groups this year!  Congratulations to all the new members of our second Chamber Singers!  They are:

Soprano 1:     Charissa Halpenny, Sierra Nickel, Marie Siemens, Lisa Yaskow
Soprano 2:     Bethany Caldwell, Jess Enns, Cherise Loewen, Emily Marazzi, Emily Thiessen
Alto:                Jaspreet Bajwa, Stephanie Driedger, Annie Enns, Kendra Giesbrecht,
                        Karmila Harder, Tori Kornelson, Chelsea Novakowski

Tenor:             Drew Bergen, Jesse Kaufman, Harley Loewen, Tyler Siemens, Doug Wall
Baritone:        Benji Enns, Aaron Kornelson, Jordan Regier, Karl Reimer, Dawson Suderman
Bass:              Garrett Eshuis, Josha Ho, Stephan Smith



Ben Heppner Gala Concert
The MEI Chamber Singers performed along with internationally renowned opera tenor, Ben Heppner, in a gala MEI Chamber Singers with Ben Heppnerconcert held April 25, 2009 at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver.  The evening, "Honouring our Mennonite Heritage" was directed by Larry Nickel and featured many groups including the Festival Orchestra led by Calvin Dyck, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the MEI Chamber Singers and the Pacific Mennonite Children's Chorus. The MEI Chamber Singers performed two numbers alone before being joined by the Vancouver Chamber Choir for two a cappella numbers with Mr. Heppner.  He continued with a number of highlight opera arias along with the orchestra and capping off the evening with an arrangement of "How Great Thou Art" including PMCC, Vancouver Chamber Choir, MEI Chamber Singers and the Festival Orchestra.

 


 

Congratulations Chamber Singers - "Outstanding A Choir"!
Our MEI Chamber Singers performed in two vocal jazz categories at the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival in Idaho on February 27, 2009 and won "Outstanding A Choir", resulting in a fantastic reprise of one of their songs on the Winner's Stage later that night.  Congratulations to all the singers on your performance as well as a great trip.


Tour 2010 - Concert Choir and Concert Band
The MEI music department is holding a meeting for all parents of Concert Band and Concert Choir members regarding our Spring Tour.  It will be held on Monday, September 28 @ 7:00 pm.  An email will be sent out and a letter sent home with students this week.  This is later than our original date to allow more time for everyone to make arrangements to attend. 


"The Music Man" - Congratulations on an amazing series of shows!
"The Music Man" closed with a fantastic series of final performances at the beginning of May!  Congratulations to all the performers and crew who were instrumental in making this a great run.  Thanks, as well, to all the parent support and volunteers!


Chamber Singers look forward to spectacular 2008-2009 Season
This year's MEI Chamber Singers are excited to be involved in some highlight events again.  Watch for us at many Christmas Concerts again, starting with their 4th annual appearance on the float in the Roger's Santa Claus Parade (Sun. Dec. 7), which will be televised over Christmas, and including an afternoon of entertaining in the chalet at the top of the lift on Grouse Mountain, at the annual "Peak at Christmas" celebrations on Sat. Dec. 13.  They'll join in again with the MEI Concert Choir at another "Christmas at the Chan" Concert with the Trinity Western University Choirs and orchestra directed by Dr. Wes Janzen.  Some spring highlights will include a defense of their "Outstanding Choir" award at the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival in Idaho in February and a once in a lifetime opportunity to be featured in an MEI performance with a Canadian man, who is considered to be the world's most prolific and finest dramatic operatic tenor, Ben Heppner, in a gala performance with orchestra at the Wall Centre in Vancouver on April 25th, 2008.  Find out more about this phenomenal Canadian artist, his Vancouver roots and his performance schedule at: http://www.benheppner.com/


Congratulations MEI Music Department - New York City Tour 2008
Congratulations to the MEI Music Department on an outstanding set of performances at the New York City Heritage Music Festival at the beginning of May.  The adjudicators awarded our school with the event's top overall prize called the "Festival Sweepstakes Award", given to the school that gains the highest combined score from a band, a choir and one other performance group (band or choir).

In addition to this top award, MEI's students were recognized for numerous other performances.  These include three "Adjudicator's Awards" for Vocal Jazz, Concert Choir and Razzberry Jam (gold rating of 95+ for choirs and gold rating of 90+ for bands), an award for "Outstanding Band" for Razzberry Jam, a gold rating for all five categories we performed in - Concert Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Chamber Choir and Vocal Jazz (90+ for choirs and 86+ for bands).

Congratulations to all the student performers! 


Envision Twilight Concert Series
 

The MEI Concert Band, Concert Choir and Chamber Singers are featured on Wednesday, June 3rd at the Mission Heritage Park.  (see attached link)

Twilight Concert Series kicks-off June 3
BCLocalNews - Mission City Record


Auditions for the MEI Spring Musical
Auditons will take place the week of November 17-21 for the cast of this year's musical, "The Music Man".  Audition materials will be available from Mrs. Froese on Friday, November 7.  Get your materials early and sign up for an audition time slot.


MEI Concert Choir sings anthem at Chilliwack Bruins game
On Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 the 44 voice Concert Choir sang "O Canada" to start the WHL game between the hometown Chilliwack Bruins and the Lethbridge Hurricanes.


Congratulations Chamber Singers 2008-2009
Auditions for the MEI Chamber Singers are complete!  Congratulations to all the new members of Chamber Singers!  They are:

Soprano 1:     Kelly Wall, Lauren Hills
Soprano 2:     Cara Friesen, Charmaine Wee, Lexie Bergen
Alto:               Hannah Marazzi, Liana Esau, Courtney Duffels, Brittney Hensman, Jessika Wiebe
Tenor:            Caleb Giesbrecht, Joel Patillo, Gideon Caldwell, Ryan Gienger
Baritone:        Ajay Klassen, Brayden Eshuis
Bass:              Jason Suderman, Stephen Jackson


Rehearsals begin on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 7:00 am, and continue on Tuesdays and Fridays.  No rehearsal on Friday, Oct. 10 (Pro-D).


Chamber Singers and Renaissance Singers Auditions
Listen for announcements in the daily bulletin and for posters, as auditions for the two MEI chamber groups will be held from September 18 - 26.  Friday is the last day for auditions.  Materials will be available from Mr. Wedel. 

Students must be currently enrolled in one of MEI's music classes to be eligible for these two groups.  Eligible prerequisite groups are: Music/Drama 9, Band 9, Choir 10, Concert Choir 11 or 12, Concert Band 10, 11 or 12.


Abbotsford Police Challenge Run - Sat. Sep. 20th, 2008
Watch out for MEI's 2008-2009 version of the MEI Concert Choir at Abbotsford's annual Police Challenge Run on Saturday, September 20th.  Join us at the starting line on Trethewey Street to cheer on hundreds of runners, where you can join in with the choir in a rousing rendition of "O Canada" at 8:55 am.  Stick around to watch the runners cross the finish line and participate in the program following the run at 9:45 am, where the MEI Concert Choir will be featured with a package of songs, as well as dance groups, local radio celebrities and other entertainment.  You'll find us singing on the Main Stage in Thunderbird Plaza, outside the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium off Trethewey Street.

 

 

 

 

MEI Chamber Singers performing on City TV Breakfast Television

Click on the link to see the many "interesting" and "funny" segments that the Chamber
Singers were a part of on City TV's Breakfast Television on Thursday, December 2.

http://video.citytv.com/video/detail/695890502001.000000/mei-choir-brought-joy-to-bt/ 
 


Santa's Secret Warehouse - Open Media Day for the Rogers Santa Claus Parade

The MEI Chamber Singers were guests of Santa's in his secret warehouse, where all the floats are
built for the Rogers Santa Claus Parade.  Greg Harper and City TV Breakfast Televisions Live Eye

were on site with the Chamber Singers to promote the parade in a number of segments on Wednesday, December 1.

http://video.citytv.com/video/detail/694556689001.000000/santa-claus-parade-sneak-peek/