We are atarting our fifth year as the Sarnia and District Community Choir after being dormant for some time. We are a non-auditioning choir and sing mainly four part harmony (SATB, soprano, alto, tenor, bass).
John Kaldeway volunteered to direct the choir after reading a plea from some past choir members in a newspaper article who wanted to start the choir once again. So in the fall of 2015 rehearsals started once again. Due to the growth of the choir, rehearsals are held at Redeemer Lutheran Church, in Sarnia, and are held on Thursday afternoons from mid September until mid May unless we need to deviate due to an engagement.
As stated, the choir is a non-auditioning choir. No musical background is required, but you must be able to carry a tune, we will teach you the music. All sheet music is supplied, but you must obtain your own binder. The dress code at rehearsals is very casual, but at outings we ask that you follow the dress code as agreed upon by the membership.
Our repertoire consists of a wide variety of music, primarily sacred, gospel, secular, old show tunes and light classical music. We sing at many area nursing and retirement homes to brighten the lives of others. The choir also presents and participate in concerts during the choir year, and sings at special church services and community events. All concert and engagement invitations that we receive are discussed and voted on by the membership of the choir. We strive to bring quality music to our audiences , and our goals are also to help others as many of our concerts are used to raise funds for needy organizations. We do have a membership fee to cover all costs associated with operating the choir
We invite you to sit in on a couple of rehearsals to see if you would enjoy to be a member of the group. We try to make rehearsals fun, but still strive at putting together a great program for all to enjoy.
Meet our director, John Kaldeway
born in Soest (Soestdijk), the Netherlands in 1947, John immigrated Canada in 1951 with his parents, brothers and sisters
settled in Sarnia, Ontario, attended primary and secondary school in that city
sang in Christian School Choir, the Soli Deo Gloria Choir, and the Sursum Corda Male Chorus as well as in a male quartet
served on the board of these choirs and due to his organizational skills was elected to president of these choirs for many terms.
organized concerts for organist Andre Knevel, Dutch pan-flautist Liselotte Rokyta, the Brouwer Brothers, trumpet players from Holland, the Dutch Voices, o.l.v. Loek van der Leeden, a 150 voice Dutch choir, Dutch organist Sander van Marion, a dutch youth choir, the Oosterhoutse Nachtegalen, Dutch pianist extraordinaire Jan Vayne, as well as other groups
formed a ladies group Sing For Joy, known for their unique sound
tirelessly started the rebuild of the defunct Con Spirito Choir with 17 members, and its interdenominational membership quickly reached 90 members, and the choir presented many concerts in Southern Ontario
produced a CD and organized and took the choir on a concert tour of Holland in 1995
was named director of the Rejoice In The Lord Choir, Strathroy
for major concerts the choirs were joined together under the name Friends In Concert, and the 110 voice combined interdenominational choir presented concerts in Ontario
three more CDs were produced and once again organized three more concert tours of Holland with Friends In Concert in 1999, 2003 and 2007
retired as director of Friends In Concert in 2008
formed a small mixed choir, the Joyful Praise Choir
now enthusiastically directs the Sarnia and District Community Choir
forever grateful to his wife for all her loving support, and also to all the superb accompanists that were part of the team over the years. A special thanks to his Heavenly Father, for without Him all this would not have been possible
Valerie Schmidt, accompanist
Valerie will begin her duties as accompanist for the choir in January,, 2020, and the choir is ready to welcome her with eager anticipation. Welcome Valerie!!!
More to come