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Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir

Good Noise VIP Young Artist Program


Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir Gail Suderman, Artistic Director

For over a decade, Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir has been bringing its signature sound to soldout audiences throughout Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Invited to perform alongside acclaimed artists such as Barbra Streisand, Holly Cole, David Foster and Josh Groban, Vancouver’s “go-to” gospel choir has also shared the concert stage with well-known gospel, blues and jazz performers such as Jim Byrnes, Daniel Lapp, Dee Daniels and John Lee Sanders. In addition to its regular concert season, the choir has appeared in television specials on CBC television, Bravo and Knowledge Networks as well as annual performances on Global TV and City TV. Good Noise was recently featured in a nationally televised concert performance on Vision TV entitled “Gospel To Go”. In addition to concert and festival engagements, the choir has also performed many benefit performances for charitable organizations including: BC Cancer Agency,

Gail Suderman Artistic Director Canadian Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, The Bochabello Project for HIV/Aids care in Africa, Soles for Souls, the Christmas Wish Foundation and Life Bridge Ministries. Under the artistic direction of Gail Suderman, the 90 voice gospel choir provides an opportunity for singers to perform a wide range of dynamic gospel and popular music on concert and festival stages, in churches and for annual televised performances. Good Noise has a membership that includes singers from across the Lower Mainland, from the North Shore to Abbotsford and every city and town in between. Members of the choir come from a diversity of faith traditions (or none at all) sharing a common love of singing high caliber gospel and popular music. The choir is in residence at one of downtown Vancouver’s finest historic venues, Christ Church Cathedral.

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As Artistic Director of Good Noise Vancouver Gospel choir, Gail has drawn on both her classical and academic musical studies as well as her long-time love of many styles of contemporary music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Pop Music. Gail began her formal music education at age 5, studying piano. From a young age, Gail pursued a two-path musical life, studying classical piano and learning all she could about gospel music, listening to and performing the music of Andraé and Sandra Crouch, Danniebelle Hall, the Hawkins family, and many others. During her teenage years, Gail introduced many people to the gospel music of the day as well as using her classical training extensively, accompanying instrumentalists and singers and winning awards for both solo piano and accompanying. It was while accompanying singers in recital and for festivals that Gail realized her love of the voice. Wanting to study voice herself, Gail was accepted into several post-secondary voice programs, ultimately deciding to attend the University of Victoria as a voice performance major, initially studying with Jean Letourneau and then for several years with Canadian baritone, Bernard Turgeon. Gail received a number of scholarships and awards - the President’s scholarship for undergraduate studies, a winner of the University concerto competition, and at the graduate level was awarded a teaching assistantship in conducting and a fellowship for graduate studies in Voice Performance. After several years of singing professionally in Opera and Oratorio, Gail began her teaching career, developing an award winning Choral and Voice program at Gladstone Secondary School in Vancouver. During her time teaching high school music, Gail was featured in the Vancouver Sun by Music Columnist Lloyd Dykk as one of the top music educators in British Columbia. After thirteen years teaching high school, Gail was offered a position teaching voice and choral music at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where she is currently Director of Voice and Choral Studies. Having built two successful programs for vocal music at both the high school and university level, it is only natural that as an expansion of the Good Noise mandate, Gail has created the Good Noise VIP Young Artist Program. Providing opportunities for young people to develop their talent and sing in performance continues to be a priority for Gail and she is delighted that Good Noise will now play a key role in creating several unique opportunities through this new program.


Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir Gail Suderman, Artistic Director

For over a decade, Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir has been bringing its signature sound to soldout audiences throughout Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Invited to perform alongside acclaimed artists such as Barbra Streisand, Holly Cole, David Foster and Josh Groban, Vancouver’s “go-to” gospel choir has also shared the concert stage with well-known gospel, blues and jazz performers such as Jim Byrnes, Daniel Lapp, Dee Daniels and John Lee Sanders. In addition to its regular concert season, the choir has appeared in television specials on CBC television, Bravo and Knowledge Networks as well as annual performances on Global TV and City TV. Good Noise was recently featured in a nationally televised concert performance on Vision TV entitled “Gospel To Go”. In addition to concert and festival engagements, the choir has also performed many benefit performances for charitable organizations including: BC Cancer Agency,

Gail Suderman Artistic Director Canadian Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, The Bochabello Project for HIV/Aids care in Africa, Soles for Souls, the Christmas Wish Foundation and Life Bridge Ministries. Under the artistic direction of Gail Suderman, the 90 voice gospel choir provides an opportunity for singers to perform a wide range of dynamic gospel and popular music on concert and festival stages, in churches and for annual televised performances. Good Noise has a membership that includes singers from across the Lower Mainland, from the North Shore to Abbotsford and every city and town in between. Members of the choir come from a diversity of faith traditions (or none at all) sharing a common love of singing high caliber gospel and popular music. The choir is in residence at one of downtown Vancouver’s finest historic venues, Christ Church Cathedral.

goodnoisevgc.com

As Artistic Director of Good Noise Vancouver Gospel choir, Gail has drawn on both her classical and academic musical studies as well as her long-time love of many styles of contemporary music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Pop Music. Gail began her formal music education at age 5, studying piano. From a young age, Gail pursued a two-path musical life, studying classical piano and learning all she could about gospel music, listening to and performing the music of Andraé and Sandra Crouch, Danniebelle Hall, the Hawkins family, and many others. During her teenage years, Gail introduced many people to the gospel music of the day as well as using her classical training extensively, accompanying instrumentalists and singers and winning awards for both solo piano and accompanying. It was while accompanying singers in recital and for festivals that Gail realized her love of the voice. Wanting to study voice herself, Gail was accepted into several post-secondary voice programs, ultimately deciding to attend the University of Victoria as a voice performance major, initially studying with Jean Letourneau and then for several years with Canadian baritone, Bernard Turgeon. Gail received a number of scholarships and awards - the President’s scholarship for undergraduate studies, a winner of the University concerto competition, and at the graduate level was awarded a teaching assistantship in conducting and a fellowship for graduate studies in Voice Performance. After several years of singing professionally in Opera and Oratorio, Gail began her teaching career, developing an award winning Choral and Voice program at Gladstone Secondary School in Vancouver. During her time teaching high school music, Gail was featured in the Vancouver Sun by Music Columnist Lloyd Dykk as one of the top music educators in British Columbia. After thirteen years teaching high school, Gail was offered a position teaching voice and choral music at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where she is currently Director of Voice and Choral Studies. Having built two successful programs for vocal music at both the high school and university level, it is only natural that as an expansion of the Good Noise mandate, Gail has created the Good Noise VIP Young Artist Program. Providing opportunities for young people to develop their talent and sing in performance continues to be a priority for Gail and she is delighted that Good Noise will now play a key role in creating several unique opportunities through this new program.


Good Noise VIP Young Artist Program Voices in Performance

THE FOUR PROJECTS 1. Youth Choir Guest Artist Project Youth choirs from Metro Vancouver, both high school and community youth choirs, will be invited to perform as guest artists during the Good Noise concert season. Choirs will be given the opportunity to perform, highlighting the many outstanding choral programs throughout Metro Vancouver. The choirs will receive a fee from Good Noise for their performance in support of their school or community choir’s programs.

2. Good Noise Scholarship & Bursary Fund The choir recently celebrated its 10th anniversary season and with a desire to foster continued growth both in charitable outreach and in opportunities that promote community engagement, Good Noise is launching a new youth music education program, the “Good Noise VIP Young Artist Program” (VIP: Voices In Performance). Just as Good Noise is open to all regardless of faith tradition or religion, this new youth program requires no religious affiliation and is open to all young people who have a love of singing. The number of gospel choirs has grown significantly throughout North America, and along with community gospel choirs being established, notable colleges and universities in Canada such as York University and the University of Toronto have also expanded their music

ensemble offerings to include gospel choirs. Western Canada does not have designated youth gospel choirs, and with this one-of-a-kind gospel music young artist program, Good Noise will be providing an opportunity for young people to sing and perform exciting gospel music and as well, support continued studies in music education via the scholarship and bursary program. “Good Noise VIP Young Artist Program” will include four projects, two of which will be introduced during the 2014-2015 Concert Season, a third in 2015-2016 with the goal of establishing the fourth project, a youth gospel choir, as a result of the success of the first three.

Good Noise is launching a new scholarship and bursary fund for high school graduates in support of their continued music studies in college and/or university. Good Noise has designated an annual silent auction as a fundraiser for the scholarships/bursaries and will actively seek additional donations to build the fund in order to generate growth both in the value and number of the scholarships and bursaries. The silent auction is an event held at the choir’s annual fall choir retreat. Two scholarships of $750 each will be offered via established college and university music programs for incoming first year voice students who meet entrance and performance criteria. As the scholarship and bursary fund grows, the choir will offer additional scholarships and bursaries and/or an increase in the value of each scholarship.


Good Noise VIP Young Artist Program Voices in Performance

THE FOUR PROJECTS 1. Youth Choir Guest Artist Project Youth choirs from Metro Vancouver, both high school and community youth choirs, will be invited to perform as guest artists during the Good Noise concert season. Choirs will be given the opportunity to perform, highlighting the many outstanding choral programs throughout Metro Vancouver. The choirs will receive a fee from Good Noise for their performance in support of their school or community choir’s programs.

2. Good Noise Scholarship & Bursary Fund The choir recently celebrated its 10th anniversary season and with a desire to foster continued growth both in charitable outreach and in opportunities that promote community engagement, Good Noise is launching a new youth music education program, the “Good Noise VIP Young Artist Program” (VIP: Voices In Performance). Just as Good Noise is open to all regardless of faith tradition or religion, this new youth program requires no religious affiliation and is open to all young people who have a love of singing. The number of gospel choirs has grown significantly throughout North America, and along with community gospel choirs being established, notable colleges and universities in Canada such as York University and the University of Toronto have also expanded their music

ensemble offerings to include gospel choirs. Western Canada does not have designated youth gospel choirs, and with this one-of-a-kind gospel music young artist program, Good Noise will be providing an opportunity for young people to sing and perform exciting gospel music and as well, support continued studies in music education via the scholarship and bursary program. “Good Noise VIP Young Artist Program” will include four projects, two of which will be introduced during the 2014-2015 Concert Season, a third in 2015-2016 with the goal of establishing the fourth project, a youth gospel choir, as a result of the success of the first three.

Good Noise is launching a new scholarship and bursary fund for high school graduates in support of their continued music studies in college and/or university. Good Noise has designated an annual silent auction as a fundraiser for the scholarships/bursaries and will actively seek additional donations to build the fund in order to generate growth both in the value and number of the scholarships and bursaries. The silent auction is an event held at the choir’s annual fall choir retreat. Two scholarships of $750 each will be offered via established college and university music programs for incoming first year voice students who meet entrance and performance criteria. As the scholarship and bursary fund grows, the choir will offer additional scholarships and bursaries and/or an increase in the value of each scholarship.


How Can You Get Involved In The Young Artist Program? 3. Voices in Performance – A Concert Experience (Two options) Option #1 Each season Good Noise hosts a gospel music workshop and concert weekend during Black History Month. Between 60-70 community participants join with the choir to form the “Hallelujah Praise Mass Gospel Choir” of approximately 140-150 members, learn music in a workshop setting and then perform in concert at the conclusion of the weekend. Good Noise is expanding this workshop/concert opportunity and inviting between 10-15 high school-age students to join the choir for the months of January and February, attending the choir’s rehearsals, learning music with the choir in preparation for the Black History Month concert and then singing in concert with Good Noise. Students who are selected to sing with the choir will have their workshop fee waived. In addition to the opportunity to expand musical knowledge in both gospel and popular music genres, the students will also learn about the significant role music played in relation to African-Canadian and African-American history, both in the historic context of the abolishment of slavery as well as the impact of music during the Civil Rights Movement.

Option #2 Good Noise will host a dedicated gospel music workshop just for young people/youth choirs. This would be a workshop designed exclusively for high school and youth choirs to come together to learn about the history of gospel music and its influence on popular music genres such as Rhythm and Blues,Popular music, the music of Motown, Folk music, etc. as well as be introduced to gospel solo improvisation. A performance may be included as part of the Option #2 workshop.

4. Good Noise Youth Gospel Choir By establishing the opportunity to introduce young people to quality gospel and popular music through the “Youth Choir Guest Artist Project” and “Voices in Performance – A Concert Experience”, Good Noise is looking to generate enough interest over the next two concert seasons for the launch of the “Good Noise Youth Gospel Choir.” Many young singers have the opportunity to sing one or two gospel music arrangements in their high school and community youth choirs along with the varied classical, ethnic and folk repertoire they perform. Good Noise is looking to establish a youth choir and provide an opportunity for young people who love to sing gospel and popular music to perform on a regular basis.

FOR HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC TEACHERS: If you are a high school music teacher and think your students would enjoy the opportunity to explore the songs and rich history of gospel music, please feel free to contact Gail Suderman, Artistic Director at gail@goodnoisevgc.com to discuss options for your students, including workshops and performances.

FOR FRIENDS AND FANS OF GOSPEL MUSIC: We invite you to donate to Good Noise in support of the Young Artist Program. Your donations will assist young people in their educational journey via our scholarship program and also provide exciting workshop and performance opportunities that will broaden their musical and vocal knowledge.

FOR CORPORATIONS AND BUSINESSES: We invite you to consider becoming an official sponsor of the Good Noise VIP Young Artist Program, by providing both financial support and being a part of the continued vitality and growth of the arts in the greater community. The young people of today will play a significant role in maintaining and building the musical and artistic life of the future communities and we value your contributions in helping to make this possible. Join us as we work to play a significant role in the musical lives of our youth. If you have any questions, or would like to become involved in supporting the Good Noise VIP Young Artist Program, we would love to hear from you.

CONTACT: Gail Suderman, Artistic Director gail@goodnoisevgc.com Allan Cathcart, Vice President allan@goodnoisevgc.com Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir is a registered charity, Charitable No. 80595 0888 RR0001


How Can You Get Involved In The Young Artist Program? 3. Voices in Performance – A Concert Experience (Two options) Option #1 Each season Good Noise hosts a gospel music workshop and concert weekend during Black History Month. Between 60-70 community participants join with the choir to form the “Hallelujah Praise Mass Gospel Choir” of approximately 140-150 members, learn music in a workshop setting and then perform in concert at the conclusion of the weekend. Good Noise is expanding this workshop/concert opportunity and inviting between 10-15 high school-age students to join the choir for the months of January and February, attending the choir’s rehearsals, learning music with the choir in preparation for the Black History Month concert and then singing in concert with Good Noise. Students who are selected to sing with the choir will have their workshop fee waived. In addition to the opportunity to expand musical knowledge in both gospel and popular music genres, the students will also learn about the significant role music played in relation to African-Canadian and African-American history, both in the historic context of the abolishment of slavery as well as the impact of music during the Civil Rights Movement.

Option #2 Good Noise will host a dedicated gospel music workshop just for young people/youth choirs. This would be a workshop designed exclusively for high school and youth choirs to come together to learn about the history of gospel music and its influence on popular music genres such as Rhythm and Blues,Popular music, the music of Motown, Folk music, etc. as well as be introduced to gospel solo improvisation. A performance may be included as part of the Option #2 workshop.

4. Good Noise Youth Gospel Choir By establishing the opportunity to introduce young people to quality gospel and popular music through the “Youth Choir Guest Artist Project” and “Voices in Performance – A Concert Experience”, Good Noise is looking to generate enough interest over the next two concert seasons for the launch of the “Good Noise Youth Gospel Choir.” Many young singers have the opportunity to sing one or two gospel music arrangements in their high school and community youth choirs along with the varied classical, ethnic and folk repertoire they perform. Good Noise is looking to establish a youth choir and provide an opportunity for young people who love to sing gospel and popular music to perform on a regular basis.

FOR HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC TEACHERS: If you are a high school music teacher and think your students would enjoy the opportunity to explore the songs and rich history of gospel music, please feel free to contact Gail Suderman, Artistic Director at gail@goodnoisevgc.com to discuss options for your students, including workshops and performances.

FOR FRIENDS AND FANS OF GOSPEL MUSIC: We invite you to donate to Good Noise in support of the Young Artist Program. Your donations will assist young people in their educational journey via our scholarship program and also provide exciting workshop and performance opportunities that will broaden their musical and vocal knowledge.

FOR CORPORATIONS AND BUSINESSES: We invite you to consider becoming an official sponsor of the Good Noise VIP Young Artist Program, by providing both financial support and being a part of the continued vitality and growth of the arts in the greater community. The young people of today will play a significant role in maintaining and building the musical and artistic life of the future communities and we value your contributions in helping to make this possible. Join us as we work to play a significant role in the musical lives of our youth. If you have any questions, or would like to become involved in supporting the Good Noise VIP Young Artist Program, we would love to hear from you.

CONTACT: Gail Suderman, Artistic Director gail@goodnoisevgc.com Allan Cathcart, Vice President allan@goodnoisevgc.com Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir is a registered charity, Charitable No. 80595 0888 RR0001


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