Shout Sister choir to bring the beat at annual concert
By Angelica Ingram
June 7, 2016
Whenever you see them performing, members of Shout Sister choir are dancing, clapping and most importantly, smiling.
The choir, now in its fifth year, offers those who are musically inclined and, more importantly, those who aren’t, the chance to share their love for music.
And that’s the most important part, says choir director Laurel McCauley.
“You do not have to be able to read music, we don’t audition, we don’t take attendance, we learn by ear,” said McCauley in regards to the informality of the choir.
Choir members have the ability to download music from a central website, meaning they can learn their parts to a song on an individual basis, taking some of the pressure off attendance or just performance nerves.
When it was launched, the choir had 24 members and has since grown to 42. There are no age limits and in fact, the choir offers a special mother/daughter rate, says McCauley.
Since forming, Shout Sister has done five fundraising concerts for the community, in the past donating to causes such as the Minden flood relief, Food for Kids and SIRCH.
This year the performance will be donating funds to the Haliburton Refugee Sponsorship Committee, which just recently learned they will be welcoming a family of 11 to the area sometime in the coming months.
The cause was selected by choir members, said McCauley.
Those who attend the concert can expect to hear popular music, with an emphasis on rhythm and blues.
“The composers that we are singing are from Leonard Cohen to Serena Ryder,” said McCauley. “It’s feel-good music.”
Shout Sister will be performing at the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion on Friday, June 17. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Master’s Bookstore in Haliburton, Organic Times in Minden or from any choir member.
New members are always welcome to join the choir. Shout Sister practises every Thursday evening at the Haliburton United Church from 7 to 9 p.m. They will resume practices in the fall.