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What is Sing The North?

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How do I join the choir?

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How does it all happen?

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What is Sing The North?

SING THE NORTH is a global virtual choir based in Canada that welcomes singers from all around the world.

We run projects designed to lift people out of isolation, to bring them together into community with people beyond their region, and to raise their voices safely in harmony with music-lovers across the globe.

Through our series of concerts, each located virtually in a different geographical area of Canada, we aim to carry our singers off on a choral odyssey like no other. We invite you to come on tour with us, to travel musically and geographically across the vast and inspiring landscape that Northerners call home.

SING THE NORTH boldly sings as a global force across musical, cultural, linguistic, and national boundaries.

Inspired by the colossal, changeable, and sometimes dangerous geography that hosts but challenges those who live in Northern regions, we sing in friendship, but with an urgency to harmonise – to come together, to sing out, to hear others, to celebrate, and to learn.

Everyone is welcome to SING THE NORTH, whatever your background, wherever you may live around the world.

Hear the land, learn your part, raise your voice, harmonise.

SING THE NORTH welcomes you.

Join the Choir!

Welcome to SING THE NORTH – you are very welcome in the choir!

To join our choir tour, simply browse the X-Canada tour or Choir School pages and register for any of our concert projects or courses.

Once you have registered, you will receive a welcome email containing your login information, which will take you to the singing membership part of this website.

There you will have your own personal account, where you will find everything you need to join us and sing.

For Concert Projects, this includes your score, practice tracks, sound files, technical guides, and a video archive of all live sessions. You can even access our Zoom Rehearsal Room – a virtual building that changes its look for every new concert location – right here in your STN home.

The Rehearsal Room doubles as the Bus Depot for our famous Field Trips on the STN Virtual Tour Bus. The bus spirits the choir away to distant mountaintops, the vast Arctic tundra, to remote settlements, and even under rivers, where we visit a region, historical site, or person who will give us a deeper understand of the music we are singing.

For Choir School Courses, we meet at The Cabin – our virtual home in the Canadian wilderness where you gather, learn, and sing as loudly as you like!

All are welcome!

Everyone is welcome to join SING THE NORTH, wherever you may be across Canada or around the world.

Bring your Choir

We also welcome applications from choirs wanting to partner with us as STN Feature Choirs. Features choirs get their own personal showcase page on the STN site and are eligible for significant discounts. Follow this link to learn about becoming an STN Feature Choir. We look forward to singing with you!

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The SING THE NORTH Team

Kathryn Whitney

Artistic Director & Conductor

Born in Alberta and raised on Vancouver Island, Kathryn founded SING THE NORTH in response to the pandemic, when she was trapped abroad and longing for home. She is the STN director, principal conductor, administrator, and videographer. To learn more, visit Kathryn’s website, or better yet, join SING THE NORTH!

Angie Reichenbach

Choir School Instructor

Angie is a singer, singing teacher, and was a music teacher with the Ontario School District for 27 years. Also a member of the Mississauga Choral Society, and the Self-Isolation Choir, Angie manages the STN Facebook page and runs our social events with fellow STN socialites Lori Myers and Katharina Urbschat.

Warren Cathro

Graphic Designer

Warren is a graphic designer specializing in branding and packaging design in the beer and spirits industries, bath and body care, professional services and the not-for-profit sectors. He designed the Sing the North Logo, Virtual Choir Tour Bus, and oversees the strong visual identity of the choir. Find Warren at Thro’ Creative and on Instagram.

Dr Sam Stadlen

Audiographer

A viol player, cellist, musicologist, sound engineer, and videographer, Sam has been a member of Fretwork since 2015. He runs the recording company Stadlen Productions and the Music Minus One site, ConsortPlayer.com. Professor of Viol Consorts at the Royal College of Music in London, Sam works his very special magic on the sound of our STN videos.

Andy Rice

Head of Marketing & Communication

Andy’s lifelong passion for the creative arts led him toward a Bachelor of Music degree in 2012. After several years gathering ‘street smarts’ as an educator, journalist and touring musician, he’s become in demand as an arts administrator, racking up formidable Air Miles through his work with the BC Choral Federation, Townsite Jazz Festival, PRISMA Festival & Academy, Canadian Chamber Choir, and more.

Shannon Lythgoe

STN Administrator

Shannon is a singer, graphic designer, and STN’s chief administrator. The Marketing Director of the Elektra Women’s Choir, and former Executive Director of the Nelson & District Arts Council, she has quickly become indispensible to SING THE NORTH, where she applies her seemingly endless range of skills behind the scenes to keep the choir humming. Shannon is also a talented artisan and the proprietor of Jewel Box Caravan.

Anita Comba

Collaborative Pianist

A versatile musician based in Greater Vancouver, Anita is the Artistic Director of the Langley Community Chorus, pianist of Pandora’s Vox and the Espiritus Vocal Ensemble, and Vice-President of the BC Choral Federation. A chamber musician steeped in the choral tradition, Anita is the official pianist of SING THE NORTH. Meet Anita here!

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