Vision Chant

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sing the north logo circle 1Join SING THE NORTH to sing VISION CHANT by Manitoba Cree composer, Andrew Balfour.

This project is sung by STN – our founding SING THE NORTH choir.

Vision Chant is a piece for SSAATTBB a capella chorus that explores the concept of the journey, both physical and spiritual, that each of us takes as we pass through our time on earth.

Singers on our project will take weekly full-choir rehearsals and sectionals (all rehearsals recorded to watch at your leisure).

The project also includes a field trip on the STN Virtual Choir Tour Bus to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

All are welcome to join us to sing this beautiful and powerful composition.

Follow the link below to choose your price and join us this individual project, or purchase it at a discount with a STN Spring Pass or an All Spring Pass.

Fee includes your score, live weekly zoom rehearsals, field trip, and workshops, and a full set of materials to help you learn your part. 

Starts February 5, 2022

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Hear the Music

Vision Chant is a piece for SSAATTBB a capella chorus published by Cypress Choral Music that explores the concept of the journey, both physical and spiritual, that each of us takes as we pass through our time on earth.

Based upon and structured around an incessant Indigenous chant motif, the piece begins with an elaborate vocal flourish on the word ‘babamadizwin’, which means ‘journey’ in Ojibway.

Part of a larger work by Andrew Balfour titled ‘Bawajigaywin’, which was commissioned by the Kingston Chamber Choir, Vision Chant is a haunting three-part work, as powerful to hear as it is to sing.

Framed with two elaborate vocal flourishes, we are lifted up and drawn into to the intense central section where we witness and experience the vision itself.

Meet Andrew Balfour

Of Cree descent, Winnipeg based composer Andrew Balfour is an innovative composer/conductor/singer/sound designer with a large body of choral, instrumental, electro-acoustic and orchestral works, including; ​Take the Indian ​(A Vocal reflection on Missing Children), Empire Étrange: ​The Death of Louis Riel, and Manitou Sky​-An orchestral tone poem.

Andrew is also the founder and Artistic Director of the innovative, 14-member vocal group Dead of Winter (formerly Camerata Nova), which has been singing a full season in Winnipeg for more than two decades.

With Dead of Winter, Andrew specializes in creating “concept concerts”, many with indigenous subject matter (​Wa Wa Tey Wak ​- Northern Lights, ​Medieval Inuit​ - Chant!​)​. These innovative offerings explore a theme through an eclectic array of music, including new works, arrangements and innovative inter-genre and interdisciplinary collaborations.

Andrew has become increasingly passionate about music education and outreach, particularly on northern reserves and inner city Winnipeg schools where he has worked on behalf of the National Arts Centre, Dead of Winter, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and various Winnipeg school divisions for the past eight years.

Andrew was Curator and Composer-in-Residence of the WSO’s Indigenous Festivals in 2009 and 2010 and in 2007 received the Mayor of Winnipeg’s Making a Mark Award, sponsored by the Winnipeg Arts Council to recognize the most promising midcareer artist in the City.

In 2017, he was awarded a Gold Medal by the Senate of Canada for his contribution to Canada’s indigenous and music communities.

Text Credit: Camerata Nova website.

Virtual Field Trip

Museum of Human Rights

As the first museum dedicated to human rights in the world, the Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg is “centred around the idea that respect and understanding of human rights can serve as a positive force for change in the world.”

Their mandate is to “explore the subject of human rights, with special but not exclusive reference to Canada, in order to enhance the public's understanding of human rights, to promote respect for others, and to encourage reflection and dialogue.”

Singers on our Vision Chant project will travel to Winnipeg for a special virtual tour of the Museum arranged for STN Choristers with two members of the museum’s curatorial and education team.

We hope you will join us to travel to this world-class museum to learn more about the important exhibitions currently on display and, through learning, and through witnessing, to participate in much-needed change.

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