Andrew Mercer of Cod Gone Wild and the Okanagan Celtic Choir kick off their sixth season with an open house Wednesday, Sept. 13. (Wayne Emde photo)

Okanagan Celtic Choir marks sixth season

After five successful seasons of growth, the Okanagan Celtic Choir, under the direction of Cod Gone Wild’s Andrew Mercer, kicks off their 2017/2018 choir season Sept. 13 with an open house event.

New members or potential new members are invited to come by for a meet and greet and information session to see what the choir is all about. In particular, the choir is looking for male voices this year to round out the bass section of the choir.

Although musical ability is an asset, there is no expectation to be able to read music or have any choral experience.

“It is really more about sharing the gift of singing with one another and having fun doing it,” said Mercer, who is rounding out a busy summer touring with Cod Gone Wild. “I’m looking forward to getting back to a bit more of a routine and working with the choir once again this year, for what promises to be a fun and exciting season.”

This year, the choir will be performing at several engagements throughout the eight-month choir season, and they won’t have much time to get ready, as they will be performing their annual Christmas concert Dec. 15 at the Trinity United Church in Vernon.

The choir will also be performing again this year with Cod Gone Wild at a special St. Patrick’s Day performance in aid of the Sun FM Have a Heart Radiothon for the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation.

The Okanagan Celtic Choir will be meeting in Vernon Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. If unable to attend the open house Sept. 13, interested parties can still show up at the next rehearsal Sept. 20.

All interested male and female singers over the age of 16 should contact Mercer directly at andrew@codgonewild.com or at 250-307-1954 for more information and to reserve a spot for this year’s season. The open house will take place at the choir’s regular meeting place, the Church of Christ, 4107 Pleasant Valley Road, at 7 p.m.