Wendolin Pazitka-Munroe has led the Burman University and Parkview Adventist Academy Choral Union for the past 40 years. Image submitted.

Renowned choir to perform in Vernon

Vernon Seventh-day Adventists host Burman University and Parkview Adventist Academy Choral Union

An internationally celebrated youth choir from Central Alberta is performing at Vernon’s Seventh-day Adventist Church Friday, March 10.

The Burman University and Parkview Adventist Academy Choral Union is touring B.C. and northwestern U.S. to say thank you to the thousands of individuals who have supported, or have been members of the choir the past 40 years. It is also a chance for choir director Dr. Wendolin Pazitka-Munroe, who will be retiring later this spring, to say goodbye.

“The Burman University/Parkview Adventist Academy Choral Union is thrilled to be able to tour beautiful B.C. and the U.S. Northwest this March. Many of our members over the years call British Columbia home. In addition, we are eager to enjoy the renowned hospitality and generosity of the people who live there,” said Pazitka-Munroe, who founded the choir in 1977.

The choral union not only performs locally but travels all over world. Highlights include a 2008 trip to Beijing, China, to sing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with a massed choir of more than 450 singers as part of China’s pre-Olympic celebrations, and New York City’s Carnegie Hall as part of the choir’s eastern Canada/U.S. tour.

The choir also participated in an international choral festival in Greece in the summer of 2012.

Friday’s concert starts at 7:30 p.m. The Vernon Seventh-day Adventist Church is located at 1804 45th Ave. Admission is free. For more information, visit burmanu.ca/choir

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