NOCCA will present the final concert of the 2018-19 season, the Vox Humana Chamber Choir, on Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Centre.
This Victoria-based choir will be presenting a very special program created expressly for the Vernon concert comprised entirely of Canadian composers.
Vox Humana, which is Latin for human voice, is the name given to the organ stop that tries to emulate certain qualities of the singing voice. It is appropriate, then, that the name was first given to the choir by an organist and choral conductor, Sarah MacDonald. Now a Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge, and Director of Music of the choir there, MacDonald gave Vox Humana its name and its start as a project choir in Victoria in the 1990s, in the hope that someone would continue the choir once she left her native Canada.
Vox Humana has gone from a relatively small group of no more than 16 voices singing a cappella repertoire to a group of approximately 24 singers that frequently collaborates with soloists, small groups of instruments, other choirs, and full orchestras. Since 2004 they have been frequent guests of the Victoria Symphony.
Opening for Vox Humana is Angela Zeng, a 14-year-old, grade 9 student who attends Kalamalka Secondary School. She has been playing cello for seven years and studies with Morna Howie at the Vernon Community Music School. She has been playing with the Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra since she was nine years old and lots of chamber music with family members and friends at local senior centres. She goes to New Denver regularly to study cello performance with John Kadz and Johanne Perron. She plays at festivals in Kelowna, Kamloops, and Salmon Arm. She has been chosen to play at the B.C. Provincial Festival multiple times. Zeng earned runner-up in Provincial String Junior A category in 2017, and first place in Junior B in 2018. Recently she was invited to audition for the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She hopes to continue cello after high school and pursue it as a career. In her free time Zeng likes to do competitive swimming and play soccer.
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