The Pandora Chorus FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is The Pandora Chorus?

The Pandora Chorus is a non-auditioned indie pop rock choir, directed by Glenna Garramone. We make music together in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.  We typically work towards a concert at the end of each seasonal session (participation in the concert is optional, though encouraged).  There are usually between 60 and 70 singers registered per session.  Most songs are learned by ear, through call and response.  You do not need previous choir experience in order to sing with us, or the ability to read sheet music.  We welcome singers of all levels, and our members have really varied backgrounds... you may have sung in a choir for years, or you may have never sung in a group ever before... either way, you are welcome and you won't be alone!

 

When does The Pandora Chorus rehearse?

We rehearse weekly, on Wednesday evenings, from 7 to 9pm.  We operate in seasonal sessions which last between 12 and 15 weeks.  The current Winter 2018 session starts on Wednesday, January 10 and runs until Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

 

Where does The Pandora Chorus rehearse?

We rehearse at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (corner of Douglas Street and Broughton St., entrance at 643 Broughton St.) in downtown Victoria, BC. We rent this beautiful space and are not affiliated with the church, or any religion.

 

How do I join The Pandora Chorus?

You register for a seasonal session and pay one fee for the entire session.  The current Winter 2018 session starts on Wednesday, January 10 and runs until Wednesday, April 4, 2018, and the fee to register for all 13 weeks of rehearsals is $175.  We had a wonderful response to our first rehearsal of the season on Wednesday, January 10... so much so that we are almost at capacity in our venue!  If you are interested in joining The Pandora Chorus, please send me a message.

 

Can I just drop-in instead of registering?  I don't think I can make it to every rehearsal.

Participation in The Pandora Chorus requires a weekly commitment, for the duration of the session (between 12-15 weeks at a time).  We learn and build repertoire gradually and work towards a concert at the end of each session.  The structure of this choir works best when people are committed to the full session, so that the choir is cohesive and the attendance is predictable each week (approximately the same number of people in each section so that the sections are balanced). 

In the summer months we usually offer a drop-in choir bi-weekly, called Garden City Harmony.  Send me a message if you'd like to be added to the mailing list for that choir.
 
Missing a rehearsal or two in a session is do-able, as long as you are committed to catching up on learning parts on your own time (you will be able to access practice tracks and lyric pages upon registration).
 
If money is the only barrier for you, we offer lots of options to help folks participate regardless of income, including a work trade option, and it does still require the time commitment to be present at each rehearsal for the whole session.
 

What kinds of songs does The Pandora Chorus sing?

Over the years we've sung songs by these artists: Feist, Hozier, Bahamas, K'naan, The Head and The Heart, k-os, Gnarls Barkley, Cindy Lauper, Adele, U2, 4 Non Blondes, Bill Withers, Coldplay, Pharell Williams, James Bay, The Beatles, Kiesza, Kimbra, Serena Ryder, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes, Bonnie Tyler, Amber Run, The Killers, Foster The People, Shakey Graves, and many others.

You can also check out the videos on The Pandora Chorus page to get a sense of some of the songs we have sung.

 

Who started The Pandora Chorus?

The Pandora Chorus was founded by director Glenna Garramone, out of a desire to sing in harmony with other people on a regular basis, and is based on the concept that if a person can speak, they can sing.  Singing together is a source of health and happiness.   Glenna completed her Community Choir Leadership Training in 2011, and has over 20 years of experience as a performing musician.  When she's not directing the choir, she performs her own music, as well as performing regularly with Tower of Song (a Leonard Cohen Tribute) alongside Oliver Swain, and is the keyboard player and vocalist for Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long.  You can read more about Glenna's musical life here.

The choir is currently accompanied by Jeff Poynter on keyboard (with occasional guest accompaniment by others on guitar and/or keyboard).  Jeff is a member of the band West My Friend.