The Pandora Chorus FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is The Pandora Chorus?

The Pandora Chorus is a non-auditioned indie pop rock choir, founded and 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 70 and 90 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!  The choir is accompanied by Brooke Maxwell, who is also a guest co-director from time to time.

When does The Pandora Chorus rehearse?

When in session, The Pandora Chorus rehearses weekly, on Wednesday evenings, from 7 to 9pm.  We operate in seasonal sessions which last between 11 and 16 weeks.  The Fall Session usually runs September to December, and the Winter/Spring Session runs January to April.  Our upcoming Winter 2020 Session will run from January 15 to April 22, 2020. 


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 a 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 fee for our Winter 2020 session is $225 ($215 early bird pricing if you register before December 20).  If you are interested in joining The Pandora Chorus, register online here.

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 11-16 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).

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.
 
In the summer months we usually offer Garden City Harmony, a drop-in choir experience.  We will be taking a break from Garden City Harmony for the Summer of 2019, and hope to return with another drop-in choir experience in the summer of 2020. 
 

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, Prince, Rae Spoon, The Tragically Hip, k.d. lang, Tom Petty, Queen, Tears for Fears, Dolly Parton, Sia, The Lumineers, Lorde, Paul Simon, The Weakerthans, Lady Gaga, Simon & Garfunkel, The Flaming Lips, Styx, Steve Winwood, 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.

During 2018, 2019, and 2020 the choir will be accompanied by, and occasionally co-directed by, special guest Brooke Maxwell.