KPU Chorus wants to hear from community talent

Fri, Aug 15, 2014

Metro Vancouver, B.C. – If you like to sing, the Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) Chorus wants to hear from you.

The acclaimed KPU Chorus has a longstanding tradition of bringing KPU music students, faculty, staff and people in the community together in song. Now the chorus wants to expand its community membership along with the number and variety of choral work it does.

“We are on the verge of significant growth and we’re eager to tap the talent that is all around us in our communities,” said Gail Suderman, KPU’s director, voice and choral studies.

Earlier this year, the 60-member KPU Chorus was accompanied by members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra in a hugely successful performance of Mozart to an audience of more than 600 at Fraserview Church in Richmond. The concert generated substantial interest among music organizations, which have since been inquiring about the possibility of the KPU Chorus taking part in other joint projects.

“It would be such a great experience for our members to work with other musical groups, but in order for that to happen we need to cultivate a large and consistent choir membership beyond our student component,” said Suderman. “While our students are gifted, their participation is dependent on their time here at KPU as they tend to move into careers and other endeavours via their success.”

Suderman is looking for community members – particularly tenors and basses – who want a community choir to call their own. The KPU Chorus rehearses on Tuesday evenings at KPU Langley, 20901 Langley Bypass. Registration for new members will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 6:45 p.m.

For more information on the KPU Chorus, contact Suderman at 604.599.3237 or email More information on the KPU music department is available at or

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Caption: Gail Suderman, KPU’s director, voice and choral studies, conducts the KPU Chorus.

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Media Specialist, KPU
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