Become a Member

The choir welcomes new members of all faiths and backgrounds. No prior musical knowledge or experience is necessary, but a sincere love of singing always helps! Doukhobor music is learned by rote (that is, without sheet music) so the ability to read music is also not a requirement. English transliterations of Russian words are available as well.

While the main focus of our choral season is typically the USCC Festival, held in Castlegar over the May long weekend each year, the group's growing popularity keeps us busy with various local appearances throughout the year.

In addition to our formal concerts and events, the group is well-known for its insatiable appetite for having fun! We try to organize regular social events, including dinners, camping trips, karaoke nights, and of course, our infamous borsch parties, where members gather to partake in some traditional Doukhobor fare and sing a tune or two.

The yearly membership fee of $40 goes toward off-setting the cost of photocopying and other administrative costs.

This is a wonderful opportunity to develop your singing skills and musicality while connecting with a great group of individuals. Learn more about your culture or discover a new one through the traditional songs of the Doukhobors!

Some of our recent projects and performances include:

- A concert featuring friends from the Vancouver Doukhobor Choir, held on April 21, 2007 and attended by 250 members of the public. The concert was followed by a Sunday morning Molenyie (prayer service) at the University of Victoria Interfaith Chapel and an open discussion on the future of Doukhoborism in B.C., lead by J.J. Veregin.

- The recording of four full-length CDs featuring a wide variety of sacred music and folk songs drawn from the rich Doukhobor repertoire, as well as Doukhobor arrangements of well-known English and non-denominational songs, both sacred and secular.

- A trip to Saskatchewan to participate in Heritage Days, Summer 2006.

- Participation in the annual USCC Union of Youth Festival from 2002-2010, inclusive. Our past Festival involvement has included full-length programmes featuring psalms, hymns, and folksongs, skits and Emcee'ing of the proceedings.

- A 2007 appearance as special guests at the Seattle Northwest Folk Life Festival, and a subsequent appearance in 2009.

- A performance at the 2007 Port Alberni Forest Fest, followed by a group camping trip.

- Regular participation in the annual Hiroshima Day Memorial event, held at Victoria's Gorge waterway.

- Featured entertainment at the Royal Roads "Blueprint for Peace" Gala event in 2007, supporting peacekeeping initiatives in Uganda.

- Performers at the book launch event of Bill Stenson's novel, "Svoboda", a fictional account of a young Doukhobor's coming-of-age in the Kootenays, in the Fall of 2007.

-"United in Song" concert weekend and borsch feed, March 2009, in which the Vision of Peace Youth Choir from Castlegar visited and participated in a joint concert for the purposes of recording our third CD.

-Featured performers at the Ministry of Forests Christmas concert with the Ted Boulden Singers, 2008 and 2009.

-A joint concert with the newly-formed vocal ensemble, Vancouver Island Chamber Choir, 2009.

-A Summer 2010 trip to and performance on Piers Island to commemorate the brief period of Doukhobor incarceration (1932-35). We performed for a curious and respectful audience and had the opportunity to tour the original location of the prison dormitories.

For more information or to join the Victoria Doukhobor Choir, please contact us at: info@vidca.ca

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