Vancouver School Board's first District Honour Youth Choir sang at the 100-day Countdown of the 2010 Olympics at the Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver dedication ceremony on November 4.
The 35 student choir performed an inspirational version of O Canada at the beginning of the official ceremony attended by local and international media.
They joined Olympic and Paralympic athletes and officials in witnessing City of Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson handing over the keys to the Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver to John Furlong, Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).
Selected from 12 secondary schools in Vancouver, the students are led by four section leaders from UBC and director, John Trepp. The students sing in their respective school choirs and all auditioned to form the 2009-2010 Honour Choir. The choir sings all types of music and they rehearse once a week at the VSB Education Centre to prepare for various performances throughout the year.
John Trepp, retired music educator, has led a variety of choirs for 30 years at Magee Secondary School. He is a respected choral director, who is actively involved in workshops, clinics and retreats in Canada, the USA, Mexico and Thailand.
In November the choir will sing at the District Secondary Choral Festival and later in the year at the BC Trustees Association Conference. In 2010 the singers plan to participate in a number of Olympic events including performances at Robson Square Media Centre, being part of an Olympic show at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and participating in the 400 member massed choir for the Paralympic Games opening ceremonies.