Trinity Western Choir and Orchestra Perform Requiem with SFU

Two Trinity Western University students are the featured soloists for two upcoming Fraser Valley performances of Gabriel Fauré's Requiem. Jennifer Cyr, of North Vancouver, and Sean Latimer, originally from South Africa, will join the TWU's Chamber Singers and 52-piece Orchestra, and the Simon Fraser University Choir, to sing this choral masterpiece.

“The combined efforts of our soloists, choir and orchestra offer an immense opportunity for students to perform this wonderful work together,” says Jon Thompson, concert director and chair of the music department at TWU. “On top of that, we're working with the SFU chorus for the first time, which provides a great connection between the two schools.”

Latimer, a master's student in TWU's counselling psychology program, has experience in professional performance, but for Cyr, it's her first performance at this level. A second year music major studying in the studio of Ingrid Suderman as well as at TWU, Cyr aspires to be a performance vocalist.

While the Chamber Singers group is comprised mostly of music majors, the Orchestra includes musicians of all types: TWU students, alumni and professors, and several community members. Founded in 1992, the SFU Choir also opens their door to a variety of performers. The student club at the Burnaby campus involves not only students, but also alumni, faculty and staff.

“In rehearsals, we've had a great mix of enthusiastic and talented people who love to make music and work hard,” adds Thompson who has spent three years as assistant conductor of the Vancouver Bach Choir and who has conducted the SFU choir since 1997. “Everyone has put their heart and soul into preparing for these performances.”

That commitment to excellence will be shown at the two concerts of Fauré's work, which many experts consider to be one of the most loved settings of the Requiem. “It's a gentle, unassuming, eloquent piece that has great appeal for audiences,” says Thompson.

The Requiem will be presented at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Langley on Friday, March 31, and at St. Matthew's Anglican Church in Abbotsford on Saturday, April 1.

Event: Requiem by Gabriel Fauré
Date #1: Friday, March 31, 2006 at 8 p.m.
Location #1: Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
20097 72 Avenue, Langley, BC
Date #2: Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 8 p.m.
Location #2: St. Matthew's Anglican Church
2010 Guilford Drive, Abbotsford, BC
Admission: By donation

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,300 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 39 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 14 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2007-10-11
Author: Erin Mussolum