Pembroke ON Canada
The Pembroke Community Choir is a non-auditioned group of about 80 people of all ages and musical ability, under the direction of Gerald LaRonde. We combine vocal work and fun to achieve the best possible musical entertainment for the community.
Our performances are accompanied by professional musicians, and frequently make use of both professional and Choir member soloists. If you love to sing, you’re welcome to join us!
You can come to a rehearsal or two without any obligation, to see if it works for you. We rehearse at Wesley Community Church, 210 Renfrew Street in Pembroke, on Monday nights, 7 to 9, from September to April, and perform 2 concerts each year, and at various community events.
Our recent performances…
To celebrate Harry and Meghan’s big day, we chose a selection of love songs and traditional wedding music, including pieces that were commissioned for William & Kate’s and other royal weddings. A slideshow of choir members’ wedding days added a special touch, as did Blaine Sack’s organ accompaniment for some of the pieces. Bonnechere Manor and Marianhill got a sneak preview, and we performed an encore concert at the June 24 Strawberry Social hosted by the Champlain Trail Museum, which is also celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.
Our Christmas concert, Night of Silence, featured soprano Jessica Belanger from Renfrew, and was performed in Pembroke and at her home church. Cogeco recorded the concert and featured it daily from Christmas to New Year’s. Marianhill residents were treated to a preview in November. We also went carolling, providing the “musical tapestry” for the Parade of Lights, the PRH fundraising tour at the Dobbs Home, and the Downtown Shop Hop.