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…
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.
We celebrated Palm Sunday with Karl Jenkins’ moving work, Stabat Mater, which uses the 13th-century Latin poem about Mary’s experience at the foot of the cross. It also incorporates other texts, in English, Greek, Aramaic, and Hebrew. We were accompanied at Our Lady of Lourdes church by a 31-member orchestra, and soloist Danielle Vaillancourt.