We had another great rehearsal last week with Danil, who continues to inspire and challenge us. We had
more new members as well as some returning members, which is always exciting and encouraging. As with many other choirs, we still need more men; so if you are a man, love to sing and would like to be a part of our 50th anniversary concert, Solid Gold, please contact us. We are a friendly group and you will be made very welcome. Of course, it goes without saying that we also appreciate new women singers.
This spring, we will celebrate 50 years of music and song in South Georgian Bay. A special concert to mark this milestone event will be held at 7:30 pm on April 27 at New Life Church in Collingwood. Details will follow. If you are interested in joining the choir and being a part of this special celebration please fill in and send the contact form. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings during the season at Erie Street Community Church, 200 Erie Street in Collingwood.
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OUR MUSIC TEAM
Music Director, Danil Biba
Danil's passion for choral music began during his childhood. He was educated at the High School of Music in Minsk, earning a Choir Conductor diploma. He then embarked on a multifaceted career as a conductor, pianist, organist, and composer of choir arrangements.
Danil received his Bachelor's degree from Minsk Conservatory of Music and his Master's degree from Dresden University in Germany and has since become a highly skilled musician proficient in various genres. He finds joy in working with students of different ages and abilities, both individually and in a choir setting.
Danil has extensive teaching and conducting experience in Belarus, Canada, and Germany and is also a co-founder of Trio Classic Hassiba and a talented pianist.
Danil began collaborating with the Harmony North Chorus in Collingwood in 2022 and was truly impressed by the vibrant artistic atmosphere within the community of Collingwood. In under a year Harmony North managed to rebound from the covid lockdown, stage two successful shows, prepare for a competition and attract new members. This rapid growth can only occur in an environment with deep cultural roots.
In 2023 Danil was fortunate to connect with the enthusiastic singers of Sound Investment Community Choir, who are skilled in expressing themselves chorally in a wide range of musical genres. Beginning on September 11, 2023 Danil will begin rehearsals for the choir's Christmas concert, we look forward to an exciting and fruitful anniversary season, under Danil's directorship.
Accompanist, Keiko Yoden-Kupfer
Keiko Yoden-Kuepfer is an accomplished concert pianist, organist, and accompanist. She is originally from Katano-city, Osaka, Japan, one of the sister cities of Collingwood. She has performed both locally and internationally and – while in Japan – has taught in high schools and at the Osaka International University.
Since making her home in Collingwood in 2006, Keiko has been sharing her expertise with students and the local community. She has accompanied the Sound Investment Community Choir since 2010 and conducts the Youth Ensemble, the church choir, and other instrumental groups. She was the music director and organist at All Saints' Anglican Church for 16 years, and now she is a freelance organist who keeps quite busy visiting several churches in the region.
Keiko is a very active member of the Georgian Triangle Music Teachers' Association, Royal Canadian College of organists Simcoe-Muskoka branch and is the Collingwood-centre representative of the Royal Conservatory of Music. She is also involved in the Collingwood-Katano Sister-City Committee where she is helping to develop a friendship between these two cities!
Keiko’s love of music blossomed when she began learning the piano in Japan at age seven. At twelve
years of age, she began studying voice and then organ. By the age of seventeen, she had added the
double-bass and had also begun conducting.
Keiko graduated from Soai Music High School with a major in concert organ performance. She received
her BMusE (Hon) from Osaka National University majoring in Piano Performance. After graduation, she
worked as accompanist and interpreter for music students in Germany, Italy, and Austria. Keiko continued
her studies in Canada and received an associate diploma with First-Class Honours with Distinction from
the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and from the Royal Canadian College of Organists.
Keiko has a music studio in Collingwood where she teaches both in-person and virtual lessons.
The choir was founded in 1973 by Ann Sneyd, and began as a ladies glee club under the name: the Collingwood and Area Welcome Wagon Newcomers’ Club Ladies Glee Club. In 1974 the official name of The Sound Investment was adopted. In 1991, men were invited to join and the name was changed again to become officially:
The Sound Investment Community Choir.
Ann Sneyd, a local Royal Conservatory music teacher, was involved in music programs in several churches and was the recipient of The Order of Collingwood as well as The Companion of the Order of Collingwood. Ann directed the choir until 2000 and continued as an active choir member until 2015 when she moved away from Collingwood.
Sound Investment has enjoyed the direction of many talented directors, including Velma Cook (2000 - 2010), Brian Rae (2010 - 2013), Albert Greer (interim 2013), John Wervers (2014 - 2016), Aaron Bell (2016 - 2021) and Katrin Veski (2021 - 2022. The current director is Danil Biba.
Choir repertoire has included a wide variety of music from Bach to Beatles! The choir celebrated 45 years of song in 2018, with a special anniversary concert titled Memories. That same year the choir also welcomed Septini Sapni, a choir from Dobele Latvia as part of a cultural exchange event, hosting members and performing a joint concert that was a wonderful experience for all.
This season the choir is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
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Rehearsals are held on Mondays at the Erie Street Community Church, 200 Erie Street, Collingwood.
Arrival time is 6:45 rehearsal starts at 7:00 pm.