Sunday, December 10, 2023

Seven Oaks Performing Arts Centre

711 Jefferson Avenue, Winnipeg, MB

Show starts at 2:30 PM with doors opening at 2:00 PM

Chickadees, Rhapsody & Coda from the Winnipeg Youth Chorus

The Winnipeg Youth Chorus acknowledges that we are gathered on ancestral lands, treaty 1 territory, traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples and on the National Homeland of the Red River Métis people. We respect the spirit and intent of Treaties and Treaty Making and remain committed to working in partnership with First Nations, Inuit and Métis people in the spirit of truth, reconciliation, and collaboration.

Artistic Directors and Music Directors for Rhapsody and Coda – Garth and Lisa Rempel

Chickadees Music Directors – Jorrel Camuyong & Melanie Spulnick

Accompanist for Rhapsody & Coda – Samson Romaniuk

Accompanist for Chickadees – Hudson Thiessen

Additional Musicians:

Bass – Chris Berti

Drums – David Rozgonyi

Choral Assistant – Chelsea Hertzog

The Winnipeg Youth Chorus

The Winnipeg Youth Chorus Inc. (WYC) strives to provide an opportunity for young singers aged 7 to 25 from Winnipeg and the surrounding area to develop:  choral skills, choreography skills, dramatic skills, and performance skills. 

They provide a variety of performance opportunities for the singers from performances within Winnipeg to performances outside of Canada, recording, special small group performances and many other opportunities. 

Most importantly, the WYC is here to provide a positive experience for singers to develop their self-concept and self-esteem.  Friendships, family involvement, commitment and hard work are stressed at all times within a structure that is always caring but also demanding in terms of time, energy, drive, and commitment. 

The WYC is flexible and innovative in style believing that choral excellence is achieved through proper training, hard work and instilling within the members a love for what they do, an enthusiasm for performance, and pursuit of excellence. 

Message from the Artistic Directors

Oh lord, it’s been a year with little joys and little fears. This line from the lyrics of Thank You by Pentatonix sums it up in a quiet and honest understatement. Some of the joys and fears haven’t been so little. Much has happened in our world this year, and it’s easy to get caught up in the turmoil, bad news, and constant hustle. Our hearts ache for those who are struggling to survive through violent oppression and misunderstanding. Sometimes it can be hard to see a bright side or a silver lining amid the relentless onslaught of sensationalistic news reports.  

However, despite all of that we need to remind ourselves that we never have to look very far for hope. Every day, we walk among incredible people doing incredible things, for no real reason other than they just want to make the world a bit better for others. Look around you; one of these everyday heroes is probably sitting near you, and they may not even know it. With this concert, we want to celebrate those people. We want to build up those people. We want to BE those people. Music has the most amazing power to unify us, to bring us together, overcoming differences and diversity and hate. 

At WYC, we want nothing more than for the singers to feel safe, included, loved, and engaged with each other and their community. We see community in action every time we get together with them, and we’re happy to share that love with you our audience and with anyone else who needs it. We’ve chosen music that celebrates the best of this season and so many other great things about being human. We have enjoyed putting this music together for you and are excited to share it with you today. So, here’s hoping that today’s program captures some of that love and helps you to feel the magic of the season and restores a little hope that we’re going to be ok.  

Garth & Lisa Rempel

Chickadees – Program Order


Mele Kalikimaka

Words and Music by R. Alex Anderson, arr. Jay Althouse

The Chipmunk Song

Words and Music by Ross Bagdasarian, arr. Audrey Snyder

Silent Night

Franz Gruber, arr. Mark Patterson

Take A Look at Us Now

Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, arr. Mac Huff

Feat: Katja Briones


Basanta, Joanna

Bedard-Simard, Kiana

Briones, Katja

Bults, Cadence

Ellis, Ethan

Peattie, Ava

Profeta, Leah

Pu, Diane

Shaddock-Kowalyk, Elizabeth

Warkentin, Samara

Wiebe, Riel

Rhapsody – Program Order


The Man with The Bag

By Dudley Brooks, Harold Stanley and Irving Taylor, arr. Julie Gaulke

Ding-a Ding-a Ding

Words and Music by Greg Gilpin

A Midnight Clear

Words by Edmund H. Sears, Music by Richard Storrs Willis, Original Words and Music by Mac Huff, arr. Mac Huff

Stretchy Pants

Words and Music by Christopher De Stefano, Hilary Lindsay and Carrie Underwood, arr. Erica Kelch-Slesnick


Acorn, Kinley

Alby, Alayah

Atwal, Aniya

Blanco, Jocelyn

Cannon, Sophia

Haider, Addison

Jones, Eden

Jones, Livia

Jones, Paige

Mathu, Mila

Miniely, Sadie

Nichol, Amelia

Nichol, Isaac

Nocita, Eliana

Pratt, Mac

Profeta, Holly

Rankin, Ava

Rubiato, Olivia

Rushworth, Julia

Thiessen, Renelle

Wiebe, Anna

Zaluski, Brady

Coda- Program Order


Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel

Traditional Spiritual, Adapted and Arranged by Roger Emerson

Feat: Jessica Thomsen


Words and Music by Toby Gad and John Stephens, arr. Christopher Santanelli

Jingle Bells

Words and Music by James Pierpont, arr. Garrett Breeze

Thank You

Words and Music by Scott Hoying, Kevin Olusola, Kirstin Maldonado, Mitchell Grassi, Mark Manio and Matt Sallee, arr. Mac Huff

Feat: Kevin Rempel, Jessica Thomsen, Allison Lage


Beinert, Kiernan

Hildebrandt, Nina

Klassen, Emily

Lage, Allison

Leonard, Niamh

Loughren, Daniel

Rempel, Anah

Rempel, Kevin

Rowan, Chelsea

Spulnick, Brandon

Spulnick, Grace

Thomsen, Jessica

Warren, Kaitlyn

Wright, Katie

Rhapsody & Coda- Program Order


Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town

Words and Music by Haven Gillespie and J. Fred Coots, arr. Ed Lojeski

Feat: Brandon Spulnick

We Need a Little Christmas

Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman, arr. Deke Sharon

Feat: Niamh Leonard, Livia Jones, Ava Rankin, Holly Profeta

Mass Choir – Program Order

One More Sleep ‘Til Christmas

Words and Music by Paul Williams

Somewhere in Your Silent Night

Words and Music by Matthew West, Bernie Herms and Mark Hall, arr. Joseph M. Martin

Feat: Mac Pratt, Kaitlyn Warren, Anah Rempel

Special Thanks to

Seven Oaks Performing Arts Centre
Chelsea Hertzog
Parent Volunteers