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About World Village Gospel Choir

WORLD VILLAGE GOSPEL CHOIR is a unique vocal ensemble that sings Southern US-style Gospel, World Music of many different cultures from around the globe, plus dynamic arrangements of well-loved artists such as Peter Gabriel, U2 and Stevie Wonder.

OUR MISSION is to create a supportive and inclusive community that enables each singer to express their true, free voice. We strive to create music that brings joy to both singer and audience,  to illuminate the power and interconnectedness of our shared human experience.

WORLD VILLAGE GOSPEL CHOIR was founded in 2012 by Co-Directors Rachel Landrecht and Neil Weisensel. The Choir was featured on Vision TV’s documentary series Gospel to Go, recently performed at The Forks for Aboriginal Day Live  (broadcast nationally on APTN), and also performed with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group Heart at MTS Centre.

 

Request an Audition

Here’s how the choir works:

1. We rehearse only once a month, on a Saturday afternoon

2 We teach you the music using the call-and-response method – not music scores, so reading music is not a requirement.

3. After we teach you a song, we send you a practice track with your part isolated in one ear of your headphones, so you can learn your part (soprano, alto, tenor or bass) and also hear the other parts in your other ear. We also send out a score or lyric sheet.

4. We do a mixture of gospel, world music, rock, pop, and sacred music. We sing in different languages, and we honour any and all faith traditions, sexual orientations, and disabilities. We are community choir with a sacred heart.

5. The fee to sing for a session (either Sept-Dec. or Jan-April) is $84. This includes 4 rehearsals plus a concert (in the fabulous acoustic of Knox United Church), private vocal coachings if you desire, and all the practice tracks.

6. If this interests you, send an email with you phone number to worldvillagegospelchoir@gmail.com. After a simple phone audition, you’ll be on your way!

 

Past Shows

Neil Weisensel  

Date City Venue Country
10/22/17 Winnipeg, MB Canadian Mennonite University Canada
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $15. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 900 Shaftsbury Blvd.
08/25/17 Winnipeg, Manitoba Knox United Church Canada
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: $15. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 204-284-3684. Address: 400 Edmonton Street. Venue phone: (204) 942-4579. SummerChör Winnipeg presents Mozart’s Requiem in D minor, with SummerChör Choir and Orchestra, plus soloists Rachel Landrecht, Rose van der Hooft, Jan van der Hooft, and Matthew Pauls. Related post.

SummerChor Choir and Orchestra  

Date City Venue Country
08/25/17 Winnipeg, Manitoba Knox United Church Canada
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: $15. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 204-284-3684. Address: 400 Edmonton Street. Venue phone: (204) 942-4579. SummerChör Winnipeg presents Mozart’s Requiem in D minor, with SummerChör Choir and Orchestra, plus soloists Rachel Landrecht, Rose van der Hooft, Jan van der Hooft, and Matthew Pauls. Related post.

World Village Gospel Choir  

Date City Venue Country
04/22/17 Winnipeg, Manitoba Knox United Church Canada
Time: 2:00pm. Admission: $15 at the door / $12 in advance. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 204-284-3684. Address: 400 Edmonton Street. Venue phone: (204) 942-4579. Join us for a delicious feast of world music from around the globe, funky and uplifting gospel music sung by a 70-voice choir full of energy! Related post.
11/19/16 Winnipeg, Manitoba Knox United Church Canada
Time: 2:00pm. Admission: $15. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 204-284-3684. Address: 400 Edmonton Street. Venue phone: (204) 942-4579. World Village Gospel Choir presents the second instalment of our a cappella series, WVGC Unlpugged 2!, We present an uplifting assortment of gospel and world music sung by a 70-voice choir of auditioned voices. More information
08/26/16 Winnipeg, Manitoba Knox United Church Canada
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: $15 at the door / $12 in advance. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 204-284-3684. Address: 400 Edmonton Street. Venue phone: (204) 942-4579. Related post.
04/22/16 Winnipeg, Manitoba Knox United Church Canada
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: 15. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 400 Edmonton Street. Venue phone: (204) 942-4579.
12/04/15 Winnipeg, Manitoba Knox United Church Canada
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $15 at the door / $12 in advance. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 204-284-3684. Address: 400 Edmonton Street. Venue phone: (204) 942-4579. Related post.
07/17/15 Winnipeg, Manitoba Knox United Church Canada
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: $15/10 in advance. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 204-284-3684. Address: 400 Edmonton Street. Venue phone: (204) 942-4579. WVGC Co-Directors are Rachel Landrecht and Neil Weisensel, the concert also features Aboriginal performers Mary Black and Jason Tuesday, plus soloists Maggie Boyko, Caroline Cutmore, Annick Miron, Margaret Kampff, Lianne Fournier, plus special guest FLO. Related post.
04/25/15 Winnipeg, Manitoba Knox United Church Canada
Time: 2:00pm. Admission: $15. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 204-284-3684. Address: 400 Edmonton Street. Venue phone: (204) 942-4579. Turn the World Around is an Earth Day concert includes three African songs in Swahili, Zulu and Xhosa, gospel tunes from Kirk Franklin and Keith Hampton, an Aboriginal gathering song by noted West Coast Salish composer Russell Wallace, songs by Harry Belafonte and K’naan arranged by WVGC Co-Director Neil Weisensel, and a rocking new song by Neil Young entitled Who’s Gonna Stand Up (and Save the Earth?). Related post.
11/29/14 Winnipeg, Manitoba Knox United Church Canada
Time: 2:00pm. Admission: $15. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 204-284-3684. Address: 400 Edmonton Street. Venue phone: (204) 942-4579. Bring It! An uplifting concert of energy and soul Related post.
11/29/14 Winnipeg, Manitoba Knox United Church Canada
Time: 2:00pm. Admission: $15. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 204-284-3684. Address: 400 Edmonton Street. Venue phone: (204) 942-4579. This concert is heavy on the Gospel Music side and features two songs from the Chicago area: The Lord is my Light from the renowned Chicago Mass Choir and O Lord Raise Me Up, from the Baha’i Devotional Choral Concert series in that same great city. Two African songs, the celebrated Siyahamba and Kwangena Thina Bo (”we come in, the Spirit is moved) bookend an ancient Icelandic hymn, Heyr Himna Smiour (“hear, smith of heavens”). This will be a concert with some rocking gospel tunes, some introspective devotional music, and some vibrant African songs. We are fortunate to be backed up by an outstanding band featuring Ron Paley on piano, Daniel Koulack on bass, Anthony Giancola on drums, and Henry Zacharias on percussion Related post. More information

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