Co-Director, Spirit's Call Choir
Jeremy Vallance has delighted choristers and audiences for the past decade, spreading the joy of singing with humour, high energy and enthusiasm, leading Winnipeg’s 160-member Spirit’s Call Choir.
Jeremy grew up through the public school music program, playing clarinet in concert band and rocking the piano in the jazz band. In 1986 he first came to Vancouver for the World Expo where his band won gold in their category in the Canadian National Concert Band Competition. He went on to study music at the University of Manitoba where he earned his Bachelor of Music and Education degrees.
He spent 3 years in Winnipeg then Ottawa, teaching music to children in Kindergarten through Grade 13 before changing careers to work in television broadcasting. For 20 years Jeremy enjoyed promoting all that was good in Winnipeg, meeting interesting people doing positive things in the community; he particularly loved interviewing local and international musicians.
Jeremy met Sandi Melody in 2014 at the Community Choir Leadership Training program in Victoria where they discovered a mutual passion for making musical experiences accessible to everyone, regardless of their skill level. He moved to Vancouver to join Harmony House Music Training & Performance Center in North Vancouver as a voice, piano and clarinet teacher and co-director with Sandi.
Jeremy has long taught that music must be fun and accessible to everyone, whatever their skill level. With positive acceptance he invites everyone into a comfortable and non-threatening atmosphere that gets them to relax, laugh and enjoy themselves while discovering they can sing together in harmony.
People who thought they couldn’t sing or who had been told they couldn’t sing found their voice in the non-audition community choir, Spirit’s Call Choir. They enjoy singing in harmony each rehearsal, experiencing a spiritual lift that many have said is the highlight of their week. And when they take to the stage for the first time they find freedom to express themselves in a way that brings joy to the thousands of people that come to the concerts over the years. As of 2014, the choir raised more than $160,000 for charity.
While Jeremy enjoys achieving great sounds, he believes the beauty comes from the freedom and energy of joyful singing with intention from the heart more than from critical attention to technical perfection!