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VYC Kindred

A new choir for newcomers to Canada who are ages 11-22

VYC KINDRED 是一个为新移民青少年(11-22 岁)成立的唱诗班
VYC KINDRED es una nueva Agrupacion Coral para recien llegados a Canada con edades comprendidas entre los 11 y 22 años
Ang VYC KINDRED ay isang panibagong koro para sa mga bagong dating sa Canada na may edad na 11 - 22
VYC KINDRED هي جوقة جديدة للقادمين الجدد الذين تتراوح أعمارهم بين 11 و 22 عامًا.
جوقة جديدة للقادمين الجدد إلى كندا الذين تتراوح أعمارهم بين ١١ و ١٨ عاماً. هيVYC Kindred
ਵੀ.ਵਾਈ.ਸੀ. ਕਿੰਡਰਡ 11-22 ਸਾਲ ਦੀ ਉਮਰ ਦੇ ਨਵੇਂ ਆਏ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਲਈ ਇਕ ਨਵਾਂ ਕੋਅਰ ਹੈ
VYC KINDRED 11-22 ਸਾਲ ਦੀ ਉਮਰ ਦੇ ਨਵੇਂ ਆਉਣ ਵਾਲਿਆਂ ਵਾਸਤੇ ਇੱਕ ਨਵੀਂ ਗਾਇਕ-ਮੰਡਲੀ (choir)
11-22 வயதுடைய புதியவர்களுக்கு VYC KINDRED ஒரு புதிய பாடகர் குழு
“When my mother and I first moved to Canada, we were looking for a new home base. VYC quickly became a welcoming family.”
VYC Junior

The program is presented as part of the Vancouver Youth Choir’s outreach program.

All youth who are new to Canada and have a love of singing are welcome.

Participants will have the opportunity to sing both Indigenous and non-Indigenous songs with two outstanding First Nations musicians, Deanna Gestrin and Russell Wallace.

Sponsored by

Raymond James Canada Foundation

2022 Season




Deanna Gestin - VYC Kindred Instructor

Deanna Gestrin

VYC Kindred Leader
Deanna Gestrin is a vocalist, choral conductor, clinician, composer, and secondary music educator with the Burnaby School District on the West Coast of Canada. She has taught for the past twenty-three years in various musical settings, including private vocal instruction, early childhood music, elementary classroom music, secondary choral and band conducting, as well as directing adult and children’s community choirs. Deanna trained with numerous choirs and private voice instructors during her youth. While obtaining her degrees in professional music, jazz studies and secondary education, she sang in Phil Mattson’s vocal group, Voices Iowa, NiteCap at Capilano University, and in various University choral ensembles. She has taught music at Kwantlan University, at the Native Education College, and has sung on various albums and television and film projects. In addition to Secondary music teaching, Deanna works as an adjudicator, choral clinician, and she directs children’s choirs at Coastal Sound Music Academy. After several years composing for her own groups, Deanna has recently began writing commissions and making her compositions available to others. As a mixed heritage member of the St’atl’imx First Nation, Deanna is interested in exploring how traditional and contemporary choral music traditions overlap and connect with First Nations cultural knowledge and experience.
Russell Wallace - VYC Kindred Instructor

Russell Wallace

VYC Kindred Leader
Russell Wallace is an award-winning composer, producer and traditional singer from the Lil’wat Nation. His music can be heard on soundtracks for film, television and theatre/dance productions across Canada and the USA. Wallace is one of the founding members of the Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast and is an alumnus of the UBC Creative Writing program. Wallace has written poetry, short fiction, theatre, and music theatre. Wallace was the artist in residence at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival in 2019, a guest programmer for Word Vancouver and was the artistic director for the Aboriginal Electronic Music Festival for a number of years.


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