Pneuma Choir

Pneuma Choir

January 6, 2017

Welcome everyone-

Welcome to Pnuema! On behalf of the new congregation of Dunbar Ryerson United Church, we are happy to have you and your families involved in our community. We have great plans ahead for this coming year, and this new update letter will give you lots of information so that you can start planning for 2017.

Pneuma and Open House Wednesdays

If you were a member of Pneuma from September 2016, you will not notice any real changes right away.

IF you are new, OR interested in checking us out-

We are still meeting at the 24th Ave campus, and we will have staff on site to deal with chorister and other young people who arrive at the church from 3:30 PM on Wednesdays- there will be activities for them when they arrive. Pneuma is designed as the teaching choir for Open House, which is an alternate service on Wednesdays. They learn the music, get free individual coaching, learn solos, and sing in groups. The music is all designed to be specifically for each voice, wherever they are in their musical education. We can make it is as challenging or not as each chorister likes. Pnuema continues to have their music rehearsals from 4:30 – 5:30 on Wednesdays, but now they are divided into 2 groups. There is now Pneuma A and B.

If you are not sure which you belong to, or are new to the group entirely, then we will sort you out over the first couple of weeks. Group A is going to be working on musical skills learning shorter pieces, and singing every service. Group B will be working on separate pieces for presentation each week, as well as solos, and special presentations (like their presentation of Part 1 of Messiah this past fall).


Dinner will still be at 5:30- 6PM, and the service is still at 6:05- 6:50.

A few notes-

  • If you have food allergies, we need to know about them
  • You are welcome to bring a friend- any member of your family, for dinner. If you are new to Pneuma, we would love to meet you and show you around:) Singing experience, reading music, or even thinking that you have a terrible voice does not matter to us. We will get you in musical shape and show you how to sound beautiful. We have a group for you.
  • WE STRONGLY encourage families to come for dinner. You do not need to let us know in advance, but we appreciate the notice if you can give it.
  • Gowns- we will be working on the gown situation, as we know that many of you need If you can assist, you can talk to Kathryn Urquhart. All members of Pnuema wear gowns (white) for the Wednesday service.


As you might be aware, this program is assisted by volunteers that believe in the good things we are doing for the youth of our community. Please understand that the program is run through donations, as well as dedicated volunteers. This coming year, we will need to have assistance on some critical parts of Pnuema’s operation. Most of these tasks are not onerous, and you might even enjoy them. 🙂 If you have food preparation/ clean up skills, sewing skills, translation into Chinese skills, library skills, advertising skills, we could really use your help. If there is something you think we could be doing better- let us know:) We expect that over the next two months there will be a meeting of parents to discuss our needs going forward, as well as the exciting plans for 2017. In terms of costs, we have worked hard over the fall too actually cost out what a year in Pneuma costs the church. We will be sharing this information very soon. While the program is run without charge, any assistance you can give helps us to continue our growth and do our things. All financial donations receive a tax receipt.


We will continue our weekly services at the 24th Ave campus until March 1, 2017. As of March 1, we will be moving the services to the 45th Ave campus. All the details about that are not yet finalized.

Current members should arrange their coachings and everyone will receive music lists and detailed schedules over the next weeks.

Your private coachings with Clinton and Greg are expected to continue as they have. If you need to make a change to your weekly time, you do not have a weekly time, OR will miss a session, it is critical that you give us as much notice as possible We often have a waiting list, and it is not fair to others if you cannot make a time, and leave us waiting.   If you do not understand what I am talking about (!) that is fine- we will explain it.

On behalf of everyone at DRUC, we are really excited about 2017 with regard to Pnuema. If you have any questions, please be in touch with Greg.