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Rehearsals

Tuesdays 7:30-9:30pm
St-Michael’s Anglican Church 709 7 St, Canmore
September through April

You cannot have more of a beginner than me!
I've always loved to sing but my singing was bad enough for my beloveds gently asking: not to sing so loud or, change the record, or simply asking for a favour "please stop singing".
There I was at the Legion on recruiting night, where Sue and Lee Ann are telling me how they still want me in the choir, "we will show you how to train your voice and most of all you will have fun".... Since my husband always knew that singing was something I really enjoyed and, on the other hand, improvement would be beneficial to him as well, he registered me in the choir. Here I was, a new member of VWMA, in my late 50's with no choir experience and not being able to read music...oof!
Last weekend at the concerts, I felt really good to finally sing my song. It was a dream come true. I may not have been right on each note, but that's what's so nice about being in a choir, all together we sounded great.
Thank you to my husband, Sue and Lee Ann.
Bonne journée,

Monique LaRose




Lee Ann Decoteau - Choir Co-Music Director

Lee Ann Decoteau - Choir Co-Music Director

Lee Ann Decoteau draws on her varied musical experience as a vocalist on board cruise ships, in musical theatre, and in a capella and a local performing group. She also plays trumpet, and has served VWMA in numerous leadership roles while operating her own business in Canmore.

Lee Ann is a product of a lifetime of varied musical experiences, both as a musician and a singer. Having grown up in a musical family, she has played in Marching, Concert and Big Bands, as well as sung and choreographed in mixed Swing Choirs, Vocal Jazz Ensembles and Musical Theatre. Lee Ann performed aboard NCL Cruise Ships for a number of years, and since moving to Canmore in 1999, has been actively involved with many musical pursuits such as Valley Winds Choir, playing trumpet and singing in the Valley Winds Big Band, singing in local A Capella ladies group In The Pink, performing in the O' Canada Eh? Dinner show, as well as singing with her local group Moldy Fig Fusion.



Sue Chick Denton - Choir Co-Music Director

Sue Chick Denton - Choir Co-Music Director

Sue Chick Denton leads musical projects, sings, writes songs, teaches and plays a variety of instruments. She has performed in ensembles ranging from orchestra, band, choir, jazz band, folk ensemble, solo, duet and sacred music.

A musician with a vast and varied background, Sue plays a variety of instruments and teaches them too! She has written songs for solo and group performance, and has led a motley array of musical projects ranging from choral to children, from group guitar lessons to special events. Her heart is in enabling normal people to make music for the joy of it as she loves to teach. She has sung in choirs since she was six years old, and with the Valley Winds Choir for over a decade.