GOOD NOISE VANCOUVER GOSPEL CHOIR
Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir, regarded as a leader in the gospel choir movement in Canada, is known for its dynamic vocal sound, excellence in performance and a commitment to sharing the “good noise” that is gospel music. The choir’s mandate is to develop and promote an appreciation and understanding of gospel music in all its many styles and forms and introduce audiences to the unique and powerful aspects of this music.
In the few short years of the choir’s existence, Good Noise has become the “go to” choir, receiving many requests for special performances, both live and on television and radio. Good Noise has performed with artists such as Barbra Streisand, David Foster, Josh Groban, Daniel Lapp, Dee Daniels, Jim Byrnes, John Lee Sanders, Jennifer Scott, Karin Plato, Kate Hammett-Vaughan, and has appeared on CBC Radio, Global TV, CityTV, Bravo, Knowledge Network and Vision TV. The choir has performed at several festivals, including the Vancouver Folk Festival, Envision Jazz Festival and the Wintersong Festival. Members of the choir have been featured in a television Christmas gospel music special on the Bravo network, Vision Network and the Knowledge Network and featured in the Disney corporation’s promotion of the musical “The Lion King”.
Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir is an auditioned community choir, with no specific religious affiliation. The choir calls Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, British Columbia “home” as a choir in residence. In addition to rehearsing and performing at the Cathedral, Good Noise enjoys collaborating with the Cathedral Choir in special performances, even co-commissioning a new choral work by Paul Halley, “The Dawning”.
The choir, founded in 2004 as gospel choir in residence at Christ Church Cathedral, is directed by founding artistic director Gail Suderman. With her reputation as an outstanding voice teacher and conductor, Gail brings with her the ability to guide singers in finding their voices as well as her skill in directing a gospel choir that is known for vocal and musical integrity. Known in both the classical and contemporary music communities as an outstanding performer, conductor, accompanist and voice teacher, Gail brings many years of formal music studies as well as many years of performing experience to her role as leader of Good Noise.
In addition to being known for its vocal sound and music, Good Noise is also known for the outstanding musicians that accompany the choir. Gail directs the choir from the piano, and the choir is honoured to work with Mike Kalanj on Hammond B3, Laurence Mollerup on Bass Guitar and Double Bass, Elliot Polsky on Drums and Percussion and Ingrid Stitt on Alto and Soprano Saxophones.