How Can I Keep From Singing

We will sing again. Combining together into a choir with one purpose, our anthems will no longer be silenced. How Can I Keep From Singing will take ARC members through a unique trifecta with the ‘soul’ purpose of awakening, nurturing, and sharing the magic of voices in virtual harmony!


AWAKEN (Fall 2020)

Dust off your choral-cords, as we employ fun and inspiring choral pieces to awaken our vocal instruments. Engaging in this new endeavor that is the virtual choral rehearsal, our thriving community will be enriched by the sound and collaboration inherent in choral singing. Now is the time! Capitalizing on this remarkable season of individual and group practice will hone and sharpen our skills like never before. AWAKEN - virtual choir, community, and learning as you’ve never experienced before.

  • SING!
  • Re-strengthen and continue expanding your vocal instrument
  • Add to your toolbox of techniques and theory-based skills
  • Master technology platforms such as ZOOM and Voice Record
  • Have fun and be filled with the happiness that choral music brings!

Will you join us? ALL ARE WELCOME HERE!

Choral Director: Michelle Kotelko

Virtual Program Plan:

Based on our review of survey results and your feedback, we’ve developed a season of programming that will engage and inspire you, while keeping you connected to the choir community and to singing!

While impossible to replicate the experience of singing together physically, we know you value ARC and want to see it flourish. The best way to do that is to continue to support us with your membership and participation.

We’ve set fees this year at a reasonable level that enable us to produce a virtual season full of valuable content to keep your singing skills up, to keep our community together, and to sustain the operation of ARC. Without your membership - and we hope you’ll join us for the entire 2020-21 season - ARC could not continue.

Membership fees do not cover all the costs of operating ARC. We also rely on grants, fundraising revenue, donations and ticket sales. In a typical year, fees only cover about one-third of the cost of running the choir. In this extraordinary season, without ticket revenue and other typical activities that generate revenue, we will have an increased reliance on membership revenue and donations. If you are able, we invite you to support us with a charitable contribution to support ongoing operations.

As we communicated at the Town Hall, we have significantly reduced expenses. This includes reducing our artistic and administrative team complements.  The Artistic & Executive Director (Acting) and General Manager are providing their services pro bono until the pandemic is over.  Our pandemic response plan allows us to continue to operate in an adapted format until such time as we can resume normal operations. 

We invite you to register for all three semesters in the 2020-21 season knowing that you’ll not only receive excellent training and learning opportunities, but also that you’re supporting ARC through these unprecedented times. We thank you for your past and continued support.

Session Dates:

  • AWAKEN: Sept 2 - Dec 9
  • NURTURE: Jan 13 - Apr 21 (Spring Break - No rehearsals Mar 31/Apr 7 )
  • SHARE: May 5 - June 23

Rehearsal Structure:

  • Online/Virtual Platform
  • Wednesdays from 7-9pm
  • See term calendar for breakdown of rehearsals, sectionals & workshops


ARC 2020-21 Season - Sept. 2020 - June 2021: $375*

Refunds, Bursaries and Special Payments:  Due to a reduced administrative complement and our unique circumstances, we will not be processing returns or refunds, or issuing special payment arrangements or bursaries. *However, you can register for each semester individually at a price of $125 per semester.

Artistic and Administrative Teams

ARC will operate with reduced artistic and administrative teams until normal operations resume. 


Brian Bowman, Artistic Director (Pro bono)

Michelle Kotelko, Principal Director & Associate Artistic Director

Reema Fanning, Principal Choreographer & Associate Artistic Director


Brian Bowman, Acting Executive Director (Pro bono)

Keith Kotelko, General Manager (Pro bono)

Candace Dart, Business Manager

Reema Fanning, Program & Communications Coordinator