HISTORY OF THE PALS CHORUS
2010 - 2011
The irrepressible, youthful PALS (55+) Chorus was founded by Vancouver’s Performing Arts Lodge (PAL) in 2010 as a vehicle to integrate residents of PAL Vancouver with other seniors in the West End, Coal Harbour and surrounding communities, and to raise the community profile of PAL Vancouver. It was funded through a generous grant from the federal New Horizons for Seniors Program. When the chorus held its first rehearsal in the early spring of 2011, it was led by Dominique Hogan, music director for the North Vancouver-based Bursting With Broadway chorus. The repertoire consisted of a mix of Broadway hits and old standards. When the demands of directing two choirs while raising a family became too challenging for Dominique, she resigned her position at the end of 2011.
2012 - 2015
In 2012, we were fortunate to attract the attention of Lonnie Delisle, a professional pianist, vocalist and music director who was relatively new to the Vancouver musical scene. Lonnie was our music director for the next three and a half years. Under his guidance, our repertoire changed to current pop tunes, along with some classic rock and a bit of gospel. Lonnie brought a mix of fun music and social messaging to the chorus from such current artists as Lady Gaga, Adele, Bruno Mars, Adam Levine, and Carly Rae Jepson. By 2014, Lonnie had also been recruited as music director of the Canadian Memorial Church Choir and Vancouver’s highly spirited Universal Gospel Choir. Leading three choruses became more than Lonnie could comfortably handle, and he resigned as our music director following our spring, 2015 concert. Our chorus boasted 36 members at that time.
2015 - Present
In the fall of 2015, we were delighted to welcome the multi-talented Diane Lines as our new music director. Professional pianist, vocalist, music director and arranger, Diane has worked with a variety of professional artists and musical projects in Vancouver and abroad. She was also the featured keyboardist and vocalist with the legendary Dal Richards Orchestra for over a decade. Under Diane’s baton and creative arranging genius, our repertoire has expanded to include current hits recorded by such artists as Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Christine Aguilera, OneRepublic and Sara Bareilles, as well as memorable pop/show tunes from the 70s by Elton John, David Bowie, Carole King, the Beach Boys and Jacques Brel.
The PALS Chorus regularly performs two seasonal (spring and winter) concerts each year, most of which have been held in the PAL Vancouver Studio Theatre. The chorus has also performed at several local community events (including two flash mobs!).