Sep
12
4:00 PM16:00

Open Group Auditions Day

Thursday, September 12, 2019

  • 4:00 PM 5:00 PM

Does your child love to sing and is 8yrs or older?

Sign up for the free Open Group Audition / Trial Class Day on Sept 12th 4-5pm at the Sebastopol Community Center Youth Annex Main Hall and see if the Bija Choir is a good fit!

We’re looking for students’ abilities to sing on pitch, keep a steady beat, have focused behavior composure, and a positive, cooperative attitude. With these elements in place, students and families can look forward to a rich and wonderful season of learning and sharing our musical gifts with the community. Families will be notified about acceptance results by the following day.

Reserve your Open Group Auditions spot HERE.

Questions? Please email Director Maria Ana Bija at bijachildrenschoir@gmail.com


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Mar
17
4:00 PM16:00

9th Annual Bija Choir Cultural Storyconcert

The Bija Children’s Choir presents its 9th Annual Cultural Storyconcert on Sunday March 17th at the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, featuring the playful Cuban folktale “Baila Nana, Baila” as told by celebrated Cuban musician Marcos Pereda.  Woven into the storyline is the hip-swaying music of Sonoma County’s own Salsa band ‘Batacha’, exciting displays from local dancers both adult and youth, and charming songs from the Bija Choirs. The show runs 4-5:30pm, doors open 3:30pm. Tickets $15/adult, $5/child + processing fee, available in advance at seb.org or at the door.  Come ready to salsa! ¡Esperamos veros a todos allí!


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Celtic World Celebration
Dec
2
6:30 PM18:30

Celtic World Celebration

  • Sebastopol Community Cultural Center (map)
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The Bija Children's Choir, Shiloh Step Irish Dancers, KnightLizard Music’s Uncaged Fiddlers, and Play Marimba! present a special evening of Celtic, African, Puerto Rican and French Canadian music & dance collaborations to uplift the spirit and celebrate harmony for the world.

All proceeds benefit the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center’s Need-Based Youth Scholarship Fund. Tickets $5 youth (under 18), $10 adult, $15 premium, available at www.seb.org/events

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Sep
20
3:30 PM15:30

First Day of 2018-19 Season

The 9th Bija Choir Season begins!  With Preparatory Choir (no auditions) at 3:30pm, and Concert Choir (by audition/invitation) at 4:30pm, in the beautiful Youth Annex Main Hall at the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, 425 Morris Street.  Registration is online at seb.org/classes/youth starting July 16th or in person at the Community Center Office.  Questions? Email Director Maria Bija anytime at bijachildrenschoir@gmail.com.  Hope to see you there!

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Mar
18
3:00 PM15:00

8th Annual Bija Cultural Storyconcert

The Bija Choir presents their 8th Annual Cultural Storyconcert featuring "The Squire's Bride", a gut-busting Norwegian folktale of a country gal who sorted things out for herself! Told by literary guest artist Amanda McTigue, along with Tim Rued on Hardanger fiddle, Keith Church on accordion, and the Bija Choirs performing beautiful Norwegian songs and dances of both Sami & Northern Germanic roots. Directed by Maria Bija, generously sponsored by the Sebastopol Kiwanis Club. This one-of-a-kind performance is not to be missed, so we hope to see you there!  To buy tickets online visit our Brown Paper Tickets page HERE or call (707) 695-6865 for front row reserved seats ($15 each).

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Nov
12
1:00 PM13:00

Family Harmony Fest *Fire Relief Benefit*

The Bija Children's Choir of Sebastopol and The Conscious Family Festival of Santa Rosa join hands to present the "1st Annual Family Harmony Fest" at the Sebastopol Community Church on Sun Nov 12th 1-4pm, where "Growing peace into hearts and homes gives us tools to rebuild & move forward."

Mini-workshops designed by skilled specialists in Family Yoga, Teen Sister Circles, Engaged Grandparenting, and Ancient Animal Tales for Kids run in classrooms from 1-3pm, while Three Leaves Foods, Rosemira Organics, and Many Rivers Books & Teas offer free organic snack demos, skincare samples & educational resources in the courtyard. 

Following the workshops is a 3:15pm Harvest Concert in the Sanctuary featuring the pure-hearted voices of the Bija Children's Choir and the talented Simmons Family Band from the East Bay.  Suggested donation for workshops is $5, concert $10 (kids free).  Entire event free to those in need.  Proceeds will be donated to the Redwood Credit Union North Bay Fire Relief Fund.  Please bring friends and spread the word!  Let's nurture ourselves and celebrate community as we move towards rebuilding and restoring losses from the fires.  #SonomaCountyStrong!!!

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Sep
21
3:30 PM15:30

First Day of New 2017-18 Season Bija Choir Classes

If you know a young person who loves to sing, they might love joining the Bija Choir!  First day of classes is Thursday Sept 21st at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts Choir Room (South Patio entrance.)  First day of Preparatory Choir can be a free trial class, space permitting, by advance reservation.  Concert and Treble Choirs require an audition before attending a trial class.  For questions about placement please contact the director Maria Bija at mariabija@gmail.com or (707) 695-6865.  

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Aug
2
6:00 PM18:00

Bija Voices at PEACETOWN CONCERT

The Bija Treble Choir & Kindred Voices (aka Bija Voices) will have a "tweener" spot at the wildly successful PEACETOWN SUMMER CONCERTS this year on the evening of Wed Aug 2nd, the night that the amazing female duo 'MaMuse' performs.  Come on down to this free event at Ives Park, bring your lawn chair, kick back with a glass of pinot, and enjoy the show!

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Jun
4
4:00 PM16:00

Bija Choir SUMMERFEST at the LODGE

The 7th Annual Bija Children's Choir Summerfest Concert will be held for the first time at the beautiful CYO Camp Lodge in Occidental on Sunday June 4th at 4pm.   All levels of the Bija Choir perform along with special guests and the concert is free, however parking is limited and carpooling is strongly encouraged.   More details tba.

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Dec
6
12:30 PM12:30

Community Holiday Classes to benefit The Living Room

On Thursday Dec 8th all current Bija Choir students are invited to Bring a Friend and an item for The Living Room Day Shelter for Women & Children.  This is a good chance for those interested in experiencing a Bija Choir class to come and attend, and for a good cause!  Please email director Maria Bija at mariabija@gmail.com to be added to the Guest Student list.

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Aug
1
to Aug 5

BIJA WORLD MUSIC CAMP

Looking for high-quality cultural arts enrichment for your child this summer? Check out the Bija World Music, Dance & Arts Summer Camp Aug 1st-5th at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts! Master level teachers bring the joy of culture-specific songs, traditional dances, and the making of real instruments to ages 8-12yrs. Easy schedule: M-F 10am-3pm, $200, still a few spots left! Visit the registration page to sign up.

 

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Hawaiian Story Concert 4pm & 6pm shows
Mar
12
4:00 PM16:00

Hawaiian Story Concert 4pm & 6pm shows

On March 12th at 4pm & 6pm at the Sebastopol Ctr for the Arts, the Bija Children's Choir and special guests perform their 6th Annual Bija Cultural Story Concert, this year featuring Cathryn Fairlee telling the Hawaiian tale of Princess Lani & the Adventure of the Healing Leaves, and a number of beautiful songs and dances performed with the Bija Concert and Treble Choirs along with special guests Liko Puha and dancer Kawahine Linda Low.

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Mar
10
3:30 PM15:30

Bija Preparatory Choir Parents' Day 3:30pm

This informal recital marks the end of winter session for Preparatory Choir students, who perform songs for their families and demonstrate a few movement-based Rhythmics games by which they learn principles of music theory as applied to the choral setting.  Along with the singing, we'll have a little fun and games and parent participation thrown in there, too.

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Mar
10
2:30 PM14:30

Bija Junior Choir Parents' Day 2:30pm

Parents' Day marks the last day of winter session for the Bija Junior Rhythmics Choir, in which we  demonstrate class activities and sing songs for parents/family members during our usual class-time.  This event is not quite a recital, but rather a celebration and demonstration of the movement-based process of music learning by which the Junior Choir students learn their music theory as applied in the choral setting.  Parents, be ready to sing some songs along with us! 

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Jan
13
to Jan 14

First Week of Mid-Season Classes

Wed Jan 13th (Treble Choir) and Thurs Jan 14th (Junior, Preparatory & Concert Choirs) marks the first day of mid-season Bija Choir classes.  Beginner level (Junior and Preparatory) students may register for a single 10wk session, while auditioned level (Concert and Treble) students commit for the rest of the season until early June.  For placement and other questions please contact Director Maria Bija at mariabija@gmail.com.

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Dec
8
to Dec 10

Community Holiday Classes

This week during classes, current Bija Choir students are invited to bring a friend to class to share our joy of singing and and music learning.  As well we hold a drive for The Living Room of Santa Rosa, a day shelter for women and children who are homeless.  Items collected include: educational books, toys and personal hygiene items.

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Sep
15
to Sep 17

FIRST DAY OF 2015-16 SEASON

Bija Choir 2015-16 Season classes begin the week of Sept 15th at the following schedule:

Tuesdays  4-4:45pm  Junior Rhythmics Choir section 1

Wednesdays  4-5pm  Treble Choir

Thursdays  2:30-3:15pm  Junior Rhythmics Choir section 2

                     3:30-4:15pm  Preparatory Choir

                     4:30-5:15pm  Concert Choir

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