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).
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!!!
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 email@example.com or (707) 695-6865.
The Bija Concert & Treble Choirs will grace the "Family Fun Stage" at the Sonoma County Fair this year on Monday August 7th at 4:15pm, on which day the fair celebrates Earth Day. We'll be sharing songs of the world for a 30 min set. Hope to see you there!
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!
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.
The BIJA Treble & Concert Choirs perform in support of Bob Burke's Kids Holiday Party at the Union Hotel in Occidental. Snoopy and Clo the Cow will be there in full festive garb, along with a beautiful dinner buffet! Open to the public starting 5:30pm.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the Guest Student list.
Cheers to the first day of new 2016-17 BIJA CHOIR SEASON classes!
Junior Choir 2:30-3:15pm, Preparatory Choir 3:30-4:15pm, Concert Choir 4:30-5:15pm, all classes held at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts (south patio entrance.) Pre-registration strongly recommended.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 email@example.com.
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.
The Bija Choirs will perform a 25 minute set of beautiful winter music from different cultural traditions, accompanied by Colleen O'Malley on piano and a guest violinist, directed by Maria Bija.
Our annual multi-choir harvest music celebration with special guests. Details to come!
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
Join us for a free choral concert under the trees at Ives Park, Sebastopol on Sunday June 7th from 4-5pm. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, and come ready to enjoy the beautiful sounds of the Bija Children's Choir and special guests. Homemade pie and lemonade for sale, too...see you there!