ABOUT CYPRESS CHORAL MUSIC

“Choral music – truth wrapped in beauty.  We sing community into existence and peace into the turmoil.” – (our motto)

Cypress Mountain, a popular skier destination, overlooks downtown Vancouver – where we work. Find the red dot above – our headquarters. Think of us as a boutique operation, specializing in excellent Canadian choral music.

DR. LARRY NICKEL

Cypress CEO and Editor

Larry Nickel is an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre, an active choral clinician, adjudicator, teacher, singer, and conductor.  He sang in the Vancouver Chamber Choir for 6 years and is currently singing with the Vancouver Cantata Singers. He taught high school performing arts for 25 years, directing some 50 stage productions (e.g. The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, Fiddler on the Roof) on top of the regular teaching load (Concert Bands, Jazz Bands, Choirs, Handbells, Drama and Acting). Here is a photo of the school’s Christmas Choir in 2001.  In 1993 he won the International Association for Jazz Education award for “outstanding service to jazz education”. His senior choir was selected two years in a row, 2001 and 2002, by Varsity Vocals’ international search for the Best of High School Choirs. Larry left teaching in 2003 and returned to University. At that time he had 60 pieces in print with several publishers.

Over 70,000 people performed Larry’s music in 2016 (when an account was taken)

In 1989 Larry nearly died from viral encephalitis. Emerging from a coma after 15 days he decided to devote more time to composition. Tony Funk and Larry formed the West Coast Mennonite Chamber Choir in 1990. This stellar choir produced 13 CDs, over 15 years, which included 120 Nickel compositions and arrangements. The proceeds from the CD sales (over a million dollars) were donated to a local charity for mentally challenged people. One can purchase some of those recordings here. Larry’s doctoral thesis, Requiem for Peace (in thirteen languages), has received 27 performances thus-far; including in Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, Vancouver, Örebro-Sweden, Corfu-Greece, Chicago, Appleton, Trenton, Kiev-Ukraine, Carnegie Hall (pictured above), and at the World Choral games in Magdeburg.

Dr. Nickel became the owner of Cypress Choral Music in 2010 after working with and singing for Diane Loomer in Chor Leoni Men’s Choir for 5 years. (Diane founded Cypress in 1990. She lived on Cypress Street!)

Larry, Edna and Jason are committed to promoting the good music of over 200 Canadian composers. Larry and Edna have been married for over 47 years. Edna takes care of shipping and accounting. Their son, Jason – a full time musician – also works for Cypress. The joyful trio is pictured here.

Seven Canadian choral luminaries have joined our team. (please see below)

OUR SPECIAL COLLECTION CURATORS

THE CANADIAN CHAMBER CHOIR SERIES

Music for accomplished choirs

Noted choral specialist, Dr. Julia Davids, is the co-editor and curator for this special Canadian choral series:
“Welcome to our collection of choral music which offers a worthwhile challenge to fine mixed choirs. My own choirs have delighted audiences with this music. Listen to quality recordings as you read through the scores.” J.D.
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THE ELEKTRA WOMEN'S CHOIR SERIES

Music for accomplished treble choirs

Morna Edmundson is one of Canada's best-known choral conductors with a strong reputation for excellence. "Welcome to Cypress' series of music for accomplished treble choirs. I'm very pleased to recommend these timeless Canadian compositions and arrangements to conductors looking for a challenge for their advanced high school, college, or adult women's choir. Each has something to offer the singer and the listener." M.E.
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LA SÉRIE ENCHANTÉE

New visions in French-Canadian choral music

Dr. Laurier Fagnan has collected many beautiful and unique selections for the Cypress catalogue.  "Welcome to Cypress' new series of French Canadian music for choirs everywhere. I'm very pleased to recommend these timeless Canadian compositions and arrangements to conductors who are looking for quality music in one of the world’s most beautiful languages. Each has something to offer the singer and the listener. - L.F.
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THE DIANE LOOMER CHORAL SERIES

Canadian Folksong Favourites

Noted choral specialist, Diane Loomer, C.M., founded Cypress Choral Music in 1990. The company was launched with her arrangement of “Away From the Roll of the Sea”. (Since then the wonderful piece has been preformed by hundreds of choirs.) After Diane passed away in 2012, her husband selected fifteen of Diane’s all time favourite folk song arrangements.  Watch this Diane Loomer tribute video.
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THE VANCOUVER YOUTH CHOIR SERIES

Music for teens and young adults

Noted choral dynamo, Carrie Tennant, is the co-editor and curator for this special Canadian choral series: “This collection offers a worthwhile challenge to mixed choirs. My own youth choirs have delighted audiences with this music and singers of any age will enjoy these quality selections. You can listen to quality recordings as you read through the scores.” C.T.
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THE ZIMFIRA COLLECTION

Choral gems for children's choir

Noted choral specialist, Zimfira Poloz, is the co-editor and curator for this special Canadian choral series: “Please check out  my collection of choral music which offers exciting challenges to young voices. My own award-winning children’s choirs have delighted audiences with this music. Please listen to quality recordings as you study the scores. Watch our Youtube videos for ideas about movement.” Z.P.
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PROFONDO - THE MARK SIRETT SERIES

Quality music for low voices

Dr. Mark Sirett is a prolific composer, choir director and choral music specialist. He is the co-editor and curator for this unique series. “Welcome to my collection of choral music for low voice choirs. Tenors, baritones and basses need excellent repertoire and here is my list of sure winners. My own choirs have delighted audiences with this music. Please follow the 'look and listen' links. You can listen to quality recordings as you read through the scores.” M.S.
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SONGS FOR THE SANCTUARY

Music for the church choir

Dr. Joy Bergwith her two passions of choral conducting and worship – the foci of her two doctorates –  has collected many beautiful, interesting, moving, and accessible selections for church choirs. Many church choirs have limited resources so Joy has carefully selected quality and practical music for average church choirs. Please listen to fine recordings as you study the scores.
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UNIVERSAL GOSPEL CHOIR SERIES

the stylings of Lonnie Delisle

Lonnie Delisle directs the Universal Gospel Choir in Vancouver, B.C.. He is an expert at raising the roof and having audiences jump to their feet. Lonnie's selections are ideal for choirs at all levels. Please listen to the exciting recordings as you peruse the scores.
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cypresschoralmusic@gmail.com
Dr. Larry Nickel (Editor):
larrynickel@mac.com