At IDEAL, the search for the aesthetic goes beyond the work of art. Through all forms of creation there is a will to sculpt and model ourselves. In this way we strive to develop a way of life which in itself is a work of art, with the belief that beauty in our environment and the search for harmony in our relationships create an atmosphere that penetrates and impacts us as a transformative force.
In nature, each element contributes to the beauty of the whole. Similarly, by cultivating and combining our talents, the resulting work is enhanced and radiates further than the sum of its parts. Its ability to communicate goes beyond each person's individual contribution. Creation becomes a collective endeavor.
All art forms practiced at IDEAL are open to visitors and residents in a spirit of sharing and learning.
Music is an accessible and universal form of expression, and an important pedagogical tool at IDEAL Society. Over the years, the evolution of our music programs and activities has made it possible for a group of beginner and professional singers to form the Vera Choir and the Instrumental Ensemble. The choir pays special attention to its less experienced members, who by working within a stimulating group environment, benefit from solid musical training to fully develop their musical skills.
The Instrumental Ensemble is composed of professional musicians from many nationalities.
The repertoire of the Choir and Instrumental Ensemble includes sacred and folk music, classical pieces and original compositions by Gilles Hainault, the choir's director. Gilles also harmonized and arranged numerous melodies and themes by Peter Deunov (1864-1944), a Bulgarian philosopher, musician and accomplished violinist.
Since 2001 the Choir performed in Canada, France, Switzerland and at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, as well as in several consulates and missions in NYC.
In 2013, members of the Women's Choir received first prize for vocal group at the East Kootenay Performing Arts Festival.