Introducing the “Hatchlings” program!

We’re thrilled to introduce an exciting new program for families – a unique opportunity to enjoy our concerts stress-free! This program’s goal is to inspire entire families to register and bring their children along, eliminating the need for finding a babysitter.

Here’s how it works:

  • Children will spend the first 10 minutes of the concert seated with their families
  • Afterward, they will be cared for by our dedicated Hatchlings experts in a supervised setting within the same venue as the concert, where they will play musical games and learn a piece of music
  • Towards the end of the concert, the children will return to perform their piece on stage with Phoenix

Our goal is to allow parents to fully immerse themselves in the performance, and provide an even more enriching musical experience for the whole family.


For families considering Hatchlings, the registered ticket price for Hatchlings (children 5 to 12 years old) is set at $10, ensuring an affordable and inclusive experience for families.

Please note that adults are required to purchase a full-price ticket for their own admittance – the adult ticket is not included in the Hatchlings ticket.

If a slightly older child (13-14) would like to participate as a mentor to younger singers, we welcome their leadership; they may purchase Hatchlings tickets and engage in the rehearsal process with a focus on setting a positive example and helping their younger peers.

The Hatchlings program is now available for purchase for our May concert. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at


Meet Melanie Starr Scarcella, the Educator for May 4, 2024

We asked Melanie to share a bit about herself and her plans for the Hatchlings:


1. Tell us a little about yourself

Melanie Starr Scarcella grew up in a small town in Newfoundland where she was fortunate to enjoy a childhood by the ocean and connection to community.  From a young age, she was involved with the performing arts as a vocalist, pianist and actor. After receiving her B.Mus and B.Mus.Ed at Memorial University, she moved to BC in 1997 to pursue graduate studies in education at the University of Victoria.  She has been an active educator in BC for over 27 years having a plethora of teaching experiences from inspiring Kindergartens and Grade 1’s to building successful music programs from K-12.  Melanie is currently the District Early Learning Helping Teacher with SD42 [Maple Ridge] as well as a passionate learner, educator, facilitator, speaker and advocate of playful learning, classroom design, arts integration and finding ways to encompass daily doses of joy in teaching and learning. She prides herself in leading with heart in her journey working with children, families and educators! Melanie Melanie and her husband recently moved to Port Moody as “empty nesters” as both of their children, Sophia and Aidan, are currently in post-secondary education. She is excited to be able to reconnect with the ocean, to explore new musical passions and to challenge herself with this new adventure as a woman in business!

2. What inspired you to become part of the Hatchling program?

Nicholle [Phoenix Artistic Director] reached out to me about the Phoenix Hatchling Program and I thought it was a wonderful way of connecting families to the singing community and introducing them to the joy of participating and “doing” music!

3. What would you like a Hatchling to experience?

I would love a Hatchling to experience the feeling of warmth and joy that goes through your body when you are singing with others!


We hope Hatchlings will add an extra layer of enjoyment to your future concert experiences!