About

WE ARE PHOENIX

Founded in 1983, Phoenix Chamber Choir recently concluded its 35th season as one of Canada’s finest vocal ensembles, renowned for diverse and eclectic programming from the Renaissance to the contemporary, commissions from Canadian and international composers, and North American premieres of significant new works.

The choir has recorded and released eleven CDs throughout its history, including two in 2016/2017 – Why the Caged Bird Sings featuring a collection of contemporary works from composers such as Jake Runestad, Abbie Betinis and Gabriel Jackson, and When the Earth Stands Still highlighting Phoenix’s penchant for lighter works, from composers such as BC’s own Don Macdonald, Daniel Elder and Nick Myers.

With its long-standing history of success in national and international choral competitions and the talent and training of its members, Phoenix Chamber Choir is enriching and extending its earned reputation as an elite-level ensemble. The choir strives to connect deeply with its audiences by sharing world-class musical experiences, and provides invaluable musical opportunities for British Columbian and Canadian choral artists and composers. Phoenix strives for and achieves the highest level of choral performance and audience engagement.

For more than three decades, the Phoenix Chamber Choir has played an integral part in developing young musicians, composers and conductors in Vancouver, and has helped to establish Canada’s West Coast as one of the most important centres of choral music in the world.

Board Members

David Cousins

David Cousins

PRESIDENT
Vaughn Chauvin

Vaughn Chauvin

VICE PRESIDENT
Carolyn Shiau

Carolyn Shiau

SECRETARY
Charlene Gallaher

Charlene Gallaher

TREASURER
Brian Day

Brian Day

FORMER PRESIDENT
Rick Martin

Rick Martin

MEMBER-AT-LARGE
Wim Vermeulen

Wim Vermeulen

MEMBER-AT-LARGE
Erica Northcott

Erica Northcott

MEMBER-AT-LARGE

Competition History

Through its long history, Phoenix has been grand winner and three-time finalist in the European Broadcasting Union’s “Let the Peoples Sing” competition, and winner of 20 first place and grand prize awards at the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs, including two first place prizes and the grand prize for best performance of a Canadian work in the 2015 competition.

2015

National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs

(formerly the CBC National Choral competition)

  • 1st prize:  Mixed Adult Chamber Choir category
  • 1st prize:  Contemporary Music category
  • 1st prize:  Best Performance of a Canadian Work

2007

European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Let the Peoples Sing Competition

  • Canadian adult choir entry
  • Chosen as a finalist, and finished 4th out of 70 choirs from 24 countries
  • October live-to-air broadcast heard by one million listeners worldwide

2006

CBC National Choral Competition

  • Canada Council Healey Willan Grand Prize
  • 1st prize: Chamber Choir Category
  • 1st prize: Contemporary Music Category

2002

CBC National Choral Competition

  • 1st prize: Chamber Choir Category
  • 2nd prize: Contemporary Music Category

2000

CBC National Choral Competition

  • 1st prize: Contemporary Music Category
  • 2nd prize: Chamber Choir Category

1999

European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Let the Peoples Sing Competition

  • Canadian adult choir entry

1998

CBC National Choral Competition

  • Canada Council Healey Willan Grand Prize
  • 1st prize: Chamber Choir Category
  • 2nd prize: Contemporary Music Category

1996

CBC National Choral Competition

  • 2nd prize:  Contemporary Music Category
  • Finalist:  Chamber Choir Category

1994

CBC National Choral Competition

  • 1st prize: Chamber Choir Category
  • 1st prize: Best Performance of a Canadian Work

1993

European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Let the Peoples Sing Competition

  • 2nd prize: Contemporary Music Category
  • 2nd prize: Experimental Music Category
  • 3rd prize:  Chamber Choir Category

1992

CBC National Choral Competition

  • Canada Council Healey Willan Grand Prize
  • 1st prize: Chamber Choir Category
  • 1st prize: Contemporary Music Category

1990

CBC National Choral Competition

  • 1st prize:  Contemporary Music Category

1989

European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Let the Peoples Sing Competition

  • Grand Prize Winner:  Silver Rose Bowl for Best Choir Overall
  • First Prize: Contemporary Music Category
  • Hungarian Radio Trophy
  • 1st and only time competition was won by an adult Canadian choir

1988

CBC National Choral Competition

  • 1st prize: Chamber Choir Category
  • 1st prize: Contemporary Music Category

1987

European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Let the Peoples Sing Competition

  • 2nd prize: Chamber Choir Category

1986

CBC National Choral Competition

  • 1st prize: Chamber Choir Category
  • 2nd prize: Contemporary Music Category

1984

CBC National Choral Competition

  • 1st prize: Contemporary Music Category