Phoenix Chamber Choir faced the same excruciating decisions and circumstances of choirs worldwide in 2020 and 2021, and when mere survival was the goal, we thrived. Several virtual choir parodies and successful virtual events put Phoenix on the global stage; and the anguish of political strife, the grief of the pandemic, and the spotlight on racial injustice called us to double down on our values and purpose as a group looking to bring light into the world through music.

We are so excited to build on this and bring you more this fall in our 2021-2022 season:

 

 

The season will include several performances, a tour to Ottawa and Montreal, and will explore deep, complex issues in the way that only music can. Phoenix has proudly commissioned several premieres by a diverse array of composers from across North America to be featured in each concert. We hopefully invite you to experience the power of choral music in both message and experience, whether you are a newcomer or a longtime Phoenix friend.

“As we look toward our new season titled ‘Emerge, a Season of Premieres,’ I am confident that collectively we are going to experience many ‘firsts’,” said Phoenix Artistic Director, Dr. Nicholle Andrews. “During the pandemic we were afforded the opportunity to reflect, both personally and as an organization, and allow ourselves the time to ask who we are and what is our purpose.”

We will perform three concerts in Vancouver before taking our final performance on the road in July 2022. In-person concerts will follow all provincial health guidelines according to the season they happen, but we are elated at the prospect of seeing actual faces light up at the sound of live voices. We remain committed to offering virtual experiences to the Phoenix global audience as well.

‘Passions’ will feature repertoire performed with the intention to evoke a passionate emotional response in both the performer and listener. The world premiere of a commissioned work by Canadian composer Alex Eddington will highlight the collaborative nature of Phoenix.

‘Lux’ will bring light into your holiday season. Performing music from around the world, this concert will also feature the world premiere of a commissioned work by Canadian composer Laura Hawley.

‘Evolve’ will bring the audience on a walk through history. From the music of Hildegard von Bingen to the world premiered of a commissioned work by Haitian/ American composer Sydney Guillaume, Canadian composer Katerina Gimon and the winner of our first Student Composition Competition, Timothy Cunningham, the repertoire will demonstrate how music has both evolved throughout history and composers have paved the way to challenge the performers, the listener and society.

Voyager: our Phoenix Family will embark on a tour to Montreal and Ottawa where we will share the music of our 2021/2022 season.”

 

Tickets and season subscriptions will be available September 1.

 

Auditions

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the Phoenix Chamber Choir!

Auditions for the 2021-2022 Season will be happening during the month of June in two parts: a video submission followed by an online interview with our Artistic Team.

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In December 2020, Phoenix Chamber Choir premiered an amazing video with over 200 physicians performing virtually together. The Canadian Physician’s Virtual Choir performance of “Ordinary Day” has become not only a viral sensation, but an inspiration to people across Canada and around the world.

For so many physicians, choral singing is a place to forget about the worries of the day and just breathe and do something creative.  The added advantage of singing in your living room (or call-room!) and the fact that no one else in the rehearsal can hear you, is liberating – especially for those who have not sung in a choir for many years!

Over the last 2 months, another 200 physicians came together from all-across the country to create the second Canadian Physician’s Virtual Choir project, and we are elated to announce:

The video is Available Now!

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Phoenix is thrilled to be celebrating Earth Day this year with our Earth Songs concert, for which the vision was cast back in 2019. When the pandemic barred us from hosting our long-awaited concert in 2020, we decided to re-create it as a virtual experience for Earth Day 2021.

When thinking of pieces that were celebratory of our planet and the wonderful gift that nature is to all of us, Stephen Chatman’s Due North quickly came to mind. Read more

One year ago, we eagerly introduced local BC Artist Corrinne Wolcoski, who was booked to attend and paint at our 2020 Earth Songs concert. Of course, the world has flipped upside down since that conversation, yet Phoenix’s commitment to supporting local artists and integrating a multi-medium arts experience into our 2021 Earth Songs concert remains the same. Note, the conversation below is amended based on this one, published one year ago.

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In December 2020, Phoenix Chamber Choir premiered an amazing video with over 200 physicians performing virtual together. The Canadian Physician’s Virtual Choir performance of “Ordinary Day” has become not only a viral sensation, but an inspiration to people across Canada and around the world.

For so many physicians, choral singing is a place to forget about the worries of the day and just breathe and do something creative.  The added advantage of singing in your living room (or call-room!) and the fact that no one else in the rehearsal can hear you, is liberating – especially for those who have not sung in a choir for many years!

Be part of the second

Canadian Physicians Virtual Choir Project!

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Phoenix has been lucky to have had huge success with our Covid-era virtual choir videos, which makes it high time to introduce you to Brad Andrews, our sound engineer extraordinaire and the master of the audio behind all Phoenix virtual videos and concerts. Brad’s insight and skill is invaluable to us, and we are grateful for his commitment to the Phoenix Family.

During the month of January, due to continued provincial restrictions around rehearsing together, Phoenix singers are spending time working 2:1 with the Andrews duo (Brad, and Phoenix Artistic Director, Nicholle) in order to improve vocal performance and sound. We asked Brad his top tips for getting  quality sound when everyone is stuck at home with “what they’ve got” and don’t always have access to studio-quality sound equipment. Below are Brad’s tips. Read more

Phoenix Chamber Choir is looking for art and poetry from children and youth to showcase at our April 22nd, 2021, Earth Day concert, Earth Songs

 

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN!!

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Over the last 2 months, over 200 physicians came together from all-across the country to create the first ever Canadian Physician’s Virtual Choir project, and we are elated to announce:

The video is now available!

 

Initially inspired by the work of Voices Rock Medicine, in Toronto, the Calgary Physician Choir, in Calgary, and Phoenix’s own Vox Panacea, in Vancouver; Phoenix Chamber Choir was honoured to take on the management and artistic direction of this project. Our Artistic Director, Nicholle Andrews, originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, was able to secure permissions for us to perform “Ordinary Day” by Great Big Sea, and even worked her magic to get some special guests to share their talents with the performance!

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Voices Rock Medicine – Toronto

Vox Panacea – Vancouver

In April 2020, Voices Rock Medicine – a choir made up of soprano and alto physicians in Toronto – premiered an amazing video of them singing “together” through the use of technology – all separately filmed videos compiled to create a virtual choir.  Inspired by the Toronto-based choir, there are at least two new physician choirs started in the past few months – Vancouver-based Vox Panacea and the Calgary Physician Choir, all rehearsing using online platforms.

Calgary Physician Choir

For so many physicians, choral singing is a place to forget about the worries of the day and just breathe and do something creative.  The added advantage of singing in your living room (or call-room!) and that no one else in the rehearsal can hear you is liberating – especially for those who have not sung in a choir for many years!

 

Be part of the first-ever

Canadian Physicians Virtual Choir Project!

Read more