What a fantastic show! Thank you to all our wonderful audience members, sponsors, special guests, board members, and alumni for being part of this evening. Huge thank you to Erick Lichte for choosing incredible (and incredibly challenging!) repertoire, and for guiding us and pushing us over the last 6 weeks so that we could deliver this performance.

Can’t wait to see everyone for A Phoenix Christmas! Sunday, December 16th, starting at 4pm, with audience reception following the show!

Phoenix Chamber Choir of Vancouver, Canada invites applications for the position of Artistic Director to start in the 2019/2020 season!

Please see our Artistic Director Search Page for more information.

Phoenix Chamber Choir is looking for outstanding volunteers!

 

As a non-profit organization, we rely on volunteers to help us host successful events, and we would love to have you as part of our team.

Currently we are looking for volunteers to join our Front of House Team, which handles ticket booth, general information, ushering, distribution of programmes, raffle and CD sales, and decorations/clean up.

All volunteers receive free admission into our concerts. We can also provide you with an official reference letter by request.

If you are interested in volunteering at one or more of our concerts, please email admin@phoenixchoir.com for more information.

It is amazing but true, Phoenix is celebrating 35 years of making music together and our alumni were a big part of that journey! We will be honouring all the Alumni this season and would like as many as possible to join together with us to sing the Paulus “Road Home” at our concert at 7:30pm on October 20th, at St. John Shaughnessy Church.

Please email admin@phoenixchoir.com for more information and to get a digital copy of the score.

We hope to see you there!

Erick Lichte has been hailed by Washington Post for the “audacity” of his programming and noted by the Chicago Tribune for the “meticulous preparation” of his choirs. Fanfare Magazine declared that he created and helmed “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States.”

As a founding member, singer and Artistic Director of the male vocal ensemble Cantus, Lichte created and sustained one of only two full-time vocal ensembles in the United States. From 2000-2009, Lichte’s programming and artistic direction were heard in over 60 concerts a year and he has collaborated with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, the Boston Pops, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Doc Severinsen, and Minnesota Orchestra. His work with Cantus garnered the 2009 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the highest honour from the professional choral organization Chorus America.

In January 2013, he began his tenure as Artistic Director of Vancouver BC’s Chor Leoni Men’s Choir. Since that time, he has grown the choir into one of the most active and popular amateur choirs in North America, performing over 35 concerts a year to over 15,000 patrons. His first recording with Chor Leoni, Wandering Heart, received a perfect five-star review from the UK’s prestigious Choir and Organ Magazine, and Oregon Arts watch has declared that, under his leadership, Chor Leoni is now “one of the best male choirs on the continent.”

Lichte is an active proponent of new music and has commissioned over 250 new works from composers such as Lee Hoiby, Eriks Esenvalds, Gavin Bryars, Jocelyn Morlock, Steven Sametz, Edie Hill, Mary Ellen Childs, Imant Raminsh among many others. An active clinician and guest conductor, Lichte is especially passionate in his work to get young men singing and believes in the transformative social power choral music can have on male culture.

He is also an active composer and arranger, especially known for co-creating All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 which has been taken on ten North American tours and been performed on three continents. In November 2018, All is Calm will make its off-Broadway debut for a two month run at the Sheen Center in Greenwich Village.

Erick Lichte will join Phoenix Chamber choir for their first concert of the 2018-2019 Season: REINCARNATIONS, a program of cutting edge music focused on the renewals of the seasons and of our souls. Don’t miss this one night event as works by Tormis, Whitacre, Barber and Pulitzer-prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw are brought to life through the luminous singing of Vancouver’s award-winning Phoenix Chamber Choir.

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Phoenix Chamber Choir is excited to present our 36th season! With four incredible concerts masterfully conducted by four outstanding guest conductors, this is a season you do not want to miss. Visit our Concerts page for more information and links to purchase tickets, or download our Season Brochure.

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Phoenix Chamber Choir will be holding auditions for new members on Tuesday, August 7th, from 7-9pm at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (1440 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver).

Please email admin@phoenixchoir.com for information on what to prepare and to sign up for a time.

We look forward to meeting you!

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Under the direction of Dr. Langager, Phoenix Chamber Choir has: released 3 CD’s; placed 1st in Adult Chamber Choir Category, 1st in Contemporary Category, Best performance of a Canadian song in the Canadian Amateur Choir competition; performed at Podium 2016 (Edmonton); performed with Andrea Bocelli; the VSO; launched Chrysalis Vocal Ensemble; and most recently, completed an inspiring collaboration with Ballet BC for “Program 3”.

“Emily Molnar’s (artistic director at Ballet BC) piece was entitled “When You Left”, hauntingly accompanied by the Phoenix Chamber Choir performing Peteris Vask’s ‘Plainscapes’. Without any exaggeration the vocals were exquisite, filling the auditorium with a spine-tingling crystal clear resonance.” -MG (Vancouver Arts Review).

The Phoenix Vocal and Performing Society would like to thank Dr. Graeme Langager for 6 amazing seasons of leadership, artistry, and passion. The sold-out concert, This House of Peace, on May 26th, was an incredible celebration to end our 35th season, and our last concert with Dr. Langager as Artistic Director. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

As one audience member described: “This House of Peace was the most beautiful, transcendent sound I have ever heard from a choir, mesmerizing! The deep baritones were incredible – many voices, attuned as one organic instrument under the hand of Graeme Langager – Thank you” -KT

Stay tuned for 2018-19 season details!

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We’re happy to report that we gave our concert last week to a very full house! We’re so grateful to everyone who came out to hear not just us, but the amazing young voices of Chrysalis, our youth choir. It was a very memorable experience with beautiful instrumentalists and gorgeous repertoire all under the talented direction of Graeme Langager. It was a fantastic evening and a great way to end our season.

Thanks so much to everyone who has supported us in so many ways. We look forward to seeing you at our concerts next season. Dates are below (and more will be announced soon) so mark your calendars!

2018-2019 Season
October 27th, 2018
December 16th, 2018 (with traditional reception!)
May 11th, 2019