Phoenix is proud to present:

Making Music in the Mess:

A conversation towards a greater understanding of African Diasporic voices in Canadian choral music.


Monday, July 6th, 2020

1:00pm PST / 4:00pm EST


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It is with sadness and well wishes that Phoenix announces the resignation of Assistant Conductor, Ian Bannerman.

Bannerman was a Phoenix singer during his undergraduate years at UBC and returned to the choir in 2019 to join Dr. Nicholle Andrews on the podium as Assistant Conductor. Since Dr. Andrews is located in California where she is the Director of Choral Studies at the University of Redlands, Bannerman was tasked with filling the substantial role of leading weekly rehearsals and preparing the choir for concerts.

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Phoenix Chamber Choir is currently searching for a Production Manager.


The Production Manager will work collaboratively with the choir Administrator to coordinate logistics for the event as well as managing on-site event needs. The PM must not be an active singer nor conductor in the event. The position offers the opportunity to gain experience in not-for-profit organization administration in the arts sector.


 Managing pre-event logistics including: Booking and coordination of venues, Creation of programs, Creation of schedule-of-events, and Recruitment and training of volunteers for events.

 Managing on-site event logistics including: Coordination of pre-production set-up and post-production tear-down, Coordination of volunteers for front-of-house, Managing ticket-sales, Managing merchandise sales, and Greeting and assisting audience members.

 For online (virtual) events, additional responsibilities may include: Identification and management of online platform, and Creation of a pre-event schedule


 Excellent verbal and written communication and organizational skills
 Ability to work collaboratively and take direction from the Phoenix Chamber Choir Administrator and artistic team, and to work collaboratively with audience members, musicians, and both professional and volunteer staff
 Knowledge and facility in the use of Google-based document management (G-Suite) and Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, Powerpoint).
 Ability to have meetings by video conference as required.

Previous knowledge of any of the following would be considered an asset: WordPress based website maintenance, Video and audio editing, and Social media platform outreach (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube)

Previous experience working with a not-for-profit organization, arts organization, and/or choral organization is considered an asset.


Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit application materials via email to

To be considered, the following materials must be received no later than Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
 A current CV or resume
 A cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position

Short-listed candidates will be asked to interview by video conference with the Administrator and Phoenix Chamber Choir leadership the week of July 12-18, 2020.

All communications will be considered confidential. Phoenix Chamber Choir is an equal opportunity employer.


For more information about the position, please see our full  Production Manager Posting.

Phoenix Chamber Choir is proud to be presenting renowned British vocal ensemble, VOCES8 in the spring of 2021 as what is bound to be a pinnacle gathering of our 38th annual season.

The concert will take place on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets will be available on September 1st at or at 604.822.2697**

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For Phoenix Chamber Choir, singing is more than a hobby: it is an essential part of who we are and how we engage with the world. For us, singing offers unifying power, even during an era that not one of us could have predicted, when so much is keeping us apart, and where the injustices of the world weigh heavy. We have told you from the beginning that we are strong, we are committed, and we will continue to spread hope through music. 

Thus, it is with great joy and pride that we present our 38th annual season: With One Voice. 

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Along with some friends from around the continent, we once again bring you a musical PSA and expression of unity to remind you to “do what we all gotta do” and THANK our frontline workers!⁠

Enjoy part 3 of our quarantine series! Share with a frontline worker you love!


Thank you to everyone doing their part to keep us safe. Be kind, be calm, and keep singing!

A social-distanced cover of What a Man Gotta Do ( @Jonas Brothers ) involving 65 young singers and 30 adults from coast to coast of North America.

If you enjoyed this performance, please consider donating to a choir in your local area. If you would like to donate to Phoenix Chamber Choir, you can do so here.

Recorded in isolation by members of the following groups:

VIVA! Youth Singers – Toronto, ON
Holy Heart High School – St. John’s, NL
Kokopelli Choirs – Edmonton, AB
Vancouver Youth Choir – Vancouver, BC
University of Redlands Chapel Singers and Youth Choir – Redlands, CA
Phoenix Chamber Choir – Vancouver, BC
Alumni of La Ceilagh – Montreal

Solos:  @SheenaMelwani , Andrew Mangal, Justin Yap

QC Music: Jess Agombar, Joe Jonas, Kevin Jonas, Nick Jonas, Dave Steward, Ryan Tedder

Arrangement: Carolyn Shiau Artistic
Director & Lyrics: Nicholle Andrews
Video Editing: Carolyn Shiau and Vaughn Chauvin
Sound Editing and Mixing: Brad Andrews
Youth Conductor: Zoe Petersen
Assistant Conductor: Ian Bannerman
Administrator: Emily Zuidema


We’ve been so overwhelmed and honoured by the attention, support and love that we received for our first video, that we decided to put together another one, but this time we brought some friends along!

Please enjoy our second COVID-19 public service announcement and virtual expression of love and solidarity from your ever-enthusiastic Phoenix Family and choral comrades.

Stay home! We’ve got this!


Special thanks to: Billy Joel for the original, Zach Timson and Nicholle Andrews for the new lyrics, Carolyn Shiau for the musical arrangement, Carolyn Shiau and Vaughn Chauvin for the video editing, and Brad Andrews for the sound mixing and editing! Your insight, musical, and technical work astounds us all.

Featuring singers from: University of Redlands Chapel Singers, Songcology by musica intima, Crescent ChoirsDa Camera SingersFilles de l’îleOnoscatopoeiaJubilate Vocal EnsembleQuartomRichmond Orchestra & ChorusSt. Mary’s Kerrisdale ChurchTimbre! ChoirVancouver Bach Choir, La Ceilagh Chamber Singers, and your very own Phoenix Chamber Choir.

We are so grateful for our ability to make music with the incredible choral community here in Vancouver, across BC and Canada, and with our neighbours to the south. Choirs are often non-profit organizations whose mission and survival revolves around their concert season. If you enjoyed this video, please consider donating to a local choir in your area, and come and take in a concert in person once we’re back in action. Your generosity will allow us to keep doing what we love.


For the most up to date information about COVID-19 please see the resources below.

We have been blown away by the response of our Coronavirus Rhapsody Parody video, which we released on March 31. One of the many common questions we’ve received in the outpouring of responses is “how did you make the video?” We give kudos to Phoenix Singers and board members extraordinaire, Vaughn Chauvin and Carolyn Shiau (both featured in the video as well) for their careful work editing and compiling the video.

We created this nifty Q & A guide to give you a behind-the-scenes glance at our process and perhaps give you some pointers for yours!

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On Tuesday, March 17th Phoenix decided to cancel the rest of our 2019-2020 season, in order to protect the health and safety of our singers and audience members; but that doesn’t mean that we’ve stopped making music together!

This past weekend, a group of our singers put together our own parody version of Bohemian Rhapsody, with lyrics adapted from Dana Jay Bein’s Coronavirus Rhapsody. 

If you are inspired and uplifted by this video, please consider making a donation to support an arts organization in your local area. We are all in this together and every little bit helps. You can also make donations to Phoenix Chamber Choir by clicking the Donate tab at the top of this page.


Wishing everyone the best of health. For the most up to date information about COVID-19 please see the resources below. And remember….WASH YOUR HANDS!!!! :)……

Recorded for fun in isolation by members of Phoenix Chamber Choir from Vancouver, BC, Canada in March of 2020 Lyrics: Dana Jay Bein (slightly adapted) Original Music: Freddie Mercury Arrangement: adapted from Rockapella by Carolyn Shiau Editing: Carolyn Shiau and Vaughn Chauvin Mixing: Tom Metzgers

It is with immense sadness and regret that we inform you the Phoenix Board of Directors has decided to cancel the remainder of the 2019-2020 season. This cancellation includes all rehearsals and workshops, our April 22 Earth Songs concert, and our June 2020 auditions and recording sessions. 

The stakes of the COVID-19 pandemic are just too high to justify asking our singers, artistic staff, and dearest friends and family to gather together. The truth is there will be other opportunities to sing together and perform for you all, but it is important we prioritize every individual’s health and welfare right now. We appreciate your understanding, though we recognize this is a disappointment.

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