Phoenix Chamber Choir’s 40th Season

This coming season marks 40 years for Phoenix Chamber Choir. Phoenix Chamber Choir performs under the leadership of our  Artistic Director, Dr. Nicholle Andrews, and Assistant Conductor, David Rosborough.

Christmas Around the World Family Concert | December 10 | 10 AM PST

Pacific Spirit United Church, 2195 W 45th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6M 2J4

Our newest concert addition will be an all-ages concert where families with young children are welcome to join us as we ring in the holiday season. Phoenix aims to engage future generations in choral music to keep the art alive for years to come, and we welcome any and all listeners to join our Phoenix family at this concert.

Christmas Around the World 

December 10 | 3 PM PST

Pacific Spirit United Church, 2195 W 45th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6M 2J4

December 11 | 3 PM PST

Queens Avenue United Church, 529 Queens Ave, New Westminster, BC V3L 1K2

Join as on Saturday or Sunday for our classic Christmas concert, featuring seasonal choral music mixed with music and readings from authors and composers around the world. This concert will be a combination of audience favorites and exciting new pieces from abroad.

From Phoenix With Love | February 11 | 3 PM PST

Queens Avenue United Church, 529 Queens Ave, New Westminster, BC V3L 1K2

This February concert will feature new arrangements of love, heartbreak and passion. Our singers are sure to inspire you, with layers of harmony and dissonance, raising their voices as one. We will also premiere a brand new work by the winner of our 2022 Composition Competition!

40th Anniversary Concert| May 7 | 3 PM PDT

Our spring concert will be our quintessential 40th year anniversary concert, journeying through Phoenix’s rich history. With appearances from previous artistic directors conducting the choir and an audience sing along with Melanie DeMore, we are taking time to recognize the individuals who’ve helped build our program.

Phoenix also aims to engage future generations in choral music, which is why we are proud to include a junior high choirs who will be participating in the 2022-2023 Phoenix Choral Experience, an outreach program for youth choirs and educators. We are delighted that our 40th anniversary concert will premiere a new commissioned work by Saunder Choi performed together by Phoenix Chamber Choir and youth choirs from the Phoenix Choral Experience.

Past Seasons

Passions | October 23, 2021 | 7:30pm PST

Pacific Spirit United Church, 2195 W 45th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6M 2J4

The opening concert of our 2021-2022 season 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.

Passions Concert Program

Lux | December 11, 2021 | 3:00pm PST

Pacific Spirit United Church, 2195 W 45th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6M 2J4

Our second concert 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.

Lux Concert Program


EVOLVE | MAY 7, 2022 | 3:00PM PST

Pacific Spirit United Church, 2195 W 45th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6M 2J4

Our final concert of the season will bring the audience on a walk through history. From the music of Charles Villiers Stanford to the world premiere 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 how composers have paved the way to challenge the performers, the listener and society.

Evolve Concert Program

Gathering Together | October 24, 2020

Our first concert was a Gathering Together of music from around the world, sung by singers from around the city. Audience members gathered with us from around the world to experience the Phoenix Family in a new and exciting way.

This concert featured solo performances, works sung by small groups called “Phoenix Ventures,” and music by our entire “Phoenix Odyssey” (the entire ensemble). We were elated to share diverse, emotional repertoire to reflect this new chapter of choral singing.

Rejoice & Sing | December 20 – 27, 2020

The second concert, Rejoice & Sing, continued the Phoenix Christmas concert tradition in virtual format. Guests joined us online for familiar holiday favourites, heart-warming readings, and a virtual version of our annual audience sing-a-long with singers from our community joining Phoenix in a performance of Silent Night in honour of the late Miles Ramsay.

This virtual concert was available on demand from Sunday, December 20th to Sunday, December 27th, so that you could share in the music and magic of the season anytime over the Christmas holiday.

Rejoice & Sing Concert Program

Earth Songs | April 22 – 29, 2021

The final concert, Earth Songs, was our much anticipated Earth Day celebration, rescheduled from our 2019/2020 season.

Our 2020/2021 was unique, but we were excited to close our season with “Earth Songs” featuring works by Canadian composer Stephen Chatman and original arrangements by Phoenix Family members. With special guests including Christopher Gabbitas, formerly of The King’s Singers and currently the Artistic Director of Phoenix Chorale, as well as Josh Ramsay of the Canadian Pop/Rock band Marianas Trench. The concert also premiered readings of young Canadian poets as well as featured visual art from children and youth, and Vancouver-based artist Corrinne Wolcoski, who donated a custom painting for the event which was auctioned off in order to raise funds for the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Thank you to everyone who celebrated Earth Day 2021 with us!

Earth Song Concert Program

Elements | October 26, 2019 

The first concert, Elements, will take listeners on a journey through air, water, and earth and will feature music by Marie Claire Saindon (Canada), Ēriks Ešenvalds (Latvia), Eric Whitacre (USA) and Alberto Grau (Venezuela)

Download the program here!

Phoenix Christmas | December 14 & 15, 2019

The second concert(s) will be a longtime Phoenix favourite: A Phoenix Christmas. This special blend of sacred and secular tunes always marks the holiday season for our singers and fans. We will need your help singing some familiar carols at this delightful annual tradition.

Please plan to join us after the Sunday matinee for our annual Audience Reception.

Download the Program here!

Earth Songs | April 22, 2020

Unfortunately, due to the threat of COVID-19, the Phoenix Board of Directors has decided to cancel Earth Songs 2020 and the rest of this season. 

This concert will be moved to April 2021 as part of our next season.

OCTOBER 20, 2018 | Reincarnations

Phoenix Chamber Choir embarks on its 2018-19 season, with the aptly titled program – Reincarnations.  Guest director Erick Lichte from Portland OR, best known for his work with Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, will conduct Phoenix in 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

DECEMBER 16, 2018 | A Phoenix Christmas

Welcome to our traditional Phoenix Christmas concert and audience reception with guest conductor Dr. John William Trotter from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music (Chicago, IL). As the day fades, get away from the seasonal rush and bustle and enjoy the warm, distinctive ambiance that has made our Christmas concert such a favourite with audiences over the decades. Familiar arrangements mingled with wonderful new musical offerings, heart-warming readings, a sing-along, delicious home baking and hot apple cider await you!

MARCH 10, 2019 | Alive!

Join the Phoenix Chamber Choir under the direction of guest conductor Dr. Nicholle Andrews from University of Redlands (Redlands CA) together with local conductor Andrew Bortz for an evening of choral music by living composers – continuing the great Phoenix tradition of bringing new music to Vancouver. The concert will take you on a journey around the world with music by Runestad, Wachner, Uusberg, LaBarr, MacDonald and many more, and will feature a new commissioned piece by conductor Andrew Bortz!

MAY 11, 2019 | The Looking Glass

In the final concert of the season, guest conductor Kathleen Allan explores reflections on identity, technology, and self-perception in the digital age.  Music by Jeff Enns, Arvo Pärt, Hugo Wolf, Holst, Britten, Schumann and Lassus centres around the musical fairytale by Canadian composer Jason Noble: “Furiouser and Spuriouser” or “Unforeseen Consequences of the Democratization of Knowledge.” Andrew Staniland’s “On the Surface of Water” closes the program and features an iPhone instrument to be played by the audience.