Earlier this month, we announced David Rosborough as the Phoenix Assistant Conductor for the 2020-2021 Season. We are eager to begin working with Dave and for our singers to grow under his leadership.

As is now tradition for new Phoenix artistic team members, we wanted to introduce our audience to “the person behind the musical resumé.”

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Making Music in the Mess:

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


Thank you to all our panelists for an open, honest, informative, and inspiring presentation. Please see below for the full recording and a list of resources mentioned during the presentation.


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Phoenix Chamber Choir is thrilled to be welcoming our new Assistant Conductor for the 2020-2021 season, under the leadership of Dr. Nicholle Andrews:

David Rosborough (B.Sc., M.A., A.R.C.T)


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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 admin@phoenixchoir.com.

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 www.chancentre.com 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.