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



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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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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At the end of last season, Phoenix excitedly welcomed Dr. Nicholle Andrews as the new Artistic Director, yet due to her remote location this also opened up an opportunity. The idea was to hire an up-and-coming local conductor to learn under Dr. Andrews’ mentorship, as well as take the lead on the weekly rehearsals here in Vancouver while collaborating on artistic direction.

This, friends, is how we welcomed back Ian Bannerman, Phoenix alumnus, to the role of Assistant Conductor for the 2019-2020 Reawakening season.

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The lineup for the spring Earth Songs concert continues to become more unique and engaging. In addition to the stunning garden setting, the two world premieres of musical pieces, an enhanced experience for a few select guests, the concert will also feature a live artist: local painter, Corrinne Wolcoski. Wolcoski’s painting will go home with one incredibly fortunate bidder at the end of the Earth Songs concert on April 22.

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On April 22, Phoenix Chamber Choir will be putting on what may be the most unique concert to date. The performance will take place at a gorgeous garden venue, versus a church or concert hall, as a part of a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Phoenix is excited to premiere not one, but two original works, both by young composers commissioned by Phoenix: Timothy Cunningham and Katerina Gimon.

Named as one of Canada’s hot 30 classical musicians under 30 by the Canadian Broadcasting Company; composer, improviser, and vocalist Katerina Gimon’s uniquely dynamic, poignant, and eclectic compositional style is rapidly gaining her a reputation as one of the most distinctive emerging voices in contemporary Canadian composition and beyond.

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