Chalice Choir, Men's Choir, JAMMers (Joyful Association of Music Makers),
the Farmhouse Ringers Hand Bell Choir and the Drumming Circle
CHALICE CHOIR: Open to all, the Chalice Choir is our main adult choir. No audition, no need to read music. The choir provides an enjoyable opportunity to expand your musical knowledge with a supportive group. Choir members rehearse Thursday evenings in the Sanctuary from 7:30 to 9:30 pm and sing two Sunday mornings a month (September to June), meeting at 9:45 am to warm up. Often December and May can be busier months with seasonal concerts. (Click here for the Choir’s practice files.)
To join, or attend a rehearsal, please email Music Director Nicholas Fairbank for more information.
MEN’S CHOIR: The Men’s Choir (open to anyone who identifies as male) is for any adult wishing to sing music specially selected for male voices. No audition, no need to read music. The choir meets twice a month on Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, before the Chalice Choir rehearsal. (Click here for the Men’s Choir practice files.)
You do not need to be a member of the Chalice Choir to join the Men’s Choir. Please email Music Director Nicholas Fairbank for more information.
THE JAMMERS (JOYFUL ASSOCIATION OF MUSIC MAKERS): A small group (10 to 12 people) who love to sing and share their music with seniors living in extended care/nursing facilities. The group performs the last Friday of each month, September to June. It has an 18-year tradition of singing folk songs, golden oldies and action songs. No audition, no need to read music. Practice once a month at the church. New singers are always welcome. For more inofrmation contact Peter Hancock email@example.com
FARMHOUSE RINGERS: Learn techniques, develop ensemble skills with our handbell choir. Prepare repertoire to perform each Monday morning at 10 am until noon in the Farmhouse Common Room. No previous handbell experience needed, but basic music skills are required, as is willingness to learn, the desire to have fun and being reliable. For further information please contact – Anne Hill firstname.lastname@example.org
The first sound everyone on Earth heard was the sound of our mother’s heartbeat. Our relationship with rhythm began in the womb. As human beings, we are intrinsically rhythmic, and this rhythm is a potent source of well-being. The Drumming Circle meets every second Sunday, 12:30 – 2:00, in the Sunflower Room of the Children’s Wing. Everyone is welcome to join in; drop in and check us out! For more information or to add your name to the emailing list, contact Dar Levy at email@example.com
Our music director is Nicholas Fairbank who, aside from his responsibilities at the church, is Chorus Master of the Sooke Philharmonic. He also maintains a small teaching studio.
Nicholas has performed across Canada, in Europe and in Mexico. As a composer, his catalogue of compositions includes more than 100 works for voice, piano and organ solo, and for various choral and instrumental ensembles. Please visit his website for more information.
Jennifer Mitchell, the choir’s collaborative pianist, has 20 years of choir experience – both singing and accompanying. She teaches at the Victoria Conservatory of Music as a collaborative pianist.
Jennifer received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Victoria, and a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of Western Ontario. Please visit Jennifer’s website for more information.
Spirited Jazz in the Sanctuary
A series of Spirited Jazz in the Sanctuary Services created by Reverend Shana Lynngood and member of our congregation, Gary Theal. Monthly services, usually in the evening of each month from September to June. Each hour-long Spirited Jazz Service features a spiritual theme with different musicians and music. Spoken and silent reflection is led by Rev. Shana.
All services are free. Donations are welcome. Click here for more details.
For Everyone! Sunday Services
As a congregation we love to sing! Join our regular Sunday worship where we lift our voices in the community of song. We’re truly blessed with rich and varied opportunities to participate in the wonderful gift of music.
Although our congregation features a variety of musical performances, music within the context of worship is not about performance. Rather, music allows people to express their innermost yearnings, their joy and sorrow, their creative energy and spirit.