Chalice Choir, Men’s Choir, JAMMers (Joyful Association of Music Makers), Farmhouse Ringers hand bell choir
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. 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. 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. Email Hugo Sutmoller (phone 250-385- 2299), or phone Suzanne Beauchamp 778-433-2829.
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 email Music Director Nicholas Fairbank.
Our music director is Nicholas Fairbank who, aside from his responsibilities at the church, keeps busy as Artistic Director of the Via Choralis chamber choir, Chorus Master for the Sooke Philharmonic, and Instructor of Organ and Harpsichord at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.
He has performed across Canada, in Europe and in Mexico. As a composer, his catalogue of compositions includes more than 80 works for voice, piano and organ solo, and for various choral and instrumental ensembles. Please visit his website for more information.
Our collaborative pianist is Erin Zipper, who has been active for the past 15 years as a freelance accompanist, music director and teaching artist. In her previous home of Madison, Wisconsin, she worked mainly as piano/conductor for choral ensembles and musical theatre companies including Children’s Theatre of Madison, Opera For the Young, Forward Theatre, Madison Theatre Guild, Edgewood College, Theatre LILA, and Four Seasons Theatre. Since moving to Victoria, Erin has picked up steady work collaborating with the Victoria Arion Male Choir, Sing Victoria Children’s Choirs and the Victoria Children’s Choir. She works extensively with private voice studios and UVic music students and teaches private piano to students of all ages.
A series of Jazz Vespers 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 Jazz Vespers Service features a spiritual theme with different musicians and music. Spoken and silent reflection led by Rev. Shana.
All services are free. Donations are welcome.
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.