North Island Choral Society

Covid 19 News

We are sad to say that we will not be rehearsing and working towards a December concert.  As it stands now, our provincial health mandate dictates that we are unable to convene in the Fall in the way we are accustomed.  British Columbia needs to reach a phase 4 re-entry before groups larger than 50 (physically-distanced individuals gathering in one space) will be possible. Our decision aligns with over 28,000 choral organizations across Canada. We share with them and all members of the performing arts community our feelings of loss.

Instead Paul, our artistic director, Elvera Penner, our accompanist and the Board will keep contact with our members and look to providing some virtual and perhaps some small group singing experiences, observing special precautions in the latter.    We have our mind on an April 2021 concert as usual but cannot say at this point that it will be possible.


North Island Choral Society is a mixed voice community choir which sings classical and traditional music. We are located in the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island BC.  Joining the choir does not require an audition, just a love of music and a desire to sing. Reading music while desirable is not necessary. The choir presents two concerts a year, one in December when it performs major works which have included Bach’s Magnificat, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Mozart’s Requiem. There is also a Spring Concert usually in April.

Fall 2019 concert  featured Poulenc’s Gloria for Soprano, choir and orchestra; Schubert’s Magnificat in C major for choir, soloists and orchestra and Palestrina’s O Magnum Mysterium sung a capella.

Spring , 2019 the choir  performed music by the “Three ‘Bs”, Beethoven, Brahms and Bach;  and the choir had a wonderful audience for both concerts.

The choir meets every Tuesday evening 7:15 – 9:00 pm.  Membership fees are $70 per session, $30 for students, Winter and Spring sessions.

Paul Colthorpe – Artistic Director

Paul arrived in the Comox Valley in 1991 with his Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Education (U. Vic.),  He has taught secondary school band and choir and elementary classroom music.  He is also Director of Music Ministries at Comox United Church.  His mantra of “music by and for the community” has served him well.  He has been the Artistic Director of the North Island Choral Society for more than 20 years and is proud of the choir’s many accomplishments and continued growth.

Elvera Penner – Accompanist

Elvera, an accomplished musician, has been working with soloists, choirs and instrumentalists since leaving high school.  She has earned her Associate of the Royal Toronto Conservatory (ARTC) and teaches piano as well as accompanying church community and school choirs.  Elvera has been with the North island Choral Society since 1992.

North Island Choral Society Alto section rehearsing
Concentrating hard!