North Island Choral Society
North Island Choral Society is a 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.
The Spring 2018 concert celebrated the anniversaries of composers, Gounod, Debussy, Arcadelt Rachmaninoff. Gounod’s Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cecelia was performed.
This fall, the choir will be performing carols by Benjamin Britten, Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst and John Rutter’s Magnificat. “A Fantasy of English Carols.” The dates of the performances will be Friday November 30th at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday December 1st at 2:00 p.m.
The choir meets every Tuesday evening 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Mark Isfeld School 1551 Lerwick Road. Courtenay.
Membership fees are $70 per session, $30 for students, Winter and Spring sessions.
Please note that the first rehearsal for the Fall 2018 session will be at Comox United Church on Comox Avenue on Tuesday September 4th. Please come early at 6:30 p.m. for registration. Payment is (preferably) cheques or cash.
Rehearsals after the first one will be at Mark Isfeld School on Lerwick Road.
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.
Photo by Terry Penney