Vancouver Gallery Singers

Our Artistic Director

Jonathan Quick (B.Mus, B.Ed) has been directing the Gallery Singers since October 2008. He is a well-regarded conductor, singer, composer, and arranger, as well as an award-winning producer and sound engineer. He has appeared as a soloist with many local musical ensembles, and is also the artistic director of the Vancouver Welsh Men's Choir.

Current Choir Members

Sopranos: Sara Forsey, Shoshana Herald, Joanne Stan Morgan, Kathryn Quick, Sig Stark, Gian Ward

Altos: Aliza Nevarie, Jenny Riecken, Renee Stephen, Kate Willems Taylor

Tenors: Sonia Crespin, Peter Swayne, Tim Vondette

Basses: Barry Davids, Alan Hu, Steven Hall

Past Directors

Derrick Christian: Director 2003-2008

Dr Albert McLane: Director 1991-2003

Fred Carter: Director 1968-1991

History of The Gallery Singers

In October 1968, a group of people in Vancouver wanted to explore the repertoire of music for small choirs. As there was no local choir that served their purpose, they formed their own, under the direction of Fred Carter (who went on to direct the group for the next 22 years).

They performed their first concert in December 1968. The 12-member choir included Ted Quinton, who went on to sing in the choir for the next 35 years until he retired in 2004.

As the first concert approached, the choir was still without a name. After much pondering, the choir took on the name of the Gallery Singers, as their first concert was performed from the gallery of St. John's, Shaughnessy.

The choir originally focused on music from the English and European Renaissance. Over the years, however, their repertoire widened to include music ranging from the 16th to the 21st century, and styles ranging from profound sacred music to lighthearted folk songs. Today they remain an 18-20 voice chamber choir with a focus on early music, with a balance of music from other eras.

Over the years the Gallery Singers have won many competitions at the CBC and Kiwanis Choral Festivals, and a first and three second prizes at the International Eisteddfod in the UK.

The choir currently performs four concerts each year at Canadian Memorial United Church (at 15th and Burrard, in Vancouver), as well as several concerts in surrounding communities such as White Rock, West Vancouver, and Chilliwack. The choir members also volunteer their time at charitable events such as the L'Arche Vancouver Benefit Concert, and enjoy extra Christmas activities like caroling on Granville Island.

Auditions

We are currently looking for new singers in all sections! If you are interested in joining the choir, please click here for information about auditioning.