Victoria Philharmonic Choir Society
Our Impact Why We Exist
The Victoria Philharmonic Choir enhances our community by:
- providing audiences with live choral music performances of the highest standard;
- drawing together serious amateur singers who are interested in developing their talent;
- arranging educational programs, workshops, and seminars on choral music and vocal technique;
- collaborating creatively with other arts organizations; and
- helping to develop and educate future generations of choral singers and audiences.
Our Story What We Do
Under the musical direction of Peter Butterfield, the choir works with locally, nationally, and internationally-renowned musicians to offer audiences a variety of quality cultural experiences. Our recent performances include collaborations with the Victoria Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Victoria, and the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy.
Our 2016-17 season begins with an afternoon concert of two requiems by the French composers, Faure and Durufle.
December 21 is the date of our Family Christmas Singalong--a regular seasonal offering for those who love tradional Christmas music and a few surprises!
The season concludes with the choir performing the stunning late Renaissance/early Baroque masterpiece, Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 (Vespro della Beata Vergine), accompanied by seven soloists and an orchestra that includes Renaissance period instruments.
Our Programs How We Do It
The Board of the Victoria Philharmonic Choir is composed of community and choir members. It is the responsibility of the Board to oversee choir programming, to direct strategic planning, and to ensure sound fiscal management.
Choristers, Board members, and volunteers work together to organize and stage each production. As well as learning the challenging repertoire, choristers are encouraged to participate in promoting events, stage-setting, and fundraising.
The Victoria Philharmonic Choir offers three or more concert experiences during the year. These performances include major works with guest soloists and orchestral accompaniment as well as a community-based Christmas sing-along where children are encouraged to come on stage to join us in celebrating the songs of the season.
One of the choir's key objectives is to promote youth interest and enthusiasm for classical music through the experience of live classical performances. Students enjoy reduced ticket prices and children are admitted free.
VPC also supports promising young singers by providing them with chorister bursaries, and offers paid section leaderships and/or solo opportunities to advanced voice students or recent graduates working toward professional careers.
What You Can Do
The major costs of our ongoing performance programs are covered by chorister fees, ticket sales, and some third party grants. To ensure our ability to access high quality orchestras, soloists and performance venues for our major concerts, to provide bursaries, and to keep our ticket prices affordable, we also require the support of donors like you. Private and business benefactors help sustain the Choir and its programs with financial and in-kind support. Donations make up an average of 20% of our budget and we value the critical role this support provides.
Knowledgeable members of the community are invited to apply to serve alongside chorister members on our Board of Directors. Those with backgrounds in arts management and donor development, finance, business, community partnerships and/or non-profit board experience are especially welcome. A love of classical music is an asset!
You can also join us for non-choral volunteer roles such as concert promotion and concert venue duties.
If you would like to support the Victoria Philharmonic Choir by becoming a donor/sponsor, volunteer, or a regular member of our audience, please contact us!