Victoria, BC  Canada

 

 
Good Deeds

For 20 years we have performed twice a year at a variety of Seniors homes around Victoria.  We share our complete one hour show and provide smiles to some very appreciative audiences.  It is always an absolute pleasure!  We have sung at hospitals, the public library venue downtown, and contributed to many worthy causes.
















Avalon Singers Annual Bursary

Our 2017 Recipient:  Iris Hung
Presented by Lydia Haight, President, Avalon Singers



Iris is the recipient of countless prestigious awards and has recently distinguished herself as the winner of the 2017 Strauss Scholarship that enabled her to attend summer studies at the Salzburg Mozarteum in Austria. She has been selected as a finalist in the Don Chrylser Concerto Competition this year.  She recently won the UVic Concerto Competition and will be performing with the Orchestra this coming season.   She has been selected as the Victoria representative to compete in the National Class of the BC Provincial Performing Arts Festival.   Iris is very interested in collaborating with singers and instrumentalists. We are thrilled to have taken an interest in this wonderful young pianist.



Our 2016 Recipient:  Sarah Chapeskie 
Presented by Lydia Haight, President, Avalon Singers


Sarah Chapeskie
Sarah:

-is an 18 year old homeschooled student heading to University to study music

-in 2013, 2014, and 2015, won Sight reading award in the GVPAF piano section

-2014, won the Intermediate Concert Group award in the GVPAF

-2015, won the Senior Composition award in the GVPAF

-completed her grade 9 RCM in January of 2016

-accompanies her sisters flute and clarinet, and her cousin who also plays flute.

-accompanied and assisted teaching theory to a concert band, and musicians' solos.

-accompanies her church choir, youth choir soloists

-accompanies fellow piano students performing in the Victoria Performing Arts Festival

-performed at the BC Day Performing Arts Festival

-sings in Viva Youth Voices Concerto ensemble

-plays cello since 2014

-highland dancing for 6 years




Bursary Winners have been invited to perform at our Christmas Concert

 

What a treat... on our YouTube Channel

 

Rachel Lee in Concert Part 1:    Rachel Lee in Concert Part 2




Our 2015 Recipient:  Rachel Lee. 
Presented by Lydia Haight, President, Avalon Singers
Rachel Lee - Recipient of 2015 Bursary,  Presented by Lydia Haight


Rachel:

    - is 14 years old

    - is a senior piano student currently studying with Pam Smirl

    - won the Accompaniment class in the GVPAF (2015)

    - won the Concert group class in the GVPAF (2015)

    - has almost completed her grade 10 piano,

    - participated in Westhills BC Day Celebration in 2014

    - recently won Share the Celebration RCM Video Countdown Competition - Level 10

    - she is an Honour Roll Student at Mt. Douglas Secondary School.




In 2013 our accompaniest Naomi Derkson at the age of 36, along with her husband Alex were tragically taken from us.  In memory of Naomi, we are proud to contribute a finiancial assistance Bursary.   We focus on young musicians who study choral accompaniment through BCRMTA, Victoria Branch.  

  http://www.avalonsingers.com/pianist/NaomiDerksen.htm




June 21, 2014 a Tribute Concert (poster) honouring Naomi and Alex was hosted by The Canadian College of Performing Arts. Naomi was on the faculty. Avalon Singers along with a donation, performed Fields of Gold in her honour. Naomi's family was in attendance. Proceeds went to fund the continuing Naomi Derksen Memorial Endowment Fund.

 


Watch go! Island" Celebrates Naomi Derksen at CCPA - Shaw TV Victoria