The People Who Use St. Andrew's
St. Andrew's United Church
Nanaimo Youth Choir
Nanaimo Youth Choir, a community choir for youth aged 5 to 19 years, was founded by Artistic Director, Marian Smith in 1992. The choir is a division of the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music. There are two groups within the choir program, a Junior Choir for children 5 through 14 years with little or no musical experience, and the Concert Choir for girls and boys with unchanged voices. This group is an auditioned group of choristers with some previous musical experience, through choir or private instruction.
In 2012 and 2014they have travelled to Eugene, Oregon to participate in the Pacific International Children’s Choral Festival (PICCFEST) . The choir performs at community and competitive events and has received numerous awards including:
-Six time consecutive provincial winner in the BC Festival of the Arts
- Second place winner at the Canadian National Music Festival 2012
- Civic Merit Awards to celebrate each year they have won the Provincial competition.
In 2011, Marian Smith was also honoured to receive a City of Nanaimo Cultural Award for her work in the community and with the Nanaimo Youth Choir.
This year, the Nanaimo Youth Choir has been given a once in a lifetime opportunity by Distinguished Concerts International New York to perform in Carnegie Hall with children’s choirs from other parts of the globe, in a world premiere performance with conductor and composer Cristian Grases. The June 12, 2016 performance will include orchestral accompaniment with students of Juilliard School of Music and other professional orchestral players.
To cover the costs for this exciting choral endeavour, the choir is launching a fundraising campaign to raise $60,000.00.
The choristers love to sing and perform and many lifelong friendships are formed within the groups as they strive for excellence in choral singing.
Artistic Director Marian Smith
Assistant Conductor Lindsay Suddaby
Accompanist Sophia Fan
St. Andrew's United Church is a warm and inclusive community of faith located in the heart of downtown Nanaimo.
All are welcome.
Worship Service :11:00 am Sundays
Sunday School : 11:00 am Sundays
Office Hours Monday-Friday 8:30am-1:30pm
311 Fitzwilliam St
Nanaimo, BC V9R 3A6