Dear listeners and supporters:

This past season represents my third as the conductor of the Valley Festival Singers and it’s been a very good year. I’m grateful to the board and many of those among the membership who go above and beyond to help with the operation of the choir. I’m grateful, too, for the folks at Calvin Presbyterian Church for allowing us to rehearse and perform in such a wonderful facility.  We welcomed several new singers into the choir this year and welcomed back several other returning singers, including Kathy Haddadkar who also serves as the choir’s assistant conductor. 2018-2019 was an ambitious season in terms of the amount of repertoire we tackled, and we enjoyed several wonderful collaborations with the Chilliwack Youth and Children’s Choirs, the Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir, and the TWU Masterworks Chorus. We also took part in some meaningful community engagement through the Abbotsford Remembrance Day civic ceremony and a joint choir concert hosted by Liisa Nessim and the Joy Vox Community Choir. In December, we were delighted to recognize our amazing pianist, Dr. Betty Suderman for her contribution to the choral community with the Joyce Maguire Award from the BC Choral Federation. We’re looking forward to the 2019-2020 season, so stay tuned for more details!

Joel Tranquilla