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21 Apr. 2013 Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Phoenix Choir's Second Season - 1984/1985


What a difference a year makes!

It was September 1984, and Phoenix started its second season with so much more than the year before – we had a conductor, a choir name, AND our first CBC Choral Competition win! Not to mention the fact that our conductor was just SO perfect for us.  We felt very lucky, indeed.

Our season launched in late September with the annual Fall Retreat.  Keep in mind that Magnum P. I. was a huge hit TV show at the time.  Check out all the Tom Selleck wannabe mustaches! Bill Paul, Ron Smail, Cortland Hultberg?   Wow.  Just wow.

14 Apr. 2013 Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Phoenix Rises! Our First Season - 1983/1984

If you've ever wondered why our choir is named Phoenix, wonder no more - the story goes like this.

Phoenix "rose from the ashes" of a previous choir called the Chrysalis Vocal Consort, founded in 1979 as an auxiliary group to the Vancouver Cantata Singers and conducted by James Fankhauser. Unfortunately, by the spring of 1982, James Fankhauser's workload had become too great, and the last choir in had to be the first to go!