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About the Vancouver Cantata Singers

Vancouver Cantata Singers was founded in 1957, and has become one of Canada’s preeminent, award-winning choral ensembles. The Vancouver Cantata Singers has become known for technical virtuosity, fine blend and exceptionally high performance standards encompassing 500 years of choral repertoire. VCS has been awarded the Canada Council’s top prize in choral singing, the Healey Willan Grand Prize, more than any other choir in the country. Led by Paula Kremer since 2013, VCS also commissions new works from critically acclaimed composers which have led to extremely successful and innovative collaborations with regional and international artists and ensembles.

Vancouver Cantata Singers was founded in 1957, and has become one of Canada’s preeminent, award-winning choral ensembles. The Vancouver Cantata Singers has become known for technical virtuosity, fine blend and exceptionally high performance standards encompassing 500 years of choral repertoire. VCS has been awarded the Canada Council’s top prize in choral singing, the Healey Willan Grand Prize, more than any other choir in the country. Led by Paula Kremer since 2013, VCS also commissions new works from critically acclaimed composers which have led to extremely successful and innovative collaborations with regional and international artists and ensembles.

Artistic director Paula Kremer

Born in Vancouver and educated at the Vancouver Academy of Music and the University of British Columbia, Ms. Kremer has studied choral conducting in courses and workshops at Eton, Westminster Choir College, the Eastman School of Music and the University…

Born in Vancouver and educated at the Vancouver Academy of Music and the University of British Columbia, Ms. Kremer has studied choral conducting in courses and workshops at Eton, Westminster Choir College, the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan. She has also studied voice with Phyllis Mailing, Bruce Pullan and Laura Pudwell and holds an ARCT in both piano and voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music. A full-time faculty member of the School of Music at Vancouver Community College, teaching voice, solfege, and choir, she was also the director of two Vancouver Bach Choir ensembles for young adults from 2009-17, the Vancouver Bach Youth Choir and Sarabande Chamber Choir.

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Awards

Three time winner

2008

Healey Willan Grand Prize

First Place: Chamber Choir category

2010

Healey Willan Grand Prize

Category: Contemporary category

2011

Healey Willan Grand Prize

Category: Chamber Choir

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Staff and Directors

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President: Sarah McNair
Vice-President: Jesse Read
Treasurer: Christina Cho, C.A.
Secretary: Jim Sanyshyn

Members at Large:
Boaz Av-Ron
Trevor Mangion
C.D. Saint
Melody Yiu

Singer Representative:
Sarah McGrath