About the VAMC

A community of male-voice singers who sing for health and joy: we are the Victoria Arion Male Choir. Our history goes back to 1893 when the Arion Club of Victoria gave its first public concert. Our mission is to maintain the great tradition of male-voice choral music, and to share that music through two main concerts each year. We also perform at seniors’ residences, at the Victoria Remembrance Day ceremony, and at other public events. We support music education through our choral scholarship program, which allows up to four student musicians to sing with us each year. We welcome new members: come and share with us the joy of choral music!

VAMC May2023

The choir rehearses on Monday evenings (September – June) from 6:50 – 9:15 pm at Cordova Bay United Church, 813 Claremont Avenue and presents 2 major concerts plus a number of shorter programs at care facilities each year. We are always looking for new members – men who love to sing a wide variety of music in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.

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Artistic Team

Music Director

Sean Lampard-QuickeA native of Vancouver, Sean Lampard-Quicke is a music educator and choral artist based in Victoria, BC, where he teaches at Pacific Christian School.
Beginning with the BC Boys Millenium Choir in 1999, Sean has sung in choirs of all sorts for most of his life. Since moving to Victoria in 2013 to study at the University of Victoria, he has sung with the UVic Chamber Singers, St. Christopher’s Singers, the Choir of St. John the Divine, and the Vancouver Island Chamber Choir. He enjoys singing close harmonies, descending sixths, and compound metres. In his spare time, Sean enjoys following Formula 1, spending time with his wife Calea, and playing with their son Paxton.
Sean has studied conducting with Lars Kaario, Dr. Adam Con, Dr. Mike Keddy, and Dr. Gerry King, and was the apprentice conductor of the BC Youth Choir in 2017 under the direction of Kathleen Allen. He has been Music Director of the Victoria Arion Male Choir since the 2020-2021 season.

Collaborative Pianist

Jennifer MitchellJennifer Mitchell has extensive experience in playing for choirs, beginning in 1999 as a volunteer for a church choir. During her studies for Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance, Jennifer was the pianist for Via Choralis Chamber Choir from 2006-2011. In 2011-2012 Jennifer was the pianist for the UWO Chorale as part of her studies for Master’s degree in Collaborative Piano.
From 2013-2018 Jennifer was the organist for Holy Angels Catholic Church in St. Thomas, ON, where she worked mainly with the Traditional Choir and in 2017 was asked to be music director of the Angel Funeral Choir for the same church. Since moving back to Victoria in November of 2018, Jennifer has worked with the Chalice Choir at the First Unitarian Church of Victoria, and the Sooke Philharmonic Choir.

The Choir

Tenor 1
Ion Buicliu, Tom Fyles, Jim Gower, Stan Hack, Eli Mitchell, Rusty Morgan, John Tucker, William Sease

Tenor 2
Bob Comerford, Lyle Eide, Jim Johnson, Ron Mastin, Charles Moody, Denis Protti, Bob Quicke, Levi Ross *, Tom Zimmerman

Baritone
Stan Ball, Graham Bleasdale, David Carl, Ken Cooley, Bob Fowler, Stephen Lee, Stephen Lewis, Eric Sager, Ron Wedman

Bass
Alex Andersen *, David Andersen, Keith Brandsma, David Buckman, Daniel Chan, Cormac Eby, John Myers, Ron Skelton, Gerald Turko

* Choral Scholars

* Endowment Fund and Choral Scholars

A fundamental and important purpose of the Victoria Arion Male Choir is to promote male voice singing by providing opportunities for training in this unique vocal art. After receiving some significant donations more than 10 years ago and with the continuing support from members and friends, the choir has been able to provide scholarships to a number of students who participate vocally and in many other ways with us. The scholars must be students and do not need to be registered in a music program.

Currently we have four choral scholarships. Three are named to recognize people who were associated with the choir; Ursula Thomas and Pat Shumka were accompanists for many years and Harold Treloar was a long time Music Director at the end of the twentieth century.

This education element forms one part of our charitable status and it enables us to provide tax receipts for all donations or bequests to our Choral Scholarship Fund or to the choir. Donations can be made through our web site www.vamc.ca or by cheque to our registered office: Victoria Arion Male Choir Society, 606 Douglas Street, Victoria V8V 2P8.

Special Thank You

We would like to give a special thank you to Cordova Bay United Church and Gateway Baptist Church for their continuing support.

Honorary Patron

The Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia is Honorary Patron of the Victoria Arion Male Choir.