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PH Choir Hosts MPES Students

On Friday, Dec. 16, all the students from MPES took part in a shared Christmas music event at the School of Music. The Pender Harbour Choir sang for the students, and the K/1 and Gr. 1/2 classes presented their charming seasonal songs, complete with props and actions.

A vocal trio, accompanied by Nancy Mackay and directed by Nancy Enns sang a beautiful Christmas anthem. Piano students of Joy McLeod performed a song each, and two of their encores became enthusiastic singalongs!

The event was a happy, energetic send-off to the students for their Christmas break and a heart-warming show for the adults too.



“A Special Time of Year”

Under the direction of Kenneth Norman Johnson and accompanied by David Poon, the Pender Harbour Choir will delight with familiar and new songs of the season!

Saturday, December 10, 2016
Reception 1:00pm, Concert 1:30pm
Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden, Sechelt

Sunday, December 11, 2016
Reception 1:00pm, Concert 1:30pm
School of Music, Madeira Park

Tickets $20 available from choir members, Earth Fair Store in Madeira Park and Sechelt Visitor Centre.



New Choral Director for Pender Harbour Choir

Ken promo picThe Pender Harbour Choir is thrilled to announce the appointment of our new Choral Director, Kenneth Norman Johnson.

Ken is a composer, lyricist, producer, director, conductor and educator. The Choir could not be more fortunate in having him at the helm.

Many will recognize Kenneth from his performances at various local venues and events, and the Choir was privileged to work with him in fall of 2015 on his composition, Castles in the Snow. He has roots in the community and is supporter of a number of musical and non-musical local initiatives.

Kenneth is preparing for our fall program, and looking forward to the start of rehearsals September 6, 7:00 at the Pender Harbour School of Music.

A little more about Kenneth:

Kenneth Norman Johnson holds two degrees from the University of Manitoba, majoring in Music, Economics, and Education. During his early career as a Music Educator and Administrator, he directed choirs at all levels, in schools and within the community, consistently winning accolades at various music festivals. He also produced more than 30 choral recordings for a broad range of choirs. His career as an educator eventually evolved into a full time career as a composer/ lyricist, writer/ producer, director, and performing artist. The catalogue of musical work includes Stage Productions, Choral Music, Orchestral Works, Documentary Film Scores, Children’s Music, Songs, and Piano Music, with more than a dozen solo piano CD releases in the world market and a catalogue of compositions in print. He achieved Canadian Platinum status in 1994, and a WCMA nomination in 2012 for Classical Composition of The Year. He is the founding Director of Ispira, the Director of the Pender Harbour Choir, and a highly regarded performing artist. He continues to write, produce, direct, conduct, perform, publish, and offer coaching and workshops to fellow performers and performance groups.


Experienced Choral Director Needed by Pender Harbour Choir

We are an established, enthusiastic SATB community choir of approximately 30 singers, on BC’s Sunshine Coast. We sing a variety of genres and members strive to improve their sound, diction and range. We rehearse weekly on Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Madeira Park from September to June. We perform two concerts in each of our Fall and Spring terms.

The director will be supported by an executive team who will be responsible for communication, finance and publicity. We are accompanied at rehearsals and performances by one of the most talented pianists on the Coast.

If you are interested in leading this group, please submit your CV and a cover letter by May 16 to Please outline your artistic expectations in your cover letter.

Short-listed candidates will be contacted to arrange an interview; a short audition with the choir will take place in mid-June.

Explore the Pender Harbour Choir section of this website for detailed information about our choir.


Pender Harbour Choir – “Music in the Air”

A varied program including folk, popular and classical pieces. Choir directed by Joy McLeod with piano accompaniment by David Poon.


Saturday, June 11, 2016, 7pm
St. John’s United Church
Davis Bay

Sunday, June 12, 2016, 7pm
School of Music
Madeira Park

Tickets $20 available from choir members, EarthFair Store in Madeira Park, Sechelt Visitor Centre, or by calling 604.344.1500.


Merry Little Christmas

The Pender Harbour Choir invites you to their Christmas concert – offering an upbeat and beautiful program of seasonal songs by the choir and ensembles, including SASS and Triad, and soloists.


Sunday, December 6, 2015, 2 pm
School of Music
Madeira Park

Saturday, December 12, 2015, 2 pm
Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden
5941 Mason Rd, Sechelt

Tickets $20 available from choir members, EarthFair Store in Madeira Park, Sechelt Visitor Centre, and at the door.

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New Accompanist joins Pender Harbour Choir

davidA consummate church musician, David Poon is sought after as an organist, continuo player, and liturgical musician. He has performed with the UBC Symphony Orchestra, the West Coast Symphony Orchestra, and numerous choirs in the Lower Mainland and on the Sunshine Coast. He studied organ under Denis Bédard; harpsichord with Jacques Ogg and Doreen Oke; and improvisation with Thierry Escaich, Olivier Latry, and Pierre Pincemaille.

David studied Gregorian chant and choral polyphony with Wilko Brouwers, William Mahrt and Scott Turkington; and he currently cantors, directs choirs, and plays organ for various churches around Vancouver. With an intimate understanding of early music, he seamlessly integrates centuries-old melodies with extemporised harmonies both for church services and in concert, creating vivid and dramatic musical experiences.

Artistic Director for the Baranduin Ensemble, founder of MOTET, organist for Oculus Chamber Choir, accompanist for Pender Harbour Community Choir, and assistant music director at St. John’s Vancouver, David spends his remaining time transcribing video game music, playing viol with his wife Sarah, and listening to his two sons compose contrafacta. He resides in Gibsons.


Pender Harbour Choir Fall Season

Pender Harbour Choir begins its Fall Season September 8th. Rehearsals are held at the School of Music on Tuesdays from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. New singers are welcome, particularly those with prior experience. Call Director Joy McLeod at 883-9248 for information.


Spring Fling

Join Pender Harbour Choir, directed by Joy McLeod and accompanied by Paula Seward for a concert filled with nature-inspired songs. The 36-voice choir will perform, along with soloists, instrumentalists and small ensembles.The choir is presenting their spring program at both local schools the week before their two concerts.

The evening at the Botanical Gardens in Sechelt starts early (May 29, 7:00 p.m.) in order for guests to enjoy the lovely gardens and light refreshments with the choir before the show. Both this and the Sunday, May 31 concert at the School of Music in Madeira Park (2:00) involve a raffle of quality items and experiences, as a fundraiser for the choir’s new costume items, scarves and ties. On Sunday, light refreshments will be served during Intermission.



School of Music Tour For Local Students

During the Madeira Park School’s Arts Week the music society invited the students to tour the School of Music. They were guided through four ‘stations’ where they enthusiastically learned about the uses of the building and musical events and activities suited to kids.

They learned about staging a show (sound and lights), choral singing, how a piano works, piano and voice lessons, Family Music Nights, and were treated to a short concert by a favourite local singer, Mark Brezer.