THE COQUITLAM CHORALE SOCIETY
The Coquitlam Chorale Society is a secular adult choir comprised of two vocal ensembles “The Coquitlam Chorale” and “Concordia”. Based in Coquitlam, British Columbia, the Society has been sharing our music in the Tri-Cities since 1967.
We are a member of the British Columbia Chorale Federation, as well as a registered non-profit society and a registered charity. The Society is run by a volunteer Board of Directors who are elected at our Annual General Meeting each year.
The Coquitlam Chorale is a non-auditioned adult choir that has been delighting audiences for more than 55 years.
We were established in 1967 by founder, Ray Thompson, who believed that there was a need for a choral group where people who love to sing could come together, regardless of ability, and share their music as a community service.
Although Ray retired as Chorale Conductor in 1988, we continue to honour and uphold that vision under the current leadership of our Artistic Director, Justin Maller.
The Coquitlam Chorale inspires a strong following through consistent excellence in performance, a rich palette of sound, and professional presentation.
Concordia was founded in 2022 by Artistic Director, Justin Maller and it's inception was funded and supported through the generosity of the Spirit of Coquitlam Grant.
With the same principles and commitment to the community that have served The Coquitlam Chorale, this 16-voice auditioned, mixed ensemble offers interested Coquitlam Chorale members the opportunity to expand their musical knowledge and entertain the community with a creative mixed repertoire that includes many genres.
Concordia will be performing alongside The Coquitlam Chorale in their yearly concerts as well as performing in a solo concert early next year.
Concordia hopes to perform in festivals, local markets, and benefits throughout the community and beyond!
Justin began his first season with the Chorale in September 2004. He is a graduate of the UBC Music Program and is presently a Fine Arts teacher at Gleneagle Secondary School in Coquitlam.
Justin is an accomplished singer, performer, and theatre technician. He has been involved with many groups and productions in the Vancouver area including: University Singers and the Vancouver Cantata Singers.
Lorna is a third generation musician who attended UBC completing a Bachelor of Education Degree as a Music Specialist and a Bachelor of Music Degree, studying piano and harpsichord. She also has her ARCT in Piano Pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto.
Lorna first sang with the Chorale years ago under the leadership of the late Ray Thompson, founding director. Returning to work for the Chorale as Pianist allows her to enjoy piano performance the way she likes it best; in cooperation with a terrific group like The Coquitlam Chorale.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President - Meaghn Moore
Vice President - Ada Nadison
Treasurer - Christina Anchor
Secretary - Janice Strong
Director - Alita Reid
Director - Kim Dean
Director - Karen Matthews
Director - Michael Sullivan
Director - Jordan Maller
Director - Jesse Dramer
Director - Cecilia Wu
Director - Bill Waddell
Director - Dawne Waddell