Island choir searches for past members

Island Bel Canto Singers is marking its 15th season with an anniversary celebration in May and wants to hear from past members.

Island Bel Canto Singers is marking its 15th season with an anniversary celebration in May and wants to hear from past members.

Over the years, more than 130 women from the Nanaimo area have been involved with the choir, and notices have been sent out to most alumnae at their last-known mailing or e-mail address. But at this point, organizers need help finding the rest.

“It’s been quite challenging,” said Penny Mitchell, the choir’s anniversary committee chairwoman. “As much as we have cross-referenced our records with current online directories for up-to-date contact information, we still have a few people for whom we have only a name. We also have no guarantee that the e-mail address we have on file, which is our preferred means of communication, is still active.”

Anniversary plans include the choir’s first-ever headline performance at The Port Theatre on May 5, during which past choir members will be joining the current choir on stage to sing.

A private reception for current and past members, directors and accompanists and their families is also in the works for May 6.

Anyone who has sung with Island Bel Canto Singers at any point over the past 15 years but hasn’t heard about the anniversary is asked to please contact Mitchell at 250-244-3591, or go to

The choir is in rehearsal for its annual Christmas concerts – A Merry Little Christmas – Dec. 3-4 at Departure Bay Baptist Church and Nanaimo Ecumenical Centre.

For times and ticket information, please go to or call Sue at 250-390-2169.

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