The Comox Valley Children's Choir is a registered non-profit society (Nova Voce Choral Society) that has been in existence since 1995. This is our 25th season as a choir.
The choir was founded by Carol Anne Parkinson, later taken over by Wendy Dyck, and now rests in the hands of Sophie Simard. We have a volunteer board that is integral to all our operations, and we strive to offer children a fun (non-competitive) and supportive environment in which to learn choral music and culture.
We have performed many many concerts and events including the World of Children's Choirs in 2001, and Canada Day in Ottawa in 2007.
We have worked with clinicians locally and from afar including Stephen Hatfield, Rollo Dilworth, Pamela Tessman, Brian Tate, and Corwin Fox.
Our Mission in the Community
We maintain a respected choral education program by providing choristers with:
Superior vocal instruction and leadership
Exposure to varied choral repertoire, which will include multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, religious, secular, and other music
Opportunities for performance and collaboration
Positive and supportive learning environment
Representation on the Board of Directors
Music Director Sophie Simard
Photo by Crystal Clear Photography
Sophie is a young and energetic conductor & soprano soloist in the Comox Valley who brings a wealth of experience to the Comox Valley Children’s Choir based on her time studying voice, choral music, and her work experience with children. Sophie is passionate about making music, building community connections, and fostering a lifelong enjoyment of singing in children.
Aside from her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria, Sophie has studied piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music, studies voice with Carol Anne Parkinson and the RCM, and delved deeply into choral music with Campbell River Children's Choir and conductor Barbara Prowse, Philomela Women's Choir at UVic, Island Voices and more. In 2013, Sophie co-founded Rainy Valley Voices, a twenty somethings' a capella choir. Currently, Sophie works as a soprano soloist in the Comox Valley, and teaches junior voice students of all ages at Motif Music Studios. Sophie is extraordinarily lucky to have Barbara Prowse as a professional choral mentor.
When not teaching choir & voice, Sophie keeps herself busy parenting her young daughters, teaching yoga, continuing her education in music, and helping run a family business in Tin Town, Courtenay, BC.