Projects

Made in Nanaimo:
Celebrating Song and Partnership

Together again!  After two years of pandemic darkness, Nanaimo Sings! is thrilled to again offer performance opportunities for its member choirs.  Choral music is what Nanaimo Sings! stands for.  It is what we do both individually and collectively.  Made in Nanaimo: Celebrating Song and Partnership marks the resumption of live performance for us and a revitalization of our purpose which is to promote “community through song”.

Recognizing that Nanaimo is home to many talented, creative artists, Nanaimo Sings! reached out in early 2022 to build partnerships within the community.  Through a song search, seven original songs composed by Nanaimo singer/songwriters were discovered. Subsequently, four talented Nanaimo-based musicians were commissioned by Nanaimo Sings! to write choral arrangements of those songs.  The culmination of this project will see singers from our choirs performing these works in partnership with each other and with the musicians who arranged them.

Guest conductor, Willi Zwozdesky will join directors of Nanaimo Sings! choirs to lead the singing.  Instrumental music will be conducted by Nico Rhodes, with a guest appearance by Joëlle Rabu.  This event is a tangible demonstration of the synergy that exists between composers, arrangers and singers. It will be a multi-media event with the musical performances enhanced by video and photography produced by local visual artists.  This event is a salute to the power of song and partnership, and the result is a show that is truly Made in Nanaimo.

Our Made In Nanaimo Partners

Singers:  Our member choirs are shown on the home page.  Click on their photos to learn more about them!

Composers and their Songs:  Click here for information.

  • Omabuwa Edward-Dede (Buwa) – Love is Love
  • Steve Elder – Singing in Harmony
  • Gary Fjellgaard – Somewhere on the Island
  • Bruce Gerrish – Tonight
  • Trish Horrocks and Andrea L’Heureux – Colliery
  • James McRae and Dave Clark – Singin’ On
  • Rick Scott – Angels Do

Arrangers and their Arrangements:  Click here for information.

  • Patrick Courtin: Singing in Harmony
  • Trish Horrocks: Colliery
  • Nico Rhodes:
    • Angels Do
    • Love is Love
    • Singin’ On
  • Kenton Willem:
    • Tonight
    •  Somewhere on the Island

Our Consultant, Mentor and Guest Conductor

Willi Zwozdesky

We have been privileged to benefit from the expert experience and mentorship of Willi Zwozdesky.  Willi is widely known and respected as a choral arranger, conductor and music producer.  He is the Executive Director of the BC Choral Federation and the Artistic Director of the Vancouver Men’s Chorus. 

Willi has served as a consultant for our work on this project and a mentor to the arrangers of the music. Click here for Willi’s bio.

Our Instrumental Leader

Nico Rhodes

Nico Rhodes is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and instructor who inhabits all styles, eras and genres of music. Recently, Nico was awarded the Emerging Cultural Leader Award from the City of Nanaimo.  Three of the Made in Nanaimo songs were arranged by Nico. 

We are grateful for his many contributions to this project and delighted that he will conduct the instrumentalists for the show.  Click here for Nico’s Bio

Our Stage Director and Planning Partner

Joëlle Rabu

We are delighted to be collaborating with Joëlle Rabu as we plan this Made in Nanaimo event. She will be our stage director and will also make a guest appearance.  Joëlle is an award-winning singer, widely renown as multi-faceted performer. She also immerses herself in stage work, recording, coaching and volunteering. 

Her most recent album, entitled Maybe This Time, was released in September, 2022.  Click here for Joëlle’s bio.

Please join us for this exciting event!  Click here to purchase tickets.