Sing with Island Soul Choir!

All you need is a desire to sing. There are no auditions. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never sung in a choir before. You don’t even need to know how to read music. This is a community choir in its truest sense!

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The basics…
  • The choir is open to people of all ages who reside on or near Vancouver Island.
  • You can register to participate in person or online-only on a session-by-session basis:
    • The Fall session typically runs from late August to the last Sunday of November.
    • The Spring session typically runs from late January/early February to the last Sunday of May.
  • We accept up to 140 in-person singers each session; there is no limit on the number of online-only singers. All registrations are accepted ONLINE ONLY.
  • Just 5 rehearsals are held on Saturday afternoons each session, at First Baptist Church in Nanaimo. All rehearsals are available via Zoom for our online-only members and anyone who cannot attend in person. Zoom recordings are later posted to our website for members to review at any time.
  • To assist you with learning the music, we provide rehearsal tracks for each part at the beginning of each session (either on CD or by download).
  • Sheet music is provided only as by pdf download; there can be songs for which we get only a lyrics sheet.

Check the Rehearsal & Concert Schedule and Member Handbook (see buttons below) for complete details. If you still have other questions, be sure to contact us. We’ll be happy to help.

Our safety plan…

Our safety plan is subject to change at any time (good or bad), based on current BC PHO and church rental requirements.

In-person members are required to observe the following protocols:

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is not required.
  • Do NOT attend any rehearsal in person if you are feeling unwell; you can participate online instead.
  • Wearing masks is a personal choice.
  • Where physical distancing is impractical, please respect other people’s personal space.
  • Sanitize your hands before entering the sanctuary (i.e., before the soloist rehearsal, before the main rehearsal, and after the break during the main rehearsal). Hand-sanitizer will be provided.
What being in the choir means to our members…

It means joy and inspiration… singing music that transcends race and nationality to touch the human being in all of us… living a dream you thought would never materialize… finding your own voice and making it heard in the world…joining voices to create beautiful harmonies… energizing us with passion to take on life’s adventures with renewed vigour.

It means connection and sharing with the other singers… laughing at our mistakes, then regrouping and trying harder to get it right… celebrating, encouraging and supporting those who step up to sing a solo… seeing our audience enjoying themselves so much that they stand up and dance and clap to our songs… feeling alive and present, calm and energized at the same time, like having a really good workout without all the sweat and sore muscles.

It means community… making me a part of something bigger than just myself… a collective and inclusive friendliness and warmth… going beyond the confines of the familiar, bonding strangers together through the music… transcending beyond our oneness and getting in touch with the energy that we are all part of.

All of this and more is what being in the choir means for us, and it’s what keeps us coming back!

ISC's Spring 2023 Rehearsal & Concert Schedule (updated 2022-12-21)
ISC Member Handbook

Next chance to join

Registration for our Spring 2023 session is now closed. Our Fall 2023 session will open for registration in August.

Thinking of joining us for a future session?

Get on our “Interested” list to get a reminder for future sessions!

By being on our “Interested” list, you will receive a reminder email before registration begins. All registrations are completed right here on our website.

If you have been part of the choir in the past, you will automatically receive a reminder email in case you’re thinking of rejoining the choir — just be sure we have your most recent email address on file.