We’re excited to announce that our new Music Director will be Erica Phare-Bergh!
Erica obtained her M. Mus. in Choral Conducting from McGill University. A native of Montreal, she formerly conducted the Vanier College Choirs, FACE Young Singers, and the McGill Conservatory Choirs. In Calgary, Alberta, she directed the William Aberhart High School Choirs, Westwinds Green Choir, Kairos Young Singers, Savridi Singers and taught music with the Calgary Board of Education. She is in demand as an adjudicator, clinician and presenter and was the guest conductor for the 10th Anniversary of the CBC-McGill Youth Gala. In 2008, she spearheaded the Montreal première of Oratorio Terezin, a large-scale work involving 270 performers at Place-des-Art. She was the guest conductor for the Cowichan Consort and Malaspina Choirs performance of Handel’s Messiah in December 2018. She has published numerous arrangements with Cypress Choral Music, many of them in French (La Série enchantée). She’s the Artistic Director of Voices in Motion™ – multigenerational research choirs for those with dementia, their care givers, friends and students. There are currently five of these choirs in the Greater Victoria Area. She was recently appointed Music Director at Church of Our Lord in Victoria and is the new director of the Vancouver Island Chamber Choir. Erica is delighted to become the new choral director of the Newcombe Singers starting this fall, September 2020.