Victoria, BC  Canada



Welcome to our 2023 Spring Concert


We are thrilled to be singing together and so happy that you’re here.

Our Program:

President of the Avalon Singers and MC:  Lydia Haight 


Avalon Singers

Queen of Soul - soloist - Amy Hoggard

The Valley

You Don't Own Me

Your Song

Truly Brave - soloists - Leona Wade and Lesley Lockie



bel canto 

Blue Moon

Dream a Little Dream of Me 


bel canto

Donald, Where's Your Trousers?

The Parting Glass


Avalon Singers

Sister Act 

Lullabye (Good Night my Angel)

All I Have to Do is Dream

This is Me (soloists - Leona Wade and Amy Hoggard)

Only Time  

Why We Sing


Shannon Oaks - April 2023

                                                 Alexander Mackie Lodge - April 2023

                                                 Arbutus Singers 25th Anniversary Concert - April 2023


Choral Director:  Laurie Walker

Laurie is well known for his high caliber student choirs at Monterey, Lampson and Eagle View Schools here in Victoria.  He is also the former Director of the very accomplished and popular Youth Choir 61

Laurie has been involved with adult singers for many years.  He was Musical Director of the Victoria Village Squires in the 1990s and the Arion Male Voice Choir 2002-2011 - the longest continuing male choir in Canada. Laurie also formed a mixed choir named Odonata for a few fabulous seasons ending in 2013.  In 2016, Laurie retired from directing the Crystal Singers after 19 years of dedicated service.  He is currently the beloved Director of the Avalon Singers since 2007.

In 2009 and in 2017, Laurie was awarded the Amy Ferguson Award for Excellence in Choral Directorship by the BC Choral Federation. Laurie's knowledge of music, his ability and technique, entwined with his animated sense of humor, make the Avalon Singers rehearsals and concerts a wonderful place to be. 


Accompanist:  Kathy Russell


 Kathy Russell is our very talented and accomplished Accompanist.  Kathy has her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree’s in Piano Performance from the University of Victoria, as well as many notable scholarships, awards and accolades.  She was also awarded for outstanding, long-term service as a choral accompanist by the BC Choral Federation. She also has her own Music Studio – The Painted Piano.  Visit her website to learn more about her incredible qualifications and accomplishments. We are so very grateful for Kathy, and grateful for the partnership that Laurie and Kathy have forged over the many years of working together.  What a team!


Percussionist Caleb Patstone


Caleb Patstone, came to the Avalon Singers in 2019 as a grade 11 student at Pacific Christian School, who had officially been playing percussion in concert band since sixth grade. He played auxiliary percussion in jazz bands in grades 7 through 9, and in beginning in tenth grade was the lead drummer for the PCS Jazz band.  He is currently a creative writing student at U. Vic.  This is his third time performing with any choir, and it’s been an amazing experience for us all!  Avalon Singers are VERY grateful for you, Caleb! 


 bel canto

Music Director :  Maureen Archambault

Maureen is a former elementary school and choir teacher and was involved in numerous choirs throughout her career. bel canto is an a cappella choir that was formed in 2016. It is the outgrowth of Youth Choir 61 which Maureen directed for 20 years and which during its early years, was founded and co-conducted by Maureen and Laurie Walker!

This small group is absolutely dedicated to making music. They meet regularly now, but all through Covid, met through zoom and during that time made a number of audio/video recordings. Like us all, they are so happy to once again rehearse in person. Other than a couple of small home concerts, this is their first public concert since December 2019. "We’re so happy to be here and so appreciate the Avalon’s for inviting us to be their guests." We're happy you're here too!  


Special thanks to…



John Battle – our talented and dedicated videographer who has outdone himself again! John is filming from all angles now, and expertly editing our concerts for our popular YouTube Channel. He has been filming our Sing outs too at Senior homes.  Preserving our memories means so very much to us, John. Thank you!

Johnny B Productions - 250 818-8302

St. Andrew’s Regional High School – for generously providing us with a perfect rehearsal space every Thursday night. 




Finally, thank you to our families, friends and fellow singers for attending our concerts, participating in our fundraisers, and for sharing our joy for music.  

                                           What a wonderful community to be a part of.



We rehearse  Thursday evenings and welcome new members

 in the months of September and January






Left to right - TOP ROW - Heather Fraser, Ann Ovstaas , Colleen Pommelet, Kim Martelli, Tina Voak, Marcia Eberl. MIDDLE ROW - Amy Hoggard, Elizabeth Whittaker, Leona Wade, Terri Chyzowski, MaryAnn Willis, Cathy Cavin FRONT ROW- Lydia Haight, Laura Lavallee, Margaret Martens, Lisa Lasagna, Cindy Kernohan, Lori Macdonald, Susan Palmer, Madeleine Lelievre. THREE IN FRONT - Percussion : Caleb Patstone, Pianist : Kathy Russell, Director: Laurie Walker. ABSENT FROM PICTURE - Lesley Lockie

Enjoy your Spring and Summer...