The Allegra Singers is a non-auditioned, community-based choir that has enjoyed performing in many events and holding regular concerts since 1996. Larger performances have included “2000 Voices” to celebrate the millennium, “Sing for a Lifetime” in 2002, and a 2018 tour of Ireland. We’ve also enjoyed more intimate performances for small groups and local businesses. Our venues have ranged from Hatley and Craigdarroch Castles to singing in the park in Ganges on Saltspring Island.
We are a non-profit society dedicated to contributing to local charities. Every year the choir members choose the recipients of our efforts. See our Community page for examples.
We acknowledge the support of the Province of British Columbia.
Allegra Singers is very pleased to welcome Lana Betts as our new choral director in January 2023. Lana’s choral directing experience has included other community choirs in the greater Victoria region and beyond. Choirs include the Mardi Minstrels in Oak Bay, the Esquimalt United Church choir, and the Knox Presbyterian Church choir in Sooke. Having spent a few years in Iceland, Lana also directed the Choir of Stykkisholmur Church there.
Lana holds a Bachelor of Music from McGill University, graduate-level studies in musical pedagogy from the University of Calgary, and a diploma in voice pedagogy from the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Welcome Lana!
Alistair Kornelsen is an extraordinary pianist and accompanist who has worked with the Allegra Singers since 2017. Alistair holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano from the Augustana Campus at the University of Alberta and brings a wide range of experience and expertise to the choir.
We have been very blessed to have Alistair continue with us: first by leading a small but determined group through our tentative return to singing in Winter 2021, and then as we returned to full season in Spring and Winter 2022. Their precision and wonderful talent never ceases to amaze us!
The Allegra Singers is a proud member of the BC Choral Federation