"What draws us together every week is a passion for choral music and a commitment to excellence."
Linden Singers of Victoria is a vibrant, mixed-voice, multi-generational, and auditioned choir. With a 45 years' history, the choir is well-established in the Victoria choral scene and dedicated to the performance and enjoyment of choral music.
Community outreach through public service performances and seasonal carolling is an important part of the choir's activities. Every December the choir performs holiday repertoire in small groups at shopping malls, Sidney By the Sea, seniors' residences, and at the Fairmont Empress hotel.
The Linden Singers repertoire is diverse and includes sacred and secular works from all eras, reflecting the wide interests and ability of its singers. The choir is proud to have commissioned works by well-known Canadian composers, including David Archer, Georgina Craig, Christine Donkin, Jeff Enns, and Imant Raminsh. Historically, the choir has made international tours to Cuba, New Zealand, and throughout Canada, as well as participating in significant events such as Festival 500 and the International Choral Kathaumixw in Powell River.
Our Music Director, Brian Wismath, is an integral part of the Linden Singers’ community. With his energy, focus and commitment to musical excellence, the choir has reached new musical peaks and continues to make magic for audiences.
Brian Wismath is music director of Linden Singers of Victoria, Victoria Choral Society, Victoria Conservatory of Music Chorale, and Vox Humana Chamber Choir. With a rich musical background, Mr. Wismath is in demand as a clinician and has served as director of Vancouver Peace Choir, University of Victoria Chamber Singers, and Tucson Masterworks Chorale.
A passionate advocate for the performance of new music, Mr. Wismath has commissioned and premiered numerous works by composers from around the world.
Mr. Wismath began his education in choral music as a chorister in the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir. After completing a Bachelor of Music at Queen’s University, he received a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Arizona. In 2017 he was awarded the Herbert Drost Award by the British Columbia Choral Federation.
Nancy Curry, coach-pianist, has taught a variety of vocal and collaborative arts at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Northern Colorado, Central (Nebraska) Community College, Bethany College (Kansas), and most recently at the University of Victoria.
She received her training at the University of Alberta, the University of Southern California and the Banff Centre, where she held faculty assistant positions as a coach-accompanist for opera, art song, and avant-garde music theatre programs.
An ardent proponent of bringing the vocal arts to the wider community, she has toured as music director/pianist with outreach ensembles for San Diego Opera, Nevada Opera and Edmonton Opera, performing original chamber operas, adaptations of classics, and concerts of arias and duets.