The Vancouver Chamber Choir and Executive Director Jon Washburn are pleased to introduce Steven Bélanger, the organization's new General Manager. He succeeds Violet Goosen who served as General Manager for 24 years and retired in June.
"Steven has now stepped into the position of General Manager. During the last year he has served with distinction as the Choir's Associate Manager, and has sung with the ensemble for five years," said Mr. Washburn. "He has an excellent array of administrative, managerial, musical and language skills that are going to be of great benefit to our organization. He has a deep love and understanding of choral music and is totally committed to the art form and the Vancouver Chamber Choir's role in sustaining it. I'm really looking forward to working closely with him this season and in future years."
Mr. Bélanger brings a diverse administrative background to the Vancouver Chamber Choir. He has worked with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the award-winning classical music magazine La Scena Musicale, and was the Development Coordinator and Production Assistant of the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal. He has served as Production Coordinator for CBC/Radio-Canada and has participated in several negotiating committees for Union des artistes in Montreal. He has also acted as Communications Director of the Canadian Chamber Choir, as well as serving on their Board of Directors. His artist biography is available here.
"I'm extremely honoured to step into this role," said Mr. Bélanger "and I'm grateful to my predecessor, Violet Goosen, for her tremendous leadership. I've had the pleasure of singing with the Choir, and I look forward to working closely with Jon Washburn, our wonderful administrative team and our Board of Directors to carry on the tradition of artistic excellence and professionalism that is the hallmark of the Vancouver Chamber Choir."
As Canada's outstanding professional vocal ensemble, the Vancouver Chamber Choir and conductor Jon Washburn have performed across the country and internationally since the choir's formation in 1971. The Choir presents a full concert season, tours, performs in broadcasts and recordings, and offers five highly acclaimed educational programs. The groundbreaking Music for Healing CD series continues to be successful.