Choir Director: Donna Brown

Donna Brown, Choir Director

Donna started her musical education at seven with piano lessons at the Regina Conservatory. She loved to hear the different instruments, leading her to play many herself – clarinet, bass clarinet and oboe in her high school band; recorder, other early instruments and harp in university; and ukulele and guitar as a school teacher. Singing was also her passion, from elementary school choir to madrigals in Collegium while studying for her B. Mus. (UBC).

Donna directs the Chalice Choir and teaches Gr. 6/7 at Edith Cavell Elementary, where she also directs a children’s choir. She enjoys the challenge of each new piece, and loves that the choral experience is greater than the sum of its parts. The spirit, energy and effort involved make it truly satisfying.

Musical Assistant to the Minister: Elliott Dainow

Elliott Dainow began studying piano at an early age in Montreal with Bob Silverman, but drifted into choral singing when he came to Vancouver in 1980. He was a founding member of Phoenix Chamber Choir and in 1988 returned to Montreal to sing with the Tudor Singers, a professional group.

In the later 1990s, inspired by Harold Brown, he returned to the piano and began accompanying choirs – Vivaldi Chamber Choir, the Peretz Folk Choir and the Unitarian Chalice Choir. As well, he accompanies solo singers and instrumentalists. He is also part of the a cappella folk quartet Quattro and arranges some of their music.