Nicholas Fairbank – Artistic Director
Nicholas Fairbank grew up on the West Coast, later studying in London (UK) and France. He settled in Victoria in 1995 where he focuses on choral and orchestral conducting, teaching, composing, and playing keyboard instruments. He has performed across Canada, in Europe and in Mexico, and his compositions have been performed around the world.
Mr. Fairbank earned Master’s degrees from the Université de Paris (Musicology & French literature), the University of California at Santa Barbara (French language and pedagogy), and the University of Victoria (Composition). In addition he holds Associateship diplomas from the Royal Conservatory of Music (gold medal winner for pipe organ, 1981), and the Royal Canadian College of Organists (Willan and Barker prizes 1998).
In addition to his responsibilities with Via Choralis, he is Chorus Director of the Sooke Philharmonic Chorus and Music Director at First Unitarian Church of Victoria. He also teaches organ and harpsichord at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. In 2007 he was appointed an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre, and his catalogue contains nearly 100 choral and instrumental works. [www.fairbankmusic.ca]
Sandra Fletcher – Collaborative Pianist
Sandra Fletcher has performed with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Thai Navy Orchestra, and with many professional musicians in Thailand and in Canada. She has also been a frequent performer in the Okanagan. In 2014 she moved to Victoria where she is currently Associate Organist at Christ Church Cathedral, Director of the James Bay Children’s Chorus, and where she maintains a private teaching studio. With over 40 years’ experience in BC and in Thailand, Sandra teaches and performs a versatile repertoire including classical, jazz and pop. She holds the diploma of Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists.