Nicholas Fairbank – Artistic Director
Nicholas Fairbank grew up on the West Coast, later studying in London (UK) and France. Currently his time is dedicated to various musical interests and he is often seen locally or further afield as organist, harpsichordist, collaborative pianist or conductor. He has performed across Canada, in Europe and in Mexico.
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 over 80 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 maintains a private teaching studio. With over 30 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.