Sing-along Messiah

Friday,  December 13, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

St Peter's Catholic Church, 301 Machleary St., Nanaimo

Sing-along Messiahs are a tradition in many communities and Nanaimo is no exception. Our 10th annual performance is your opportunity to be a chorister with the Malaspina Choir as we sing Handel’s transcendent Messiah under the direction of Lionel Tanod. The Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra provides the accompaniment along with Jenny Vincent on continuo. Our soloists are Rebecca Collett, soprano; Julia Morgan, mezzo-soprano; Nolan Kehler, tenor; and Michael MacKinnon, bass. Exalt the glory of the Lord, tell good tidings to Zion, behold the Lamb of God, sing Hallelujah. And if you’re not a singer? You will enjoy being surrounded by this incomparable music and hearing the trumpet sound! This year we are fundraising for our 50th Anniversary Legacy Project, to support the Port Theatre's Community Performing Arts Centre; partial proceeds from the concert will support this project.

Scores for Messiah will be available for purchase at the door.

Messiah Poster 2019


Tickets are on sale November 1 from the Port Theatre Box Office online or call 250-754-8550.

Adult – $20, Under 25 (Youth) – $10, under 12 free.

Also available from members and at the door.




Rebecca CollettRebecca Collett (Soprano) is a singer who "clearly has talent with her compelling rich, strong soprano voice" (Opera Canad). Rebecca made her professional singing debut at age six on Sesame Street Canada. Since then, Rebecca has sung with choirs and orchestras throughout Ontario and British Columbia, Toronto Operetta Theatre, independent opera collectives, and with the Canadian Opera Company Chorus. Currently, Rebecca sings with the Vancouver Opera Chorus and as a lead and soloist at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church. Rebecca studied at the University of Western Ontario, The Chautauqua Institute School of Singing, under tutors from leading American institutions, such as Juilliard, Curtis and the Metropolitan Opera. She earned a Master’s degree from the University of Toronto’s prestigious ‘Opera School', where she studied with Jean MacPhail, Miah Im, Sandra Horst and Michael Albano. Rebecca balances her singing with a successful career as the Director of Communications for Save the Mothers.


Julia Morgan

Julia Morgan (Mezzo-soprano),  has a burgeoning career in opera and recital. While her petite frame can deceive the eye, she has a large caramel-like voice which exudes the many colours and emotions necessary for operatic roles, oratorio, and art song. A few of her favorite core operatic roles are Dido, Carmen, Hansel, and Cherubino. Some of her local Premiere’s were Florrie in Tobin Stokes’ opera Rattenbury, Lilah in Leslie Uyeda’s opera When the Sun Comes Out, and short operatic works with Essential Opera. Ms.Morgan’s true passion lies in performing recital repertoire. She has studied with some of the world’s most respected song interpreters from Vancouver,  England, Austria, and Italy. Much of her recital work has centered on German Lieder. Ms.Morgan signed with MSR Classics in 2012 and released a CD of German Lieder with them that  year. Ms.Morgan revels at the opportunity to sing with an orchestra and looks forward to joining the Malaspina Choir again for this year's 10th annual Sing-Along Messiah. For more information, please visit Facebook.



Nolan Kehler tenorNolan Kehler (Tenor) is a multi-talented singer and musician presently based in Winnipeg, MB. A recent graduate of the Masters of Music program in vocal performance at the University of Victoria, Nolan's performance experience includes the opera and concert stages, with credits in opera, oratorio, musical theatre, contemporary and popular music. For more information, please visit: Nolan Kehler



Michael McKinnon Michael MacKinnon (Bass)

Michael spent his youth in Scotland, drumming in many different bands, before realizing that singers got way more attention. Since 2008, he’s enjoyed singing opera professionally, both in Canada and Europe. Based in Vancouver since 2015, he is delighted to be returning to Nanaimo to sing with the Malaspina Choir.