Festival Choir

Come Sing With Us!

The Mission Folk Music Festival, under the direction of Choir Director Deborah Handley, has nurtured a community-centered choir that brings together audience members with festival artists to produce the Festival Choir Project. Audience members and festival artists sing together, in concert at the Festival. This Festival Choir is inclusive, empowering, and welcomes all who want to sing. 

2023 Festival Choir Repetoire

For 2023, the Festival Choir Project takes its inspiration from the Prince Edward Island based Songs for a Small Planet, a songwriting project that invites songwriters to address the impacts of the climate crisis on themselves and their communities.  The Choir Project will explore a repertoire of songs that celebrate the environment, the earth, and the power of community to leave the world in better shape for future generations.

Gulahallat Eatnamiin (We Speak Earth)

by Sara Mareille Gaup Beaska

Arranged by Penny Stone

I Dreamed of Rain

by Jan Garrett

Arranged by Larry Nickel

Lead With Love

by Melanie DeMore

Temagami Round

by Marie Lynn Hammond


Turn the World Around

by Harry Belafonte

SAB arrangement by Mark Hayes

Community rehearsals will take place at 7-9pm on Tuesday July 18th & Thursday July 20th at St Andrews Church, 2nd Ave, Mission BC. Though not mandatory, these two sessions can be helpful. On site Festival rehearsals will happen three times over the weekend with the performance scheduled to open Mainstage on Sunday night. Please remember that the Festival Choir Project is about singing in community. All voices are welcome and encouraged. Please contact Deb Handley for more information at dahandley@hotmail.com

We look forward to singing together again!