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About Island Soul Choir

Island Soul Choir is unlike any other choir on Vancouver Island, and there are many reasons for it.

Unlike traditional choirs that rehearse weekly, Island Soul Choir rehearses just once every three to four weeks, in large part because our music director, Karla Mundy, has to travel from Vancouver to rehearse the choir.

As a result of the extended time between rehearsals, the choir attracts singers from all over Vancouver Island — from Victoria to Port Hardy, and from Bamfield to Quadra, Salt Spring and Gabriola Islands. From the beginning, the choir has consistently had a membership of over 100 singers, and it kept growing. We finally had to cap the size of the choir at 140 singers.

Island Soul Choir accepts anyone who loves to sing — no auditions are required, no previous choir experience is necessary; singers don't even need to be able to read music. So there is a wide range of singing skills among the members.

Our repertoire of soul music includes gospel, spirituals, world music, blues, pop, soul, R&B… basically any type of music that touches, moves or inspires the soul. We regularly bring our audiences to their feet, singing, clapping and even dancing along with the music.

So come and join us — either in the audience or in the choir. You won’t be disappointed.

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Our history

Island Soul Choir was founded by Ron Klusmeier and Brian Tate in August 2007. For the first 2 years, the choir operated as Vancouver Island Gospel & World Music Choir, under Brian’s direction and with Ron managing the choir. In the summer of 2009, the choir changed its name to Island Soul Choir, as part of incorporating as a non-profit society and assuming responsibility for its own management.

At each concert, Island Soul Choir typically features emerging musical talent as guest artists. If you or your group would like to be featured at one of our concerts, or you know of someone you think we should consider as our guest, please let us know!

About our artistic director

Karla Mundy joined Island Soul Choir in January 2012, co-directing the choir with Brian Tate until May 2013 when she assumed full responsibility for directing the choir.

Karla Mundy is a vibrant, soulful and diverse musician, teacher and choral conductor. She is well known and loved in the Lower BC Mainland and Vancouver Island music communities, as well as far-reaching places such as Cuba, Georgia (Europe), North Carolina, New Orleans, Haida Gwaii, and beyond.

Karla deeply loves harmony singing and all that it creates—beauty, connection to the present moment and each other, a common goal, and the way it opens people's hearts and faces!

Karla is the founder of SongRoots, organizing vocal workshops, retreats, camps and singing/study tours around the world. She is passionate about providing opportunities for people to sing in harmony and learn about their voices and music in a fun, encouraging and inclusive environment.

As a performer, Karla is a founding member of the No Sh!t Shirleys, TriVo, Cleia, Plough, and Tanglewood Trio. She released her first solo CD called Way Back in 2012.

About our resident accompanist

Michael Creber is a Grammy-nominated and Juno Award-winning artist who was dubbed “a cross between Floyd Cramer and Thelonius Monk” by one LA reviewer.

One of the West Coast’s most sought-after musicians, Michael pursues a wide-ranging career as a pianist, film composer, arranger and producer, and embraces many genres of music such as jazz, Latin, R&B, rock, pop, musical theatre, country, folk and classical.

He has performed as a featured guest with many symphony orchestras across North America and has recorded and toured internationally with k.d. lang (including performances on Saturday Night Live, the Grammy Awards, Arsenio Hall, Vicki Gabereau, Austin City Limits and six appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson), the Irish Rovers (including 36 television specials) and world-renowned family entertainer Raffi (including performances on Broadway and at President Clinton’s first inauguration). He also co-produced and co-wrote Raffi's 1994 hit CD, Bananaphone. Other luminaries Michael has worked with include Andrea Bocelli, Martin Short, Joan Rivers, Bob Newhart, Regis Philbin, The Rankin Sisters, Shirley Bassey, Powder Blues, Charlotte Diamond, Charo, Jim Byrnes, Dee Daniels, Valdy, Lee Aaron and David Foster. Michael has released four albums of original music: Brand New Smile, Dancers of the Spheres, Smooth Sailing and Songs For My Baby.

Listen to our music

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