Meet the artistic team
Fiona Blackburn, Artistic Director
Fiona Blackburn’s eclectic musical career has included: performing as a classically trained soloist and recording artist; teaching voice; adjudicating festivals and leading workshops. From the University of British Columbia, Fiona earned: a Bachelor of Music in voice performance; a Bachelor of Education in secondary music; and a Master of Music in choral conducting.
Professionally, Fiona has performed with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Vancouver Opera, and numerous Canadian orchestras. Fiona’s solo work has been heard on Canada’s national radio broadcaster, the CBC. Her two Celtic CDs have garnered international airplay, and she even sang for five summers on an Alaskan cruise ship.
As an educator, Fiona has taught classroom music and led school choirs from kindergarten to grade twelve; she has directed community choirs of every age and level of experience: from children’s choirs to a women’s ensemble; semi-professional adult choir to seniors’ groups. Fiona has also been an adjunct professor in the Department of Education at UBC. For outstanding service to the BC Choral Federation, Fiona received the 2016 Willan Award.
Fiona has been the Artistic Director of the British Columbia Girls Choir since its inception and is excited to lead the next generation of girls towards achieving excellence – both on and off the stage.
Sandra Meister, Co-Artistic Director
For more than three decades, Sandra Meister has been a leader in music education in British Columbia.
During her twenty years as director of Die Meistersinger Children’s Choir, Sandra and the choristers served as musical ambassadors at festivals and conferences in North America and Europe. A highlight of the Meistersinger years was singing for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II in honour of the opening of the University of Northern British Columbia.
Sandra’s work has been acknowledged with many awards including the Governor General’s Medal for outstanding service to arts and culture in Canada, the British Columbia Music Educators Association Professional Educator Award, and the British Columbia Choral Federations’ Willan Award.
Sandra has enjoyed providing choral leadership in many communities in North America and abroad (Germany, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and China) as a guest conductor, facilitator, and adjudicator.
Sandra has served as music teacher, district curriculum co-ordinator and principal in fourteen schools in three school districts. In June of 2018, Sandra retired from being a School Principal in Coquitlam and is now devoting her life to doing what she loves most – sharing the choral art.
Eric Hominick, Accompanist
Eric Hominick studied piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music under Reginald Godden, and with William Tritt at Dalhousie University, before pursuing a voice degree there. He was hired by Jon Washburn in 1983 to accompany his choirs at Vancouver Community College, where he has remained on staff for over 35 years, currently playing for choirs and the classical voice department there.
In addition to VCC, Eric has been on the music faculty at Douglas College (New Westminster) and the TOOBA Physical Theatre Centre; singer and pianist with Vancouver Chamber Choir; regular accompanist for Elektra Women’s Choir, British Columbia Girls Choir and Vancouver Children’s Choir; and rehearsal pianist for Vancouver Cantata Singers and Vancouver’s SummerChor program. He remains in demand as rehearsal pianist for choirs throughout Vancouver and the surrounding regions.
Eric also teaches voice and piano; is an arranger, bass soloist, rehearsal and show pianist comfortable in a wide range of musical styles, cruise ship entertainer, and more.