Janet Yonge – Accompanist
Janet Yonge has been a piano teacher and accompanist in the Victoria area for over thirty years. She graduated from the University of Victoria with a major in piano and studied piano pedagogy at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. She has a busy teaching studio and has accompanied a variety of choirs and soloists. Janet had the pleasure of accompanying the Victoria Broadway Chorus under the direction of Bob Leblanc, and is currently the accompanist for the Greater Victoria Police Chorus. Janet’s other musical interests and training includes flute and organ, and for recreation she is a distance walker and dancer. Janet is thoroughly enjoying working with the vibrant Peninsula Singers.
Master of Ceremonies
Jim has been involved in the performing arts since his youth, as a singer, public speaker, actor and instrumentalist. He sang with the Lysenko Chorale of Toronto and the Victoria Village Squires and has played with groups ranging from small ensemble to full orchestra. Jim now plays with the saxophone quintet, Saxophoria, (a.k.a. Santa Saxes, at Christmastime), with the Sidney Concert Band and a small jazz ensemble. As the dapper M.C. for the Peninsula Singers, he’s done more than simply introduce the songs–he’s become an integral part of each performance. Jim has been called upon to play his sax and clarinet, he’s done a little singing and has even played the role of pub owner, radio disc jockey and cruise director, all with a nice touch of humour. Jim concludes: “This is the most enthusiastic group of performers I have ever had the pleasure to work with.”