Janet Yonge – Accompanist
Janet Yonge has been a piano teacher and accompanist in the Victoria area for over thirty years. She studied music at the University of Alberta and the University of Victoria. While raising three sons, she has maintained a home studio for piano students and has collaborated with soloists, in particular, with singers. Janet’s other musical interests and training include the ﬂute and organ. For recreation, she is a distance walker and dancer. The plaque on her wall reads “Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” (Berthold Auerbach) Janet had the pleasure of accompanying the Victoria Broadway Chorus under the direction of Bob Leblanc, and is currently the accompanist for the choral music program at Lambrick Park Secondary School. 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) and with 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.”