Awards, Honours and Milestones

The following chronology is intended to share Coastal Sound’s awards, honours and milestones throughout its 26 seasons so far! As we gather our history, we welcome additions and corrections. Please email your notes to

 2016-  Carrie Tennant leaves her position as Associate Artistic Director; Dr. Joel Tranquilla joins the team as Youth Choir director for the the 2016-2017 season

2016- Coastal Sound celebrates Coquitlam’s 125th anniversary, with a WE LIVE HERE concert that includes a cameo musical performance by Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart!

2016- Coastal Sound Youth Choir’s Indiekör, conceptualized and artistic directed by Carrie Tennant, wins the Choral Canada Innovation Award at PODIUM 2016 in Edmonton

2016- Coastal Sound Youth Choir directed by Carrie Tennant are featured performers at PODIUM 2016 national conference in Edmonton

2016- Children’s Choir, directed by Diana Clark represent the area on Experiences Canada Exchange, twinning and exchanging with Jeunes Chanteurs d’Acadie. They travel to Moncton

2015 – Artistic Director, Diana Clark received SEVEC Ambassador of the year award presented by Heritage Canada

2015- Coastal Sound performs world premiere of Kris Fulton’s “As the Rain Hides the Stars”, a piece CSMA commissioned

2015- Young singers record opening segment for Canada Winter Games

2014- Choirs perform O Canada for 102nd Grey Cup game at BC Place

2014- Kelly Proznick takes over directorship of DeCoro; Elise Heard joins as DeCoro accompanist; choir doubles in size

2014- Coastal Sound celebrates 25 years of choral programs in the community!

2013- Children’s Choir with Con Bella and Con Brio 2 singers perform Silent Night with Michael Bublé on his TV Holiday Special

2013- Con Brio 1 & 2 perform with JUNO award winning children’s entertainer Norman Foote

2013- Children’s Choir performs at TEDxKids BC conference at Telus World of Science

2013 – Youth Choir tour to Missoula, Montana to participate in the International Choral Music Festival.

2013 – Youth Choir awarded a TELUS’ Storyhive grant project to fund a documentary about Indiekör 2014. 

2013 – Youth Choir wins First Place in the “Mixed Voice Youth Choir” category in the Association of Canadian Choral Communities’ National Competition for Amateur Choirs.

2013 – Coastal Sound announces DeCoro, a new singing experience for adults, under the direction of Les Nerling.

2013 – Youth Choir tours to Seattle, WA to perform as one of seven featured choirs at the prestigious Chorus America conference. They present a program in cooperation with Elektra Women’s Choir and Portland’s Cappella Romana.

2013 – Youth Choir selected as Top Youth Choir and Top Overall Choir at the BC Festival of the Performing Arts, a province-wide arts Festival.  

2013 – Adult Choir presents their bi-annual Cabaret evening on May 11, 2013 at Riverside Secondary

2013 – Children’s Choir co-hosts the One Voice Children’s Choir Festival with the British Columbia Girls Choir and the White Rock Children’s Choir. Special guests include the Guelph Youth Singers and the Wakayama Children’s Choir. Clinicians included Morna Edmundson and Ko Matsushita.

2013 – Youth Choir presents two nights of Indiekör at Christ Church Cathedral, the second annual Indiekör concert.

2013 – Youth Choir tours to Nanaimo, BC for a local promotional tour featuring Indiekör music.

 2013 – Children’s Choir receives a SEVEC grant to do a tour exchange with the Guelph Youth Singers. While in Ontario they visit Guelph, St. Catharines, Toronto, and Niagara Falls as well as attending the Senior Treble Festival in Cambridge, ON with clinician Rollo Dilworth.

 2013 – Con Brio performs with Children’s Entertainer Norman Foote.

 2012 – The first Coastal Sound-a-Thon fundraiser is held at Rubens Chocolate in Port Moody.

 2012 – Youth Choir performs with Elektra on the Christmas programs

 2012 –  Youth Choir selected as top choir in all categories a the National Music Festival in Fort McMurrary, AB.

 2012 – The Coastal Sound Youth Choir tours to Whistler & Pemberton.

 2012 – The Coastal Sound Youth Choir presents Indiekör, indie-rock music arranged for choir, at Christ Church Cathedral.

 2012 – Youth Choir performs with Vancouver Cantata Singers

 2012 – Morna Edmundson consents to be an Honourary Patron.

 2012 – All choirs perform at St. Andrew’s-Wesley in February 2012.

 2012 – Youth Choir wins National Festival as well as overall Grand Prize for top choir.

 2011 – Angela Crocker is appointed as Executive Director.

 2011 – Youth choir performs at Carrie Tennant’s wedding

 2011 – Youth Choir performs at the Chan Centre with UBC Choirs.

 2011 – Children’s Choir performs with Vancouver Chamber Choir on A Child’s Christmas in Wales

 2011 – The position of Associate Artistic Director is reinstated and Carrie Tennant accepts the post.

 2011 – Riley McMitchell joins Artistic Team.

 2011 – Fourth and final biennial Coastal Sound International Choral Festival at SFU with Rollo Dilworth and Henry Leck as clinicians.

 2011 – Robyn Stewart accepts the position of Executive Director and works in conjunction with Dan Mattinson until August 2011.

 2011 – All choirs perform at St. Andrew’s-Wesley in March 2011.

 2011 – Youth Choir wins National Festival and comes 2nd in ACCC amateur choral competition.

 2011 – Children’s Choir, Youth Choir and Women’s Choirs all win Provincial Festival.

 2011 – Annette Coffin retires from teaching Novisingers; Dan Mattinson retires as Executive Director

 2011 – Youth choir wins Top Overall Choir at Kiwanis Festival and top overall choir at BC Festival of the Performing Arts.

 2011 – Youth choir performs with Good Noise Gospel Choir.

 2010 – Youth Choir attends the Kathaumiwx Festival in Powell River, BC.

 2010 – Children’s Choir with Diana performs at Coquitlam Olympic Torch celebration for a crowd of about 10,000 spectators.

 2010 – A small group of Children perform with Sarah Brightman at the Panasonic Olympic party.

Carrie works with Japanese production team for this prestigious event.

 2010 – Children’s Choir performs at Canada Olympic Pavilion during Olympic hockey play offs- they meet Honorable James Moore.

 2010 – Water’s Edge Festival is part of Cultural Olympiad 2010.

 2010 – Children’s Choir tours to Ottawa where they perform at the Canadian War Museum and workshop with Jackie Hawley.

 2010 – Children’s Choir wins class at Kiwanis Festival, advances to Provincial festival.

 2010 – Youth Choir produces and records CD Lights- a full length CD of their repertoire.

 2010 – Youth choir wins Top Overall Choir at Kiwanis Festival

 2010 – Youth Choir performs with musica intima

 2009 – Third biennial Coastal Sound International Choral Festival. Clinicians included Adam Con and Francisco Nunez.

 2009 – Children’s Choir, training choirs and Youth Choir perform at the official One Year Countdown to the Olympics televised ceremonies at the Olympic Oval in Richmond, BC.

 2009 – Coastal Sound presents the Water’s Edge Festival in and around the Evergreen Cultural Centre as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

 2009 – Founding Artistic Director Donna Ott0 and incumbent Artistic Director Diana Clark work closely together in a transition year.

 2008 – Youth Choir tours to Victoria, BC.

 2008 – Children’s Choir tours to to China with stops in Beijing, Tanggu (Port Moody’s sister city), Xian, Shanghai (after a 20 hour train ride from Xian) and Suzhou.

 2008 – With Morna Edmundson’s departure as Associate Artistic Director, and director of the Chamber Choir at the end of the 2007/2008 season, the two youth level choirs were combined under Carrie Tennant’s direction.

 2007 – Kiaro, a second youth choir in addition to the Chamber Choir, is added under the direction of Carrie Tenant.

 2007 – Second biennial Coastal Sound International Choral Festival

 2006 – Children’s Choir tour to Cuba.

 2005 – First biennial Coastal Sound International Choral Festival held in Burnaby, BC under a separate society. Clinicians included Diane Loomer, Sanna Valvanne and musica intima, while guest performing artists, Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Sal Ferreras & Friends and Anonymous by Choice, were popular with the audiences.

 2004 – Children’s Choir tour to southern Ontario.

 2003 – Children’s Choir tour to “Festival 500” in St. Johns, Newfoundland

 2001 – Children’s Choir undertook a month long tour of Germany, Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

 1999 – Children’s Choir tours to Juneau, Alaska.

 1999 – The organization changed its name to “Coastal Sound Music Academy Society” and adopted the logo still in use today.

 1998 – Children’s Choir attends the Pacific International Children’s Choral Festival in Eugene, Oregon.

 1997 – Children’s Choir and Youth Choir tour to England and Ireland.

 1997 – Dan Mattinson is appointed Executive Director.

 1996 – The Children’s Choir tours to the Portland International Choral Festival.

 1996 – The Adult Choir is established under the direction of Michael Grice.

 1995 – Children’s Choir undertakes its first international trip to the Des Moines Festival.

 1993 – Judith Forst consents to act as the society’s first Honourary Patron

 Circa 1988 – The Coquitlam District Choral Society is formed.