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The Handel Society of Music is an amateur, non-profit organization that produces fine choral performances for the enjoyment and benefit of audiences in the Lower Mainland.  The Society also supports and stimulates musical activity in the area and promotes the artistic development of young musicians.

The Society performs choral orchestral works by Handel, and others such as Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, or Puccini’s Messa di Gloria. The Society also performs oratorios, masses and requiems by other great classical composers including Mozart, Haydn and Schubert. 


Our 49th Season (2014-2015):

Messiah - by George Frideric Handel

Friday December 19, 2014, 7:30 PM

Saint Patrick's Catholic Church
22561 121 Ave, Maple Ridge, B.C.

Saturday December 20, 2014, 7:30 PM
Good Shepherd Church
2250 - 150 Street, Surrey, B.C.


Interested singers are invited to attend rehearsals, Tuesday evenings 7:30 to 9:45 pm at  Northwood United Church,  8855 - 156th Street  in Surrey. The society registrar, Rita Buchy, by phone at 604-536-6818 or email at email@handelsociety.ca, can provide information about becoming a member of the choir, including auditions, annual dues, musical scores, practice tapes/CD’s, and concert dress.

The Handel Society of Music maintains membership in the BC Choral Federation, and the Surrey and Delta Arts Councils.  The Society is registered under the Societies Act and operates under a Constitution and Bylaws. A Board of Directors, elected by Society members, is responsible for conducting the business of the Society, including the planning and operation of the choir.

What Choir Members like about the choir (from the 2008 evaluation): " the commitment to excellence"......."the love of singing"..... "the cohesiveness and congeniality"....."the musical ability and high standards"....."everybody is enthusiastic about the music"


The Choir


Alto Tenor Bass
June Ainsworth
Carol Blender
Claudia Borrayo
Rita Buchy
Doreen Deane
Rieneke Dykstra
Margaret Ferguson
Mary Kostashuk
Lois Manuel
Patricia Mathieson
Janet McIntosh
Trudi Smith
Leslie Wood

Liz Boersma
Floridalma Borrayo
Trudy Defries
Michelle Faber
Marilyn Griffin
Maggi Henderson
Carolyn Labun
Ria Lok
Liz Vandergriendt
Joanna Vanderpol
Bernice Wubs
Jane Deglint
Kerry Hutcheon
Shawn McGrory
Tony Roberts-Mason
Rick Ruta
John Ydenberg

Phil Struik
Jon Ochsendorf
John Manlove
Jonathan Leung

Please click on the following links for personal biographies

Artistic Director:

Johan Louwersheimer


Len VandeBurgt


Our Board of Directors and Volunteers

Finances/Ticket Sales
Secretary Vice-President and Advertising/Promotion


Michelle Faber
Eric Britton
Phil Struik
Rita Buchy
Liason with Community Partnerships
Michelle Faber
John Ydenburg
Doreen Deane


How Choir members describe our Board (quotes from 2008 Evaluation): "well organized"....."very caring and committed"....."communicate well with one another and with the choir and artistic director".....
"keep everything running smoothly and harmoniously"