Betty-Ann Braun Artistic Director
When Betty-Ann was a teenager she met a children’s choir director and thought, “I want to be just like her when I grow up.” Little did she know that one day her dream would become reality. She spent most of her life practicing the piano, earning a degree in piano performance from Trinity Western University, but after graduation found herself directing choirs wherever she went. The beauty of voices singing together brings her continual joy, both in rehearsal and in performance, and she loves pushing herself and her singers to greater levels of musical excellence, for the glory of God.
In addition to a Bachelor of Arts in Music from TWU, Betty-Ann received an ARCT diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She currently studies voice with Gail Suderman (Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir). She divides her time between conducting PMCC, her piano studio, and working as the music director at Christ Covenant Church in Langley. Until recently when she was not conducting a choir, you could probably find her planning her next vacation, spending time with her nieces and nephews, or eating sushi. Now she is setting up “house” and enjoying time as a newlywed with her husband Mitch.
Tracey Tobin Choir Pianist
Tracey is a graduate of both the Moody Bible Institute and DePaul University of Chicago, Illinois. She holds a degree in Church Music from Moody and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from DePaul. Her teachers have included Mary Sauer, principle accompanist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Dmitri Paperno, well-known Russian pianist and recording artist of the Moscow Conservatory. Tracey has accompanied extensively back east in the Chicagoland area and various parts of Canada. She’s been teaching in the Abbotsford area for over 18 years, both in her home studio as well as the Central Valley Academy of Music. Her current musical pursuits include accompanying PMCC and learning to accompany Cape Breton style fiddling.
Tracey absolutely loves PMCC! She and her husband John have 4 children, 3 of which have been a part of the choir. Tracey had the opportunity to act as accompanist for PMCC in 2011 for their tour to Festival 500 in Newfoundland. When she’s not practicing, you’ll find her homeschooling the youngest in the family. If not, she might be painting the bottom of a boat, refinishing wood, learning fiddle tunes or cooking up her favourite Punjabi recipes. She and her family enjoy camping, hiking, going to the beach, and reaching their Sikh neighbours for Christ.
Cheryl Harder Choir manager and business administrator
Cheryl was introduced to PMCC in 1984. It was during these formative years that she developed a love for choral music, and learned many skills that have been applicable throughout her life. She continued to participate in various choral groups while attending Mennonite Educational Institute, Briercrest Bible College and Columbia Bible College. Cheryl currently sings on one of the worship teams as Yarrow Alliance Church.
Cheryl loves being involved in PMCC as the choir manager, and continues to enjoy getting to know the singers and their families. She is also thrilled to watch her three children foster their own personal love for music through singing with PMCC.
The PMCC Board of Directors
The Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir is a registered non-profit society and is operated by a Board of Directors elected at an Annual General Meeting held every September. Parents of children enrolled in the PMCC are voting members of the society and are encouraged to attend the AGM.
The choir employs Artistic Directors and an Administrator, who work together to meet the objectives of the PMCC. Together, the board and staff are responsible for planning a choral education program that includes weekly rehearsals, choir camp, music literacy classes, and ticketed concerts as well other performances in a variety of venues such as churches, rest homes and hospitals.
The PMCC also provides opportunities for participation in tours and music festivals both at home and abroad.
President: Marcus Janzen
Vice President: Kristin Bonneville
Secretary: Linda Tweed
Treasurer: Mark Wright Member: Sandra Gruenhage