Sonja Hindmarsh Artistic Director
Sonja is not a new face to PMCC. In fact, not only was she director in 2009-2014, but she was also a singer herself for 10 years under the direction of founder, Nancy Dyck!
Sonja has worked professionally as a freelance violinist and choral musician in the Vancouver area, directs her own studio of budding musicians, and just recently launched a music curriculum business called “My Homegrown Symphony”.
Sonja graduated from Biola University in Southern California with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Violin Performance. Sonjaʼs formative years were spent in violin studies with Dr. Calvin Dyck, piano with Dr. Betty Suderman, and voice lessons with Melanie Krueger and Gail Suderman.
Sonja and her husband Jared homeschool their 4 children in Abbotsford B.C.
Andrea Pederson – Director of the Tinies
Brooklyn Gerber – Choir Pianist
Brooklyn Gerber, 17, has lived in Abbotsford her entire life. She began playing piano as soon as she could climb onto the bench but lessons began when she was four; first from her mother, then with Heather Dyck and Carmen Hollett, and for the past six years she has studied with Dr. Betty Suderman.
Brooklyn enjoys providing music for weddings, graduations, and school dramas but her all-time favorite form of music-making involves collaborating with friends in small string groups and accompanying soloists. She is beginning her 10th year singing with PMCC, and her third year helping accompany the choir.
She is currently completing her ARCT in piano performance and is continuing to teach her bustling studio full of delightful young pianists. Besides PMCC, Brooklyn also accompanies the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra, the Abbotsford Homeschool Choir, and various instrumental soloists around the lower mainland. She is very passionate about choral music and music education and hopes to pursue a music degree at university next school year.
Being the significantly youngest of three siblings Brooklyn currently enjoys spending a great deal of quality time with her Mom and Dad. She loves blue skies and sunshine, making memories with good friends, immersing herself in good books, baking yummy things, hiking, cuddling her adorable nieces, and she loves all things aquatic, having swam competitively for nearly ten years.
Cheryl Harder Choir manager & business administrator
Cheryl was introduced to PMCC in 1984 and was fortunate to be one of the singers that toured to Innsbruck Austria, and also sang at Expo 86! 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 has loved being involved in PMCC for the past 11 years as the choir manager and continues to enjoy getting to know the singers and their families. She was also thrilled to watch her three children foster their own personal love for music through singing with PMCC. Pictured with Cheryl is her amazingly supportive family.
Andrea & Amaris Vocal Coaches
Andrea and Amaris, identical twin sisters,
were “born singing”. They grew up performing together, with their older siblings, and in choir at church and school.
Having attended MEI for High School, they both graduated from Trinity Western University’s Music Performance Program in 2002. Andrea and Amaris have spent the last 16 years teaching private lessons and performing together for numerous organizations and events, including the 2010 Olympics and with PMCC in 2017. They have recorded 4 albums together, featuring other local musicians, and enjoy combining choral and classical elements with gospel styling.
Andrea (Pederson) resides in Abbotsford with her husband and 3 beautiful young daughters. She enjoys teaching young people to develop and share their passion for music with others. She loves to cook and go grocery shopping. Andrea also volunteers her time to teach music in her daughters’ classrooms at school and spends hours tending to the vegetable garden and numerous animals on their hobby farm: They have 2 dogs, 2 cats, 3 ducks, 3 cows and 45 chickens!
Amaris (Gray) also lives in Abbotsford with her husband and 2 children. In addition to teaching at her home studio, she is the adjunct Vocal Instructor at Summit Pacific College, where she teaches private lessons, a Vocal Methodology course, and assists in the choral program. She also enjoys leading her Church Choir/Christmas programs. Amaris loves gardening and notoriously buys too many plants whenever she visits the local plant nurseries. She also enjoys camping, road trips and making adventures out of ordinary daily activities!
Andrea and Amaris are thrilled to join the PMCC team as the choir’s vocal coaches and Andrea will also be assisting with music theory & sight-singing.
Janelle Stauffer & Sandra Booker Choreographers
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.
The PMCC also provides opportunities for participation in tours and music festivals both at home and abroad.
Board Chair: Sandra Gruenhage
Vice Chair: Jen Esau
Secretary: Julie Loeppky
Treasurer: Mark Wright
Member at large: Andrea Pederson