Choral Adjudicators

Fiona Blackburn was educated at the University of British Columbia, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in voice performance, a Bachelor of Education in secondary music, and a Master of Music in choral conducting. Professionally, Fiona performed, recorded and toured for 13 seasons with the Vancouver Chamber Choir; for five seasons, she sang with Vancouver Opera in numerous roles. Fiona’s solo work includes performances with Canadian orchestras including the Vancouver Symphony, Vancouver CBC Orchestra and Symphony Nova Scotia, to name a few.

Fiona has two Celtic CDs to her credit and even performed for five summers on an Alaskan cruise ship.

As an educator and choral director, Fiona has taught music from kindergarten to university, where she was adjunct professor in the Department of Education at UBC. Since 2004, she has been the Founding and Artistic Director of the British Columbia Girls Choir, which has toured Australia, China, Central & North America and ten European countries. In July 2018, the girls were awarded the coveted ‘Children’s Choir of the World’ trophy, which is the highest honour at one of the world’s most prestigious competitions - the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales. Fiona has directed the Zephyra Women’s Choir and Pacifica Singers, the associate ensemble of the Vancouver Chamber Choir. Most recently, Fiona has accepted the directorship of the mixed voice, adult Malaspina Choir, based in Nanaimo.

For her work to promote choral singing in our province, Fiona was awarded the BC Choral Federation’s 2016 Healey Willan Award. She is known for her passionate support of the art of singing in all its forms, as well as her engaging and uplifting interaction with singers of all ages.