About us

BCS, founded in 1959, is a community choir where singers of all ages find an opportunity for artistic expression and musical development. Singers from diverse backgrounds perform choral music from all periods and genres and collaborate regularly with other vocalists and instrumentalists. 

BCS gives two performances a year, usually in early December and again in early May.

Community Service & Scholarship

One annual $1,000 scholarship is granted to a qualifying secondary school student pursuing post-secondary formal studies in vocal performance.  Click here for the application form and information.
BCS provides two $100 awards at the annual Rotary Music Festival.
BCS has performed with the Quinte Symphony on several occasions.  In 2016 & 2017 BCS sang Christmas carols at Jane Forester Park.

Community support of the choir ensures that this cherished cultural resource will continue to thrive. The Belleville Choral Society is a non-profit organization, which means that all donations to the chorus are tax-deductible.  Please visit the "Help us" page for more details about supporting the Belleville Choral Society. 


Mirijam Spoelstra, Music Director

 

Mirijam joined the Belleville Choral Society as Director in April 2012. Since that time, her infectious love of a beautiful choral sound and teaching skills have inspired the choir to reach musical heights in performing for audiences. "I learn something at every rehearsal," one member comments.

Mirijam comes from a familial heritage of singers, musicians and music directors, predominantly throughout Europe. She studied organ with Dr. Robert Hunter Bell, and holds an C.R.C.C.O. with the Royal Canadian College of Organists. Mirijam serves as organist at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Belleville. There, she also founded St. Michael's Schola Cantorum; a choir which sings a capella traditional Gregorian chant and early music of the Renaissance period. Previously, Mirijam was Associate Director of the award-winning Hastings and Prince Edward Regional Chorus. Presently, she is fulfilling her dream and is forming a youth choir for youth ages 9 to 20 years old in the Belleville and surrounding region. The new choir entitled, Bellevoce pronounced bell-eh-vocheh, meaning beautiful voice, is her latest exciting, musical project.



Thomas Eric Dietzel, Accompanist

 


 A graduate of the University of Regina's Bachelour of Music Piano Performance program, while enrolled there Tom produced  a series of baroque chamber music concerts featuring Regina Symphony Orchestra and university musicians. He also arranged music for the U. of R. Jazz Band that was performed during a trip to the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Tom has held a variety of roles in the production of over 15 musicals: as music director, conductor, orchestral & rehearsal keyboardist;. He has also been a pianist for ballet and modern dance classes, and from 1990-2002 was music director with the Quinte Ballet School of Canada.

Tom has performed as a church pianist, organist, choir director, and composer, created settings of gospels stories for a church youth theatre group, and has  recorded a CD of some of his compositions.

Over his career, Tom has teamed up with musicians playing in diverse styles from swing era jazz, to rock, to country; he was keyboardist with the Regina Symphony Orchestra, and presently is keyboardist and percussionist with the Quinte Symphony Orchestra.

As an instructor Tom has taught at the Quinte Ballet School, St. Lawrence College, and in private lessons encouraging creativity, balanced overall musicianship, ear training, improvisation and composition.