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 spring.

Rehearsal location and mailing address: St. Thomas Anglican Church, 201 Church Street, Belleville, ON K8N 5P2

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 registered charity which can offer Charitable Tax Receipts for donations.  Charity BN/ Registration #86878 1147 RR0001. Please visit the "Help us" page for more details about supporting the Belleville Choral Society. 


Mirijam Spoelstra, Music Director

 
As Belleville Choral Society's Director since 2012, Mirijam Spoelstra's infectious love of a beautiful choral sound and teaching skills has inspired the choir to reach musical heights.

Mirijam comes from a familial heritage of music directors, musicians and singers predominantly throughout Europe. She studied organ with Dr. Robert Hunter Bell, and holds a CRCCO with the Royal Canadian College of Organists. Mirijam is organist at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Belleville. There, she also founded St. Michael's Schola Cantorum; a choir which sings traditional Gregorian chant and early polyphonic music, a cappella. Performing with the ladies double trio, Praise Friends, fondly keeps her singing. Previously, Mirijam was Associate Director of the award-winning Hastings and Prince Edward Regional Chorus. Presently, she is fulfilling her dream and forming a youth choir for youth ages 10 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.