A native of Port Coquitlam, BC, soprano Christina Cichos has been singing in choirs as far back as she can remember, beginning with her elementary school choir. She participated in all of her elementary school musicals, even earning herself a lead. Her love of music led her to audition for Coastal Sound Music Academy. She joined their Children’s Choir on a European tour at the age of 11, and was privileged to participate in performances of Handel’s Messiah and Orff’s Carmina Burana, often in conjunction with Chor Leoni.
In high school, Christina learned to play the flute and joined the concert and jazz bands. Her first love remained singing, and she joined as many choirs as she could, ranging from liturgy, to jazz, to show, to concert choir. She participated in many school stage productions, the highlight being the role of Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof.
While completing her degree in Voice Performance at UBC, Christina had the privilege of studying with Heather Thomson-Price, and worked with both Bruce Pullan and Graeme Langager in various ensembles at the University, participating in several choral recordings. She immensely enjoyed working with the Early Music Ensembles, and was fortunate to travel to the NCCO Conference in Colorado with University Singers. She still insists that participating in Verdi’s Requiem during her first year there was a formative experience. She also was a founding member of a co-ed a cappella ensemble that arranged and performed vocal covers of Top 40 pop hits, and proudly presented two recitals as part of her degree program.
Upon graduation, Christina taught private voice lessons as well as choir at Little Flower Academy in Vancouver. She travelled to London, England, for a three-week course in Acting in Musical Theatre at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has sung with Phoenix Chamber Choir and the Oratorio Singers at St. Andrews Wesley United Church and continues to sing as a soprano section lead with Dunbar Ryerson United Church in Vancouver. She now teaches voice at Resound School of Music, and is a Rehearsal Assistant for the Vancouver Bach Children’s Choruses, under the direction of Marisa Gaetanne. She is thrilled to be singing with the Vancouver Chamber Choir!