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The Story of Joy Vox Community Choir

Then & Now

Joy Vox Community Choir's first rehearsal was in September 2001 in the basement studio of Stepping Stone Music Co. Eight fabulous singers got together under the direction of Liisa Nessim and the group grew from there. Now we are 25 to 35 singers strong and celebrating our 20th season! We now rehearse at Calvin Presbyterian Church on Monday evenings.


Liisa Nessim


Liisa Nessim has been teaching music privately for 30 years and started her own music studio in 2001 call Stepping Stone Music Co. She received her BMUS from UBC in 1989. She directed four choirs in Vancouver before moving to Abbotsford in 2001 where she founded Joy Vox Community Choir. In 2006 she won the Arty Award for Outstanding Artist in Music, in 2014 she won the Mission Muse Award for Arts Advocate and in 2018 she won the Celebration of the Arts Advocate-Educator/Mentor. Her own personal philosophy is everyone should sing for their mental and physical health. Music makes you smarter!

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Laura Wheeler

Assistant Conductor / Accompanist

Laura Wheeler has completed her diploma in Jazz Studies from Capilano University with a major in voice. She has sung with the Take Note Jazz Choir, Capilano University's Nite Cap Jazz Ensemble, and the Cap Singers choral ensemble. For over 15 years Laura's been playing Piano, Trumpet, French Horn and Handbells. 
She comes from a musical family and has taught music privately within the Surrey, Abbotsford, and North Vancouver area. She currently performs in the Fraser Valley in her band, Thistle Dew.

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Nick Renaud

Assistant Conductor

Nick has been with the choir for many years and brings a lot of skill and knowledge to the table. With credentials from both the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia, he has been a huge asset and inspiration to the choir.