Convention Music

Thursday, November 2 Music The Alumni Project 1

Plenary Session

The Alumni Project is a new choral ensemble of young adults from Abbotsford, B.C who are passionate about music, singing and the continuation of music for the younger generation. Many members sang together in previous decades while attending the Mennonite Educational Institute. The Alumni Project performs music from all genres including classical choral, jazz, pop and gospel. The ensemble meets weekly for rehearsal over a good cup of coffee, great fellowship, and is currently under the direction of Carmen Hollett and Sonja Hindmarsh.

Saturday, November 4

Partner’s Reception Music

The Nelson Boschman Trio (Nelson Boschman, piano, Kenton Wiens, drums, Ben Appenheimer, double bass) has been playing jazz throughout Greater Vancouver since 1997. They met while studying in the Jazz Studies Program at Capilano College in North Vancouver, BC (Canada) and have enjoyed playing at various coffeehouses, restaurants, weddings, fundraisers, banquets, corporate functions, and Jazz Vespers services. The group’s creative, interactive style is influenced by the piano trios led by Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett and Brad Mehldau, and appeals to a wide audience.

The Trio has released two recordings to date, entitled Keeping Time: Sounding the Liturgical Year Through Jazz, Volume One (2004), and Keeping Time, Volume Two (2007). Both have received airplay on CBC Radio’s HOT AIR and TONIC programs. In 2008, Volume Two received a nomination from the GMA Covenant Awards for Jazz/Blues Album of the Year.

Music Calvin and Heather DyckSunday, November 4

Plenary Session

Calvin and Heather Dyck live in Abbotsford and are members of Bakerview Church. They have two grown children, and enjoy serving the church and the community with music.

Heather works at Trinity Western University in Development while Calvin is the concertmaster for the Vancouver Island Symphony in Nanaimo, the director of the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra, and is in demand as an adjudicator, teacher and producer.

Calvin has produced four solo recordings to benefit “Communitas”; a charity which provides services to people with disabilities.

This past month, Calvin and Heather enjoyed a fascinating learning tour of Kenya and Ethiopia to explore some of the projects that MCC is sponsoring in the region. They will be producing a fundraising concert to benefit MCC in Spring 2018.

In spite of a college aptitude test recommending a career as a tug boat captain, Calvin completed a music degree at Biola University, and went on to earn a Masters and Doctorate in violin performance at the University of Southern California with minors in choral conducting, music education and music history.

In 2012 Calvin was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to the community. In 2013 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities by Trinity Western University.