Performing with the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra.
The CSO Starlets
We are retro style singers who will take you back to the Gatsby era (roaring twenties through to the thirties) with a mixture of authentic vintage and modern pop songs arranged to sound like songs of the times, to a 1940s wartime tribute (Andrews Sisters to Vera Lynn), to swing revival sets. Be it finger waves of the 1920s, or victory rolls of the 40s, they will transport you to glamorous times of the past to entertain you with their powerful voices, choreography and vintage style charm!
Graduated with a B.Mus. from UBC concentrating mainly on opera, as well as singing other styles. She performed leading and supporting roles as a coloratura soprano in operas around Vancouver and Vancouver Island, and in the Czech Republic. In 2012 she was nominated as one of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques which took her to Montreal to sing. She has sang with various Swing/jazz ensembles, occasionally sang back up for different bands, and done recording for composers.
Since 2012, Rachel has been one half of vocal/guitar duo “Rachel and Ted” playing mostly swing and jazz favourites, as well as other styles, at public events/concerts, private functions, and at retirement homes.
When not singing, Rachel is often found walking, playing piano, reading, hanging out with her beautiful dog and cat, or as a blurry shape as an extra in the background of film or TV shows.
Rachel Funk is from Portland Oregon, and thanks to her parents she was born with a great love and appreciation for music.
She began her musical journey at an early age. From school choirs and bands, playing flute, to church choirs and barbershop choirs.
Stepping into her adult years, about fourteen years ago, she went to beauty school and became a hairstylist and loves her job. At that same time she joined community theatre and has been doing as many shows as she can.
Rachel now lives in Abbotsford with her husband continuing her career and hobbies here in the Fraser Valley. In January she started taking aerial silks circus classes. Although challenging, she enjoys it very much and loves learning something new. She also joins in on the fun dancing with The Valley Babes, and now singing with the CSO Starlets! Rachel has fully enjoyed singing with them ever since her first rehearsal, especially when they sing some Andrew Sisters! She looks forward to many more opportunities this year with her fellow Starlets!
Jen Maxwell was born to a musical family that loves a good old fashioned jam session. Some of her earliest memories include singing with her sisters in the car on long family trips. She sang in her high school jazz choir and loved working with other musicians early on. Though she studied History and French at University of the Fraser Valley, Jen kept music in her life for the last 10 years through the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra; singing in the Chorus, the Show Choir, Belle Voci, and now the Starlets. A highlight for her has been recently singing the arrangement of “Til it happens to you” at the Spring 2016 Concert.
Jen teaches Humanities and French Immersion at WJ Mouat Secondary in Abbotsford, and when she isn’t working or singing she is out at the park with her dog and her husband Bryan. Jen believes that music is meant to be shared, and she is happy to jam some Beatles or Neil Young tunes with you anytime.
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Our amazing musicans.
The People Who Make Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra
The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra is one of the only professional orchestra’s in the Fraser Valley and east of the Port Mann Bridge.
The Chilliwack Symphony Chorus is a performance choir and we love to sing for people. We have openings in all voice types. Interested singers must be willing to make a year long commitment and must be able to read music.
The Starlets are retro style singers who will take you back to the Gatsby era (roaring twenties through to the thirties) with a mixture of authentic vintage and modern pop songs arranged to sound like songs of the times, to a 1940s wartime tribute (Andrews Sisters), to swing.