Director and Musicians and Memorabilia

Director, Musicians, and Memorabilia Sales

Janet Rendell – Director
Janet graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music with diplomas in music education and piano accompaniment.  After teaching music in the Orkney Islands, she moved to Edmonton where she continued her musical studies at the University of Alberta  and accompanied the Richard Eaton Singers.
After moving to Calgary, Janet accompanied the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus, conducted and accompanied the children’s choirs at Mount Royal University and taught music at Webber Academy.
Janet moved with her family to White Rock where she became the accompanist and assistant conductor of the White Rock Children’s Choirs, choral director at St. Mark’s  Anglican Church and taught private piano lessons.
Janet is delighted to call Victoria home now and is thrilled to join the Greater Victoria Police Chorus

Mary Ross – Accordionist

Mary has enjoyed accompanying The Greater Victoria Chorus since 2000. She enjoys the enthusiasm that the Chorus has for music and the varied entertaining programs that they perform.
Mary’s musical career has been diverse as an entertainer and music instructor. She graduated with a Bachelor of Education (Music Major) in her hometown of Calgary and taught at elementary schools in Victoria, B.C. for six years. She also offered accordion instruction in the school system as well as privately.
In addition to performing with the Greater Victoria Police Chorus, Mary is also a musician for Irish Dancing Competitions, Scottish Country Dancing Events, German Oktoberfests, and entertains with Scottish comedian/singer George McDowall.

Kathy Russell – Accompanist  

Kathy Russell received her Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Victoria.  She is the recipient of innumerable scholarships that have allowed her travel and perform throughout Western Canada, the U.S., and Europe.

Kathy has developed a great love for Choral Music.  In the past two decades she has worked as Accompanist with more than a dozen choirs in the Victoria area.  She is currently accompanying for both the Greater Victoria Police Chorus and the Avalon Singers.  In 2015 the BC Choral Federation presented Kathy the ‘Joyce O. Maguire’ (pianist for  the Vancouver Bach Choir for nearly 40 years) Award for long-term service as a Choral Accompanist.

Kathy resides in Sooke with her husband Kevin and son Konnor.  Kathy operates a thriving piano studio she calls “The Painted Piano” which is a study hall for more than 40 private students.  She has a great love for nature and the great outdoors, and can often be found in her garden.

Ed Salyn – Drums

Ed Salyn has been the drummer with Police Chorus since 2000.

As a youth he played the trumpet in a sea cadet marching band and worked in a music store.

For many years he played drums with dance bands in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and in Victoria.

                                          LYNNE TRACE . . .  ‘AKA DEN MOTHER’ 

Lynne began volunteering with the Police Chorus in 1987. At first it was just to help with the sales of the Police Chorus tapes.

As the years passed she has collected and organized pictures, memorabilia and items to sell, to create the display she looks after at all the appropriate performances. When needed, Lynne works with other Chorus members on various aspects of keeping the Police Chorus functioning.

She has traveled with the Police Chorus on the trips to Europe, Alberta, B.C. and Washington State and has missed attending only three performances during that time.

Stop by the display when you come to one of our performances. She has lots of things to show you and many stories to tell!