Lila Community Choir

“Singing with Cari is like coming home” – Choir Participant

NEW! By popular demand, we will now be offering Family Choir sessions.

Please bring a water bottle, comfy slippers, and your family!

Registration is open to a minimum of 6 families.

6 weeks of classes on a sliding scale of $75-$250.00

Contact Cari today at

Family Choir sessions will run each Wednesday beginning Nov 8

5:00-5:45 PM.



Welcome to the 2017 Fall Season!

Beginning September 20, this seasons’ sessions will run from 6:00-7:30 PM every Wednesday.

Choir participation is by donation, with a suggested contribution of $10- $15/class.

Directions to Lila Music Centre

For the past 12 years, the Lila Music Centre has committed to sharing their musical voice in the community by collaborating with  & performing in over 100 performances, events, bedsides, vigils, rallies, walk of nation, tree light up, concerts and festivals. This past June, the Lila Community Choir co-hosted a fundraiser with theCowichan Land Trust, in support of the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre. Called Sing for Cedar & Salmon, this well-attended community event highlighted the important of understanding & protecting our local ecosystem. Director Cari Burdett values building community through music and creating safe and nourishing environments, where people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, ethnicity, and religious dedication and diversity can come together through song, play and joy.  

The Lila Music Centre Community Choir, has been sharing their voices and bringing joy, not only the audiences, but also the participants, who meet new friends, learn new languages and develop connections and musical skills. 

Director Cari Burdett, brings joy and warmth to the rehearsals and invites families, students, and adults to come and join in this One World Festival Community Choir.  

To participate, email 

Or call 250 701 0978


Calling all voices and ages in the Cowichan Valley to come on out and sing together in harmony. Families Welcome!


We sing songs for the world, gospel, folk, fun, harmony, uplifting songs to share together as one. – One Voice. One Heart Beating. –

There is a kind of magic when many voices come together in song – we all become one, regardless of race, religion, culture, class, age, sex – we all become one.

This choir is filled with joy and love for the world, songs that help us to open our hearts and sing together in harmony.

Cari Burdett, leads the choir with great enthusiasm and dedication for inclusion, community and musical enjoyment.  Cari trained with Shivon Robinsong and Dennis Donnelly from the Gettin Higher Choir, Victoria BC, where they lead an successful Community Choir Leadership Training. After graduating from this course, members can join the Ubuntu Choirs Network, a collective of conductors and singers who promote the message of singing as a birthright.

The Lila Community Choir is a member of the Ubuntu Choirs Network, which promotes the joy of singing.

“I am, because you are. I need you to be you so that I can be me. A choir is a choir only because its different parts work together harmoniously. Yes, a person truly is a person only through other persons. God bless you in your noble endeavour.”
— Nobel Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Ubuntu means:  I am because we are.
We believe that:

  • singing is an essential human birthright and a powerful source of energy and connection.
  • singing together is a potent tool for building community
  • singing in harmony teaches us to celebrate diversity, and to practice deep listening

Ubuntu choirs are:

  • inclusive (open to people from all walks of life, all cultures, faiths, abilities)
  • non-auditioned (all voices are welcome: given the right conditions, all can learn to sing in tune and in harmony)
  • community-focused (singing to build community rather than primarily for performance)
  • socially engaged (actively involved in supporting local and global communities through vocal outreach and fund-raising concerts)

We sing songs from around the world, many from the oral tradition. Through singing these songs, we can honour and tap into the wisdom of other cultures. In turn we are moved to give back to those cultures whose songs inspire and nourish us.