In 2005, St. Michael’s Presents…Society was established as a registered charity to present concerts in St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church, Chemainus, by its then musical directors, Rachel Perkyns and Dwight Siemens. They had a vision of a concert series that would bring music lovers in the Chemainus area and talented musical artists to this delightful venue. They recruited volunteers, gave early concerts themselves, and started enlisting musicians.

The piano that was available was fine for church use in conjunction with the organ, but was not adequate for the demands of these performers, so fundraising was begun to acquire a new Yamaha C1 grand piano.  To quote Rachel, “Dwight and I did not start the concert series to pay for the piano. We started it as a means of providing opportunities to established and up-and-coming performers alike, and realized we would not get the calibre of artist we wanted unless we had a great instrument for their use.”  The piano they found was indeed great — every pianist using it has praised it. For the first 5 years of the concert series, a portion of each concert’s ticket sales went towards payments for the piano. The final payment was made in June 2010.

St. Michael’s Presents… is a Registered Charity (No. 842945073 RR 0001) and all donations are tax deductible. Concerts normally take place in St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church, 2858 Mill St., Chemainus and are subject to change without notice.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors and Volunteers

  • President:  Sue Ryan
  • Vice President: Ann Mendenhall
  • Secretary: Brenda Braaten
  • Treasurer: Donna-Lynn Thompson

Directors at Large:

  • Eleanor Montour (Tickets)
  • Marion Priestley (Promotions)

Artistic Co-Directors:

  • Rykie Avenant
  • Catharina de Beer


  • Tickets – Eleanor Montour
  • Programs and posters – Catharina de Beer, Rykie Avenant
  • Flowers and artist snacks – Annick Richardson
  • Photographs and social media – Rykie Avenant
  • Piano – Gloria Fraser, Christine Dandy
  • Website – Catharina de Beer
  • Archives – Ann Mendenhall
  • Membership – Ann Mendenhall

Volunteer Opportunities

We need volunteers to run our organization. Please consider volunteering your time to keep the association healthy and running.