Nelson Community Opera staged this world premiere
production at Nelson’s Capitol Theatre to sold out houses. ~ 2008

Carmina Burana

Allison Girvan directed Carmina Burana bringing together
over 60 musicians, including a choir, two pianists, and percussion. ~ 2017


A world premiere composed by Doug Jamieson. ~ 2015

The Echo Vocal Arts Alliance (EVAA) - formerly known as the Amy Ferguson Institute - is a nonprofit organization that supports, produces and promotes vocal arts in the West Kootenay region.

The Echo Vocal Arts Alliance (EVAA) - formerly known as the Amy Ferguson Institute, was founded in 2000 to celebrate the musical legacy of Dr. Amy Ferguson. EVAA plays a vital role in feeding the communities it serves with performances, workshops, awards and other creative vocal events.
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Where are we located?

The West Kootenay region is located in the south eastern corner of British Columbia, Canada.

What is EVAA?

EVAA is a nonprofit organization run by a board of volunteers. The board is always looking for individuals to continue enhancing vocal arts. Interested? Email:

Does EVAA have awards?

EVAA offers a variety of awards to citizens residing in the West Kootenay region. Applications vary from bursary to scholarship and at different times of the year. Visit our Awards tab to find out more.

EVAA is committed to creating an environment that does not tolerate discrimination against anyone for their race, ancestry, place of origin, sexual orientation, gender expression, sex, religious or political beliefs, ethnicity, or physical, emotional and mental abilities. We strive to include all people of any age in our offerings. All contracted workers are expected to conduct themselves bearing this commitment in mind and work to create spaces which are inclusive, tolerant and safe.

EVAA promotes and supports a variety of vocal events across the region. Stay up-to-date on our Facebook page, or visit our Upcoming Productions page.

The Echo Vocal Arts Alliance will hold its Annual General Meeting on the evening of Monday, June 19th, at 7 pm in the board room of the Nelson Chamber of Commerce, 91 Baker St. All are welcome to attend. For further info please contact Laura Landsberg at 250-505-2445 or

Our Awards

The generosity of community members has made these awards possible.

June Lythgoe Scholarship

Every two years, in partnership with the Osprey Foundation, we are able to offer this scholarship.

Doris Bradshaw Bursary

Youth are able to apply for funding to assist with their music lessons.

Production Skills Mentorship Fund

Professionals give their time and knowledge to improve the talent in the region.

Join EVAA!

Contact one of the board members, or email for information and applications.