Meet The Voices

Singing Groups

Meet the invited guest groups, participating groups, and collaborative singing project groups that will be performing at HarbourVOICES! 2024.

  • AcaBella

    Newfoundland & Labrador
    Darlene Steeves

  • AcaBella

    Location: Newfoundland & Labrador
    Director: Darlene Steeves

    Founded in 2005, AcaBella is an all-female, a cappella vocal ensemble. After creating friendships and discovering a common love of singing and performing through community musicals, choirs and dance, its members joined together to create a small a cappella group – and quickly fell in love with the medium. Over the past 19 years, AcaBella has performed many professional concerts; participated in several “Festival 500- Sharing the Voices” festivals, including the small vocal ensemble program in 2011 and 2013; donated countless performances to support local fundraisers, other local performing groups, charities, and non-profit organizations; been special guest performers at the Tails, Trails and Tunes Festival and several Camber Arts (formerly Gros Morne Summer Music) events; recorded and released a CD “Christmas Bella” in 2015; and are currently working on new recordings. In 2015, AcaBella was the recipient of the Corner Brook Achievement in Community Excellence “Overall Artist of the Year” Award. Over the years, AcaBella has performed a wide variety of musical styles from medieval madrigals to international folk songs. Recently, their focus has been on contemporary music, often incorporating vocal percussion to their sound.

  • Aurora Women’s Choir

    Newfoundland & Labrador
    Abra Whitney

  • Aurora Women’s Choir

    Location: Newfoundland and Labrador
    Director: Abra Whitney

    The Aurora Women’s Choir, conducted by Abra Whitney, was formed in September 2014. Aurora is an auditioned ensemble that performs both a cappella and accompanied repertoire of all styles and in all languages – they seek to master a range of choral music with a focus on Canadian repertoire. Aurora holds at least two concerts and a fundraiser each season, as well as performing at various special events, shared concerts, workshops, festivals, and church services throughout the year. Aurora had the distinct pleasure of representing Newfoundland at the National Unisong Choral Festival and at the 100th Anniversary Beaumont-Hamel Commemoration in Ottawa. They have been proud to perform at both Canada Day and Remembrance Day Ceremonies for the Town of Conception Bay South. In Spring 2018, Aurora was invited to perform in a special Equinox Concert at the Manuels River Centre, sharing the stage with the Young Virtuosi of the Suzuki Talent Education Program. Aurora was also proud to support the opening Gala for Teen Challenge NL, a residential addictions rehabilitation center for women. In July 2018, Aurora participated in the National Choral Conference and Festival, Podium on the Edge in St. John’s.

  • Avalonia

    Newfoundland & Labrador
    Kathy Mahoney

  • Avalonia

    Location: Newfoundland & Labrador
    Director: Kathy Mahoney

    Founded in 2002, Avalonia is a women’s choir of 10 voices who live on the Avalon Peninsula. Their repertoire consists of popular and gospel music. They present two shows of their own each year, in the spring and at Christmas, and have sung for multiple fundraising events for various charities, conventions, churches, community senior citizens’ homes, as well as with other local choirs.

  • Avalon Voices

    Newfoundland & Labrador
    Keri Kao

  • Avalon Voices

    Location: Newfoundland and Labrador
    Director: Keri Kao

    Formed in 2010, Avalon Voices is a non-auditioned ladies’ choir based out of Conception Bay South. The group sings mostly in 3-part harmony and sings repertoire consisting of folk, easy listening, pop, and light rock songs. They compete every year at the Kiwanis Music Festival and hold 3 concerts per year as part of the recitals of Musically Inclined, the music studio from which they are based. In 2023, the group took on its biggest undertaking yet and auditioned and were accepted to perform and compete at MusicFest Canada, The Nationals. They worked very hard and were very proud to walk away with a silver award. This year, the choir decided all of their repertoire would be music written by either Newfoundland or Canadian artists – they are proud to sing music reflective of their culture, and music that represents where they live.

  • Beyond Youth Choir

    Newfoundland & Labrador
    Leslie Hewlett

  • Beyond Youth Choir

    Location: Newfoundland & Labrador
    Director: Leslie Hewlett

    Beyond Youth Choir is a treble voiced youth choir that was developed by Leslie Hewlett, music director of Beyond the Overpass Theatre Company, as a part of their Youth Arts Programming. Beyond The Overpass is a not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to the development of the arts and young artists in the Central Newfoundland region. Made up of singers spanning ages 10-18, Beyond Youth Choir’s goal is to encourage a cappella singing, ear training, and vocal technique, while helping to foster a love for choral music in the central NL region.

  • Black Heritage NL Choir

    Newfoundland & Labrador
    Geraldine Ankrah

  • Black Heritage NL Choir

    Location: Newfoundland & Labrador
    Director: Geraldine Ankrah

    Black Heritage NL is a group of passionate Christian musicians of diverse nationalities. Their genre is gospel/black spirituals. From the choir’s first rehearsal in 2021, their goal was to further enrich and diversify the music ecosystem in NL and Canada with a distinct, uplifting gospel sound. Their diverse cultures and nationalities allow for varying musical perspectives which blend to produce rich ministrations – rather than just “performances,” “ministrations” is in line with their main aim of ministering to Jesus in song and to the souls of listeners. They also recently released an EP dedicated to people struggling with mental health and addiction. Black Heritage NL has Geraldine Ankrah as its convener/music director, Precious Familusi as its manager, and ten vocalists from Nigeria, Jamaica, Zimbabwe, and Ghana.

  • Coastal Sounds Community Choir

    Newfoundland & Labrador
    Abra Whitney

  • Coastal Sounds Community Choir

    Location: Newfoundland & Labrador
    Director: Abra Whitney

    The Coastal Sounds Community Choir, conducted by Abra Whitney, originally formed in January 2007 as a project of The Music Corner in Manuels, Conception Bay South. In 2011, the choir branched off as its own non-profit community organization ran by an elected Executive Committee. Having begun with just eight brave souls, regular membership has grown to between 50-60 singers with new members joining every year. The choir is comprised of members living in the Conception Bay South and surrounding areas, all coming from different musical backgrounds and experiences. Coastal Sounds holds at least two concerts each season and performs at various special events, fundraisers, retirement homes, and church services throughout the year. It has taken part in Rotary and Kiwanis Music Festivals and has performed in various venues in Conception Bay South and surrounding communities. The choir invites new members to join in September and January. No prior singing experience is necessary – anyone enthusiastic about singing and willing to learn is welcome to join.

  • Holy Heart Chamber Choir

    Newfoundland & Labrador
    Robert Colbourne

  • Holy Heart Chamber Choir

    Location: Newfoundland and Labrador
    Director: Robert Colbourne

    The Holy Heart Chamber Choir from St. John’s, NL is an auditioned SATB choir consisting of students ages 15-18. Over the years the choir has achieved many accomplishments, including winning CBC’s Music Class Challenge, winning first place in the National Musical Festival of Canada, and being named “Canada’s Top Choir” in Feelitlive’s first virtual competition. The choir has toured Europe, the United States, and across Canada, and have performed at Canada’s National Choral Conference – Podium.

  • Holy Heart of Mary Alumnae Choir

    Newfoundland & Labrador
    Barbara O’Keefe

  • Holy Heart of Mary Alumnae Choir

    Location: Newfoundland & Labrador
    Director: Barbara O’Keefe

    The Holy Heart of Mary Alumnae Choir (HHMAC) was formed in 1999 as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of Holy Heart of Mary Regional High School. HHMAC is a non-auditioned choir, and as such, the only prerequisite is that members are all former students of Holy Heart. They have grown from 30 members in 1999 to the current membership of over 100. Through benefit performances and guest appearances, their continued joy for music is evident in the choir members, the director, and the very high music caliber of the choir.

  • Lady Cove Women’s Choir

    Newfoundland & Labrador
    Kellie Walsh

  • Lady Cove Women’s Choir

    Location: Newfoundland and Labrador
    Director: Kellie Walsh

    Founded in 2003 by Kellie Walsh, Lady Cove Women’s Choir was named after the remote community of Lady Cove on Newfoundland’s rugged yet beautiful east coast. The name Lady Cove is representative of the spirit and philosophy of the Choir: a community – a haven where woman-identified members come, not only to explore their own musicianship, but to share their lives and experiences in a sisterhood. Lady Cove Women’s Choir is a highly respected member of a vibrant and diverse arts community, both in Newfoundland and Labrador and across Canada. Lady Cove’s programming spans a wide variety of musical genres including renaissance, gospel, traditional, world, jazz, contemporary choral theatre, and classical music – and the choir strives to strike a delicate balance between performing and sharing accessible works, with creating new musical experiences that challenge both audiences and choir members alike. Lady Cove has garnered a national and international reputation for excellence, not only for its high-performance standard but also for its innovation and creativity.

  • La Rose des vents

    Newfoundland & Labrador
    Claire Wilkshire

  • La Rose des vents

    Location: Newfoundland & Labrador
    Director: Claire Wilkshire

    Fondée en 1996, la seule chorale française d’adultes à Terre-Neuve et Labrador, La Rose des vents, est un chœur communautaire de francophones et francophiles qui se rencontrent pour le plaisir de parler et chanter en français. La chorale est un projet de l’Association communautaire francophone de Saint-Jean; depuis quinze ans, sa direction est assurée par Claire Wilkshire (cheffe) et David Green (pianiste). Cet ensemble connu pour leur joie de vivre interprète un répertoire varié de chansons à boire, cantiques sacrés, chants traditionnels franco-terreneuviens et mélodies des grands chanteurs, de la Renaissance jusqu’au présent.

    Founded in 1996, the only French adult choir in Newfoundland and Labrador, La Rose des vents is a community choir of Francophones and Francophiles who meet for the pleasure of speaking and singing in French. The choir is a project of the Francophone Community Association of Saint-Jean; for fifteen years, it has been directed by Claire Wilkshire (conductor) and David Green (pianist). This ensemble, known for their joie de vivre, performs a varied repertoire of drinking songs, sacred hymns, traditional Franco-Newfoundland songs, and melodies of the great singers from the Renaissance to the present.

  • Newman Sound Men’s Choir

    Newfoundland & Labrador
    Jennifer Hart

  • Newman Sound Men’s Choir

    Location: Newfoundland and Labrador
    Director: Jennifer Hart

    Pride, musical versatility, and camaraderie best describe Newman Sound Men’s Choir. Founded in 2005, Newman Sound is named after a rugged yet scenic region in Terra Nova National Park. The choir has realized an ever-growing loyal audience and a high local, national, and international reputation, having established an exciting and eclectic repertoire across the genres of classical, pop, and folk – including some outstanding arrangements and original compositions by several singers within the choir. A true community choir of more than thirty dedicated singers, choir members span all ages and walks of life, bringing with them a wealth of experiences and perspectives – and, most importantly, a love of making music together. In 2006, the choir was awarded the Galaxie Rising Star Award for Most Promising New Choir in Canada at the National CBC Choral Competition. Living up to its rising star status, the choir made it to the final round of the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs in 2008. Newman Sound has placed 2nd in the Equal-Voice Men’s category in 2015, 2017, and 2019. In 2011, their debut CD “The Green and Salty Days,” a collection of traditional music from Newfoundland and Labrador, was named Classical Album of the Year by MusicNL and was subsequently nominated for an East Coast Music Award in 2012. That same year, Newman Sound was named Champion Male Chamber Choir at the 7 at the World Choir Games held in Cincinnati, USA. In 2016, the choir travelled to the Basque Country in Spain to partner with one of Europe’s leading men’s choruses in a project exploring the historical and cultural ties between the Basque Country and Newfoundland.

  • Philharmonic Choir of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra

    Newfoundland & Labrador
    Stephen Candow

  • Philharmonic Choir of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra

    Location: Newfoundland and Labrador
    Director: Stephen Candow

    The Philharmonic Choir of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra (PCNSO) is an auditioned community choir based in St. John’s. Founded in 1987 as an oratorio choir specifically to perform Handel’s Messiah with the NSO, the PCNSO has broadened itself substantially and now performs several concerts each season with a wide variety of repertoire. The PCNSO continues to be dedicated to working cooperatively with the NSO to foster and perform symphonic choral music. The choir has attended “Unisong” in Ottawa, toured Ireland, and regularly participated in Newfoundland and Labrador’s Festival 500 biennial choral festival from 1997 to 2015.

  • Projēkt Chamber Voices

    Newfoundland & Labrador
    Amy Henderson

  • Projēkt Chamber Voices

    Location: Newfoundland and Labrador
    Director: Amy Henderson

    Projēkt Chamber Voices is a mixed-voice adult choral group based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, dedicated to performances of acapella contemporary choral music. Our singers are drawn from numerous backgrounds: we are music teachers and educators, researchers, professional musicians, and choir directors in their own right, with experience in musical theatre to church music, as well as instrumental and solo musical careers. Projēkt aims to offer experienced choral musicians a venue to hone and explore their creativity and craft in a flexible yet challenging music-making environment. Led by their founding director, Amy Henderson, since 2018, they now comprise a group of 24 or so regular members, who work together in a project-based fashion, rather than in a traditional choral season. 

  • Quintessential Vocal Ensemble

    Newfoundland & Labrador
    Susan Quinn

  • Quintessential Vocal Ensemble

    Location: Newfoundland and Labrador
    Director: Susan Quinn

    Celebrating its 30th season, the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble (QVE) has become recognized as one of Canada’s most accomplished amateur choirs, bringing together singers from the thriving musical community of St. John’s. Founded in 1993, its members encompass a range of experienced singers, instrumentalists, music teachers, students, and professionals of diverse backgrounds, with a love for eclectic and engaging repertoire and an exceptional standard of performance. QVE is known especially for its a cappella repertoire of many styles and periods and has also taken on major classical works and collaborated in large-scale productions for symphony and stage. QVE has amassed more than 20 awards in competitions, including the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in Wales, the Florilège Vocal de Tours in France, the Cork International Choral Festival in Ireland, the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs, and the National Music Festival of Canada. Notable performances include Podium, Canada’s national choral convention; MusicFest Canada’s national choral showcase; and Carnegie Hall in New York City featuring “As On Wings” by Canadian composer Leonard Enns, commissioned by QVE to commemorate the response of the people of NL to the thousands of airline travellers diverted to the province after the attacks of 9/11. The choir has recorded three albums. Among recent projects, QVE has recorded works by NL songwriters Dolores Hynes and the late Ron Hynes, and has produced the video documentary “Mercy” with filmmaker Roger Maunder which recounts the profound legacy of the Sisters of Mercy in Newfoundland.

  • Shallaway Youth Choir

    Newfoundland & Labrador
    Kellie Walsh

  • Shallaway Youth Choir

    Location: Newfoundland and Labrador
    Directors: Kellie Walsh

    Led by Artistic Director Kellie Walsh, the Shallaway family is comprised of over 400 choristers ranging from ages 4 to 22 years across seven developmentally-sequenced ensembles and a team of over 15 music educators. Members span from pre-school, where choristers first begin to express themselves through music, start to develop healthy vocal production, and commence learning the musical basics, through to high school, where they have the opportunity to apply their advanced musical skills to demanding repertoire and engage in the transformative power of world-class music-making. Founded in 1992 by Susan Knight, Shallaway Youth Choir (formerly known as SHALLAWAY – Newfoundland and Labrador Youth in Chorus) is a cultural and educational agency that expresses itself through choral music. Its focus is on growing the capacity for commitment, initiative, innovation, and contribution amongst its members and alumni.

  • Silvern Voices

    Newfoundland & Labrador
    Katie Barrett

  • Silvern Voices

    Location: Newfoundland and Labrador
    Director: Katie Barrett

    Graham Academy’s Silvern Voices is western Newfoundland’s newest youth choir, carrying forward a longstanding legacy of choral music in the region. With fine choral leadership from Katie Barrett, the group experienced several resounding successes in their first year, performing with several of the province’s finest musical artists, including Brian Way, Bob MacDonald, Wendy Woodland, Petrina Bromley, David Pomeroy, & the Ennis Sisters. That same year, the group was selected for the FCMF National Music Festival and were awarded first prize in their category. The group plans to carry forward choral performances in the region for many years to come.

  • Sipukewaq Ketapekiewinu’k – Voices of the River

    Newfoundland & Labrador
    Lisa Gillam

  • Sipukewaq Ketapekiewinu’k – Voices of the River

    Location: Newfoundland and Labrador

    Director: Lisa Guillam

    Sipukewaq ( see-boo-gay-wah) Ketapekiewinu’k (gay-dub-beh-gee-eh-we-noog)
    Translation: ones from the river, singers
    —————
    “Sipukewaq Ketapekiewinu’k – Voices of the River” is a multi-generational women’s
    choral ensemble from Miawpukek First Nation (Conne River), Newfoundland and
    Labrador, Canada.

    Formed in February of 2024 in preparation for the HarbourVOICES! International
    Festival of Collective Singing Traditions in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador,
    Sipukewaq Ketapekiewinu’k performs a wide range of music from pop, rock and country
    to traditional and contemporary Mi’kmaw songs.

    The women of Voices of the River are honoured to participate in the HarbourVOICES!
    International Festival in collaboration with Eastern Owl, an Indigenous-led all nations
    vocal ensemble, also from Newfoundland and Labrador. Voices of the River members look forward to sharing Mi’kmaw songs and traditions with friends, old and new, throughout 2024 and far beyond.

  • Soundbone Folksong Choir

    Newfoundland & Labrador
    Jean Hewson

  • Soundbone Folksong Choir

    Location: Newfoundland & Labrador
    Director: Jean Hewson

    Soundbone Folksong Choir (SFC) is a non-auditioned choral group for adults who share a love of the traditional and contemporary folk songs of Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond. Established in the winter of 2020, the choir was forced to shut down after only three rehearsals due to the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown. During the 2021-2022 season, the choir had two successful 10-week sessions due to a combination of online and in-person rehearsals, and returned to fully in-person for 2022-2023. The SFC was founded and is directed by traditional musician/music educator Jean Hewson with the help of Assistant Director Madison Mouland. The choir has two ten-week sessions a year with each session culminating in a final concert. Over the last two years of its existence, the SFC has had the opportunity to work with guest musicians Christina Smith, Brian Cherwick, and Dave Panting, and has also enjoyed workshops given by Linda Byrne, Sally Goddard, Shay Black, and Paul Wilson: all expert traditional singers from Ireland, England, and here at home.

  • Spectrum Queer Choir

    Newfoundland & Labrador
    Alice Hietala

  • Spectrum Queer Choir

    Location: Newfoundland & Labrador
    Director: Alice Hietala

    Spectrum Queer Choir is a non-auditioned community choir that creates a place of celebration, belonging, and safety for 2SLGBTQIA+ people and their unique voices and needs. They welcome all who wish to join regardless of musical experience, ability, identity, or financial means. Together the choir seeks justice, growth, and connection through their music-making to enrich lives and the culture of Newfoundland and Labrador. Spectrum Queer Choir was founded by conductor Alice Hietala as part of her graduate studies in choral conducting at Memorial University’s School of Music. Forty people showed up to the first rehearsal, and the choir hasn’t looked back since. More recently, Alice’s leadership has been augmented by a volunteer Board of Directors resulting in the choir’s incorporation as a non-profit in 2021, along with joyful organizational and community growth. Over the past twelve years, the choir has enjoyed many opportunities to sing, educate, and celebrate queer voices, including with such organizations as St. John’s Pride, TED x St. John’s, PODIUM, and the Egale OUTShine GSA Youth Conference. Most recently, the choir traveled to Halifax in May 2023 for the Unison Choir Festival where they joined 2SLGBTQIA+ choruses from across Canada.

  • Torbay Folk Arts Choral Group

    Newfoundland & Labrador
    Jenn Hanley

  • Torbay Folk Arts Choral Group

    Location: Newfoundland & Labrador
    Director: Jenn Hanley

    The Torbay Folk Arts Choral Group is a vibrant and community-engaged ensemble that quickly became a cornerstone of musical life on the Northeast Avalon. Led by Artistic Directors Michael Davis and Jenn Hanley, this non-auditioned singing group of fifty-seven members has delighted audiences since 2022. The choral group has long been a dream of the Torbay Folk Arts Council dedicated to preserving cultural heritage while embracing musical diversity. Song selections span the rich traditions of Irish and Newfoundland music, songs from Labrador, timeless classics, pop, and rock (some with intricate harmonies). The group takes pride in showcasing the talents of members with solo and small group performances, plus original songs and recitations composed and performed by members. The Torbay Folk Arts Choral Group are committed to sharing their music and giving back to the community, such as co-ordinating concerts and delivering performances for seniors, outdoor Tree Light Ceremonies, and local churches, including fundraising for the Northeast Avalon Food Bank. The Group sang for a movie, Sweet Angel Baby by SAB productions, and are looking forward to delivering a Kitchen Party at an International Convention for the MUN School of Nursing. They further delight audiences with guest performances by some of Newfoundland’s finest musicians, including nine-year-old Jack Davis-Hanley. Most of all, members enjoy the supportive, generous, and fun atmosphere at practices and concerts.

  • Ullugiagâtsuk Youth Choir

    Newfoundland & Labrador
    Janet Wiseman, Rosie Piercy, Natalie Jacque, and Kellie Walsh

  • Ullugiagâtsuk Youth Choir

    Location: Newfoundland and Labrador
    Directors: Janet Wiseman, Rosie Piercy, Natalie Jacque, and Kellie Walsh

    Ullugiagâtsuk Choir is an auditioned choir with choristers from grades 7-12 from the four Nunatsiavut communities: Nain, Hopedale, Makkovik, and Rigolet. The students practice in their own communities, in addition to group workshops prior to performances. Their performances are in both Inuktitut and English and are highlighted by drum dancing and throat singing. Ullugiagâtsuk Choir members were proud to participate in The Unisong Festival 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in Ottawa. Our commissioned piece, “Music of the Land” – created from the poetic words of Gary and Barbara Mitchell and Kathleen Allen’s musical composition – was sung by over 600 singers, accompanied by the National Arts Centre Orchestra. It was with great pride that the Ullugiagâtsuk Choir performed during The Residential School Survivors’ Official Apology Ceremony on November 24, 2017. Previous in-person performances included Come and I Will Sing You! Opening Gala, Podium 2018 in St. John’s, and a float on Canada Day 2018. Their performance was highlighted with Song of the River by Deantha Edmunds-Ramsey. The choir’s first covid pandemic virtual performance was The Arctic Inspiration Awards 2020 followed by a virtual and video collaboration with choristers across NL. The Ullugiagâtsuk Choir was honored to participate and share in personal reflection through the choral experience of Nagamo March 2023.

  • Burlington Welsh Ladies Chorus

    Ontario
    Janice Beninger

  • Burlington Welsh Ladies Chorus

    Location: Ontario
    Director: Janice Beninger

    The Burlington Welsh Ladies Chorus (BWLC) was founded in 2017 with just nine members and is currently boasting 40+. Since its founding, the main goal of the Chorus has been to provide engaging entertainment for the City of Burlington, Ontario and beyond. The Chorus has performed at various respected venues throughout the area, including the Atrium at the Royal Botanical Gardens, St. Augustine’s in Dundas, St Matthew on the Plains, Culture Days in Burlington, various Retirement Homes, Oakville Performing Arts Center, Concerts in the Park – Burlington, Benares Historic House in Mississauga, Kincardine, and a fundraiser with the Canadian Friends of Hôpital.

  • Cantabile Chamber Singers

    Ontario
    Cheryll Chung

  • Cantabile Chamber Singers

    Location: Ontario
    Director: Cheryll Chung

    With an emphasis on fostering new talent and an inclusive choral community, the Cantabile Chamber Singers are committed to attracting a new generation of Canadians to choral music through a combination of informed interpretation, highlighting social causes, engaging audiences, and innovative programming. They believe in setting high artistic standards amongst the singers, engaging in cultural diversity through programming, and promoting music written by living and young composers (with a focus on female composers). The choir is committed to commissioning new Canadian music, as well, having premiered over 100 new works. Past composers-in-residence include Laura Sgroi and Cecilia Livingston. They have also commissioned music by Matthew Emery. Their repertoire focusses on a cappella music and includes the works of other living composers such as Marie-Claire Saindon, Katerina Gimon, Jacqueline Teh, Stuart Beatch, Imogen Hall, Shruthi Rajasekar, Cui Wei, and Sydney Guillaume, to name a few. The Cantabile Chamber Singers continue to push the limits of choral music and musical excellence by engaging in new works, while still remaining firmly grounded in the rich musical history that has made choral chamber music so desirable. In May 2024, as part of our regular season programming, they will be premiering two new Canadian works by composers Saman Shahi and Kevin Lau.

  • Cantando Women’s Choir

    Ontario
    Diane Murray-Charrett

  • Cantando Women’s Choir

    Location: Ontario
    Director: Diane Murray-Charrett

    The Cantando Women’s Choir is a community choir from Halton Hills, Ontario that consists of treble voice singers who gather weekly in friendship and song. The choir started as a casual gathering of friends just prior to the global shutdown and began in its current form in the fall of 2022. Some members have recently returned to singing after years away; others have been singing their whole life. Some are trying choir for the first time; others concurrently sing in one or two other choirs. Many have spent years transporting their children to various activities and joined the choir to actively seek an opportunity for their own artistic growth. Some are co-workers, some are mother-and-daughter pairs; all come together for the pleasure of community through song. In addition to two main concerts each season, Cantando also shares their eclectic music selections in the community through various outreach programs.

  • Cantaré Children’s Choir

    Alberta
    Catherine Glaser-Climie

  • Cantaré Children’s Choir

    Location: Alberta
    Director: Catherine Glaser-Climie

    Founded in 1997 by Catherine Glaser-Climie, Cantaré Children’s Choir is widely known as one of Calgary’s premiere performing arts institutions. Their central tenet, “More Than Music,” stresses using collective singing to help young people develop into sensitive, creative, and engaged artists who are passionate justice-seekers and informed global citizens. Singers develop a comprehensive musical foundation at an early age so they can thoughtfully engage with numerous musical styles from around the world in their youth. Choristers in Cantaré become comfortable tackling masterworks of the Renaissance, Baroque, and Romantic Periods along with Contemporary gems (including 18 commissioned works). The choir extensively explores global political and musical history in rehearsals, connecting a budding worldview with their increasing sophistication of musical expression. Cantaré’s award-winning program has received a host of accolades including First Prize in the National Music Festival. In its vibrant musical community, Cantaré is the proud partner of Calgary Opera and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, producing over 60 productions with the two companies across the choir’s 26-year history. The choristers are the Resident Artist of the Field Of Crosses Memorial Project, singing on GlobalTV’s National Remembrance Day Broadcast every year and stewarding the Act Of Remembrance in their own communities. Cantaré continues to nurture a network of alumni excellence across the world in all career fields – alumni have gone on to represent and sing together in the National Youth Choir of Canada, the World Youth Choir, and in a host of amateur and professional choirs across Canada. The ensemble has performed across Canada (Newfoundland, 2011) and have also toured internationally to Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, and The United States.

  • Inuksuk Drum Dancers

    Nunavut
    Mary Piercey-Lewis

  • Inuksuk Drum Dancers

    Location: Nunavut
    Director: Mary Piercey-Lewis

    The Inuksuk Drum Dancers, founded and directed by Dr. Mary Piercey-Lewis, is a performing arts ensemble from Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit, Nunavut. The group performs traditional Inuit music, which includes throat singing and drum dancing, and contemporary Inuit songs from across Nunavut. Throat singing—historically, a game that was played by women during the long and cold hours spent in the iglu—involves the creation of sounds deep within the throat that usually emulate the sounds of nature, such as the wind, birds, dog teams, snow crunching, polar bears, wolves, and mosquitoes. Drum dancing includes drumming, dancing, and singing songs that carry stories of personal experiences, humorous anecdotes, and traditional Inuit morals and values. At times, the group veers away from tradition to create innovative musical renditions that incorporate both traditional and contemporary musical styles.

  • Jeunes chanteurs d’Acadie

    New Brunswick
    Nadine Hébert

  • Jeunes chanteurs d’Acadie

    Location: New Brunswick
    Director: Nadine Hébert

    Since 1969, Les Jeunes chanteurs d’Acadie choir has built an international reputation – first under the direction of its founder, Sister Lorette Gallant, and more recently under the direction of her great-niece, Nadine Hébert. Since its inception, the choir has gained national and international recognition in competitions and high-profile events throughout Canada, Cuba, the United States, and Europe. Most recently, the choir performed with other distinguished Canadian choirs at the Canada at Carnegie event in New York City. Now consisting of more than 40 singers aged 11 to 18, the choir continues to strive for musical excellence and boasts a multilingual repertoire of classical, traditional, and modern arrangements. The variety of musical genres explored is a testament to the versatility of this young choir in its 50 years of existence. Les Jeunes Chanteurs d’Acadie continue to spread the Acadian “joie de vivre” by singing songs from the traditional Acadian repertoire and can be heard on the Pommier doux and Chœurs d’ici, chansons d’ici recordings.

  • Korora Choir

    Alberta
    Scott Leithead

  • Korora Choir

    Location: Alberta
    Director: Scott Leithead

    Founded in 1996, Korora is in its twenty-eighth season in 2023-2024. The choir’s focus is centered on building community and creating a learning experience for young singers while providing audiences with exciting and innovative musical performances. Korora has received first and second place rankings consistently on the Canadian national festival stage. The choir also placed first in their division in the CBC/Choral Canada Competition for Amateur Canadian Choirs in 2015. Korora has received several awards for its work with youth, music education, and its African Projects Fund. Korora has been a featured ensemble at many events both nationally and internationally, including the Rocky Mountain National Music Festival, Podium (the biennial conference of Choral Canada), the Canadian Music Educators National Conference, regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the International Society of Music Educators (ISME) conference, and others. In addition to performances in many North American cities, the choir has toured to Italy, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Malaysia, Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, and Zambia.

  • The Nathaniel Dett Chorale

    Ontario
    Brainerd Blyden-Taylor

  • The Nathaniel Dett Chorale

    Location: Ontario
    Director: Brainerd Blyden-Taylor 

    The Nathaniel Dett Chorale is Canada’s first professional choral group dedicated to the creation, performance, and preservation of Afrocentric music of all styles and genres. These 20+ classically trained, outstanding vocalists have shared the stage with internationally recognised artists such as Juno Award-winning jazz pianist Joe Sealy, opera star Kathleen Battle, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The Chorale had the unique privilege of being invited to Washington D. C. to perform as part of the celebrations surrounding the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama. The Chorale has also performed at events honouring world leaders Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and personalities Muhammad Ali and Oscar Peterson. The multi-faceted vocalists of The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, whose talents stretch beyond the traditional expectations of a classical chamber choir, perform all styles and genres of music as appropriate to the traditions of Africa and its Diasporas. The Nathaniel Dett Chorale’s vision is to be a premier performer of Afrocentric composers, and a touchstone for the education of audiences regarding the full spectrum of Afrocentric choral music. Their mission is to build bridges of understanding, appreciation, and acceptance between communities of people through the medium of music. Founder D. Brainerd Blyden-Taylor named The Chorale after internationally renowned African Canadian composer R. Nathaniel Dett – drawing attention not only to Dett’s legacy, but also to highlight the wealth of Afrocentric choral music and to create a professional choral ensemble where persons of African heritage are well represented. Since its inception in 1998, The Nathaniel Dett Chorale has honoured the memory of its namesake by carrying audiences on a journey through the beauty and intricacies of Afrocentric music from around the world. The Chorale has performed its jubilant and uplifting repertoire extensively throughout Ontario and North America, delighting national audiences in critically acclaimed extended tours to the Maritimes, Quebec, Western Canada, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and the United States. The Chorale has also garnered international attention, accepting invitations to perform at Polyfollia in France, the 7th World Symposium on Choral Music in Japan, and the prestigious chamber music series at the U.S. Library of Congress, appearing there again at the National Symposium on American Choral Music. Currently in its 25th Season, The Nathaniel Dett Chorale is Artist in Residence at The Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas at York University – and, in August 2017, they launched The North Star Festival in collaboration with the Harriet Tubman Institute and the Yale Alumni Chorus.

  • Ottawa Celtic Choir

    Ontario
    Ellen MacIsaac

  • Ottawa Celtic Choir

    Location: Ontario
    Director: Ellen MacIsaac

    The Ottawa Celtic Choir is a non-auditioned women’s community choir in the city of Ottawa that sings songs from the seven Celtic nations, as well as from strongly Celtic-influenced areas in Canada (such as the Atlantic provinces, Quebec, and Ontario). It has acquired a reputation in the Ottawa Valley and abroad for singing in the six Celtic languages as well as English, French, and various other languages. The choir participates in various Celtic festivals and competitions and collaborates regularly with other choirs to bring a wide diversity of Celtic music to Ottawa audiences. In 2015, the choir became an affiliate choir of Carleton University, welcoming music students to its ranks each year.

  • Phoenix Chamber Choir

    British Columbia
    Nicholle Andrews

  • Phoenix Chamber Choir

    Location: British Columbia
    Director: Nicholle Andrews

    Founded in 1983, the award-winning Phoenix Chamber Choir is one of Canada’s finest vocal ensembles. Phoenix is renowned for its diverse and eclectic programming, from the Renaissance to the contemporary, commissions from Canadian and international composers, and North American premieres of significant new works. Part of what makes Phoenix unique is its commitment to performing modern choral music at the highest level, exclusively with amateur singers. With its long-standing history of success in national and international choral competitions, and the talent and training of its members, Phoenix Chamber Choir is enriching and extending its earned reputation as an elite-level ensemble.

  • Saskatoon Children’s Choir

    Saskatchewan
    Kerry Agnew

  • Saskatoon Children’s Choir

    Location: Saskatchewan
    Director: Kerry Agnew

    The Saskatoon Children’s Choir was founded in 1996 by its present Artistic Director Phoebe Voigts and has developed an international reputation for artistic excellence, creative performances, and their commitment to initiatives that promote international understanding. They have appeared on choral stages in Europe, Asia (where they participated in the IFCM sponsored Songbridge Project), the United States, South Africa, Ireland, Great Britain, and across Canada. Past performance/study projects include “For Sake of Life” (in support of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines), opera “Brundibár” (first performed in the Terezín concentration camp), “Still We Rise” and “Sing Africa!” (in support of the international fight against HIV/AIDS), “Welcome Home” refugee sponsorship, and the “Don’t Laugh At Me” project with an anti-bullying theme. The choir has commissioned two compositions focused on conflict and international understanding. They are the recipient of the City of Vienna Award from the Summa Cum Laude Vienna Music Festival, the Elmer Iseler and Choir of the World Awards from International Choral Kathaumixw, the Isabel Mills Choral Award, and the National Leslie Bell Award for Choir. Recording credits include feature performances on national and international radio and television broadcasts.

  • Toronto Beaches Children’s and Youth Chorus

    Ontario
    Bronwen Low-Scott and Jessica Riley

  • Toronto Beaches Children’s and Youth Chorus

    Location: Ontario
    Directors: Bronwen Low-Scott and Jessica Riley

    The Toronto Beaches Children’s and Youth Chorus was founded in 2006 by artistic director Bronwen Low with the invaluable contribution of Joanne Mitchell, director of drama. The choir has grown from an initial membership of 30 to over 150 members today, made up of children and youth aged 4-18 from all over Scarborough and Toronto’s East End. The choir welcomes all, regardless of ability, and aims to give choristers a high quality musical and dramatic experience within an atmosphere where hard work and fun coexist. Each year, our choristers are involved in many concerts and events throughout the city. Past highlights include: A concert with the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir; participation in the GTA Junior and Senior Treble Festivals; Several musicals at the Berkeley Street Theatre; Toronto City Hall Christmas Concerts, Distillery District’s Christmas Market Concerts; a Joint concert with the Cathedral Bluffs Orchestra, and participation in TrypTych Concert Opera as members of the chorus for a production of Hansel and Gretel. Past musical productions include: Alice in Wonderland, Grease, H.M.S. Pinafore, Into the Woods, James and the Giant Peach, The Lion King, Oliver, Robin Hood, Shrek Jr., and The Wizard of Oz. Past touring experiences include: Crossroads Children’s Chorus Festival (Nashville, 2014), DCINY Festival (Carnegie Hall, NY, 2016), Serenade! International Choral Festival (Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, 2019).

  • Vancouver Youth Choir

    British Columbia
    Carrie Tennant

  • Vancouver Youth Choir

    Location: British Columbia
    Director: Carrie Tennant

    Founded in 2013 by Carrie Tennant, the Vancouver Youth Choir provides a space for promising young singers to develop their artistry in a creative and supportive community. In ten years, the organization has grown to more than 400 members aged 5-24 in seven separate ensembles, including the brand-new “VYC Kindred” – a free choral program where newcomers and refugee youth learn about Indigenous music and culture. In 2023, members of VYC singers traveled to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall for a concert of all-Canadian choral music with choirs from across Canada. Also in 2023, the Senior Choir represented Canada as one of 10 choirs from around the world invited to perform at the World Symposium on Choral Music in Istanbul, Turkey.

  • Atlanta Young Singers

    USA,Georgia
    Paige Mathis

  • Atlanta Young Singers

    Location: Georgia
    Director: Paige Mathis

    ATLANTA YOUNG SINGERS (AYS) was founded in 1975 to provide a diverse, challenging environment that inspires intelligent thought, artistic creativity, and personal growth for Atlanta youth. AYS Choirs include 110 Singers ages 7-18 representing 80+ school environments. They’ve performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, at the Closing Ceremonies of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, and at numerous events sponsored by nationally recognized organizations. The Choir has traveled extensively, performing at international choral festivals such as LLANGOLLEN INTERNATIONAL EISTEDDFOD in Wales, INTERNATIONAL CHORAL KATHAUMIXW in British Columbia, FESTIVAL500 in Newfoundland, and MELODIA! in Brazil and Argentina. In 2010 AYS travelled to Ireland, and in 2011 they toured Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and Sweden participating in EUROPA CANTAT junior. Their choirs won gold diplomas at the WORLD CHOIR GAMES in Cincinnati won a gold medal at the 2014 WORLD CHOIR GAMES in Latvia. In 2016, AYS choirs worked with choirs across the US to premiere a new work by Cristian Grases at CARNEGIE HALL. In 2017, the AYS Youth Chorale appeared on the nationally broadcasted NPR radio program From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley. Most recently, they traveled to South Africa in 2018 to participate in the IHLOMBE! International Choral Festival and celebration of Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday.

  • M’ANAM

    Ireland, Iceland
    Michael McGlynn

  • M’ANAM

    Location: Iceland, Ireland
    Artistic Director: Michael McGlynn

    M’ANAM (“My Soul” in the Irish language), is an eight voice group of men based in Iceland and Ireland that combines the shared heritages of these two ancient cultures.

    Their music fuses the words of Icelandic and Irish writers – ancienat texts from the Viking Hávamál and medieval Irish poets sit alongside contemporary songs and music created by Irish composer Michael McGlynn. M’ANAM’s music and performances evoke landscapes of sound rooted in the dramatic natural landscapes of both countries.

    M’ANAM released their debut album M’ANAM in November 2019, followed in 2021 by the EP smidiríní. They have brought their atmospheric concerts to Dublin and Glasgow’s Tradfest and Celtic Connections, both of which they headlined.  In 2022 they sold out IÐNÓ in Reykjavík and headlined at Les Nuits des Choeurs in Belgium, singing to 14,000 people.

    2024 began with the first public showing of the award winning  feature-length documentary M’ANAM : Between Two Worlds, premiered at Bío Paradís cinema in Reykjavík in January 2024. M’ANAM have featured on the soundtrack of the animated feature by Blizzard Entertainment entitled “Warbringers: Jaina“, part of a series of short films serving as a prelude to World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth and currently boasting 14 million streams. Japanese Jazz Fusion band mouse on the keys collaborated with them on “Clarity” the opening track from their highly successful album tres.

  • The Philippine Madrigal Singers

    Philippines
    Mark Anthony Carpio

  • The Philippine Madrigal Singers

    Location: Philippines
    Director: Mark Anthony Carpio

    Recognized by the UNESCO as Artists for Peace for “putting their fame and influence to promote cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace,” The Philippine Madrigal Singers is one of the most awarded choral groups in the world. They’ve won the top prizes in most of the world’s most prestigious choral competitions, including the Grand Prix in the 2016 Concurso Internazionale di Guido d’ Arezzo in Arezzo, Italy. They hold the distinction of being the first choir in the world to win the prestigious European Grand Prix for Choral Singing twice (in 1997 and 2007), AND they’re the first Asian choir to be awarded the BrandLaureate Premiere Award by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation (2012). They sing in a distinctive set-up of sitting in a semi-circle without a conductor. Between the group’s virtuosity across a vast repertoire range, its continuing promotion of Filipino choral works, and the rousing and deeply emotional impact that each performance has had on audiences around the world, the choir has established their reputation as a pioneering force in choral music and an inspirational role model for other choirs.

  • SIUE Treble Choir

    USA, Illinois
    Alicia Canterbury

  • SIUE Treble Choir

    Location: Illinois
    Director: Alicia Canterbury Vorel

    For over 60 years, the SIUE Department of Music has been preparing musicians for fulfilling careers. The SIUE Treble Choir is the newest music ensemble in the Department of Music beginning in Fall of 2021. The ensemble is non-auditioned, open to the community, and welcomes women and persons who sing in a treble register. The ensemble focuses on the development of each singer’s voice, as well as striving for a beautiful choral tone. An emphasis is placed on developing individual musicianship. They perform a variety of repertoire from various historical periods and work towards performing primarily repertoire by female composers, marginalized populations, and composers who write primarily for treble voices. Additionally, they collaborate with a variety of vocal ensemble types including the SIUE Gospel Choir and other local treble and women’s choirs.

  • World Youth Choir

    Global
    Cecilia Rydinger

  • World Youth Choir

    Location: Global
    Director: Cecilia Rydinger

    The World Youth Choir (WYC) is an international ensemble of the best young choral singers from all over the world. Established in 1989, each year  it brings together up to 100 remarkable young talents between the ages of 17 and 26 for a session and tour. The WYC has become a global symbol for peace, unity, and harmony; they have been recognised as a UNESCO Artist for Peace (1996-1998), and have performed at the Olympic Games (1992, 2008) and Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony (2011). The choir is created fresh each year through a series of competitive national and online auditions, overseen by an international jury. With the help of our patrons and a local host, each year a session of the programme is organized in a different country. While regular sessions take place over the course of three weeks, during which singers rehearse for up to ten days and then present a concert tour, this session at HarbourVOICES! will be an alumni session – lasting one week with multiple performances during the Festival in St. John’s.

    Jacob Collier

    Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to witness Jacob Collier’s brilliance, live in Newfoundland and Labrador, at the HarbourVOICES! Gala Concert on July 2. Join us for an unforgettable evening of musical energy, innovation, and inspiration!

    Jacob Collier – The 6-time Grammy winning musician, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, global collaborator and audience choir conductor.

    The HarbourVOICES! International Festival of Collaborative Singing Traditions is thrilled to announce Jacob Collier as the headliner for its Gala Concert on July 2, 2024, at 8pm. The concert will be held at the Mary Brown’s Centre in the vibrant downtown core of historic St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Following the recent release of his album Djesse Vol.4, the “The Colorful Mozart of Gen Z” (NY Times) will perform a special solo show, which will no doubt bring together the voices of the HarbourVOICES! singers and audience members, turning the Mary Brown’s Centre into a choir of thousands. Collier’s audience choir conducting phenomenon has been witnessed by millions worldwide through viral videos from the trailblazer’s previous concerts to date. For devoted Jacob Collier fans seeking a more immersive experience, the HarbourVOICES! Festival offers this unique opportunity: participants can register as a ‘Solo Together’ festival delegate in order to rehearse, workshop and perform alongside Collier at the Gala Concert. For ‘Solo Together’ (individual Festival participants) delegates, the HarbourVoices! team has created a two-week Jacob Collier Special (with Early Bird rates!) for ‘Solo Together’ registrations from April 2-16, 2024.

    Jacob Collier, a 6-time GRAMMY® winner and 12-time nominee, stands as one of the most pioneering voices in the music industry right now. Hailing from Britain, Collier made history as the first British act to receive a GRAMMY® award for each of his first

    four albums, surpassing records previously held by David Bowie and The Beatles. With an impressive roster of collaborations including Chris Martin (Coldplay), SZA, John Legend, Tori Kelly, Joni Mitchell, Brandi Carlile, Shawn Mendes and many more, Collier’s work spans diverse genres from jazz and acapella to folk, electronic music, classical, gospel, and soul. Renowned for his intricate harmonies, polyrhythms, and mastery of multiple instruments, Collier epitomizes musical excellence and innovation. His workshops provide invaluable insights into his creative process, offering hands-on learning opportunities for aspiring musicians and enthusiasts. With his ambitious project Djesse, a 4-volume album series featuring artists from around the world, Collier continues to inspire musicians worldwide, pushing the boundaries of music production and performance. We are fortunate in being able to host Jacob Collier at HarbourVOICES! for two days, at this special Gala Concert, during a short break from his Djesse World Tour. “For as long as I can remember, I have had a deep, spiritual fascination with the human voice. To lend mine to an event that brings together such a spectrum of collective singing groups from all over the world is a total dream for me. I cannot wait to perform and exchange energies with such a diversity of voices on this unprecedented scale.” Known for his energetic live performances, Collier recently showcased his talent at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra, at Glastonbury Festival with a choir of 30,000 audience members and at the Grammys ceremony alongside Joni Mitchell. Collier has also performed on Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to witness Jacob Collier’s brilliance, live in Newfoundland and Labrador, at the HarbourVOICES! Gala Concert on July 2. Join us for an unforgettable evening of musical energy, innovation, and inspiration!

    https://www.jacobcollier.com/

  • André de Quadros

  • André de Quadros

    André de Quadros has been described as “one of the most inspiring human rights educators of our time” by the Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights. He is a human rights activist, conductor, ethnomusicologist, music educator, and writer whose work has taken him to the most diverse settings in 40 countries including professional ensembles, projects with prisons, psychosocial rehabilitation, refugees, and victims of sexual violence, torture, and trauma. He focuses on race and mass incarceration, peacebuilding, forced migration, LGBTQ+, public health, and Islamic culture. He uses music for peacebuilding, reconciliation, and empowerment. Dr de Quadros directs three international choirs – Manado State University Choir (Indonesia), Muslim Choral Ensemble (Sri Lanka), and VOICES 21C (US). He also directs a peacebuilding project, Common Ground Voices (Israel, Palestine) and a forced migration project Common Ground Voices / La Frontera (Mexico-US border). De Quadros is a professor of music at Boston University where he holds affiliate faculty positions in African, African American & Black Diaspora, American and New England, Asian, Jewish, and Muslim studies, as well as the Center for Antiracist Research, Center on Forced Displacement, and the Prison Education Program. In addition to hundreds of international workshops, seminars, and performances, he has numerous publications to his record, including ten books, several book chapters and articles, at least 50 choral editions, together with several research grants. He directs The Choral Commons, a justice-focused media platform. In 2019, he held a distinguished faculty position at the University of Cambridge.

    https://www.andredequadros.com

  • Andrew Balfour

  • Andrew Balfour

    Of Cree descent, Andrew Balfour is an innovative composer/conductor/singer/sound designer with a large body of choral, instrumental, electro-acoustic and orchestral works. Andrew’s works have been performed and/or broadcast locally, nationally and internationally. He has been commissioned by the Winnipeg, Regina and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, Ensemble Caprice, Groundswell, the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Winnipeg Singers, the Kingston Chamber Choir, Roomful of Teeth, Tafelmusik and Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, among others.

    Andrew is also the founder and Artistic Director of the innovative vocal group Dead of Winter (formerly Camerata Nova), now in its 25th year of offering a concert series in Winnipeg. With Dead of Winter, Andrew specializes in creating “concept concerts,” many with Indigenous subject matter (Wa Wa Tey Wak [Northern Lights], Medieval Inuit, Fallen). These innovative offerings explore a theme through an eclectic array of music, including new works, arrangements and inter-genre and interdisciplinary collaborations. Andrew has become increasingly passionate about music education and outreach, particularly on northern reserves and inner-city Winnipeg schools where he has worked on behalf of the National Arts Centre, Dead of Winter, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) and various Winnipeg school divisions. Andrew was Curator and Composer-in-Residence of the WSO’s inaugural Indigenous Festival. In 2017, he was awarded a Gold Medal by the Senate of Canada for his contribution to Canada’s Indigenous and music communities.

  • Hussein Janmohamed

  • Hussein Janmohamed

    Hussein Janmohamed is a champion of pluralism. Whether composing a new piece, conducting a performance, leading a workshop, or collaborating on the co-creation of a new work, Hussein finds an interactive way of building community and celebrating creativity. Choral music became a pathway for him to translate the negativity of racism into something positive. A Vancouver-based choral artist, Janmohamed is passionate about choral arts as a medium for cultural dialogue, building positive relations, and accessing the human spirit. His is a cosmopolitan spirit drawn from his South Asian/African background and informed by his Ismaili Muslim faith. This spirit gives his music a pluralistic mix of cultural influences (Sufi, Western, Swahili, Persian, Hindustani, and Muslim), making for a unique Canadian take on inclusiveness. He has sung with award winning choirs and led diverse musical ensembles and choirs regionally, nationally and internationally. Hussein provides choral clinics, artistic curation, professional development, and workshops for choirs and educators. He specializes in choral co-creation, intercultural and interfaith musical direction, and workshops with Muslim Youth. Hussein has been recognized for his inspirational leadership and work in using music as a tool for dialogue and understanding.

  • Doug Dunsmore, C.M

  • Doug Dunsmore, C.M

    Douglas began his professional choral career in Saskatchewan working with school, community and church choirs. In addition to working with singers in various genres, he earned postgraduate degrees in choral conducting and music education. Since coming to Newfoundland and Labrador in 1979, he worked extensively as a profesor at Memorial University of Newfoundland School of Music. In that post, he served as director of choral activities while assuming other leadership positions in local and national organizations. During his tenure he earned a Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Wisconsin-Madison (1994) and initiated a master of music degree in choral conducting at Memorial University.

    His additional credits include:

    • Founder of the Philharmonic Choir of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra
    • Co-Founder of Newman Sound, NL’s first male choir
    • Prize winning performances by choirs under his direction in the CBC Amateur Radio Choral competitions
    • Founding Co-Artistic Director of Festival500
    • Founding Director of Newfoundland’s Bruneau Centre for Excellence in Choral Music, 2013
    • Induction to the NL Arts Hall of Honour, 2017
    • Guest Conductor and/or clinician/adjudicator across the length and breadth of Canada
    • Director of choral music at Gower Street United Church (1982-2023)
    • Principal conductor/clinician of “Come All Ye”, an outreach arm of “Festival500, Growing the Voices”
    • Conductor of the Anchormen Barbershop Chorus in St. John’s.
    • Appointed to the Order of Canada, 2023
  • Geraldine Ankra

  • Geraldine Ankra

    Geraldine is a practicing Christian originally from Ghana, West Africa, who proudly calls Newfoundland home! Her love and appreciation for music was instilled in her by her mother, who consistently taught her hymns from the Methodist Hymn book with emphasis on singing notes correctly. Geraldine’s style combines the musical depth and accuracy of her Wesleyan roots with the joyous melodies that gospel music is famous for. She directs the choir at her home church (CMFI NL) – a church of diverse nationalities;the Black Heritage Gospel Choir, NL; Racquel Thomas Music and very recently, Rhythms from Ghana. Gospel means good news:The good news about Jesus Christ. What better way to proclaim the good news about Jesus Christ than music, in different styles and tongues!

  • Scott Leithead

  • Scott Leithead

    Scott Leithead is the founder and Artistic Director of Edmonton’s Korora Choir Association and TIME Association. His choirs have performed at numerous global choral events over the years including the 2019 IFCM World Choral Expo in Portugal and they were the featured guest choir at the 2023 International Kathaumixw in Powell River, BC. Scott has conducted the Ellison Canadian Honour Choir on eight occasions and has enjoyed many opportunities with provincial and state honour choirs over the years. Korora is the flagship youth choir of the Korora Choir organization.

  • Jean Hewson

  • Jean Hewson

    For more than 40 years, Jean Hewson has collected, arranged, recorded and performed the folk music of Newfoundland and Labrador, and is grateful for the many opportunities the music has given her. She has had the good fortune to play and tour with some of the province’s best-known traditional musicians, and has spent most of her life teaching and working with organizations focused on music education and the passing on of the tradition. Her most recent projects include establishing and directing the Soundbone Folksong Choir, and playing guitar for Canadian fiddle supergroup, Portage.

  • Patricia Abbott

  • Patricia Abbott

    Patricia Abbott has been sharing choral music from Quebec and French Canada for the past 30 years in numerous conferences and festivals across Canada and in the United States as well as in France, Belgium and Argentina. She has been active as a conductor, singer, teacher and arts administrator for more than 40 years in Montreal where she conducts the Chorale du Gesù women’s choir, the English Montreal School Board Chorale and l’Ensemble vocal Cantivo. Host of a weekly show on choral music for the Radio VM network in Quebec, Pat is also a course lecturer at the Université de Sherbrooke, and also taught at McGill University for 16 years. She served as Artistic Director of the CAMMAC Music Centre in the Quebec Laurentians for seven years, after serving for 16 years as Executive Director of Choral Canada (formerly ACCC). She is the recipient of a National Choral Award for Distinguished Service from ACCC, the Ordre du mérite choral from the Alliance des chorales du Québec, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

    Pat obtained a Master’s degree in voice performance and vocal pedagogy from McGill University under the direction of Winston Purdy and studied for many years with soprano Gail Desmarais. She also holds undergraduate degrees in history from Carleton University (Ottawa) and in journalism from Concordia University (Montreal). Her choral conducting teachers and coaches have included Louis Lavigueur, Wayne Riddell, Patrick Wedd, Nicole Paiement, Jean Ashworth Bartle, Sir David Willcocks and Ann Howard Jones.

  • Nadine Hébert

  • Nadine Hébert

    For nearly three decades, Nadine Hebert has been deeply involved with Les Jeunes chanteurs d’Acadie. As a former member of the choir and as the great-niece of its founder,  Sister Lorette Gallant, Nadine embraced the family tradition when she became the choir director in 2005. She also assumed leadership of the children’s choir, Les Amis de la Chanson.

    With a Bachelor of Music degree from the Université de Moncton, her enduring passion for singing has been a driving force behind her achievements. Having established her presence in the Acadian art scene, Nadine is a member of the vocal quartet Les Muses and the ensemble Troiselle. Over the years, Nadine’s leadership has broadened the choir’s horizons, by performing in multiple festivals and events in Cuba, Louisiana, New-York and throughout Canada. Her reputation is not only based on her steadfast commitment to choral singing but also on her ability to inspire and mentor young singers.

  • Lisa Gillam

  • Lisa Gillam

    Lisa Gillam is a music educator and business owner from Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. A teacher with more than thirty years experience, Lisa has taught in private and public schools in Canada, Thailand and Taiwan. She now spends most of her time creating original teaching and learning songs and resources for young learners which are available through her website The Music Classroom and YouTube Channel of the same name.

    Lisa is the musical director of Sipukewaq Ketapekiewinu’k – Voices of the River Women’s Choral Ensemble – proud participants of the HarbourVOICES! International Festival of Collective Singing Traditions.

  • Brainerd Blyden-Taylor

  • Brainerd Blyden-Taylor

    Brainerd Blyden-Taylor is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Canada’s first professional chamber choir dedicated to the creation, preservation, and performance of Afrocentric choral music. Brainerd is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and lecturer, and is an active and dedicated church musician.

    Brainerd Blyden-Taylor is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Canada’s first professional chamber choir dedicated to the creation, preservation, and performance of Afrocentric choral music. Brainerd is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and lecturer, and is an active and dedicated church musician.

  • Catherine Robbins

  • Catherine Robbins

    Catherine Robbins is a dynamic music educator known especially for her work in vocal techniques and choral pedagogy for developing voices. Robbins is currently Associate Professor of Choral Studies and Music Education at the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music. She teaches courses in conducting, choral methods and literature, vocal pedagogy for choirs, and directs the University of Manitoba Concert Choir. She has twice been honoured with U of M Merit Awards in the areas of teaching and service. Her primary research centres on applications of anatomical awareness and fascia science to the voice. Her creative works projects have focused on respectful, responsible, and reciprocal commissioning and publishing of choral music with Indigenous collaborators, as well as working with Indigenous languages and explore new ways of thinking about publishing works from oral traditions. Catherine is always looking to collaborate with community members and fellow choral colleagues.

  • Yu Hang Tan

  • Yu Hang Tan

    From Malaysia, Yu Hang Tan is a DMA candidate in Choral Music from the University of Southern California. As an active member of the Atlantic Canada choral scene, he directed the Suara Chamber Choir and St. John’s Gospel Choir and co-directed the Memorial University of Newfoundland Choirs, Atlantic Boychoir, and Cantus Vocum Chamber Choir. Performing and presenting nationally and abroad, Yu Hang is an alumnus of the 2022 EuroChoir and the 2018 and 2020 World Youth Choir and has presented his research at the World Symposium on Choral Music, World Choral Expo, and 2022 Western Division ACDA.   Yu Hang is currently co-artistic director of the Suara Southeast Asian Choir and artistic director of the Ebell of Los Angeles Chorale, the oldest continuously running treble choir in Los Angeles. He recently published his arrangement of Ikan Kekek, which has been performed worldwide by over 130 choirs to date.

  • Emily Sung

  • Emily Sung

    Emily Sung is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the USC Thornton School of Music, where she teaches courses in choral literature, conducting, and choral development. Sung previously served as the Director of the Chamber Choir and Choral Society at the University of Pennsylvania, the Associate Director of Choral Activities at Princeton University, and the Assistant Chorus Master at Opera Philadelphia, where she helped prepare choruses for the company’s groundbreaking Festival O and numerous mainstage productions. Sung also previously served as the Assistant to the Music Director of the Pennsylvania Ballet, the director of the Singing City Children’s Choir, the music director of Opera Philadelphia’s Teen Voices of the City Ensemble (T-VOCE), a singer and co-conductor of the Chestnut Street Singers, and a member of the Temple University conducting faculty. Sung earned her DMA in choral music at the University of Southern California, her MM choral conducting at Westminster Choir College, and her bachelor’s in history at Princeton University, where her research focused on American legal history. Sung is the co-director of Suara Southeast Asian Choir with Yu Hang Tan.

  • James F. Daugherty

  • James F. Daugherty

    James F. Daugherty, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Kansas (USA) School of Music, where he inaugurated and coordinated innovative, cross-disciplinary graduate programs (Master’s, PhD) in Vocal Pedagogy and Choral Pedagogy. He is founding editor of the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing, a founding executive board member of the Pan American Vocology Association, and a member of the International Circle of Advisers for The Singing Network. Widely published in the premier research journals in voice, choral singing, music education, and acoustics, he holds a Certificate in Voice Performance from the Staatliche Hochshule fuer Musik Berlin (Germany), and graduate degrees from the University of Virginia, Union Theological Seminary in New York City, Columbia University, and The Florida State University.

  • Bruce Kotowich

  • Bruce Kotowich

    Bruce J. G. Kotowich, DMA, is the Acting Director of SoCA (School of Creative Arts) and an Associate Professor of Music-Director of Choral Activities at the University of Windsor where he directs the University of Windsor Chamber Choir and USingers and teaches courses in Choral Techniques. In the Windsor-Essex community, Bruce is the Chorus Master for the Windsor Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and the Artistic Director of the Windsor Classic Chorale, and the Windsor Choral Festival. Kotowich is a clinician. His choirs have performed throughout North America, Europe, and China. He has presented many conferences including: the Symposium for Singing and Song, Podium-Choral Canada, the American Choral Directors’ Association, and the World Choral EXPO in Lisbon. Portugal in September 2022. Kotowich is published in the Choral Research Memorandum Series through Chorus America. He is the former Editor-In-Chief of the Anacrusis, the Choral Journal of Canada for Choral Canada.

  • Nicholle Andrews

  • Nicholle Andrews

    Originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Nicholle Andrews is Director of Choral Studies at the University of Redlands in Southern California, and Artist Director of Phoenix Chamber Choir in Vancouver British Columbia. She is in high demand across North America as a conductor, adjudicator, and clinician. Andrews has worked with such composers as William Bolcolm, Joan Tower, Libby Larson, Gunther Schuller, Imant Raminsh, R. Murray Schafer, alcides lanza, and Krzysztof Penderecki, and eminent conductors Bramwell Tovey, Sir David Willcox, Bobby McFerrin, Tõnu Kaljuste and Georg Titner. Under her direction, choirs at the University of Redlands have been invited to perform at festivals and conferences such as Canada’s national choral conference Podium on the Edge, National Collegiate Choral Organization Convention, California Music Educators Association Convention, California All State Music Educators Conference and Festival 500 Sharing the Voices. Her choirs have performed with legendary rock group The WHO, Sarah Brighman and Josh Groban.

    Andrews is a licensed body mapping educator and her areas of research include the study of performance anxiety in musicians, pitch perception, and awareness of the body through conducting. Her publications can be found in sources such as the Journal of Research in Music Education and Journal of Band Research. At the University of Redlands, Andrews’ areas of specialization include choral conducting, body mapping and ear training. She also offers graduate seminars on performance anxiety, score study and rehearsal technique. Andrews has received recognition for her outstanding teaching as the recipient of Advisor of the Year, Professor of the Year, and Faculty Outstanding Service Award.

    Having completed her doctorate and master’s in choral conducting at McGill University, Andrews studied with Professor Iwan Edwards, Dr. John Baboukis, Dr. Julian Wachner. While at McGill University she taught musicianship, instrumental conducting and choral conducting. She completed a double Bachelor of Music in oboe performance and music education at Memorial University of Newfoundland where she studied conducting with Douglas Dunsmore.

    Andrews has also taught music (kindergarten to grade 12) in several public schools throughout Canada and England.

  • Diane Murray-Charrett

  • Diane Murray-Charrett

    Diane Murray-Charrett is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto. She recently retired from the Halton District School Board where she taught elementary music. She has had the privilege of teaching thousands of children to sing over the course of her career as a conductor and music educator. Diane was honoured to share her research on singer identity in children at Podium 2022 and The Singing Network’s EXchange 2022 at IFCM’s World Choral Expo in Lisbon, Portugal. Diane continues to examine how social, cultural, and political dynamics influence participation in group singing. She has previously conducted the Halton District School Board Regional Elementary Choir, the Gaudeamus Choirs of Halton Hills and currently conducts the newly formed Cantando Women’s Choir in Georgetown, Ontario.

  • Stephanie Martin

  • Stephanie Martin

    Composer, educator, and researcher Stephanie Martin is Associate Professor at York University. Past conductor of Pax Christi Chorale and former Music Director at the historic Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, Toronto, she keeps her choral chops in shape singing alto with Cantabile Chamber Singers.

    Committed to creative collaborations that highlight current issues, Martin’s ‘Water: an environmental oratorio’ premiered in 2023 with the KW Symphony and the Grand Philharmonic Choirs. Her opera ‘The Llandovery Castle’ is a testament to Canadian nurses during the First World War, and the ongoing heroism of health-workers. ‘Nothing Gold Can Stay’ is featured with the National Youth Choir of Canada on their current tour.

    A life-long advocate for community music-making, her choral music is published through Cypress (Vancouver), Renforth (New Brunswick), Encore (UK), and Selah (USA). For a complete catalogue of works, recordings, videos, and blog, please visit www.stephaniemartinmusic.com

  • Sarah McDonald Moores

  • Sarah McDonald Moores

    Sarah McDonald Moores, a graduate of Memorial University’s Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Education (Leadership Studies) Programs, is deeply interested in holistic restorative justice in education and the transformative power of music. Currently seconded to Relationships First Newfoundland and Labrador (RFNL) from her role as a public school music educator, Sarah has been teaching since 2006. As a Per-Course Instructor at Memorial University, she teaches the graduate course “Relationships First: Rethinking Educational Engagement.” In her current position as Restorative Justice Education Coordinator with RFNL, Sarah aims to promote restorative justice as a foundational approach across all levels of education. She is also a founding member of Lady Cove Women’s Choir and Projēkt Chamber Voices, where she has served as a featured soloist. Additionally, Sarah has traveled extensively around the world with choral and instrumental groups, further enriching her experience as both a chorister and a conductor.

  • Mark Anthony Carpio

  • Mark Anthony Carpio

    Mark is currently a faculty of the Conducting and Choral Ensemble Department of the University of the Philippines College of Music, where he earned his Master’s degree in Choral Conducting and his Bachelor’s degree in Piano.

    In 2001, Mark succeeded Prof. Andrea O. Veneracion, founder of the Philippine Madrigal Singers and Philippine National Artist for Music, as choirmaster of the group. Since then, he has continuously led the choir to even greater heights by winning in several international choral competitions.

    Known for his collaboration with emerging composers, innovative programming, and approachability, he is a much sought-after choral clinician, giving choral workshops all over the Philippines and around the world. He is also frequently invited as an adjudicator in local and international choral competitions and as guest conductor.

    Nurturing young singers is his passion.. He directs the Consortium of Voices, a choral society of young choristers and also conducts the Pansol Choir, a church-based community choir. He also serves as the conductor of the Madz Schola Cantorum, where the top 20-25 students across the Philippines are awarded full scholarships as they train  in singing, playing an instrument and choral music.

    He is also an accompanist, vocal coach, and a countertenor soloist.

  • Ryan McDonald

  • Ryan McDonald

    Originally from Ktaqmkuk (Newfoundland), and the ancestral homelands of the Beothuk, Mi’kmaq, Innu & Inuit (Labrador), Ryan McDonald is a multifaceted performer and artist currently residing and performing in Tkaron:to (Toronto). An award winner from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, this season saw Ryan appear as a soloist in concert with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Theatre of Early Music, Nota Bene Players, Cellar Singers, Elora Festival Singers & Symphony in the Barn. Operatic highlights this season include Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Male Soprano/ Victim A
    in Du Yun’s Angel’s Bone and Miles in Britten’s Turn of The Screw.

    Hailed by Opera Canada for their performance in Dido and Aeneas “Ryan McDonald, a young Newfoundland and Labrador countertenor made a particularly favourable impression as Spirit. McDonald has a voice of luminous, fresh colour, combined with natural musicality and an exciting sense of narrative drama.” During the 21/22 season, Ryan was a Young Artist with Pacific Opera Victoria’s Civic Engagement Quartet and joined Confluence Concerts as their inaugural Young Artistic Associate. Additional stage credits include Athamas in Handel’s Semele, First Witch and Spirit in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, L’enfant in Ravels L’enfant et les sortilèges, Cupid in John Blows Venus and Adonis and Jack in Sondheim’s Into the Woods. Other solo concert appearances include the London Handel Orchestra, Amadeus Choir, and Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.
    In addition to being an active soloist, Ryan sings as a professional chorister with the Toronto Mendelssohn Singers, Elora Festival Singers, Timothy Eaton Memorial Chamber Choir, Theatre of Early of Music and the Trinity Choir.

    Ryan believes being an artist involves much more than singing, and they have created opportunities to explore the many facets of their artistry. As a portfolio artist, Ryan actively works as an Artistic Producer, Arts Administrator and continues to facilitate workshops on exploring one’s own identity through music. Ryan is the co-founder of OperaQ; a company focused specifically on presenting queer theatre by queer artists for queer audiences. Ryan led the company’s original composition to a nomination at the 2023 Opera America Digital Excellence in Opera Awards. In addition to their musical activities, Ryan is currently pursuing a DMA in Historical Performance at the University of Toronto, where they are researching the life of Klaus Nomi and
    investigating the ever-expanding queer performance practice guide.

     Ryan McDonald, Countertenor

  • Harbour Voices

    Canada
    Leslee Heys, Composer

  • Harbour Voices

    Location: Canada
    Composer: Leslee Heys

    This work was commissioned especially for HarbourVOICES! International Festival of Collective Singing Traditions. Composed and arranged by Leslee Heys, we feel that this composition very much captures the ethos of our festival. Harbour Voices will be sung multiple times throughout the festival as a kind of theme song for our time together. Please be prepared to sing Harbour Voices in the Opening Ceremonies. Additionally, it will be sung by choirs and audience members at the end of each afternoon and evening concert… and who knows where else (hotel lobbies, MUN dining hall, the Duke of Duckworth, etc.).

    View the single line version of Harbour Voices below:

    Harbour Voices – single line only

  • VOICES! Round

    Canada
    David Buley, Composer

  • VOICES! Round

    Location: Canada
    Composer: David Buley

    Participants (in groups of 80) will sing VOICES! Round as they move from performance to performance. We will have rehearsals for this canon on Days 5 and 6 when the canon will be taught by rote.

  • Nou La

    Haiti/USA
    Sydney Guillaume, Composer

  • Nou La

    Location: Haiti/USA
    Composer: Sydney Guillaume

    Nou La (We Are Here) was commissioned by the Phoenix Chamber Choir as they use their platform to make a difference and stand with those whose voices have yet to be heard. Written in three languages (Haitian Creole, French, English), the text of Nou La was a collaborative effort between Sydney, Frédéricka Petit-Homme, and Lloyd Reshard Jr..

  • World, O World

    UK
    Jacob Collier, Composer

  • World, O World

    Location: UK
    Composer: Jacob Collier

    This is your chance to shine with Jacob Collier. World, O World  is a favourite of Jacob’s as well as singers/audiences who have experienced the performance of the piece. Jacob chose this piece specifically for HarbourVOICES! festival.

  • Moeder Aarde, aardse moeder

    South Africa
    Franco Prinsloo

  • Moeder Aarde, aardse moeder

    Location: South Africa
    Composer: Franco Prinsloo

    Composed by Franco Prinsloo, the lyrics for this haunting canon are in Afrikaans and are inspired by the poem “Mother Earth & Father Time” by Panda van Proosdij (The Netherlands). The canon, accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble, will include simple movements which are designed to improve the sound and feeling for singing as well as an engaging visual effect on the stage.

  • Amy Henderson

  • Amy Henderson

    Amy Henderson (B Mus, B Ed, M Mus)  is from a family of teachers, and is drawn to choral music for its capacity to build community, teach, connect people to and with their voices, and to make beautiful music.

    Amy has worked with choirs of all sizes and descriptions, including children’s choirs (Choeur des Enfants de Montréal), youth choirs (McGill Conservatory Choirs), women’s choirs (Concerto Della Donna, Les Muses Chorale), chamber choirs (Seraphim, Cantata Singers of Ottawa) and symphonic choirs (St. Lawrence Choir). Here in St. John’s, Amy is the Artistic Director of Projēkt Chamber Voices, is the Executive Director of Business and Arts NL, and the Director of the Bruneau Centre for Exellence in Choral Music at Memorial University.

  • Darlene Steeves

  • Barbara O’Keefe

  • Barbara O’Keefe

    Barbara O’Keefe is a retired music teacher, who throughout her formal career from 1970-2005, shared
    her love of choral music with students in many corners of the province including Deer Lake, Cape St.
    George, Avondale, Grand Falls, St. John’s, St. Alban’s and Corner Brook. Following a short hiatus, she
    travelled north to teach music at a school in Nunavut in 2010. Her work included teaching the School
    Music Programs from Kindergarten to Level 111 along with the Choral Programs in Primary,
    Elementary, Junior High and Senior High Schools. From 1995-2005 Barbara also taught Instrumental
    Music at Presentation Junior High, Regina High and introduced the Band Program to the newly opened
    Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Corner Brook.

    Barbara holds a Bachelor of Arts (Music Major) from St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova
    Scotia, and Master of Music (Choral Emphasis) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.
    She also holds certificates in Music Education for Elementary Students from the College of Cape Breton,
    Nova Scotia, Conducting Course from Trinity College, Toronto, Ontario, and Choral Techniques in the
    High School and Training Young Voices from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey.

    Some of Barbara’s music related accomplishments include:
    • Director of the Holy Heart of Mary Chamber Choir when the group appeared at the National Music
    Convention in Sackville, New Brunswick in 1982 and won provincial honours for best choral
    performance on four occasions.
    • Co-director of two major musical productions Joseph (1984) and Cats and Other Tails (1985) at Holy
    Heart of Mary High School.
    • Director of the 1000 voice Papal Choir (1984) for the liturgical celebration by His Holiness, Pope
    John Paul 11.
    • Member of the elite University Singers at the University of Wisconsin, and took part in their ten-city
    tour of mid-western states in 1986.
    • Director St. Alban’s School Choirs and Dolce Singers Chamber Choir who received provincial honours
    in 1989, outstanding performance of the Central NL Music Festival in 1991 and were recommended
    for the National Matheson Trophy for five years.
    • Member of the Alumnae Choir, Corner Brook (1992-2005); Holy Heart of Mary Alumnae Choir (2005
    – 2022); Philharmonic Choir of NL Symphony Orchestra (2005 – present); Les Ms Women’s Chorus
    (2007-2008); a founding member of Tickles and Sounds in 2005 which became the Red Island
    Resettlement Girl Trio; and is also a member of the Basilica Choir and serves as a Cantor there on a
    weekly basis.

    Barbara’s love of singing and vast experience as a choral conductor ensures the continuous of the high
    quality of choral singing delivered by the Holy Heart of Mary Alumnae Choir to our audiences.

  • Brainerd Blyden-Taylor

  • Brainerd Blyden-Taylor

    Brainerd Blyden-Taylor is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Canada’s first professional chamber choir dedicated to the creation, preservation, and performance of Afrocentric choral music. Brainerd is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and lecturer, and is an active and dedicated church musician.

  • Cecilia Rydinger

  • Cecilia Rydinger

    Professor Cecilia Rydinger is a leading figure in Swedish musical life. Member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Music, Cecilia held the position as Vice-Chancellor/Principal at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm between 2012 – 2019. Since 2008, Cecilia is the conductor and artistic director of the male choir Orphei Drängar, with whom she regularly performs on international tours and recordings.

    Between 1988 – 2009 Cecilia was the conductor of the mixed choir Allmänna Sången, at the helm of which she among other things won a number of international choral competitions, including the 2005 European Choral Grand Prix, and performed at the Nobel dinner 2005. Cecilia was the principal conductor of the Värmland Opera 1994 – 1998, with noticed Wagner productions. Cecilia has been in demand as a jury member for choir competitions around the world and was President at the international choir conductor’s competition Eric Ericson Award in October 2021. She has also been engaged to teach international master classes in choir conducting, including sessions together with Professor Ericson in 2006. In 2005, Cecilia received the medal ‘Litteris et Artibus’ by Sweden’s H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf for her contribution to Swedish musical life.

  • Douglas Dunsmore, C.M.

  • Douglas Dunsmore, C.M.

    Douglas Dunsmore, C.M. began his professional choral career in Saskatchewan working with school, community and church choirs. In addition to working with singers in various genres, he earned postgraduate degrees in choral conducting and music education. Since coming to Newfoundland and Labrador in 1979, he worked extensively as a profesor at Memorial University of Newfoundland School of Music. In that post, he served as director of choral activities while assuming other leadership positions in local and national organizations.

    During his tenure he earned a Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Wisconsin-Madison (1994) and initiated a master of music degree in choral conducting at Memorial University.

    His additional credits include:

    • Founder of the Philharmonic Choir of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra
    • Co-Founder of Newman Sound, NL’s first male choir
    • Prize winning performances by choirs under his direction in the CBC Amateur Radio Choral competitions
    • Founding Co-Artistic Director of Festival500 
    • Founding Director of Newfoundland’s Bruneau Centre for Excellence in Choral Music, 2013
    • Induction to the NL Arts Hall of Honour, 2017
    • Guest Conductor and/or clinician/adjudicator across the length and breadth of Canada
    • Director of choral music at Gower Street United Church (1982-2023)
    • Principal conductor/clinician of “Come All Ye”, an outreach arm of “Festival500, Growing the Voices”
    • Conductor of the Anchormen Barbershop Chorus in St. John’s.
    • Appointed to the Order of Canada, 2023
  • Kathy Mahoney

  • Kathy Mahoney

    “I am not a professional musican-I am an enthusiastic choral singer. Throughout all my school years I participated in all the glee clubs available to me. In nursing school there was a nursing choir and an alumni choir after graduation. As an adult I joined the local community choir and that was where Avalonia came into being-we are all ,or have been, singing with the St. John’s choir. We are only ten voices in Avalonia and celebrated our 20th anniversary together last year. I also sing in a mixed quartet , and began a community choir, in the town in which I now live. I did study piano and voice during my school years.

    Avalonia has preformed for various fund raisers , telethons, dinners , business meetings , Christmas events and with other choirs. And of course we love to sing for the local senior’s residences. We hold our own two events a year, at Christmas and in the spring.”

  • Leslie Hewlett

  • Leslie Hewlett

    A piano performance graduate from Memorial University’s School of Music, Leslie has worked as a teacher, performer, composer and music director for almost two decades. Originally from St. John’s NL, she now lives in Gander and has been working to develop the music and theatre scene in Central NL over the past ten years. She is currently the manager of the Arts and Culture Centre in Gander, music director for Beyond The Overpass Theatre Company, the artistic director of Beyond Youth Choir and the organist and choir director of St. Martin’s Cathedral. 

  • Catherine Glaser-Climie

  • Catherine Glaser-Climie

    Catherine Glaser-Climie has nurtured and inspired singers of all ages through her acclaimed work, earning national awards and performances with Calgary Opera, and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Choirs under her direction perform at prestigious events and tour extensively throughout Canada, the US and Europe.

    As Founder/Artistic Director of the Cantaré Children’s Choir, she created a comprehensive curriculum of music instruction for children ages 6 to 18 and for preschool children through Kodaly Music Explorers. In demand to share her expertise, and known for her captivating warmth and enthusiasm, invitations to appear as adjudicator, lecturer and clinician take Catherine across North America and Europe.

      Catherine’s leadership has earned awards from Choral Canada, Choir Alberta, the Alberta Kodaly Association and the City of Calgary, including Choir Alberta’s Richard Eaton Award, given for exemplary service to the choral community.

  • Keri Kao

  • Keri Kao

    Keri Kao is a music educator who has been teaching privately for over 30 years. She holds 4 degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland – Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education and a Masters of Education. 

    She is the founder of Musically Inclined, a music store and teaching studio in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland. She opened the business in 1995 and has been running it with her husband Andy since 2001. Together they have grown the business to a successful and thriving music studio. They have won many awards over the years, including the Consumer Choice Award and the Community Votes Award for best music school. They have also won several CBS Bright Business awards, including Community Pride and Partnership as well as the established business of the year. Keri is the founder and director of Avalon Voices ladies choir, a group she started in 2010. She teaches piano, voice, clarinet, saxophone, flute, as well as several group classes. For the past 5 years, Keri has also been a part-time substitute teacher. She is passionate about what she does, and believes that music education is an essential part of a child’s learning and well-being. 

  • Alicia Canterbury Vorel

  • Alicia Canterbury Vorel

    Alicia Canterbury Vorel serves as Assistant Professor in Music Education in the Department of Music at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she teaches undergraduate and graduate music education majors and conducts the SIUE Treble Choir. 

    She earned the Bachelor in Music Education at Mercer University, the MM degree in Music Education from Texas Tech University, and the PhD from the University of Mississippi. Vorel is an experienced educator focusing primarily on general music and choirs in a variety of settings from early childhood to adult.  She has presented at numerous state, regional, and national conferences on topics related to treble choir identity, assessment, and repertoire.  Her research interests include feminist music education pedagogy, early career expertise development, and turn of the twentieth-century singing schools. Her publications can be found in journals such as the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, International Journal of Music Education, and Choral Journal

  • Mark Anthony Carpio

  • Mark Anthony Carpio

    Mark is currently a faculty of the Conducting and Choral Ensemble Department of the University of the Philippines College of Music, where he earned his Master’s degree in Choral Conducting and his Bachelor’s degree in Piano.

    In 2001, Mark succeeded Prof. Andrea O. Veneracion, founder of the Philippine Madrigal Singers and Philippine National Artist for Music, as choirmaster of the group. Since then, he has continuously led the choir to even greater heights by winning in several international choral competitions. 

    Known for his collaboration with emerging composers, innovative programming, and approachability, he is a much sought-after choral clinician, giving choral workshops all over the Philippines and around the world. He is also frequently invited as an adjudicator in local and international choral competitions and as guest conductor.

    Nurturing young singers is his passion.. He directs the Consortium of Voices, a choral society of young choristers and also conducts the Pansol Choir, a church-based community choir. He also serves as the conductor of the Madz Schola Cantorum, where the top 20-25 students across the Philippines are awarded full scholarships as they train  in singing, playing an instrument and choral music.

    He is also an accompanist, vocal coach, and a countertenor soloist.

  • Mary Piercey-Lewis

  • Mary Piercey-Lewis

    Mary Piercey-Lewis has a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology. Her research explored how the Inuit of Arviat, Nunavut, use their musical practices to negotiate what it means to be “inummariit”—“real Inuit” in response to massive sociocultural changes since three distinctive groups were resettled there in the 1950s.  She holds a Master of Music in Music Education and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto.  Presently, she lives in Nunavut, where she has taught music for over twenty years. She writes choral arrangements of Inuit songs for the Inuksuk Drum DancersSeveral of these arrangements can be heard on the three albums mentioned above.  

    Piercey-Lewis’ newest publications, Inuit Inngiusingit: A Collection of Inuit Choral Music I and II (Inhabit Media 2016, 2022), are songbooks for students, teachers, and musicians who are interested in learning Inuit music. There are many songs transcribed from Inuit musicians. Students and teachers will find the musical arrangements and the accompanying compact disc useful in encouraging the singing of Inuktitut songs in the classroom and at home. It is her hope that Inuit Inngiusingit: A Collection of Inuit Choral Music “empowers students to develop musicianship, to enjoy the opportunities to perform great music, and to participate in Inuit culture through singing.”

    Piercey-Lewis is a 2021 Juno Award Winner!  She received the Musicounts “Music Teacher of the Year Award” at the Junos on June 6, 2021!  She won the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in the same year.  A special qujannamiik—thank you to all who support music education initiatives in the north!

  • Scott Leithead

  • Scott Leithead

    Scott Leithead is the founder and Artistic Director of Edmonton’s Korora Choir Association and TIME Association. He has been invited to conduct provincial and state honour choirs on twenty-six occasions. Notable appearances include: adjudicating Finland’s Tampere International Festival; conducting the 2013, 2015-2019, 2023 Ellison Canadian Honour Choir. He has adjudicated both the ACCC National Competition for Amateur Canadian Choirs and the Kathaumixw Festival (2014, 2016, 2023). In the summer of 2019, Korora was invited to perform at the IFCM World Choral Expo in Portugal, where they represented Canada on the world stage. Also in 2019, Korora was featured on an episode of CTV’s “The Amazing Race Canada”.

    In 2008–2009, Scott was on sabbatical in Namibia, where he worked with the Mascato Youth Choir and many others. Scott’s passion for innovative and unique choral music experiences has shaped the direction of the Korora Choir Association. In February 2023 he conducted the ISSEA Mass Choir in Johannesburg South Africa featuring schools from across the African continent.

    Scott was awarded Choir Alberta’s top honour, the Richard S. Eaton Award, in 2015. He also received Edmonton’s Salute to Excellence award in 2016. He has also been awarded the Syncrude Award for Innovative Direction.

  • Kellie Walsh

  • Kellie Walsh

    Kellie Walsh is the Artistic Director of the internationally celebrated youth chorus, Shallaway Youth Choir, the founder and Artistic Director of the internationally award-winning Lady Cove Women’s Choir, the co-founder and now Artistic Director Emeritus of Newman Sound Men’s Choir, has most recently co-founded the Inuit Youth Choir Ullûgiagatsuk from Nunatsiavut, Labrador, and is the immediate Past President of Canada’s national choral organization, Choral Canada.

    She is an active guest conductor, speaker, member, collaborator, and innovator.

    Kellie’s work has brought her across Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia. As acclaimed as the choirs she conducts, Kellie’s true passion is most profoundly understood by the use of choral music as a medium to unite people and cultures, transcending geography and societal, political and economic circumstances. From deep and proud roots in Newfoundland and Labrador, she has become known in Canada, and internationally, for embracing the medium of choral singing as an opportunity to explore leadership potential, sociocultural identity building, reciprocal respectful cultural collaborations, and the transformative impact of choral singing and sharing.  

  • Nadine Hébert

  • Nadine Hébert

    For nearly three decades, Nadine Hebert has been deeply involved with Les Jeunes chanteurs d’Acadie. As a former member of the choir and as the great-niece of its founder,  Sister Lorette Gallant, Nadine embraced the family tradition when she became the choir director in 2005. She also assumed leadership of the children’s choir, Les Amis de la Chanson.

    With a Bachelor of Music degree from the Université de Moncton, her enduring passion for singing has been a driving force behind her achievements. Having established her presence in the Acadian art scene, Nadine is a member of the vocal quartet Les Muses and the ensemble Troiselle. Over the years, Nadine’s leadership has broadened the choir’s horizons, by performing in multiple festivals and events in Cuba, Louisiana, New-York and throughout Canada. Her reputation is not only based on her steadfast commitment to choral singing but also on her ability to inspire and mentor young singers.

  • Stephen Candow

  • Stephen Candow

    Stephen Candow holds a MMus from the University of Toronto (2001), and conjoint BMus/BMusEd (1998) from Memorial University. He has studied choral conducting and organ in Dublin, Ireland, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England, and at the International Summer Academy in Göteborg, Sweden. In 2011, Stephen returned to Newfoundland from Ottawa, where he was Director of Music and conductor for the prestigious choir of Gentlemen & Boys at St. Matthew’s Church. 

    Previous posts include: Guinness Organ Scholar at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland, Assistant Director of Music in Canada’s “Methodist Cathedral”, Metropolitan United, Toronto. A well-known choral accompanist, Stephen has accompanied the Anglican Chorale of Ottawa, the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir, the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Choir (Shallaway), Toronto’s Voices, and Ottawa’s Seventeen Voyces. Stephen enjoys working with singers as a conductor, vocal coach and accompanist; and has worked with various choirs in Ireland, England and Canada.  As organist, he has performed in numerous prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall (USA) St. Paul’s Cathedral (England) Meistersinger Hall (Germany) St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Ireland) and St. Mary’s Cathedral (Scotland).  He is currently the Artistic Director and Conductor of the PCNSO and the Artistic Director of the St. John’s Choir.

  • Nicholle Andrews

  • Nicholle Andrews

    Originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Nicholle Andrews is Director of Choral Studies at the University of Redlands in Southern California, and Artist Director of Phoenix Chamber Choir in Vancouver British Columbia. She is in high demand across North America as a conductor, adjudicator, and clinician.

    Andrews has worked with such composers as William Bolcolm, Joan Tower, Libby Larson, Gunther Schuller, Imant Raminsh, R. Murray Schafer, alcides lanza, and Krzysztof Penderecki, and eminent conductors Bramwell Tovey, Sir David Willcox, Bobby McFerrin, Tõnu Kaljuste and Georg Titner. Under her direction, choirs at the University of Redlands have been invited to perform at festivals and conferences such as Canada’s national choral conference Podium on the Edge, National Collegiate Choral Organization Convention, California Music Educators Association Convention, California All State Music Educators Conference and Festival 500 Sharing the Voices. Her choirs have
    performed with legendary rock group The WHO, Sarah Brighman and Josh Groban. Andrews is a licensed body mapping educator and her areas of research include the study of performance anxiety in musicians, pitch perception, and awareness of the body through conducting. Her publications can be found in sources such as the Journal of
    Research in Music Education and Journal of Band Research.

    At the University of Redlands, Andrews’ areas of specialization include choral conducting, body mapping and ear training. She also offers graduate seminars on performance anxiety, score study and rehearsal technique. Andrews has received recognition for her outstanding teaching as the recipient of Advisor of the Year, Professor of the Year, and Faculty Outstanding Service Award.

    Having completed her doctorate and master’s in choral conducting at McGill University, Andrews studied with Professor Iwan Edwards, Dr. John Baboukis, Dr. Julian Wachner. While at McGill University she taught musicianship, instrumental conducting and choral conducting. She completed a double Bachelor of Music in oboe
    performance and music education at Memorial University of Newfoundland where she studied conducting with Dr. Douglas Dunsmore. Andrews has also taught music (kindergarten to grade 12) in several public schools
    throughout Canada and England.

  • Susan Quinn

  • Susan Quinn

    Susan Quinn is from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, where she is the Artistic Director of the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble (QVE) and Choral Director at St. Bonaventure’s College. For nearly 30 years she taught music and led the award-winning choirs at Holy Heart of Mary High School. Susan received her early musical education from the Sisters of Mercy, and has degrees in Music and Music Education from Memorial University of Newfoundland, with a major in violin, and a Master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Maine. She is in demand across Canada as an adjudicator, guest conductor, clinician and expert in choral intonation, and is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence and the Arts in Education Award from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council. Her choirs have received numerous national awards and honours at international competitions in Austria, Wales, Ireland, and France, and recorded six CDs.

  • Cheryll Chung

  • Cheryll Chung

    Cheryll Chung contributes to Toronto’s vibrant music community as a conductor, educator, vocal coach and pianist.
    She is a two-time recipient of the Elmer Iseler Fellowship in Conducting, and is Artistic Director and Founder of the
    Cantabile Chamber Singers. She is known for her innovative and diverse programming, and supporting the music of living Canadian composers.

    Chung is on faculty at The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists, The Glenn Gould School, and at The Oscar Peterson School at The Royal Conservatory of Music. Most recently, she joined the Canadian Children’s Opera company as conductor of the Intermediate and Youth Choruses.

    She holds a Master of Music in Conducting, a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education from the University of
    Toronto. Her mentors are Dr. Doreen Rao, and Maestro Raffi Armenian. She has worked with Lydia Adams, Maestro
    Helmuth Rilling, Simon Carrington, Matthew Halls, Dr. Julia Davids and David Hayes.

  • Paige Mathis

  • Paige Mathis

    Paige Mathis has served as the Music Director of Atlanta Young Singers (AYS) and is a PhD candidate in Music Education at Texas Tech. She has earned a reputation for championing the work of living composers and for programming music that expands the artistic reach of children and youth. Most recently, AYS appeared on NPR’s From the Top–a nationally broadcast radio show showcasing America’s top young talent in classical music performance.

    Mathis has served as an instructor in the Kodály Levels Program at Westchester University, has conducted numerous honor choruses in the United States, and has fostered several creative partnerships between choirs in the US and abroad. Ms. Mathis spent many years singing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus under the baton of Robert Shaw, Robert Spano, Donald Runnicles, and Norman Mackenzie. She has served as a clinician for numerous honor choruses in the US and Southeast, and has fostered several creative partnerships between choirs in the US and abroad.

  • Robert Colbourne

  • Robert Colbourne

    Robert Colbourne is a proud Memorial University alumni who holds a B. Mus (voice), B. Mus Ed and M. Ed.  Robert is the choral director at Holy Heart High School where he conducts 5 choirs, teaches Advanced Placement Theory, IB Music, and Applied Music.  His choirs have performed internationally and have won provincial, national and international first place awards and have been featured in print, radio and national television media.

    Robert is also a proud Shallaway Youth Choir Associate Director who directs all of the Nobile ensembles. Robert also maintains a busy private studio teaching voice, piano and theory through the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum and is an active examiner with both the Collegeboard and the International Baccalaureate. Robert also spreads his love of music to teachers worldwide as an IB Workshop Leader. Besides his choral and academic work, Robert also enjoys working with students in Musical Theatre and has been the vocal director for numerous high school and community theatre productions.

    Robert is a past winner of the Jamie Wilkinson Award for Teaching Excellence, was featured on a provincial “NLTA Teachers Change Lives” ad campaign and in 2011, was awarded the Queens Diamond Jubilee medal for his contribution to music education in rural Newfoundland.

  • Carrie Tennant

  • Carrie Tennant

    Carrie is the founder and artistic director of the Vancouver Youth Choir. For the past 20 years, she has worked primarily with youth, developing leadership and artistry with young singers. She is a firm believer in the power of group singing to create spaces of belonging and connection for singers of any ag. Carrie’s choirs have been featured at Chorus America, Podium (Choral Canada), and ACDA National Conferences, and have twice been awarded first place in the National Choral Competition. This past spring VYC was featured as one of 10 international choirs at the World Symposium of Choral Music in Istanbul, and in NYC at a concert co-conducted by Carrie titled “Canada at Carnegie”.  During her time conducting the Coastal Sound Youth Choir, their popular Indiekör shows were recognized with Choral Canada’s National Award for Innovation.

    Currently, on top of her work with VYC, Carrie is an Affiliate Conductor with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and a frequent clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor across North America and around the world. Carrie is the editor and curator for two choral series: the “Vancouver Youth Choir Choral Series” (Cypress Publishing), which promotes diverse Canadian voices on the international stage; and the brand-new “Carrie Tennant Choral Series” (Hal Leonard), which features much of the music Carrie and her choirs have performed and loved. Carrie is proud to be the recipient of the 2023 YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Arts and Culture. In a past life (before she had two small and very lovely children) Carrie also toured, performed and recorded with her husband as a member of Vancouver-based indie pop group, The Salteens.

  • Jennifer Hart

  • Jennifer Hart

    Jennifer Hart

    Jennifer Hart (she/her) is a graduate of Memorial University’s School of Music where she received a Master of Music (Choral Conducting), a Bachelor of Music (Piano) and a Bachelor of Music Education.

    A passionate music educator and established choral conductor, Jennifer is currently a Music Specialist with NL Schools and the Artistic Director of Newman Sound Men’s Choir. Proudly representing NL locally, nationally, and abroad, she was a core member of Shallaway Youth Choir’s artistic team in various roles over the span of 18 years and has been Associate Conductor of Lady Cove Women’s Choir and Assistant Conductor of Quintessential Vocal Ensemble.

    In her spare time, Jennifer is the co-creator and co-host of the Podcast “Tales, Tunes, & Toutons” where she explores her love of her home province’s history, stories, folk music, and of course, toutons! 

  • Sydney Guillaume

  • Sydney Guillaume

    Praised by the Miami Herald for their “impressive maturity and striking melodic distinction”, Sydney Guillaume’s compositions are known to be intricate, challenging and yet highly spirited. Many of his choral works, most with original poetry by his father Gabriel T. Guillaume, have fostered an awareness of the beautiful Haitian culture and continue to serve as an ambassador for his native country.  They have been featured at numerous national conferences and international festivals. In 2017, he was honored by the top music school in Haiti for his “great contribution in the expansion and the promotion of the music and culture of Haiti around the world.” Guillaume has also written original film and documentary scores for the Los Angeles based company Loyola Productions.

    Originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sydney Guillaume is currently resides in Portland, Oregon working as a full-time composer, conductor and frequently doing workshops on his music with universities and high schools throughout North America. Since 2013 he has been the conductor of Imbroglio Sextet, a group of musicians from Haiti, Spain, and the United States. 

    His recent activities as conductor include the 2024 ACDA Southern Region Conference Advanced SATB Honor Choir, the 2022 Georgia All-State Senior Treble Choir, the 2019 Florida All-State Middle School Treble Chorus, the 34th annual Idaho State University Choral Invitational Festival, the 2018 Maine All-State High School Mixed Chorus, an all-Guillaume concert at the Lincoln Center in NYC, and concerts with the Imbroglio Sextet at Carnegie Hall and at the 2018 ISME World Conference in Azerbaijan.

  • Lisa Gillam

  • Lisa Gillam

    Lisa Gillam is a music educator and business owner from Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. A teacher with more than thirty years experience, Lisa has taught in private and public schools in Canada, Thailand and Taiwan. She now spends most of her time creating original teaching and learning songs and resources for young learners which are available through her website The Music Classroom and YouTube Channel of the same name.

    Lisa is the musical director of Sipukewaq Ketapekiewinu’k – Voices of the River Women’s Choral Ensemble – proud participants of the HarbourVOICES! International Festival of Collective Singing Traditions.

  • Geraldine Ankrah

  • Geraldine Ankrah

    Geraldine is a practicing Christian originally from Ghana, West Africa, who proudly calls Newfoundland home! Her love and appreciation for music was instilled in her by her mother, who consistently taught her hymns from the Methodist Hymn book with emphasis on singing notes correctly. Geraldine’s style combines the musical depth and accuracy of her Wesleyan roots with the joyous melodies that gospel music is famous for. She directs the choir at her home church (CMFI NL) – a church of diverse nationalities;the Black Heritage Gospel Choir, NL; Racquel Thomas Music and very recently, Rhythms from Ghana. Gospel means good news: The good news about Jesus Christ. What better way to proclaim the good news about Jesus Christ than music, in different styles and tongues!

  • Diane Murray-Charrett

  • Diane Murray-Charrett

    Diane Murray-Charrett is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto. She recently retired from the Halton District School Board where she taught elementary music. She has had the privilege of teaching thousands of children to sing over the course of her career as a conductor and music educator. Diane was honoured to share her research on singer identity in children at Podium 2022 and The Singing Network’s EXchange 2022 at IFCM’s World Choral Expo in Lisbon, Portugal. Diane continues to examine how social, cultural, and political dynamics influence participation in group singing. She has previously conducted the Halton District School Board Regional Elementary Choir, the Gaudeamus Choirs of Halton Hills and currently conducts the newly formed Cantando Women’s Choir in Georgetown, Ontario.

  • Jean Hewson

  • Jean Hewson

    For more than 40 years, Jean Hewson has collected, arranged, recorded and performed the folk music of Newfoundland and Labrador, and is grateful for the many opportunities the music has given her. She has had the good fortune to play and tour with some of the province’s best-known traditional musicians, and has spent most of her life teaching and working with organizations focused on music education and the passing on of the tradition. Her most recent projects include establishing and directing the Soundbone Folksong Choir, and playing guitar for Canadian fiddle supergroup, Portage.

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