GMSM is thrilled to be presenting some of the top Children’s Choirs from across the country, Edmonton, Oakville, Toronto, Hamilton, and Nova Scotia. These wonderful choirs will be joined by local participants in our first annual Choir Camp.
The First Baptist Girls’ Choir
The First Baptist Girls’ Choir has been providing outstanding choral performance opportunities to girls, aged 12-18, in the Truro area for over 30 years! Formed in 1983 by its founding director, Jeff Joudrey, the choir has achieved Provincial and National recognition. In addition to contributing regularly within its community and to the worship services of the First Baptist Church in Truro, NS, the choir has toured extensively in its 34-year history throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe.
Since coming under the direction of Bette-Joan Pring in 2012, the First Baptist Girls’ Choir has been working diligently to maintain its high standard of choral excellence in an environment that also fosters mentorship and character development.
Most recently, the choir embarked on a Nova Scotia Concert Tour in the early summer of 2016. During this time, their most recent CD, Stained Glass Reflections, was recorded live in Manning Memorial Chapel on the grounds of Acadia University. The CD is due to be released for Christmas of 2016 and features many new compositions and arrangements by Bette-Joan Pring, Jeff Enns, and Elaine Hagenberg.
Bette-Joan Pring, Artistic Director
As a Soprano, Collaborative Pianist, Choral Conductor, and Clinician – Bette-Joan Pring has served as Artistic Director of the First Baptist Girls’ Choir since 2012, and the Tatamagouche Area Singers since 2011.
A student of both piano and voice performance at Wilfrid Laurier University, Bette has enjoyed a 30+ year career in private music instruction which has grown into the many musical disciplines she is involved in today.
More recently, Bette has devoted much of her time to composing original works and choral arrangements for her choirs.
Edmonton Youth and Children’s Choir
Edmonton youth choir is the oldest choir in Edmonton Youth & Children’s Choir family, focuses on advanced un-accompanied music and tours regularly. Quality vocal and musical instruction are key to the success of the ensemble, with the artistic director Dr. John Wiebe and various vocal clinicians providing expert guidance. This choir has competed successfully in festivals and competitions across Canada and Europe has been heard nationally on the CBC Radio Two network and has recorded three CDs. Tours have taken the group to locales across western Canada, Europe and Asia (Germany 2003; Wales and England 2005; Russia, Estonia and Finland 2007, Peru 2009 and China 2011). When not touring the choir has presented full-scale choral-orchestral works at the Winspear Centre with members of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Edmonton Youth Orchestra.
Dr. John Wiebe, Artistic Director & Youth Choir
Dr. John Wiebe is an award-winning conductor and pianist based in Edmonton, Alberta where he runs the Edmonton Youth & Children’s Choirs and teaches at the University of Alberta-Augustana campus. Choirs under his leadership have received many awards, including two GOLD MEDALS at the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia, this past July. He is the President-Elect for Choral Canada and has studied at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Alberta, with Frieder Bernius from Stuttgart, Germany, and in Vienna, Austria.
John is a regular clinician and adjudicator across Canada who likes to keep in shape for his music schedule by traveling with his family, running, and playing hockey.
For more information visit http://www.edmontonyouthchoir.ca
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