Kim Dedman's parents told her she could sing before she could talk. She has performed in music festivals and Swift Current and Prelate, achieved Grade 9 Voice, Grade 10 Piano and Grade 5 Theory from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Toured Europe with the Canadian Honour Choir at age 14. Bachelor of Music from University of Victoria 1994 studying Voice and Composition. Performed concerts throughout Asia with the University of Victoria Chamber Singers 1994. Landed the leading role in Camelot (Guinevere) and roles in Anne of Green Gables, The Gondoliers and Dido and Aeneus. Her favourite performance was Lord of the Rings with the Cantata Singers and National Arts Centre Orchestra at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. She currently sings with the SaskTel Choir. She is a Professional Engineer since 2004, working with SaskTel since 2008. She is very excited to be a part of the Prairie Chamber Singers!
Natasha Dixon was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. Natasha's love for music is passed down from many generations of music in her family. Natasha began private flute, voice, piano and theory lessons from the age of 9. Her love for gospel and classical music stemmed from attending a Pentecostal church and studying classical music. Natasha has been member of auditioned choirs and ensembles such as Juventus Concert Choir, Luther College high School Choirs, SSYO, University of Regina Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, University of Regina Chamber Singers, Honor Band and Choir and the Prairie Chamber Choir. Natasha has also had the honour of directing various gospel choirs within the community. Outside of choir, Natasha is pursuing her Music Education degree, and, along side her husband, raises their four children. She is thrilled to be apart of this exciting new choir!
Nancy Duczek has worked as both a choral conductor and clinician in Regina Catholic Schools, as well as a voice teacher in Regina. She holds her A.R.C.T .in Vocal Performance through the Royal Conservatory of Toronto and has sung in choirs for many years. Under the direction of Kathryn Laurin, Nancy has sung in the University of Regina Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Canticum Novum. While singing with the Chamber Singers, the group recorded its first three CDs and won first and second place standings in the CBC Amateur Choral Competition. Most exciting was winning first place at International Eisteddfod in Wales, an international choral competition, in the Chamber Choir category in 1997. She is wife of
Jason and mom of three children, Joseph, Adam and Rachel. Currently, Nancy is an educator in Regina Catholic schools and is studying education psychology through the University of Regina.
Janelle Johnston has spent a wonderful 22 years singing in Regina in various groups. With the U of R Chamber Singers, Regina Lyric Light Opera, Halcyon, Regina Philharmonic Chorus, Luther Bach Choir, was a founding member of Wascana Voices, and now The Prairie Chamber Choir. Janelle currently works as a freelance visual artist specializing in Alcohol Ink. She is also an art instructor at the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre and the Cathedral Arts School. Her latest commissions have landed her with a now 2 year contract with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada to promote their 2018-2020 summer tours. Her works can be found in several social media sites searching her business name "Abstract Living By Janelle". She is married and has 2 teenage daughters and is always on the lookout for new inspiration. Her love of educating, art and music has brought her a profound and humbling sense of being.
Brianna Levesque is a vocalist, pianist, flautist and accompanist, Brianna Levesque has been extensively involved in the music community. Her musical journey began at the age of four with piano, flute and voice. As a performer, Brianna has had the privilege of being a member of several choirs around the city of Regina, such as the Juventus Concert Choir (2005-2010), the Luther College High School Choirs, and most currently, the Prairie Chamber Choir under the direction of Melissa Morgan. From a young age, Brianna has studied music through the Royal Conservatory of Music and has achieved her ARCT in Voice and her Grade 10 level in Piano. To date, Brianna has earned two silver medals and two gold medals in voice and piano from RCM, Toronto. Brianna is currently enrolled in her third year at the University of Regina where she pursues her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a major in Flute and a minor in French. As part of the program, Brianna is a member of the University of Regina Wind Ensemble and the University of Regina Chamber Singers. Brianna continues to pursue excellence in everything that she does and hopes to inspire and bless others with her gift of music.
Kyera Levesque is the second oldest of three sisters born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Kyera is a poised and engaging performer. Music is an area where she enjoys free expression. Kyera has a well-developed sense of style for her age. She has a love for music as she is currently pursuing a comprehensive Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Voice. Like her sisters, Kyera is very involved in the Regina music community as a soloist and frequently performs with her sisters, Brianna and Jordan and are known as the Levesque Trio. From a young age, Kyera has been a member of auditioned choirs and ensembles such as Juventus Concert Choir (2005 - 2010), Luther College high School Choirs (2010 - 2014), Saskatchewan Youth Choir (2015), University of Regina Wind Ensemble as a flautist University of Regina Chamber Singers and the Prairie Chamber Choir. Kyera has also achieved her grade 8 level in piano and grade 10 level in voice performance with the Royal Conservatory of music, Toronto.
Alison Purdy was born and raised in Regina, Alison Purdy holds a Bachelor of Music Honours degree from the University of Wales and an ARCT diploma in piano performance as well as several unrelated degrees from the University of Regina. Most recently, she was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics and is proud to have an Erdős number of three. Alison has been the accompanist for the Regina Philharmonic Chorus since 1990 and has also played for numerous other choirs including the University of Regina Concert Choir and the Juventus Concert Choir. In 2011, she received a Community Service Award from the Saskatchewan Choral Federation for her contributions to choral singing in the province. Alison is thrilled to be a member of this exciting new choir.
Evanne Wilhelm is currently the choral and drama teacher at the Estevan Comprehensive School (ECS), co-owner of Wilhelm Construction Services Inc., wife, and proud mother of two children. In her extracurricular capacities Mrs. Wilhelm serves as the director of ECS Musicals, collaborative pianist and workshop coach for senior classical and musical theatre vocal students studying in Estevan, Senior Boys Basketball Teacher Manager, and director of the select choir at ECS, ‘Wired’. Wilhelm convocated from the University of Regina in 2005 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree, majoring in voice, and was a proud member of the U of R Chamber Singers when they captured First Prize in the CBC Amateur Choral Competition in 2002. Evanne is an active philanthropist and champion for music education within her community, making sponsorship and donation towards music programs a healthy part of the community involvement profile for the construction company she owns with her husband. Evanne founded and directed the Estevan A Cappella Singers from 2007 to 2013 and were the proud recipients of several district festival awards and provincial festival recommendations. In 2011, Mrs. Wilhelm became co-founder of Estevan’s first musical theatre community group ‘Estevan Triple Threat Theatre’ to raise money for flood relief and fill the void when the professional theatre in the area was damaged by natural disaster flooding. Evanne continues to work with youth and adults as a drama and vocal coach, director, and teacher. She also enjoys volunteering and working in partnership with her husband, and leading music ministry at her church. One of her proudest professional achievements to date was being nominated as a “Woman of Today” for the 2018 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards by her students and colleagues in the category of ‘Education and Mentorship’. She looks forward to the gift of being able to mentor her own very young children in music education through the years to come.
Martin Frankland is Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Regina. Born and raised in Montreal, he obtained a BSc and MSc from the Université de Montréal and a PhD from MIT. Martin started singing at the age of 23 and has since sung with the Landesjugendchor Nordrhein-Westfalen, MIT Concert Choir and Chamber Chorus, St Peter's Cathedral Singers in London Ontario, Osnabrücker Domchor, and other choirs. He is delighted by the opportunity to explore music from the Prairies.
Gordon Kerfoot. Following a teaching career in Saskatchewan of some 30 years, Gordon retired from the Regina Public School Division in 2005. His experience as a teacher involved a variety of educational settings; general classroom, French immersion and instrumental music, primarily at the Middle Years.Gordon continues to be active in the band community of Regina, serving as a music clinician, sectional teacher, and pit band member for school musicals. The Saskatchewan Music Festival Association occasionally calls on Gordon to serve as an adjudicator for local music festivals. Participation in The Regina Winds and Clarinet Choir at the University of Regina are activities he enjoys. These allow Gordon to keep involved in performing, and in touch with people in Regina’s music education community. He also serves on the executive of the Regina Music Festival. Away from music Gordon enjoys curling, motorcycling, bicycling trips and travel with his wife Brenda. Cats Bonhomme and Cendrillon provide comic relief.
Kevin Grant was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Kevin has been involved with music and choral singing his whole life. During his high school years, He was a member of the Luther College High School Concert Choir in Regina, SK and the Lutheran Collegiate Bible Institute Concert Choir in Outlook, SK under the direction of Gerald Langner where they placed second in the CBC National Radio Competition for Amateur Choirs. He has sung many concerts with the Regina Philharmonic Choir and currently sings with the Luther Bach Choir in Regina.
Steve Greve recently retired after 30 years teaching and programming computers, Steve now splits his time between riding his motorcycle, singing, and playing his trombone. Steve has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from St. Ambrose College, a Master of Music from the University of South Dakota and a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Regina. Steve decided that he needed a new challenge in his life and decided to learn to play the cello. Doing his grade 3 exam this coming year!
William Matthews was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. He attended Luther College High School. William has been an active member of the Saskatchewan Vocal Community since he was six. William sang in Juventus Training and Concert Choirs; Saskatchewan Honour Choirs (SHC); Luther College Senior Choirs and Advanced Vocal Ensembles (A.V.E.); "Voices" in 2013, Luther, Boy's Barbershops and Boy's / Men's Choirs; several Summer School for the Solo Voice (SSSV) sessions; Bread of Life Lutheran Choirs; Saskatchewan Youth Choirs; University of Regina Chamber and Concert Choirs; Wascana Voices in 2017 and most recently, The National Youth Choir of Canada (NYCC - 2018). William is entering his second year in Music Performance at the University of Regina.
Zach Phair lives in Elbow, Saskatchewan. He attended
the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario where he graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Musical Arts with a major in Voice and Composition. Zach was a member of the Western University Singers and New St James Presbyterian Church Choir. Zach has also been a member of the National Youth Choir in 2010 and 2012, and has completed a Royal Conservatory Practical Grade 8 in Piano and Grade 10 in Voice. He is an accomplished cook and baker. Zach joined the Prairie Chamber Choir in the fall of 2015 and is thrilled to be a part of this new ensemble.
Heather Dolmage grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan and has been an active member of the music community for many years. Her love of making music started when she was five years old with piano lessons. In 2001 she found her calling as an instrumentalist with the French Horn, in Campbell Area's grade 6 band. She has been playing horn in bands and orchestras in Regina and beyond ever since. She completed her Bachelor of Music in French Horn Performance in 2012, and her Bachelor of Education in 2014. Heather has been teaching band with Regina Public Schools since 2014. She also loves to sing and is very excited to be singing with Prairie Chamber Choir this season!
Madison Engen is an active member of the Regina music community as a clarinettist, pianist and vocalist. She holds an ARCT in clarinet performance and is currently studying accounting at the Paul J Hill School of Business at the University of Regina. Madison is an accomplished musician, beginning her piano studies at age 4 and clarinet at age 10. Her numerous musical accomplishments include five RCM Gold Medals for piano and clarinet and being the featured concerto soloist with the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra in 2016. Madison has had the pleasure of singing with numerous choirs, including Cantate, Luther Girls’ Choir, Luther Senior Choir and AVE. Madison currently enjoys performing in the University of Regina Wind Ensemble and the Regina Symphony Orchestra as a utility clarinettist.
Jade Gritzfeld is an active member of the choral community in Regina. In addition to singing with the Prairie Chamber Choir and being a founding board member, she sings with Vivace Community Choir and Campion Schola. A few years ago, Jade decided to start taking voice lessons. She is currently preparing for her Royal Conservatory Grade 9 vocal exam. For fun, she also started playing her flute again. Jade has a true Prairie spirit of hard work and sense of community. She is thrilled to be involved with a choir that celebrates the music of the Canadian Prairies where she was born.
Beth Hendricksen has been singing in choirs for as long as she can remember. Starting with the church cherub choir directed by her mother, through high school at LCBI with Gerry Langner and then on to Greystone Singers at U of S with Bob Solem, which is also where she met her husband Dennis. She also sang with the Saskatoon Chamber Singers before moving to Regina. Most recently she has been singing with the Regina Philharmonic Chorus as well as her church choir. Beth works full time at SaskEnergy, enjoys spending time with her adult children, Thomas, Joshua and Anna, and serves as primary musician at Christ Lutheran Church.
Marlene Hinz has recently retired from a career teaching music, dance and drama to elementary
children for over thirty years. After training in Saskatoon at the University of Saskatchewan, she
continued her studies at the University of Alberta in Orff-Schulwerk serving on the National
board for eight years. She has also taught the movement component of Orff Level courses at
the U of R for 12 years. Marlene has received a number of awards for her teaching from the
Saskatchewan Orff Chapter, Saskatchewan Music Educators Association and Regina Public
Choral music has always been a big part of her life and she is so pleased to be able to continue
this tradition in Prairie Chamber Choir this year.
Dorianna Holowachuck holds a Master of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Regina. During her time in Cincinnati (2015-17), she worked with the Cincinnati Children’s Choir as a Graduate Intern and a local homeschool choir as part of her graduate assistantship. From 2012-15, she was the conductor of both divisions of the Conservatory Juventus Choir in Regina, SK, and in the 2014-15 season season she was assistant conductor to Dr. Dominic Gregorio at the University of Regina. Dorianna has studied voice privately with Diana Woolrich, Lynn Channing, and Mary Stucky, and has completed an ARCT in Voice Performance through the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) with first class honours. Dorianna sang in the SMEA Provincial Honour Choir (2004-2008) and in the 2010 and 2014 National Youth Choir of Canada. In addition, she was a member of the University of Regina Concert Choir and Chamber Singers (2009-2015), a member of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Choir under the direction of Dr. Earl Rivers in the 2015-16 season, and was a founding member of Regina's newest choral ensemble Wascana Voices. From 2013-2015, she served as a board member of the Saskatchewan Choral Federation. Currently, Dorianna teaches choral and music classes at Miller Comprehensive Catholic High School.
Allison Luff has pursued piano performance studies which have taken her all over Canada, the United States, Germany, and Hungary. Most recently, Allison completed a diploma in piano pedagogy at the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Kesckemét, Hungary in 2018. Allison had the honour of giving a solo piano recital at the University of Regina as the winner of the 2012 Regina Music Club Recital Competition. As well as being an accomplished soloist, Allison has performed in contemporary ensembles, coached lieder, and published a thesis on American composer Charles Ives. Allison is presently active in the music community as a clinician, pianist, music director, and teacher.
Deanna Patterson is entering her third year as a member of the Prairie Chamber Choir. Previously, she was a member of the University of Regina Chamber Singers. Deanna is also very active in community musical theatre in Regina.
Dennis Dean Hendricksen has been involved in music since his childhood, singing in choirs, playing multiple instruments, directing choral groups and leading bands in a wide range of musical styles. Dennis received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta, with a Music major (1983). Dennis received his Master of Divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary (1986) which included a special studies project of co-composing a Jazz Setting for Holy Communion - a work that continues to be used around North America to this day. For over three decades he has been involved in music recording and production, recording many individuals and choirs (including the Prairie Chamber Choir). He has also produced a number of personal recording projects including an instrumental concept album "Dreams & Visions" which was nominated for three Covenant Awards (2015). Dennis met his wife, Beth, when they both sang in the University of Saskatchewan Greystone Singers. Dennis currently serves as the Lead Pastor at Christ Lutheran Church, where he also directs the choir which presents an Easter Cantata annually.
David Hopkinson has been active with choirs in Regina since the age of 4, singing with his parent’s Cherub Choir at Lakeview United Church. While attending high school at Sheldon Williams, he sang with Sheldon’s vocal jazz group and concert choir and attended several choir camps at International Music Camp. After graduation David joined the University of Regina Chamber Singers where he had the opportunity to work under 6 different conductors. He also was part of 2 summer casts and a winter cast with Saskatchewan Express. David currently sings with the SaskTel choir. Outside of choirs, David is active with Saskatchewan theatre, a recent high point playing the title role(s) in Sterling Production’s “Jekyll and Hyde”, although he has appeared in a dozen other productions over the past 6 years. He also plays violin with the Regina Symphony. David holds degrees in English and Computer Science and is employed by SaskTel.
Patrick Johnson was brought up & razed in Regina, patrick johnson lives again in Vibank. Father of 2 girls, he is presently the Music Minister at St. Matthew's Anglican, Regina & also accompanist for the Regina Ladies Choir. Patrick has a U of R music degree & enjoys both composing & performing. He is finishing a musical about Louis Riel & hopes to right the First Nations situation in Canada before he dies. Peace & love to all. Mitakuye Oyasin. All My Relations.
David Loewen was born and raised in Saskatchewan, David has been involved with music and choral singing for most of his life. He was a member of community choirs, the Rosthern Junior College Choral, the SMEA Honour Choir, the University of Saskatchewan Greystone Singers, and the Carleton University Chorus. He is returning to choral singing after settling down in Regina with his family.
Edward Willett has sung choral music his entire life, beginning in high school with the Western Christian College Chorus directed by his father, James Willett, in Weyburn, where he grew up. He sang with the Harding University A Cappella Chorus in Searcy, Arkansas, then with the University of Regina Chamber Singers and the Regina Philharmonic Chorus, and is currently a member of the Canadian Chamber Choir, an auditioned choir with members drawn from across Canada, as well as the Lyric Singers here in Regina. He has performed, both professionally and just for fun, in numerous operas and musicals across Saskatchewan. A full-time freelance writer, Ed is the award-winning author of more than fifty books of science fiction, fantasy, and non-fiction for adults, young adults, and children.