Kyera Levesque - 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.
Anita Hammond completed her Bachelor of Education at the University of Regina and also holds her Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto in vocal performance. She taught English Language Arts and choir for Regina Catholic Schools for eleven years, and taught voice lessons as a Registered Music Teacher in Saskatchewan. In 2017, Anita completed her Masters of Education at the University of Alberta. She is currently a substitute teacher with Regina Catholic Schools.
Brianna Levesque - As 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.
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.
Alison Purdy - 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.
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.
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!
Kevin Grant - 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.
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.
Leah Constable - Growing up in Moose Jaw, Leah gravitated to the stage. She began singing at a very early age, in school choirs and taking voice lessons. Over the years, she took every opportunity she could to perform and compete musically. Since moving to Regina in 2000, she has been fortunate to perform with many of the community choirs and musical theatre companies in the city and is a member of the band Spellbound. When she's not performing, she teaches high school Mathematics for Regina Public Schools. Leah is very excited to be joining the Prairie Chamber Choir!
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!
Jade Gritzfeld - 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. Recently, Jade decided that she would enjoy taking voice lessons and is busy preparing for her Royal Conservatory Grade 8 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.
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 - 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.
David Hopkinson has been active with choirs in Regina since the tender age of 4, starting 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 - 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.
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.
Gaétan Hammond holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Regina. After working as a high school choral instructor and arts education teacher, he returned to school to complete a Diploma in Elementary Education - Teacher Librarianship from the University of Alberta and a Masters of Education from the University of Regina. Gaétan has performed as a bass soloist with the Regina Philharmonic, and has performed with the University of Regina Chamber Singers. He has also performed with Regina Summer Stage on numerous occasions. Gaétan is a long-time member of the Regina Celtic band Squeeze of Scotch, and serves as the Music Director of Blessed Sacrament Church. He is currently the teacher-librarian at Dr. Martin LeBoldus Catholic High School.