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Singspiration 2019 Conductors

Meghan Rayment – Junior Choir

Meghan Rayment holds a Bachelor of Music from the Augustana Faculty of the University of Alberta, a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Alberta, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta. Meghan has had the pleasure of working with various ensembles in Edmonton and surrounding areas, including the All-City Junior Choir and Edmonton Junior and Primary Choirs. She is currently teaching elementary music at Mary Hanley School, conducting the Children’s Choir for Edmonton Young Voices, and assistant conducting Ariose Women’s Choir.

Meghan’s academic achievements have been acknowledged through awards such as the Beryl Barnes Memorial Graduate Award, the John and Logie Drew Graduate Scholarship in Choral Conducting, the Swiss Ethnic Music Award, and the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship.

Past Singspiration Junior Choir conductors have included Jean Ashworth Bartle, Linda Beaupre, Elise Bradley, Josie Burgess, Joanne Collier, Catherine Glaser-Climie, Judy Pearson Hafso, Heather Johnson, Jeannie Pernal, Elaine Quilichini, Adam Robertson, and Marni Strome.

Melissa Morgan – Youth Choir

Raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Melissa Morgan is the founder and artistic director of the Prairie Chamber Choir, which seeks to promote Prairie choral art music. Their newly released recording, Wake the Grain: Choral Art Music from the Prairies, celebrates and honours composers from the Prairie region with a hope to encourage and support new Canadian music.

Melissa is also the Pfeifer Memorial Chair of Music at Luther College High School, where she is responsible for the Luther College Senior Choir, the auditioned choir AVE, the String Ensemble, the Luther Band, and the International Baccalaureate music program. Her choirs have performed at Association of Canadian Choral Communities Podium Conferences and as showcase choirs at the Rocky Mountain Music Festival in Banff. In March 2018 the Luther College Senior Choir sang the Cherubini Requiem at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Melissa holds a Doctorate of Music Performance in Choral Conducting from the University of Toronto, a Master of Music Performance in Choral Conducting from the University of Western Ontario, a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Regina. She is also an Associate of the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT) in piano, voice, and flute. Melissa often adjudicates for music festivals throughout Canada, and in 2017 was named one of CBC Saskatchewan’s Future 40 Under 40 recipients.

Past Singspiration Youth Choir conductors have included John Brough, Julia Davids, Robert Filion, Elroy Friesen, Brian Galante, Paul Grindlay, John Hooper, Graeme Langager, Scott Leithead, Timothy Shantz, John Wiebe, Brian Wismath, and Joan Wright.

Jordan Van Biert – Adult Summer Choir

Over the past decade Jordan Van Biert has emerged as a respected choral leader and organization builder, uniting singers in the common goal of creating rich musical experiences—for themselves, for each other, and for audiences. A graduate of the University of Alberta (MMus, Choral Conducting) and The King’s University (BMus), Jordan is an experienced conductor of many ensemble types and a passionate educator. He is also an accomplished singer, having performed extensively with professional choirs in Alberta and beyond. In the summer of 2016 he was part of a group of international conductors selected to conduct the Stuttgart Chamber Choir in performance as part of a masterclass with Frieder Bernius.

In 2013 Jordan founded Edmonton’s Chronos Vocal Ensemble to pursue excellence in choral performance with a non-professional ensemble; Chronos has since produced a compelling annual concert season in Edmonton, released three recordings, toured four Canadian provinces, won the Healey Willan Grand Prize in the 2015 National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs, and has been recognized by the City of Edmonton’s Salute to Excellence for bringing recognition to Edmonton. He also conducts the community chorus Vocal Alchemy and daytime choir Ante Meridiem in Edmonton, and serves as Director of Music at Trinity Lutheran Church. At Concordia University of Edmonton, he spent six years as Executive Director of Singspiration, and is delighted to spend the 2018–19 academic year as conductor of the Concert Choir.

Jordan’s work has been recognized with a nomination as an Emerging Artist in Edmonton’s Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts, and with the Con Spirito award from Choir Alberta, for “spirit, dedication, and commitment to choral music in the Province of Alberta.”