Meet Singspiration’s Staff
Anne-Marie Switzer, Executive Director
Anne-Marie Switzer is a seasoned educator and singer whose mission is to make a positive impact and enhance students’ lives. During her time as a music director and teacher for elementary and secondary schools in rural areas of Saskatchewan and Alberta, she made it her goal to build strong programs and leave lasting legacies in communities. She also has applied her skills to other organizational roles. She spent five years as the Saskatchewan Choral Federation’s Teen and Junior Summer Choir Camp Director, and served as tour manager for Chronos Vocal Ensemble’s 2016 Prairie Tour. Anne-Marie is thrilled to be actively involved in Edmonton’s flourishing choral music community as a member of Chronos Vocal Ensemble, and singing throughout many Catholic Parishes as a cantor and choir member in addition to working as a mezzo-soprano soloist.
Aaron Ball, Inspiration for Teachers Coordinator
Aaron Ball has taught music and kindergarten in the Edmonton Catholic School District, and also has served as a MakerSpace consultant. He has a long and fond history with Singspiration, beginning as a counsellor many years ago and more recently as an Inspiration for Teachers attendee and presenter. In the last couple of years he has been thrilled to pass on his love for this choral camp with the next generation, as his own children are finally old enough to attend!
Christian Maxfield, Program Assistant
Christian Maxfield is an education student at Concordia University of Edmonton, where he completed a B.A. in history and music (voice) in April 2017. He has sung with various choirs around Alberta and Canada, including the Edmonton Youth Choir, Concordia Concert Choir, Pro Coro Canada, and the National Youth Choir of Canada (2016, 2017). In his free time Christian enjoys cooking, reading, and keeping active. He has attended Singspiration as a camper, volunteer, and counsellor, and is thrilled to return this summer!
Kathena Lin is currently finishing up her Bachelor’s degree in social work at MacEwan University. She also sings in Edmonton Youth Choir, writes “coffeeshop” songs on her guitar, does calligraphy, and boulders. Singspiration has been a huge part of her life since she began attending at age 11, and she hopes to share the magic of this life-changing camp!
Our Singspiration counsellor team is instrumental in making camp the awesome experience that it is for young people! These dedicated individuals spend the week of camp with the Singspiration campers, staying overnight, supervising meals and activities, planning social times and assisting with the running of camp. We have openings for counsellors at Singspiration 2019, as well as opportunities for volunteers to take on various tasks throughout the week. Counsellor positions are paid, and we invite applications from individuals who
- have experience with kids,
- have an interest in music,
- have a positive attitude,
- are available for the week of August 12–17,
- are over 18, and
- did not participate as a camper in Singspiration 2018.
All counsellors and volunteers who work with minors must also pass a criminal record check.
Interested? Click here for an application form; download, fill out, “Save As” to retain info after closing, and return as indicated). The deadline has been extended to May 24, 2019.