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STAFF   

Artistic Director & Youth Choir - DR. JOHN WIEBE

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 travelling with his family, running, and playing hockey.



Primary Choir - JORGIANNE TALBOT

Jorgianne Talbot is a Curriculum and Resource Support Consultant, Arts Education focus (Music Specialization) for Edmonton Public Schools. Jorgianne has a Master of Music in Music Education Degree (Kodály Emphasis) with Distinction from Capital University (Columbus, OH), three Diplomas with Honours in Music Pedagogy, Choral Conducting, and Voice Pedagogy from the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music (Kecskemét, Hungary), an After-Degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Music Degree with Distinction (Voice Performance) from the University of Alberta. Jorgianne has also taught K-9 (elementary and choral) music, early childhood music to children ages 0-5, and has conducted children’s choirs. Although Jorgianne was born and raised in Edmonton, she considers Kecskemét, Hungary her “home away from home” and travels there every year. Jorgianne is very excited to be working with the Primary Choir!



Junior & Girls' Choirs - BETH PECSON  

Beth Pecson is an accomplished choral director, music teacher, pianist and church musician working in Edmonton, Alberta.  She began her music education studies at St. Scholastica’s College of Music (Manila, Philippines) and completed her Bachelor of Education degree with a major in Secondary Music at the University of Alberta in 1990. For the past 20 years Beth has taught with the Edmonton Catholic Schools as a music specialist.  She has showcased her students, from kindergarten to high school, at various local and provincial festivals as well as in district liturgical and fine arts celebrations, where her choirs are known for their warm sound, consummate musicianship, and the joy they convey through their singing.  Beth’s strong leadership skills and warm personality are evidenced by the way children love singing for her. 
Beth also serves as the music ministry coordinator of Annunciation Church in Edmonton, where she directs a youth and an adult choir.  She lives in Edmonton with her husband and their two sets of twins.



Girls' Choir - SUSAN FARRELL

Susan Farrell, B.Mus. and B.A. (Mount Allison University, 2008), M.Mus. Choral Conducting (University of Alberta, 2010), is a proud native of Nova Scotia, Susan grew up in the Pictou District Honour Choir, where she acted as Head Chorister of the choir for four years. At Mount Allison, she was the assistant conductor for the Elliott Chorale and directed music for two bilingual plays put on by the Tintamarre theatre troupe. During her time at the University of Alberta, Susan has acted as assistant conductor for the Concert Choir, as well as leading the Recital Choir in her graduate conducting recital this past February. As a chorister, she has sung in many choirs and chamber ensembles, including the Bonnay Singers (Pictou, NS), the Strasbourg Cathedral Choir (Strasbourg, France), the Nova Scotia Youth Chamber Choir (Halifax, NS), and most recently the University of Alberta Madrigal Singers (Edmonton, AB). Susan has participated in a conducting masterclass at Podium with Julia Davids and the Canadian Chamber Choir, conducts the BrailTones Choirs and is music director at St. Paul's United Church.



Boys' Choir - ADAM ROBERTSON

 Adam Robertson has served as the assistant conductor for the University of Alberta Mixed Chorus since 2006 and is currently working on his Doctorate of Music degree in choral conducting at the University of Alberta. Adam has a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Lethbridge (2005). Adam has been involved in numerous honour choirs both provincially and nationally, including the National Youth Choir (2004). Over the course of his Master’s degree Adam sang with the University of Alberta Madrigal singers and served as both the Noon Hour Student Concert Series Coordinator and teaching assistant for the Opera Workshop. His previous conducting positions have included Lethbridge’s Cantare Girls Choir and Avanti ensemble, as well as the Sherwood Park Festival singers. His conducting teachers have included Dr. Debra Cairns, Dr. Robert de Frece, and Dr. George Evelyn.



Accompanists

REMI DO 
Remi moved to Canada in 2000 from her home in South Korea.  She has studied at the University of Alberta and is the accompanist for the Edmonton Metropolitan Chorus.  She also serves as accompanist at the Antioch Church of Edmonton.  We welcome Remi with her passion for music and children to our choir family.

CHERIE LARSON
Cherie, a native Edmontonian, has had connections to our choirs since 1998....either through occasionally accompanying, or through family members singing in EJCC, ECC and EYC.
Cherie began piano at age four and violin at age seven and in her teens, added both the viola and the organ. Her first accompaniment job was at age 7 when the Sunday School choir pianist was sick one rehearsal! Spending time in Nanaimo in her teens, she sang and accompanied with school and community choirs. She has served as the Music Director of the Edmonton Society for Talent Education, holds an organist-accompanist position at Trinity Lutheran church, accompanies recitals and concerts and 6 choirs at present and has a studio of 15+ students.

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