DR. JOHN WIEBE is an award-winning conductor and pianist based in Edmonton, Alberta where he runs the Edmonton Youth & Children’s Choirs and is the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Alberta – Augustana campus. He is the Past-President of 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 golfing.
SUSAN FARRELL, B.Mus. and B.A. (Mount Allison University), M.Mus. (University of Alberta) has been with EYCC since 2010. 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. Susan has studied with Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff, Dr. Debra Cairns, Dr. Gayle Martin, and has participated in master classes with Dr. Simon Carrington and Dr. Julia Davids. Besides her work with ECC, Susan is Artistic Director for the Braille Tones Choir, the Semitones Children’s Choir (an inclusive choir for children with disabilities) and is the music director at St. Paul’s United Church and assistant conductor of the Òran Chamber Choir.
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 at the University of Alberta. For the past 20 years Beth has taught with the Edmonton Catholic Schools as a music specialist where her choirs have been featured at various local and provincial festivals as well as in district liturgical and fine arts celebrations. 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.
JORGIANNE TALBOT is a Curriculum and Resource Support Consultant (Music) 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 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 choristers!
CHERIE LARSON, B.Mus., has been with the choirs since 1998, either as accompanist or choir mom. Cherie started her degree at the U of A as a pianist and violinist, graduated with a B.Mus (Performance) in Viola and Organ; and continues to perform on all four instruments. She has served as Music Director (Edmonton Society for Talent Education), accompanies recitals and concerts, and has a viola and violin teaching studio. Cherie accompanies two choirs at Trinity Church, the Semitones choir, the Parkinsong choir, and the Edmonton Junior Choir.
REMI DO moved to Canada in 2000 from her home in South Korea. She has studied with Jacques Despres and Patricia Tao at the University of Alberta, performing her own recitals in 2002 and in 2006. Remi received her music degree in 2006 and is now accompanist for the Primary and Junior High Choirs, the Edmonton Metropolitan Chorus, Edmonton Young Voices, Archbishop MacDonald High School Choir, and teaches in her own studio of 20 students.
LISA ERIKSSON, our Choir Manager, is a long-time choir mother and supporter who enjoys getting to know and support the families in our choirs. You’ll know her as the cheerful person you speak to by phone and email regarding the many details that keep our choirs running.
TAYLOR RYSKI is the newest member of the administrative team and a long-time chorister. Having been in both ECC and EYC for almost 10 years, Taylor has a passion for choir and is looking forward to working with the choirs in an organizational role.