A Joyful Christmas – A time to rejoice

Join us for a joyous free public concert this December.

Time: 4:00 PM

Location: City Hall Atrium – 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Contact: office@ajoyfulnoisechoir.ca for details.

Thank you Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers

We are happy to include in our International Silent Night Celebration,  singers representing some of the communities that are supported by EMCN.

The Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (EMCN) is a government-funded, registered Canadian charity that has evolved into a large and diverse community agency. We work with up to 17,000 newcomers each year from all parts of the world. We currently have a staff of 230 who speak over 60 languages. The main pillars of today’s EMCN are settlement, language, employment and community engagement.  

Program Order

With Roderick Bryce conducting and Kim Cousineau as accompanist
O Tannenbaum – Traditional German, Composer Ernst Anschütz, arr. Trent Worthington
A la Nanita Nana – Traditional Spanish, arr. Trent Worthington
Hark the Herald Angel – Composer Felix Mendelssohn, adapted William H. Cummings
O Holy Night – Robert Clark as soloist, Composer Adolphe Adam

With Ian Bannerman as conductor and Ariane Lowrey as accompanist
Es ist ein Ros – Composer Melchior Vulpius
Es ist ein Ros – Robert Clark as soloist, Composer Michael Praetorius

Roderick Bryce as conductor
There is no Rose – Catherine Kubash and Ian Bannerman duets, Transcribed and edited by John Stevens
Ian Bannerman as conductor
Mariae Wiegenlied – Catherine Kubash as soloist, ComposerMax Reger, arr. Trent Worthington

With Roderick Bryce conducting and Kim Cousineau as accompanist
Joy To the World – Composer George Frederick Handel, arr. Lowell Mason
Jingle Bells – Composer James Pierpont, arr. Trent Worthington

With Ian Bannerman as conductor and Ariane Lowrey as accompanist
A Swingin’ Christmas –Robert Clark as soloist, arr. Jay Althouse
Silent Night –Robert Clark as soloist, international guests, Composer Franz Gruber

Conductors

Ian Bannerman

In demand as a conductor, soloist, and ensemble member, Ian Bannerman gets his hands on a wide variety of vocal music. Ian earned a Bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance from The University of British Columbia studying under Roelof Oostwoud and J. Patrick Raftery, and holds
a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from The University of Alberta where he studied with Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff. Ian has also studied privately with Kathleen Allan, John Tessier, Jon Washburn, and more.
Ian has performed with esteemed Canadian ensembles such as the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Pro Coro Canada, musica intima, Early Music Vancouver, Voicescapes, Luminous Voices, Early Music Alberta, and more. Passionate about collaborative and self-directed musicianship, Ian has formed and performed in numerous small conductorless ensembles.
Ian is honoured to be a part of A Joyful Noise Choir and hopes you will join us for our spring concerts!

Roderick Bryce

Hailing from Edinburgh, Scotland, Roderick was in great demand there as a baritone, teacher, vocal coach and choral director. As a singer he broadcast often on BBC Radio 4 and regularly sang with Cappella Nova, including on their third disc of music by James Macmillan (Linn Records). He has recorded Bach’s Matthäus-Passion (Linn Records), and sung across Scotland, Northern Ireland and France with the Dunedin Consort. He has appeared with Masaaki Suzuki’s Bach Collegium Japan at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Roderick was director of the Scottish Chamber Choir; founder and director of Sospiro Baroque and chorus master for the Erskine Stewart’s Melville Choir. In addition to a busy private teaching practice, he also taught singing for City of Edinburgh Council, Loretto School and Fettes College. Living now in Edmonton, Alberta, Roderick is Director of Music at St Joseph’s Basilica in Edmonton. He has sung with the professional choirs Pro Coro Canada (Edmonton), Voicescapes (Calgary) and Luminous Voices (Calgary), appearing as soloist on the latter’s recording of Mendelssohn’s Te Deum. Other recent solo engagements have included Orff’s Carmina Burana; Hatzis’ Everlasting Light; Bach’s Ich habe genung; Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem; Bach’s Mass in G-minor with the CPO; Bach, Pachelbel & Graupner cantatas with Early Music Alberta, Handel’s Alexander’s Feast in Calgary, Bach Magnificat and Actus Tragicus with Voicescapes and Rosa Barroca, and Fauré’s Requiem with the Red Deer Symphony as well as a recital of German and French cantatas with Early Music Alberta. As well as featuring in Early Music Alberta’s celebration of Schütz, this month also sees him singing Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, and Dona Nobis Pacem for the Richard Eaton Singers. Roderick also directs the Campion Classical Academy choirs and is lecturer in the Way of Beauty at Newman Theological College.

Musicians

Robert Clark

Known for his “fresh-voiced” and “technically refined” singing, tenor Robert Clark has been featured in Opera Canada as one of its Artists On Stage. In 2011, Robert made his main-stage debut as Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor with Calgary Opera. Other credits include Al in The Barber of Barrhead, Sam in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, the Teapot, the Old Man and the Frog in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges and Bénédict in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict.

Previous engagements include The Witch in Hansel and Gretel(Edmonton Opera),Young Servant in Elektra (Edmonton Opera), Don José (cover) in Carmen (Edmonton Opera), Kronprinz in the Canadian première of Silent Night (Calgary Opera), Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor (Edmonton Opera), First Priest/First Armed Guard in Die Zauberflöte (Edmonton Opera), Narraboth in Salome (Edmonton Opera), The Steersman in The Flying Dutchman (Calgary Opera), Beppe in I Pagliacci (Edmonton Opera), Flask and Ahab (cover) in the Canadian première of Moby Dick (Calgary Opera), Jaquino in Fidelio (Edmonton Opera), Tamino in Die Zauberflöte (Highlands Opera Studio), Macduff in Macbeth (Pacific Opera Victoria), Charlie (cover) in Mary’s Wedding (Pacific Opera Victoria) and Roderigo in Otello (Calgary Opera). 

Robert is also in his 10th season as the Official Anthem Singer for the Edmonton Oilers.

Bok Brass

Founded in 2014, Bok Brass has taken the Edmonton music scene by storm, performing a wide variety of music from Baroque to The Beatles, Renaissance to Ragtime, and Classical to Contemporary. We have performed dozens of recitals, concerts, events, ceremonies, and educational shows all over the province. Our members are all busy freelance musicians and music educators. 

Accompanists

Kim Cousineau

Kim Cousineau

Kim Cousineau is the accompanist for both A Joyful Noise – thursday choir and wednesday choir. Kim received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Victoria, and studied privately with Anna Cal, student of Russian pianist Pavel Egorov. He worked as a répétiteur and rehearsal pianist for Pacific Opera Victoria on numerous productions, including Bizet’s Carmen and the world premieres of MacDonald’s Mary’s Wedding and Stokes’ Rattenbury.

Kim has been involved in numerous musical theatre productions, including Candide and Baby (Opera Nuova), Bernarda Alba and The Light in the Piazza (MacEwan Theatre), The Drowsy Chaperone (Louis St. Laurent High School), and A Penny Saved (Acting Out Musical Theatre). He was a staff pianist with Victoria-based summer music programs In The Key Of Glee and A Voce Sola, and with Singspiration in Edmonton. Kim is in high demand as a choral accompanist in the Edmonton area, working with many groups including Concordia Concert Choir, Da Camera Singers, A Joyful Noise, Vocal Alchemy, Ante Meridiem, and Chronos. In 2012, Kim was the recipient of the BC Choral Federation’s Joyce O. Maguire Award for outstanding long-term service as a choral accompanist. He maintains a busy schedule as a collaborative pianist and coach and is currently on faculty at the Alberta College Conservatory of Music.

Ariane Lowrey

Accompanist for A Joyful Noise – monday choir, Ariane Lowrey was born and raised in the Smoky River Region of Alberta,  received her Bachelor of Music Degree in piano performance at the University of Alberta in 2003, studying with Ayako Tsuruta and Janet Scott Hoyt. In the summers of 2001 and 2002, she attended the Summer Festival at the Orford Art Centre in Quebec, studying with piano professors Jean-Paul Sevilla, Jean Saulnier, and Richard Raymond. After completing her undergraduate degree, Ariane studied at the Université de Montréal with Paul Stewart and completed her Master of Music degree in piano performance in 2005. She then traveled and worked in the UK and Europe before returning to Edmonton in 2007.

Ariane is actively involved in accompanying and collaborative work as well as teaching and adjudicating. She has performed with various chamber groups, choirs, vocalists, solo instrumentalists, dance and musical theatre productions in both Edmonton and Montreal. Her first foray into choral music (both as a singer and accompanist) was with the University of Alberta’s Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Debra Cairns. She then went on to accompany i Coristi Chamber Choir (also under the direction of Dr. Debra Cairns), the King’s University College Concert Choir with Dr. Melanie Turgeon where she also currently works as collaborative pianist for vocalists and instrumentalists. Ariane joined the Alberta College Conservatory of Music Piano Faculty in 2007 and was the adjudicator for junior piano at the St. Albert Rotary Music Festival in 2012.

Section Leads

Eva Bostrand

Eva Bostrand, M. Mus – began her career in Sweden as a member of the Swedish Radio Chamber Choir and soloist and ensemble singer in professional and semi- professional vocal groups. She came to Alberta in 1983 at the invitation of Pro Coro Canada and Alberta College Conservatory of Music to be a performer, conductor of Schola Cantorum Boys Choir, and voice teacher.

Eva also operates her own music studio known as storefrontstudio where she provides voice lessons to private students. Many of these students have gone on to careers in music as performers, choir conductors, and teachers in post secondary institutions and are in turn passing on Eva’s vision and choral techniques to their students.

For over thirty years Eva has conducted and coached a number of choirs. Currently, besides conducting three A Joyful Noise choirs Eva operates the Sing for Life Society that she established in 2006. Sing for Life runs a performing arts program for inmates in the Edmonton Institution for Women and a choir for men in transition known as the Edmonton Downtown Men’s Choir (www.singforlife.ca).

Eva’s artistic achievements and contribution to the quality of life in Edmonton have been recognized through numerous awards and honours such as the Alberta Choral Federation’s Con Spirito award, the YWCA Women of Distinction 2011 award for Arts and Culture, Global TV’s Woman of Vision, the City of Edmonton Salute to Excellence award, along with a Certificate of Appreciation from Corrections Canada for the humanitarian contribution she has made through her performing arts program in the Edmonton Institution for Women. In June 2014 Eva was inducted into the City of Edmonton Hall of Fame as an Artist/Builder. In April 2016 she was awarded the inaugural Gift of Music award in recognition of “her immense contributions to the music community, the City of Edmonton and the Province of Alberta”.

Catherine Kubash

Catherine Kubash completed her first Bachelor’s degree, in education, at Faculté Saint-Jean, the French campus of the U of A. She also obtained a diploma with honours at the International Kodàly Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary as well as a Bachelor’s in Music, with distinction, from the University of Alberta. She has sung with Pro Coro Canada, a professional choir based in Edmonton since 1995. Catherine has been a soloist with Concordia Chamber Choir, Concordia Community Chorus, Pro Coro Canada, Chorale Saint-Jean, Richard Eaton Singers, U of A Madrigal Singers, Chronos and others. She was also the assistant conductor for Chorale Saint-Jean for more than 15 years. Having sung with many choirs and groups in the capital region, she has also performed nationally and internationally in such places as Vienna, Boston, Toronto, Montreal, Budapest and Pretoria. Since 2020, Catherine has had the distinct privilege of working with A Joyful Noise.

Catherine studied voice with Eva Bostrand of Edmonton, Martin Elliott of England and Jànos Klézli of Hungary and studied choral conducting with Eva Vendrai and Adam Con.

Catherine Kubash a completé son premier baccalauréat, en pédagogie, à la Faculté Saint-Jean.  Elle a également obtenu un diplôme avec honneur de l’Institut International Kodàly de Kecskemét, en Hongrie et un baccalauréat en musique avec distinction de l’Université de l’Alberta.   Elle chante avec Pro Coro Canada, une chorale professionnelle basée à Edmonton depuis 1995.  Ayant chanté avec de nombreuses chorales et groupes de la région d’Edmonton, elle s’est présentée sur la scène internationale, notamment à Vienne, Boston, Toronto, Montréal, Budapest et Pretoria.  Sur la scène artistique et culturelle de la ville capitale, Catherine a été soliste avec Concordia Chamber Choir, Concordia Community Chorus, Pro Coro Canada, la Chorale Saint-Jean, Richard Eaton Singers, U of A Madrigal Singers, Chronos et autres. Depuis 2020, Catherine a le privilège de travailler avec A Joyful Noise.  En plus de chanter, Catherine a été la directrice adjointe de la Chorale Saint-Jean pendant plusieurs années.

Catherine a étudié le chant avec Eva Bostrand d’Edmonton, Martin Elliott d’Angleterre et Jànos Klézli de Hongrie et a étudié la direction chorale avec Eva Vendrai et Adam Con.

Peter Malcolm

Peter began his music training in his native New Zealand. He studied classical piano for 12 years and played flute in a community youth orchestra for 7 years. His first significant choral experience was singing in a performance of Carmina Burana as an undergraduate. After completing under-graduate and graduate degrees in French Language and Literature at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch he emigrated to Canada to pursue further graduate studies at the University of Alberta. He completed a master’s degree in Romance Linguistics and another master’s in Public Management. This led to a 30-year career with the Government of Alberta.

As a musician, he switched from piano to choirs as a young adult and began his extensive choral career singing first with the University of Alberta Mixed Chorus. Following this, he sang in the Richard Eaton Singers (11 years) and i Coristi Chamber Choir (8 years). In 2001 he successfully auditioned for Pro Coro Canada and has been a member of the bass section since then. He has also performed with Chronos Vocal Ensemble, Axios (Ukrainian) Men’s Ensemble and Ukrainian Dnipro Choral Ensemble of Edmonton on a number of occasions. Highlights of his choral life include performances in England, Wales, Germany, Malta, Sardinia and the north-eastern part of the USA, including New York City. In recent years Peter has been asked to provide choral leadership in several Edmonton community choirs, including Ante Meridiem, Vocal Alchemy, and A Joyful Noise Thursday and Monday choirs.

Peter studied voice with Elsie Hepburn and Jolaine Kerley and he has been privileged to provide vocal coaching and mentorship for the young men of the Grande Prairie Boys’ Choir on a number occasions during the past 15 years.

Outside of choirs, Peter is an avid photographer and cyclist. He also enjoys spending time with the growing number of grandchildren he and his wife have been blessed with.