Eva Bostrand, M.Mus. — Eva Bostrand 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.
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 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.
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”.