BassBorn and raised in Vancouver BC, Nick Ainsworth is delighted to be joining Laudate Singers for his first season this year. He began singing, many years ago, as a boy soprano in his elementary school choir, and continued pursuing this passion through his undergraduate studies at McGill University, during which he sang with the a capella ensemble New Earth Voices, as well as performing in favourites of the light opera repertoire as a member of the McGill Savoy Society. He spent several years training under Matthew Chittick (M.Mus; Calgary Opera) as a classical lyric baritone.
Nick returned to Vancouver in 2011 to study medicine at the University of British Columbia, during which he began three years serving as Artistic Director of the UBC Medicine Choir. Before joining Laudate, Nick sang for three seasons with the Vancouver Peace Choir, under the direction of Brian Wismath and Timothy Corliss.
When he’s not making music, Nick is a resident physician in UBC’s Psychiatry residency training program, and hopes to pursue a career as a geriatric psychiatrist. He enjoys skiing, hiking, and biking in his spare time. An avid instrumental musician, he is proficient in concert percussion, piano, and guitar, and in the past has performed as timpanist with the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra and the A Little Night Music Orchestra.
Emile Deedes-Vincke grew up in North Vancouver and is currently a second-year student at Capilano University. He is studying for his Classical Music Diploma as a voice major. After joining his first choir in 2016 at Seycove Secondary School he wrote his first piece near the end of that school year. He quickly fell in love with the choral world and found his passion for composition. Capilano University Singers performed his composition, Winter, on their Okanagan tour February 2019, and took his Laudate Dominum on their 2019 tour to Italy. Laudate Singers sang Emile’s first commissioned piece Ignite in May for their concert Heartbeat. He is delighted to be joining Laudate Singers as composer in residence and looks forward to singing with them in the coming years.
SopranoLaura Kaario is delighted to be singing such a diverse variety of fantastic music with the wonderful group of people in Laudate. Having grown up surrounded by choral music, she feels it is a highly spiritual and truly human experience to be singing and sharing with others. Laura holds a Bachelors of Music in Music Education (2018) from University of Victoria, and a Conducting Certificate (2015) and Music Diploma (2015) from Capilano University. She is a soprano and pianist, and has taught piano, voice, and preschool music classes.
When not making music, Laura is very often making food. Gardening, fermenting, cooking, baking, and preserving – not to mention eating – are some of her favourite hobbies. She is currently taking time to explore matters related to sustainable farming practices, self-sufficiency, as well as her place and purpose here on earth. A perfect day in the life of Laura starts with a book and a cup of coffee, includes a hike in the beautiful North Shore mountains or a swim in the ocean, and ends with dinner with friends and family.
AltoHailing from Cranbrook, BC, Jocelyn Molnar has studied and performed across Canada. In spring 2017 she received her Bachelor of Music with Honors in Performance from Western University in London, ON, and has recently returned to British Columbia. Currently, she is a voice and piano teacher throughout the Lower Mainland, teaching with Resound Music School.
She most recently played the role of “Mrs Pasek” in Opera NUOVA’s production of The Cunning Little Vixen, as well as singing “1st Girl” in Carousel and soprano chorus in Eugene Onegin. Her other operatic roles include Lay Sister and Prima Sorella Cercatrice in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Guccio in Gianni Schicci, and La Chauve Souris and La Bergère in Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortilèges. Her musical theatre credits include Emily in A Christmas Carol, Wendy Jo in Footloose, Shoreditch Sal in Treasure Island, as well as roles in Suessical the Musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables and The Wizard of Oz. She also was an assistant director to Tom Diamond with the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy in London, ON.
She earned a Diploma of Music from Capilano University, and was a winner of their annual scholarship competition. At Western she received the Board of Governer’s Music Award, Hymn Society Award, Lindsay Memorial and Transfer Student Admission scholarships. Other awards include College of the Rockies Academic Achievement, University Women, Passport to Education, Sunrise Rotary and East Kootenay Credit Union Scholarships.
Molnar enjoys preparing a broad range of repertoire, from baroque music to contemporary Canadian works, and is also passionate about choral singing and conducting. She enjoys hiking, biking and camping throughout the exciting BC landscape.
TenorKilian Benson is a young singer from California who began his serious commitment to music with the Chanticleer LAB Small Ensemble in San Francisco from 2011 to 2015. In 2018 he received a diploma in Classical Vocal Performance from Capilano University. He now sings tenor for Laudate Singers, for Christ Church Cathedral Choir in Vancouver, and as well as for Capilano University Festival Chorus as a section leader.
I am an active teacher, singer songwriter, choral singer and mother of two little boys. Originally from Vancouver Island, I have lived in Vancouver since 1992. After completing my Bachelor of Music (UBC) degree in 1996, I joined the alto section of Laudate Singers which, at my 24th season, makes me the longest serving member of Laudate Singers.
When I’m not singing in Laudate, I teach voice, beginner piano, choir, music and movement both through my own home music studio and through the City of Vancouver and the City of Burnaby. I also sing as a soloist and as a choral singer. During the Christmas season, I manage and sing in the a cappella caroling group Caminando and in the Angelus Singers.
Alec is a graduate of the Music Diploma program at Capilano University; he also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Victoria.
Alec’s musical career is broad in scope. He is a piano teacher, baritone chorister, saxophonist, and now the piano accompanist for Laudate. He finds his role deeply rewarding, as it affords the opportunity for him to familiarize himself with the music in a new light.
Alec is excited not only by the musical opportunities that Laudate has to offer, but also to be part of a community of music enthusiasts. He looks forward to an inspiring season with Laudate!
BassPreston Lee is an ambitious up-and-coming musician currently studying at Capilano University on classical trumpet, piano and voice. Although he first started his musical training on piano at around age 4, he decided to pursue trumpet as his main instrument which he started at around age 6.
He aims to finish his Bachelor of Music to transfer into the Bachelor of Education program; one day he hopes to become a music teacher at an elementary or secondary school to share his musical love and passion with young minds and others alike.
Eager to have joined Laudate near the end of the 2015/16 season, he is looking forward to singing under the wonderful director Lars Kaario once again.
BassAdam is thrilled to be back with Laudate for their 2016/17 season! Adam first joined Laudate in 2002, and has enjoyed many of the opportunities singing with this choir has given him. Aside from Laudate, has performed with singing ensembles from Capilano University and UBC. He is a graduate of the Capilano University Bachelor of Music Transfer Program (2008), and holds a Bachelor of Music (2013) and a Bachelor of Education (2014) from UBC.
While at UBC, Adam sang in “The Schütz Project”, under the direction of Charissa Bagan, and he helped form the a capella group “Sonic Boom”. Adam has also had numerous solo opportunities, including being the guest soloist at the Coquitlam Chorale’s Spring Concert in 2012, and being the bass soloist during Capilano University’s presentation of “Mozart’s Requiem” in Spring 2014. In April 2016, Adam appeared in his first Broadway production, playing the part of Avram in Royal City Musical Theatre’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof”. In Spring 2017, Adam will be returning to the stage at Capilano University to be the bass soloist of their presentation of “Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor”.
Aside from all of this, Adam is one of the music teachers at Brentwood Park Elementary School in Burnaby, where, among his many teaching duties, he conducts the intermediate choir. Adam always enjoys sharing his deep singing voice, along with his bright personality with his fellow singers, as well as audience members, and he hopes you enjoy what Laudate Singers has in store for you this season!
Laurel Curley was born in Smithers, BC and was raised overseas. Spending 4 years in Tanzania and 9 years in Bangladesh, Laurel was exposed to many different music cultures.
In 2018, Laurel moved back to Canada to pursue a diploma of Music in voice from Capilano University. Laurel has loved singing since a very young age crediting her first love for singing to her dad who always wanted to jam! Laurel grew up singing in choirs and travelled with her choirs to perform in choir competitions in India, China, Jordan and Oman. This is Laurel’s first year in Laudate singers.
Jessica De Gaust
A young Mezzo-Soprano known for her “powerful and rich low range” and “expressive stage presence”, Jessica completed her Honours Bachelor of Music, Music Education (2018) from Western University under the tutelage of Barbara Dunn-Prosser. She also holds a Diploma of Music (2014) and Certificate in Conducting (2015) from Capilano University, and her Level I Certification in ORFF Methodology (2014) from the BC ORFF Chapter.
Jessica has an extensive choral background singing with numerous ensembles over the last ten years. Her most recent choral experience before Laudate was singing in the dynamic women’s ensemble Les Choristes led by Jennifer Moir. She was also a soloist and choral scholar for two years at St. George’s Anglican Church in London, Ontario.
Lyle is an eclectic musician. He undertook his first musical endeavours on hand drums, and progressed from there through periods of interest with various instruments (drum kit, guitar, pitched percussion, piano, etc.) His first formal choral experience was at Gladstone Secondary School in East Vancouver under teacher Mike Braverman. Since then he has gone on to sing in such wonderful ensembles as the Capilano University Singers (dir. Lars Kaario) and NiteCap (dir. Réjean Marois,) and is now pleased to be embarking on his 5th season with Laudate. Since finishing his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies degree at Capilano University, Lyle has also completed a conducting certificate at the same institution under Lars Kaario. Lyle also sings at St. James Anglican Church in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, as well as in his own Christmas Caroling ensemble Four Calling Birds.
Barbara Ann Molesworth
Barbara Ann Molesworth was raised with a love of music, and has continued to follow this passion into post-secondary education. At 18, she is a 2nd year classical music student at Capilano University, and plans to continue on to a bachelor of music. Her appreciation for music ranges from Baroque and madrigals, all the way to Contemporary Classical, Jazz, and Traditional Folk music. She is beyond honoured to be a part of Laudate singers this year, and can’t wait to further explore beautiful music with such talented people!
Born and raised in Burnaby, BC, Samuel Teo is currently in his second year of the Music Diploma Program at Capilano University pursuing both voice and piano. He first found his passion for choral singing when he joined the Burnaby District Children’s Choir at the age of seven and has been singing in choirs ever since. Samuel is excited to be joining Laudate Singers for his first season, and he looks forward to creating wonderful music with them.
Tiffany was born and raised in the parish of Saint Helier on the small island of Jersey in the United Kingdom. Whilst attending Jersey College for Girls school, Tiffany joined the chamber choir at age 12 and has been passionate about singing ever since. Tiffany has received certificates in gold and silver from the Jersey Eisteddfod for piano, solo voice and choral performances. She recently completed the music diploma program at Capilano university and is looking forward to continuing her music studies. With a special interest in early music, Tiffany rehearses weekly with a renaissance vocal quartet and hopes to go on to become a teacher or performer.