CHOIR MEMBERS

Rowena Bridson

Rowena Bridson

Soprano

Rowena Bridson is thrilled to have joined the Laudate Singers. Rowena was born in Toronto and received both her ARCT Piano Performers and her ARCT Piano Pedagogy diplomas from the Royal Conservatory of Music. After moving to Vancouver in 2003, Rowena continued her musical studies with a Bachelor of Music degree specializing in Voice Performance from the Vancouver Academy of Music. Rowena enjoys performing regularly, having performed in Canada and the U.S. When not performing, Rowena enjoys teaching in Richmond, where many of her students have won awards and scholarships at local music festivals.

Charmaine Iormetti

Charmaine Iormetti

Alto

Charmaine Iormetti is currently a Music Diploma student at Capilano University, studying Voice and Piano.

Prior to arriving at Capilano, Charmaine maintained an honour roll standing at Killarney Secondary; upon graduating, she was awarded with a District Scholarship, as well as an Award of Excellence in Senior Choir.

Upon her acceptance to Capilano in 2014, Charmaine was a recipient of the Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited Entrance Award. She is presently an alto in the Capilano University Singers.

In June 2016, Charmaine partook in Opera Opulenza’s production of Cavalleria Rusticana as a chorus member. She was also selected to participate in the UBC Summer 2016 Vocal Workshop.

Charmaine is looking forward to singing with the Laudate Singers this season, and is very excited to take part in the musical experience that’s in store.

Jocelyn Molnar

Jocelyn Molnar

Alto

Hailing 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, Disneys 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 Governers 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.

 

Chris Robinson

Chris Robinson

Tenor

The love of singing and choral music.…memories: a boy soprano in Nelson Boys Choir; challenging hours of practice and performance while at UBC; singing monsters, like Messiah and B minor, as member of Vancouver Cantata Singers; finding a choral home with Laudate.

Once a geologist exploring the wilds of British Columbia, then an IT pro in somewhat tamer corporate corridors, now retired – work is still fun, demanding and rewarding.

We call North Vancouver and its many gifts home, but wife Cathleen and I also love to leave to wander, along the coast, in the mountains, and often across to the interior plateaus.

Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

Bass

Rachel Buttress

Rachel Buttress

Soprano

Rachel Buttress was born and raised in Vancouver. She achieved her Diploma of Music (2012) and Conducting Certificate (2013) at Capilano University, then completed her Bachelor of Music with distinction at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick (2015).

This is Rachel’s fourth year with the Laudate Singers. She has been featured as a soloist for several Laudate and Capilano University Singers’ concerts. Rachel has performed around Vancouver, throughout BC and the Maritimes, and all over Europe. With an eclectic taste in music, she enjoys singing genres ranging from folk to opera.

Currently, Rachel is proudly making her living as a performer and music teacher throughout the Lower Mainland.

Miriam Davidson

Miriam Davidson

Alto

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 19th 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.

www.miriamdavidson.com

Mahtab Haghighi

Mahtab Haghighi

Soprano

Lyle Isbister

Lyle Isbister

Tenor

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 mark his first season with Laudate. Since finishing his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies degree at Capilano University, Lyle has enrolled in the same school’s conducting program, under Laudate’s very own Lars Kaario. He looks forward to a rewarding and productive season.

Adam Turpin

Adam Turpin

Bass

Adam 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!

Kaylene Chan

Kaylene Chan

Alto

This is Kaylene’s first season singing in Laudate Singers. She is very excited to sing in this amazing choral group. Kaylene is continuing her classical vocal studies, currently attending Capilano University in the Music Diploma program.  Her recent accomplishments are: Winner of the 2017 1st Year Music Scholarship Competition at Capilano University, the 2017 Songfest Classical Competition (Adult Division), and the NATS Student Auditions (Lower College Division). She hopes to continue to learn and grow as a musician and is extremely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this choir.

Marco Del Rio

Marco Del Rio

Bass

After singing with the choir for five years, Marco is excited to have an opportunity to compose for the Laudate Singers! He began to compose over the course of his music studies at Capilano University and the University of British Columbia, where he worked with composers Jocelyn Morlock and Stephen Chatman. As an experienced arranger, Marco loves to re-imagine works in a different and usually unexpected light. He now brings what he’s learned from many wildly contrasting works and genres into a composition residency with the choir that he hopes will be formative and artistically innovative.

Preston Lee

Preston Lee

Bass

Preston 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.

Tiffany Vrioni-Das

Tiffany Vrioni-Das

Soprano

Daniel Young

Daniel Young

Tenor

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 mark his first season with Laudate. Since finishing his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies degree at Capilano University, Lyle has enrolled in the same school’s conducting program, under Laudate’s very own Lars Kaario. He looks forward to a rewarding and productive season.