CHOIR MEMBERS

Soprano

Yasmine Bia

Yasmine Bia

Being a member of the Laudate Singers has been a wonderful experience for me. This is the first time I’ve sung in Gaelic and I feel that it brings me closer to my birthplace in Northern Ireland.

I grew up in Saskatchewan where I started singing at an early age. I’ve been addicted since then and have had many great choral opportunities which have ultimately led me to Laudate.

While I have a variety of other interests, the one that takes up a good deal of my time is working in the field of English as a Second Language.

Rachel Buttress

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.

Elyse Kantonen

Elyse is a music therapist, a graduate from Capilano University, and a private instructor for piano and voice students. Elyse has had nine years of experience choral singing in many genres.

Jennifer Katchur Uvence

Jennifer

Jennifer has been passionate about music since she can remember. She has performed in many choirs and concerts throughout Canada as well as Europe where she toured Prague, Salzburg, and Germany with the Capilano University Singers.

Jennifer holds a diploma in Commercial Music from Grant MacEwan College where she sang in the program’s jazz big band and was awarded a scholarship to the Berklee School of Music in Boston. In 2005, Jennifer graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and a diploma in Jazz voice studies from Capilano University. In addition, she studied choral conducting with esteemed director Lars Kaario.

Jennifer joined Laudate in spring 2012 and she is excited to take part in the upcoming season. “I am thrilled to sing with Laudate. The repertoire is so beautiful and varied, and I love the opportunity to sing alongside so many talented people. The upcoming season will be unforgettable!”

Julie Nadalini

Julie began her formal musical training at Capilano University, and in 2011 completed the Diploma of Music program. She furthered her studies at the University of Victoria and graduated with her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance in 2013. It was only a matter of time until Julie came back to Vancouver and joined the ranks of Laudate. She is proud to work with such a refined group of musicians and is inspired by the repertoire of each season.

Jenny Vermeulen

I’ve been singing in choirs ever since I was seven years old when I joined the junior choir at church. In addition to several church choirs, I have been a member of the Gallery Singers and the Vancouver Cantata Singers. I have now sung with the Laudate Singers for several years, and I am continually impressed with the quality of music that we do, particularly the works from our composers-in- residence.

In addition to singing and teaching piano and theory, I work full time as a researcher and lab manager in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at UBC. It’s an interesting and challenging job, so I’m glad to balance it with music. I have two daughters, both of whom enjoy and perform choral music.

Alto

Hilary Crowther

I studied piano as a child and played a number of instruments in my high school band, so when I moved on to Capilano College in 1991 I couldn’t face the idea that my education would no longer include any music and joined the Capilano College Festival Chorus. This proved to be so much fun that a few years later I began to study voice privately as well as sing in the choir. Singing in Laudate has given me a chance to take my love of choral singing to a whole new level. When not singing, I work in publishing, which conveniently provides me with more books than even I can read! My other hobbies include photography and cooking elaborate gourmet meals for family and friends. I’ll also happily take all of your money in a friendly round of Texas Hold ‘Em!

Miriam Davidson

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

Elspeth Finlay

Elspeth first sang with Laudate singers during the 2000/2001 season, whilst studying voice at Capilano College (now Capilano University). After attaining a Bachelor of Music Degree, specializing in voice, from UBC in 2004 and a Bachelor of Education Degree from UBC in 2005, she returned to Laudate Singers during the 2006/2007 season.

An experience choral singer, she can occasionally be found singing with other choirs and quartets around the city, including the Vancouver Cantata Singers and Holy Rosary’s Vocal Quartet, with whom she previously sang for 5 years. She has also sung as a baroque soloist and guest artist for The Monteverdi Symposium.

Additionally, Elspeth has a Elementary Education degree and is kept busy teaching in North Vancouver. She is currently enrolled in graduate studies at Simon Fraser University and will complete her Masters in Educational Practice in the spring of 2015. She feels fortunate to be a part of this group and its inspiring atmosphere.

Katie Horst

Katie has been singing with Laudate since its 10th anniversary season and truly enjoys performing the wide range of music styles Laudate has to offer.

Katie began touring as a singer with the Amadeus Children’s Choir at the age of nine, and has been singing in choirs of many styles ever since. She has also been teaching piano for 15 years, and upon completion of her Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies in 2005 she also began teaching voice.

Katie became a first-time mom in May 2010, and looks forward to raising at least a couple little musicians!

Charmaine Iormetti

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.

Paula Loskutova

Paula Loskutova

Paula Loskutova –  Highly motivated, bright and with a solid academic background in Music including a Bachelors Degree in Professional Music performance, Vocals (Academy of Contemporary Music, UK)  and Mastered Education Programme in Piano,Keys (Jazepa Medina Music School, Riga, Latvia). Currently Paula is a studying Conducting in Music at the Capilano University and is enjoying being a part of the talented Laudate choir! 

Tenor

Bryce Hocken

Lyle Isbister

Lyle

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.

Chris Robinson

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.

Nicholas Sommer

Nick Andrew (B.Mus, University of Alberta Augustana) has been performing in choirs and studying vocal technique and repertoire for nearly twenty years, studying with prominent Canadian musicians such as Ardelle Reis, Milton Schlosser, Kathleen Corcoran, and Heather Meyers. He has performed as a soloist as well as with and in various choirs across Alberta, BC, throughout Western Canada, and Europe. In the past he has worked with various reputable organizations and musicians from throughout Alberta and Western Canada.

Nick Andrew has sung as a soloist in recital and various choral works including as a Tenor in “Messiah” (Handel; Richard Eaton Singers), “The Creation” (Haydn; U of A Augustana Choir), “When Icicles Hang” (Rutter; U of A Augustana Choir), as the title operatic role in “Dido and Aeneas” (Purcell; U of A Augustana Choir), and in several collaborative performances of operatic scenes and art song. He is an up and coming Composer and Arranger and is a member of SOCAN.

Daniel Young

Bass

Marco Del Rio

Marco Del Rio likes singing. He also likes oboe, tin whistle, piano, saxophone, erhu, and, to be honest, pretty much anything that makes sound. He likes conducting too, although that doesn’t really make any sounds if you’re doing it right.

Marco studied at Capilano University for three years before transferring to the University of British Columbia, where he received his B.Mus. He is now doing his practicum year in the B.Ed program at UBC, aiming to become a secondary music teacher. He also co-directs a small choir called “VanDeca”, and gigs with two other bands – Celtic folk band “Elsay” and hard rock band “Dalziel”.

Some of Marco’s favourite pastimes are eating sushi, arranging absolutely anything for choirs, playing artsy video games, jamming to Celtic music, overanalyzing metal music, and revelling in crunchy chords and close harmonies.

Dennis Eriks

Dennis Eriks is a music student at Capilano University, studying both voice and composition. Though he began his musical training with piano lessons at age eight, he first pursued a degree in biophysics at the University of British Columbia. However, his passion for the arts inspired a change in direction and he is now on the path towards a career in music, focusing on composition. 

Preston Lee

Preston Lee is an ambitions 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 Batchelor of Music to transfer into the Batchelor 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.

Adam Turpin

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!

Eric Wettstein

Eric Wettstein

Eric graduated with a bachelor’s degree in composition from Capilano University’s renowned jazz studies program in 2013. and has been happily busy since. He has performed at festivals internationally, composed for films, recorded and produced numerous acts, and commissioned to write and perform new works, the most recent being “Mechanical Dreams” for the Hard Rubber Orchestra. Eric is proud to be singing alongside Laudate, and is looking forwards to analyzing the lush repertoire over the season.