Artistic Team

ARTISTIC AND CONCERT CHOIR DIRECTOR,
Madeleine Humer

After initial vocal and choral education in Victoria, BC, Madeleine Humer continued her studies at the Music Universities in Vienna and Salzburg, Austria. An acknowledged vocal soloist, specializing in baroque and classical music, she has performed in concerts and festivals in Europe and North America, and worked with internationally renowned musicians, including Ton Koopman and Paul Hillier. Recently, she has performed with the viol consort Fretwork and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra.
 
Her ability to connect with people through song continues to garner invitations for her choirs to participate in international festivals and symposiums, and perform as soloists in professional opera, orchestral and choral productions. 
 
Madeleine Humer is a highly respected educator and community leader with a legacy of inspiring musicians of all ages and interests. Her commitment to the betterment of choral appreciation in Victoria is evident in her ongoing contributions to school and cultural programs. She helped to found and continues to enrich the ongoing success of the Victoria Children’s Choir, co-directs the St Christopher Singers (Choral Evensong Choir at Victoria’s Christ Church Cathedral), has directed the Linden Singers, Capriccio Vocal Ensemble, was recognized as 2013 Arts Leader of the Year (CFAX 1070 Community Awards), and was the Guest Director of the Children’s Choir at the 2017 BC Choral Federation’s ChorFest. 
 
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RECITAL CHOIR MUSIC DIRECTOR, 
David Stratkauskas

David Stratkauskas received his MA in Music Theory from the University of British Columbia, during which time he worked as an organist, choir director, and accompanist in his hometown of Vancouver. From 2003 to 2010 he lived in London, England, where he also worked as an organist and choir director, conducted several choirs, worked as a piano, theory, and musicianship instructor, and freelanced as a jazz pianist. In addition to directing the VCC Recital Choir, David is organist and Director of Music at the Church of St John the Divine, and Conductor of the St John’s Chamber Singers, which performs in concert with the Victoria Baroque.

David Stratkauskas Music Director Victoria Children's Choir

PRELUDE CHOIR DIRECTOR,
Teodora Georgieva

Teodora Georgieva received her Bachelor of Music Education in Russia, and Masters of Choral Conducting in Bulgaria.  In her native Bulgaria, she has conducted the opera chorus of the International Danube Opera as well as the Sofia Orthodox Choir. In Canada, her work expanded to include the Canadian Children’s Opera Company, Riverdale Youth Singers, St. Michael’s Choir School and the Toronto School Board. Teodora has been conducting with the Victoria Children’s Choir since her move to Victoria in 2009. She is a frequent choral workshop facilitator and enjoys teaching various music subjects at Lester B. Pearson College and the Canadian College of Performing Arts. 

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ACCOMPANISTS 

Concert Choir: JANE EDLER-DAVIS
Jane Edler-Davis graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria in 1978 and received a Teaching Diploma in 1981 from the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, where she also participated in the Early Music Seminars given by Nikolaus Harnoncourt. She studied piano and organ, and has always had a passion for accompanying. From 1981 to 1997, Jane was a coach and instrumental accompanist at the Bruckner Privatuniversitaet in Linz, Austria. Since returning to Victoria, she has been an active freelance accompanist – playing for several voice studios, choral programmes of St. Michael’s University School and for CapriCCio Vocal Ensemble. Jane regularly performs with Wendy Stofer in the piano duo KlaVIERhands, and also teaches music theory privately and at the Canadian College of the Performing Arts. When not involved with music, Jane can be found gardening, sewing, or spending time with her family.

Recital and Prelude Choir: CLARISA MORRISON
Clarisa Morrison holds two degrees from the University of Victoria (English and German Literature; Elementary Education) and an Associate Diploma in piano teaching from the Royal Conservatory of Music. In her hometown of Victoria, BC, she has been accompanying choirs, singers and instrumentalists since age twelve. In addition to teaching piano, Ms. Morrison has been Music Director at the Victoria Seventh-day Adventist Church for many years and accompanies music groups at Gordon Head Middle School, Saltwater Creative Arts and the Moodswing Chorus. She has been enjoying working with the VCC since 2010.