ARTISTIC AND CONCERT CHOIR DIRECTOR,
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.
With skill and passion, Madeleine Humer brings enjoyment to others through music. Her ability to connect with people through song garners 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 contributions to school and cultural programs, founding and the ongoing success of the Victoria Children’s Choir, directorship of the St Christopher Singers (Choral Evensong Choir at Victoria’s Christ Church Cathedral), and recognition as 2013 Arts Leader of the Year (CFAX 1070 Community Awards).
RECITAL CHOIR MUSIC DIRECTOR,
David Stratkauskas received his MA in Music Theory from the University of British Columbia, during which time he was Organist and Choir Director at St Paul’s Church, West End, in his hometown of Vancouver. From 2003 to 2010 he lived in London, England, where he was Director of Music at St Michael Wandsworth Common and at the Parish Church of St Mary Stoke Newington. He conducted several children’s choirs and the choir of News International, publisher of The Times. 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.
PRELUDE CHOIR DIRECTOR,
Teodora Georgieva-Gitberg 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 other choral ensembles of Toronto. Since her move to Victoria in 2009, Teodora has been conducting with the Victoria Children’s Choir, teaching at the University of Victoria Continuing Studies and at Lester B. Pearson College.
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 become an active freelance accompanist – playing for several voice studios, The Victoria Children’s Choir, choral programmes of St Michael’s University School, and as pianist for CapriCCio Vocal Ensemble and the Linden Singers. 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.