ARTISTIC AND CONCERT CHOIR DIRECTOR,
RECITAL CHOIR MUSIC DIRECTOR,
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.
PRELUDE CHOIR DIRECTOR,
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.
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: ERIN ZIPPER
Erin Zipper has been active for the past fifteen years as a freelance accompanist, music director, and teaching artist. In her previous home of Madison, Wisconsin, she worked mainly as piano/conductor for choral ensembles and musical theatre companies including Children’s Theater of Madison, Opera For the Young, Forward Theater, Madison Theatre Guild, Edgewood College, Theatre LILA, and Four Seasons Theatre. Since moving to Victoria, Erin has picked up steady work collaborating with the Victoria Arion Male Choir, Sing Victoria Children’s Choirs, the First Unitarian Church of Victoria, and the Victoria Children’s Choir. She works extensively with private voice studios and UVic music students and teaches private piano to students of all ages.