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About the Vancouver Cantata Singers

Vancouver Cantata Singers was founded in 1957, and has become one of Canada’s preeminent, award-winning choral ensembles. The Vancouver Cantata Singers has become known for technical virtuosity, fine blend and exceptionally high performance standards encompassing 500 years of choral repertoire. VCS has been awarded the Canada Council’s top prize in choral singing, the Healey Willan Grand Prize, more than any other choir in the country. Led by Paula Kremer since 2013, VCS also commissions new works from critically acclaimed composers which have led to extremely successful and innovative collaborations with regional and international artists and ensembles.

Vancouver Cantata Singers was founded in 1957, and has become one of Canada’s preeminent, award-winning choral ensembles. The Vancouver Cantata Singers has become known for technical virtuosity, fine blend and exceptionally high performance standards encompassing 500 years of choral repertoire. VCS has been awarded the Canada Council’s top prize in choral singing, the Healey Willan Grand Prize, more than any other choir in the country. Led by Paula Kremer since 2013, VCS also commissions new works from critically acclaimed composers which have led to extremely successful and innovative collaborations with regional and international artists and ensembles.

artistic director Paula Kremer

Born in Vancouver and educated at the Vancouver Academy of Music and the University of British Columbia, Paula Kremer has studied choral conducting in courses and workshops at Eton, Westminster Choir College, the Eastman School of Music and the University…

Born in Vancouver and educated at the Vancouver Academy of Music and the University of British Columbia, Paula Kremer has studied choral conducting in courses and workshops at Eton, Westminster Choir College, the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan. Holding an ARCT in both piano and voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Paula has also studied voice with Phyllis Mailing, Bruce Pullan, Marisa Gaetanne and Laura Pudwell, and piano from Margot Ehling. A full-time faculty member of the School of Music at Vancouver Community College, teaching voice, solfege, and choir, she was also the director of two Vancouver Bach Choir ensembles for young adults from 2009-17, the Vancouver Bach Youth Choir and Sarabande Chamber Choir. Paula joined the alto section of our choir in 1994, and has been the Vancouver Cantata Singers’ Artistic Director since 2013.

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composer in residence Craig Galbraith

A native of Saltspring Island, British Columbia, Craig Galbraith is one of Canada's exciting young composers. He has won awards including the Karen Keiser Prize in Canadian New Music and first prize in SOCAN’s Hugh Le Caine Award, for an…

A native of Saltspring Island, British Columbia, Craig Galbraith is one of Canada's exciting young composers. He has won awards including the Karen Keiser Prize in Canadian New Music and first prize in SOCAN’s Hugh Le Caine Award, for an electroacoustic work, Silhouette. He was also a prize winner in CBC’s National Competition for Young Composers, and received its People's Choice award. He performs frequently as a tenor with various choral ensembles, and sat on the Artistic Directorship of the Canadian Contemporary Music Workshop (CCMW) from 2004-2012, an entity dedicated to promoting emerging composers. Galbraith's music has been performed by many distinguished artists and has been broadcast frequently on CBC radio. He has received numerous prestigious commissions, including those for Soundstreams, the Elmer Iseler Singers and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, the Gryphon Trio, musica intima, and Tapestry New Opera Works. In 2012, Mr. Galbraith received his doctorate in composition from the University of Toronto, and now lives in Vancouver.

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Awards

Three time winner

2008

Healey Willan Grand Prize

First Place: Chamber Choir category

2010

Healey Willan Grand Prize

Category: Contemporary category

2011

Healey Willan Grand Prize

Category: Chamber Choir

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Staff and Directors

general manager, Michelle Herrewynen

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President: Sarah McNair
Vice-President: Jesse Read
Treasurer: Christina Cho, C.A.
Secretary: Jim Sanyshyn

Members at Large:
Missy Clarkson
Beth Helsley
Trevor Mangion
Melody Yiu

Singer Representative:
Sarah McGrath