Composer-in-Residence

Zachary Wadsworth

Zachary Wadsworth, composer-in-residence
Zachary Wadsworth is a composer of “fresh, deeply felt and strikingly original” music (Washington Post), with regular performances and premieres around the world. His compositions have been heard at the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Center, and Tokyo’s Takinogawa Hall, and they have been performed by such ensembles as the choir of Westminster Abbey, the Yale Philharmonia, the Swedish Chamber Choir, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Richmond Symphony. As the 2012-13 fellow of the Douglas Moore Foundation for American Opera, Wadsworth was in residence at the Metropolitan Opera and the Santa Fe Opera. 2014 marked his Carnegie Hall debut, and 2015 marked his debut at the National Opera Center.

Winner of an international competition chaired by James MacMillan, Wadsworth’s anthem Out of the South Cometh the Whirlwind was performed at Westminster Abbey in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II. Other recent honours include awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, and the American Composers Forum. Wadsworth’s music is widely broadcast and distributed, with recent publications by Novello, G. Schirmer, and E.C. Schirmer, and airings on NPR, BBC, and CBC. He was appointed to a three-year term as Chor Leoni’s Composer-in-Residence in 2018.

Collaborative Pianists

Ken Cormier

Ken Cormier, pianist
Ken Cormier is a pianist equally at home in the classical, pop, and jazz genres. Upon completion of his classical studies at the UBC School of Music, his professional career began with 3 seasons as repetiteur with Vancouver Opera. He then moved into the world of professional music theatre, first with the Livent Company, and more recently with Vancouver’s Arts Club, in whose productions he continues to work regularly as keyboardist, arranger, and musical director. Ken has been with Chor Leoni since 1998. He makes his home in Burnaby with his wife Lisa and their two wonderful children.

Tina T. Y. Chang

Tina Chang, pianist
Vancouver pianist and coach Tina Chang is currently on the music staff at Vancouver Opera, and at Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland where she has music directed several shows as well. Other engagements include staff pianist and coach at soundSCAPE New Music Festival in Cesena, italy, and staff coach at the UBC Summer Vocal Workshop in Vancouver. She is currently on faculty at the Vancouver Academy of Music, and has held a teaching position at Dalhousie University.

Past engagements include music directorship with Fear No Opera in Victoria, coach and repetiteur at Mill City Summer Opera in Minneapolis, pianist and coach with the Atelier Lyrique at the Opéra de Montréal, assistant coach at Glimmerglass Opera Festival, and fellowships at Aspen Opera Theatre Center, and Music Academy of the West. She has toured with Vancouver Opera in Schools (VOIS), and various members of the musical community to bring classical music to communities throughout British Columbia.

Voice Instructor

Jeanette Gallant

Dr. Jeanette Gallant, Vocal Teacher
Dr. Jeanette Gallant has a doctorate from the University of Oxford and has held positions at the University of Reading (UK), Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts (HKAPA), Red Deer College (Alberta), the University of Windsor (Ontario), and various Oxford Colleges (UK). Specializing in vocal physiology, she is well known for rehabilitating damaged voices using various embodied vocal techniques.

Dr. Gallant has prepared choirs for various international conductors and is in high demand as a festival adjudicator. She has provided professional development opportunities for Singapore’s Ministry of Education, various U.K. choral societies, the Vancouver School Board, the B.C. Choral Federation, the VSO, and the B.C. Registered Music Teacher’s Association.

An accomplished ethnomusicologist, Dr. Gallant has published her work internationally, her most recent article being in the Yale Journal for Music and Religion. She has given talks for Elektra Women’s Choir’s Cultural Conversations Series and presented papers at the Canadian Network for Arts and Learning Conference, Podium 2018, Society for Ethnomusicology, Simon Fraser University, and the Sing Network’s International Symposium on Singing and Song II.

As an administrator, Dr. Gallant has served as the Artistic Director and conductor of Hong Kong’s first sing-a-long “Messiah”, Artistic Director of the Whistler Classical Music Festival, Vice President of the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and is involved in various community engagement projects.

MYVoice Conductors

Jonathan Krueger

MYVoice conductor Jonathan Krueger
An enthusiastic high school chorister, concert band member and accompanist, Jonathan Krueger always had a performance to attend. During high school, he studied piano with Dr Betty Suderman. He graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Victoria, where he studied clarinet with Patricia Kostek. Jonathan began his teaching career at Pacific Christian School in Victoria where he conducted five bands and four choirs. In 2009 he moved to Abbotsford, where he now lives with his wife and two sons, Nicholas and Nate, and joined the Fine Arts Department of North Surrey Secondary School, where he teaches choral music, concert band and vocal jazz. Jonathan is a keen student of the Kodaly method of music education and enjoys the challenge of working with students whose voices are developing. His award-winning choirs continue to inspire young musicians wherever they perform.

Melodie Langevin

MYVoice conductor Melodie Langevin
Melodie is the Director of Choirs at Seycove Secondary, a vibrant school nestled in a cozy town residents affectionately call “The Cove” in North Vancouver. An avid chorister herself, Melodie discovered a passion for conducting while completing her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Manitoba. She studied with soprano Valdine Anderson and sang under Dr. Elroy Friesen and with several other ensembles in Winnipeg including Camerata Nova, an innovative ensemble that performs early, contemporary, and Indigenous-infused repertoire.

Carrie Taylor

MYVoice conductor Carrie Taylor
Carrie studied music at the University of Mary in Bismark, North Dakota and the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC, obtaining her Bachelor of Music and Professional Teaching Certificate. She has also studied at the Banff School of the Fine Arts.
Carrie has been teaching in the public school system for 32 years. She began her teaching career in Coquitlam and is currently teaching in Burnaby, where she enjoys teaching both band and choir. Carrie has also been the coordinator for the B.C. Provincial Honour Choir for the past several years and is one of the Directors of Vivo Children’s Choir.

Carrie, her husband Brent, and their three boys Evan, Aksel, and Grayson live in New Westminster.