Singers extra

Sopranos

Marieke de Korte

de_korte_mariekeMarieke started her musical journey at a young age singing in church choir. From then on, she progressed as a musician through singing with the Mississauga Children’s Choir and taking piano lessons for eight years at Merriam School of Music in Oakville. Music has always been her passion, and she has attributed a lot of her musical growth to the fact that she attended Cawthra Park Secondary School as a vocal major. Here, she was a member of the Cawthra Park Chamber Choir under the direction of Bob Anderson for two years. During these two years with Chamber Choir, she was privileged to perform alongside a variety of world-class groups such as The Rolling Stones, Cirque du Soleil, The Elmer Isler Singers, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Rajaton. She has also been a featured soloist with The Liberation Choir in Mississauga. Marieke hopes to fuse her passion for music with her love of science through studying neuroscience and how music is processed within the brain. With this, she wants to work with Alzheimer’s patients in a music-therapy-type atmosphere. Marieke is currently attending her first year at the University of Toronto studying Life Science.

Caroline Olsen

olsen_carolineSoprano Caroline Olsen is a versatile emerging musician situated in Hamilton. She is soloist with St. James Anglican Church in Dundas and has held similar church positions since 2007. Past professional appearances with choirs in her community include roles with the Bach Elgar Choir, ExperiaMusic, Brott Festival Choir, and the Duet Club of Hamilton.

Currently principal violist of the Oakville Chamber Orchestra, Caroline has been a member of the National Academy Orchestra of Canada for the past three seasons and performs regularly as a freelance orchestral and chamber musician. She has been instructing private students for over a decade and maintains an active studio. When she gets a chance to let her hair down, she enjoys playing in local bands What the Folk and Chroi.

Caroline graduated with the highest honours from McMaster University with degrees in Honours Science and Music. When not performing or rehearsing, she enjoys reading science fiction or fantasy, playing poker, and amusing her cats.

Altos

Anna Babenko

babenko_annaAnna was born and grew up in Ukraine. Music always was a big part of her life. She started to learn music when she was 5 years old. She attended music school and music program at college. She then obtained a Master degree at University of Culture and Arts.

In 1996 she was hired as a choir conductor by St. Alexander Roman Catholic parish where she stayed 15 years.

In 2001 Pope John Paul II visited Ukraine. She conducted a choir of 300 people during the Pope’s mass. For 6 years she taught liturgical music in Catholic Seminary in Kiev. As a singer of different choirs she went on tours and competitions to Poland, Hungary, Germany, France, Spain, Austria, Norway and other countries.

During the period of 2009 – 2012 she worked as a Music director at a radio station.

At the end of 2012 she moved to Canada where she continues her music career with Musikay.

Patricia Warnock

warnock_patriciaPatricia Warnock received both her B. Mus and M. Mus in Vocal Music and Music Education from the University of Toronto. Solo vocal performances include the award-winning Ardeleana Chamber Trio and Oh Canada Eh?! in Niagara Falls. Patricia teaches vocal and choral music at the prestigious Etobicoke School of the Arts. Under her direction, choirs from the school consistently perform at the national level and receive Gold standards from Musicfest Canada and at US and Canadian Show Choir competitions. Patricia is also the former Artistic Director of the Mississauga Festival Youth Choir.

Tenors

Russell Sweeney

sweeney_russellRussell Sweeney is an 18 year old tenor from Mississauga. He recently graduated from the Regional Arts program at Cawthra Park Secondary School as a vocal performance major. He is a self confessed choir geek and has participated in many choirs such as the Cawthra Park Chamber Choir, the Ontario Youth Choir, The Queensmen Male Chorus, and The Oakville Children’s Choir’s A Few Good Men. Russell is passionate about many types of music, not only the classical genre. He enjoys listening to jazz, indie and rock music. He also completed his grade 9 RCM in classical piano and currently studies jazz piano. He plays keyboard in his rock band, Jammer’s Waffle House on the side. Some of his non-musical interests include sports, especially football and golf, math and numbers, occasional video games, and reading. He is thrilled to be a part of Musikay for the 2014–2015 year!

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Basses

Paul Hawkins

hawkins_paulFollowing his retirement in 2010 as President and CEO of Bright Prospects International, Paul has committed time toward his passion of performing chamber choral music. After 10 years of singing professionally with The Heartland Chamber Chorale in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Paul has connect and engage with many church choirs, community choruses and chamber ensembles throughout the Greater Toronto/Hamilton area as both a chorale singer and soloist. He is now a Choral Scholar at Christ’s Church Cathedral in Hamilton.

Over the last three years, Paul has worked side by side with Musikay’s Artistic Director, Stéphane Potvin, as the Choir Coordinator for the Brott Festival Choir. It is through this working relationship that Paul has also become a part of the Musikay family and begins his fourth season singing bass. Paul brings to Musikay a strong business and administrative background in the area of donor and corporate relations as well as concert promotions and sales.

Paul studied vocal performance at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and privately with Thomas Carter in Stuttgart, Germany. He has sung with the New England Conservatory and Boston Symphony Choruses under the baton of Seiji Ozawa, the Stuttgart German/American Chorus under the direction of Thomas Carter, as founding member of Vesper Chorale established by Wishart Bell and professionally with Heartland Sings under the baton of Robert Nance. Paul now lives in Hamilton with his partner of 24 years along with their rescued long-hair Jack Russell. He is an active member of the First Unitarian Church of Hamilton and is actively involved in several community organizations including Prime Timers Hamilton as Board President.

Geoff Ball

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