VoiceScapes
Calgary's Professional Music Collective

MEMBER BIOGRAPHIES

Christina Jahn, Soprano Soprano Christina Jahn has appeared with the Toronto Consort, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Opera Atelier, Aradia Baroque Ensemble, the University of Calgary Celebrity Series, Sine Nomine Ensemble for Medieval Music, Vancouver Cantata Singers, Elektra Women's Choir and at the Carmel Bach Festival in California. She has recorded for Marquis (Praetorius Christmas Vespers with Toronto Consort), NAXOS, Skylark and CBC Records. Christina founded musica intima in Vancouver and since her return to Calgary in 2000, formed and is Artistic Director for VoiceScapes. In addition to extensive work in early music, Christina has also premiered and recorded a number of new compositions by Canadian composers. Recent engagements include Handel's Israel in Egypt with Early Music Vancouver, Bach's Schwingt freudig euch empor with Alberta Baroque Ensemble, Serpina in Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona, Ariel in Tempest, and singing to over 25,000 people at Globalfest's Fireworks Finale.

Julie Harris, Soprano Soprano Julie Harris holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Calgary and an Artist Diploma from the University of Toronto. She also spent a year studying early music in The Hague for which she received a grant from the Canada Council. Julie has appeared as a soloist with many choirs and orchestras, including the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Toronto Chamber Choir, the Elora Festival Singers, the Aradia Ensemble, Alberta Baroque (Edmonton), La Cetra (Vancouver), the Calgary Bach Festival Society and Calgary's Festival Chorus, including numerous CBC broadcasts. Julie has also been engaged for roles in Baroque Opera with Opera Atelier and the Toronto Consort. She was a soloist in Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Her interest in medieval music has taken her on tour with Toronto's Ensemble Sine Nomine. She has recorded with Il Furioso on Toccata Classics released in 2006. In recital Julie has appeared in Toronto, The Hague, and her native Calgary including Baroque Music Beside the Grange (Toronto), the University of Calgary Celebrity and Organ Series and the Mountain View Connection. Since moving back to Calgary in 1999, she has created and runs the Early Music Voices Concert Series. She is a member of Duo Seraphim with Toronto-based soprano Katherine Hill. She also maintains a private voice studio and coaches for various local community choirs and high schools, as well as directing the Collegium Musicum at the University of Calgary.

Paul Grindlay, Bass British-born bass-baritone Paul Grindlay has appeared with the Vienna Chamber Opera, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, the Carmel Bach Festival, American Bach Soloists, Toronto Consort, the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montreal, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Bach Choir and Cantata Singers, the Kingston Symphony Orchestra, the Ottawa Choral Society, Pro Coro Canada, the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Calgary Opera, the Richard Eaton Singers, Calgary Festival Chorus, Pacific Opera Victoria and Opera Mississauga. He has recorded CDs of music by Buxtehude, Charpentier and Purcell for NAXOS Records with the Aradia Baroque Ensemble, music of Kapsberger for Toccata Classics and a Praetorius Christmas Vespers with Toronto Consort for Marquis. In August 2010, Paul sang in the Early Music Vancouver production of Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers. Recent engagements include Monteverdi's Orfeo in Edmonton, and Haydn's Creation in Toronto, Bach's St. John Passion with ProCoro, and Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass with Luminous Voices. Paul is the Artistic Director of the Calgary Boys' Choir. He also directs SuperSonic Men's Choir, Knox Presbyterian Church Choir and is on the vocal and choral faculty at Mount Royal University. He has become increasingly busy as a conductor, clinician, arranger and adjudicator.

Jerald Fast, Tenor With a degree in Kinesiology and a certificate in Database Administration, Jerald Fast has also appeared as a soloist with numerous choirs and orchestras across Canada. These include the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the Aradia Ensemble, Toronto Chamber Society, the Elora Festival Singers, the Okanagan Festival Singers and the Winnipeg Baroque Ensemble. During a year of living in Holland, Jerald performed with the Nieuwe Badkapel and was invited to join the prestigious Netherlands Chamber Choir. In 1999 he moved to Calgary and has since performed on the Mountain View Connection series, University of Calgary Celebrity Series, and with the Calgary Bach Society. Other local and regional engagements have included Alberta Baroque and Kantorei. Jerald has sung Mozart's Requiem with the Richard Eaton Singers, Handel's Messiah with the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, Haydn's Nelson Mass with the Spiritus Chamber Choir, and excerpts from Beethoven's Missa Solemnes with the Calgary Youth Orchestra. He is also a founding member of VoiceScapes and has sung in numerous concerts on the Early Music Voices Concert Series.


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