Provincial Honour Choirs 2015
Junior Mixed Choir (Grades 6 - 8)
Gabriela Gallo is a graduate of the University of Manitoba’s Music Education Integrated program, who has a major in Voice and a minor in French. This friendly and energetic young woman has been employed by the St. James-Assiniboia School Division for over five years in Early Years French- Immersion Music, at Ecole Bannatyne, Middle Years Choral at Lincoln Middle School and is now the conductor of the Divisional Junior Concert Choir. Gabriela has been busy in the last few years, presenting as a clinician at the division-wide Louis-Riel Orff Days, attending the International Society for Music Education conference in Greece, teaching the Music for Kids Pre-School Music Program at Canadian Mennonite University, directing the St. James-Assiniboia Divisional Musical Theatre program and instructing choirs throughout the province as a choral clinician. Throughout her years as a performing musician, she has performed with the WSO, Cantata Singers, University Singers, participated in many church chamber choirs, and has done several shows with Winnipeg's own RWB. In 2014, Gabriela was honoured to be the recipient of the Winnipeg Music Festival’s Micheal J. Proudfoot Award. This award is given to a conductor who displays a passion for choral excellence.
Senior Mixed Choir (Grades 9 - 12)
Dr. Christopher Aspaas, Associate Professor of Choral/Vocal Music at St. Olaf College, conducts the Viking Chorus, a 90-voice ensemble of first-year men, and also leads the St. Olaf Chapel Choir, a 100-voice ensemble specializing in the performance of oratorio and multi-movement works like the Brahms Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Benjamin Britten's War Requiem. Active as a guest conductor and clinician, Christopher has conducted All-State Choruses Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Virginia and Wisconsin as well as festivals in Canada and the Middle East. Also active as a tenor soloist, Christopher recently performed the role of Evangelist in Bach's St. John Passion.
Michelle Chyzyk graduated from Brandon University in 1998 with the Gold Medal in Music Education. Since that time she has called Virden home, teaching elementary music and high school choral music. Mrs. Chyzyk possesses a diploma in Piano Performance with First Class Honours. She has been active in Manitoba conducting the VCI Choir, Virden and District Youth Choir, Sweet Debut, Sound Investment, WMYC (8 times) and the Provincial Honour Choir on two previous occasions. This year she will be conducting the Women’s Choir at PHCC. She currently works with a talented group of young adults in a Brandon ensemble called Polyphony. Michelle was under contract for three years with the Provincial government creating the touring ensemble “Pride of Manitoba.” Career highlights include being featured in a nationally televised CBC Documentary entitled “A Prairie Christmas Concert” in 1998, being named a YWCA Woman of Distinction in 2000, and this year receiving the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Silver Medal at the Legislature.