Provincial Honour Choirs 2018
Junior Mixed Choir (Grades 5 - 8)
Geung Kroeker-Lee is the Artistic Director of Prairie Voices. Under the guidance of Dr. Elroy Friesen, Geung completed his Master of Music in Choral Conducting at the University of Manitoba. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice from the University of Manitoba, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. Geung also serves as the assistant conductor of Canzona, a professional baroque choral ensemble in Winnipeg.
As a music educator, Geung teaches middle years general music at Arthur E. Wright Community School in Winnipeg. He has developed teaching and conducting experience through interim director roles with the University of Manitoba Singers and Women’s Chorus, and the Seycove Secondary School Choirs in North Vancouver, BC, and apprentice positions with Prairie Voices, the University of Manitoba Choirs, and the Ontario Youth Choir. An in-demand choral clinician and workshop facilitator, Geung has worked with numerous ensembles in the Vancouver and Winnipeg areas, and was most recently the guest conductor for the Central Manitoba Youth Choir.
Dr. Elroy Friesen
Senior Mixed Choir (Grades 9 - 12)
Described as “innovative, expressive, and dynamic,” Elroy Friesen is Director of Choral Studies at the University of Manitoba where he conducts numerous choirs, and teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting and music education. He has recently been Artistic Director of Canzona, Winnipeg’s professional Baroque choral ensemble, and he actively researches Baroque performance practice. Elroy has also published his research on the choral music of Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara and pursues his passion of study and performance of new Nordic repertoire – especially new Canadian works. His award-winning ensembles tour nationally and internationally, and are frequently recorded and broadcasted by the CBC. They enjoy collaborating with many outstanding local and national arts organizations, including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Canadian College of Organists, WSO New Music Festival, Soundstreams Canada, Groundswell, Vancouver Chamber Choir, MusikBarock Ensemble, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and the Latvian Radio Choir.
Dr. Friesen studied at the University of Manitoba (B. Mus., B. Ed., M. Mus.) and at the University of Illinois (DMA) receiving numerous scholarships and grants from the Manitoba Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Foundation for Choral Music in Manitoba. Elroy is a co-founder of fikamusik (an intensive professional choral conducting program), the founder and past Artistic Director of Prairie Voices, and has recently appeared as guest conductor with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. He is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator, and conductor throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe.
Dr. Mark Bartel
Mark Bartel comes to us from Wichita, Kansas where he is in demand as a versatile conductor and music educator. He is the Director of Choral Music at Friends University and Conductor of the Singing Quakers. In July 2010, Dr. Bartel was appointed Artistic Director and Conductor of the Wichita Chamber Chorale — the third artistic director in the choir’s history.
A native of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, his career has taken him to several cities in the United States and Canada. He has held faculty positions at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, N.Y.; the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario; and Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As doctoral fellow in choral conducting at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., Dr. Bartel was the conductor of the Repertory Singers and Assistant Conductor of the Eastman Chorale and the Eastman-Rochester Chorus. His doctoral research focused upon 18th century musical-rhetorical theory and the choral music of Bohemian composer, Jan Dismas Zelenka.
Dr. Bartel is a recipient of the Canada Council’s prestigious Sir Ernest Macmillan Prize in Conducting. He holds the Master of Music and Master of Sacred Music degrees from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.