Executive Committee Members


Karen Hudson, Lethbridge

Karen Hudson is the director of the Choral Department at Lethbridge Collegiate Institute, one of three public schools with a student population of about 850 students, in Lethbridge, Alberta.  LCI has a long tradition of excellence in choral singing with four choirs; the choirs have been successful on both the Provincial and National level, and perform throughout the year at many local events, festivals, and competitions throughout Western Canada and internationally. Karen is also active herself as a choral singer. She is the co-founder and a member of the Ventus Women’s Choir and a member of the Chinook Chamber Singers. Karen is active as a clinician and conductor throughout the province.



Mame Goehner, Calgary

Lyrical soprano Mame Helise Goehner has been performing and studying music since the age of six. Studying under the expertise of Opera Nuova’s founder Kim Mattice Wanat and Canada’s top baritone Peter Barcza, she has won several major scholarships and festivals throughout Canada and Europe.  Mame completed her BMus and MMus at the University of British Columbia under the tutelage of Bruce Pullan and Nancy Hermiston; while at UBC, Mame was a lead member of the UBC Opera Ensemble. She has toured throughout Europe, personally sang for the Queen of England and has showcased many private recitals and performances in Canada. Mame currently teaches and runs a thriving music school in Calgary, AB, and travels across Alberta doing Masterclasses, teaching clinics and adjudicating.



Rita Burns, Edmonton



Nicole Hounjet, Calgary

Nicole Hounjet is honored to sit on the Board of Choir Alberta and is excited to bring vibrant and enriching programs to singers and conductors at every age and stage.  She has been the Music and Fine Arts Director at Foothills Composite High School/Alberta High School of Fine Arts for the past 12 years. During her time at FCHS/AHSFA her ensembles (choirs, bands, and jazz) have all regularly performed and have been recognized at provincial and national music festivals. An accomplished musician, Ms Hounjet completed her music degree at the University of Alberta where she was mentored by wonderful women, passionate about choral music: Dr. Debra Cairns and Dr. Ardelle Ries.  Since her time at U of A, Nicole has continued to study with wonderful teachers including James Jordan, James Whitbourn, Gregory Boers, Richard Nace, and Rodney Eichenberger. As an educator and conductor, Nicole believes in empowering her singers to fully engage in the music by building a mutual trust, respect and empathy within the ensemble.  Nicole also conducts the Westwinds Women’s Choir which is a part of the larger Westwinds Music Society.



Laurel Halkier, Edmonton






Judith Rayner, Edmonton



Ed Bridges, Edmonton



Heather Dempsey

Heather Dempsey (BA Mus, BEd Mus) has been teaching music both privately and for Northern Lights School division for over 20 years, and is an active organizer of many community musical events in her home town of Lac La Biche.  Heather is the founder & conductor of the Lac La Biche Choral Association’s Boreal Chorus and Northern Lights Harmonics.  In her role as a public school music educator, Heather has taught choral and instrumental music from Kindergarten through grade 12 and presently teaches at Aurora Middle School where she conducts the 45 voice Aurora Middle School Choir and three middle school hand bell ensembles.  Heather was recently recognized by the Royal Conservatory of Music for her 20 year role as a centre rep in Lac La Biche. 

Joel Forth

Joel Forth has been a passionate participant in Edmonton's choral music community since 2003. In addition to teaching choral music and vocal jazz at Edmonton's largest high school, Joel also sings in Edmonton's favourite nerd-a cappella ensemble, Apocalypse Kow, and composes and arranges a wide variety of music. Joel is excited to be serving on Choir Alberta's board of directors.

Carmen So
Daryl Weisenburger

Daryl Weisenburger is co-director of the Choral Department at Memorial Composite High School, a public school of around 1200 students, in Stony Plain, Alberta.  Daryl is passionate choral singer himself, as well as being an accomplished and experienced musical educator with over 28 year of experience!  Memorial has four choirs, a mixed voice chorus and a mixed voice ensemble, as well as a women’s choir, and a men’s ensemble.  Memorial’s choirs have been successful on the Provincial level, and perform throughout the year at many local events, festivals, and competitions throughout Western Canada and internationally. 


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