Conductor of award-winning choirs for over many years, Ms. Beaupre was the founder and conductor of the Bach Children’s Chorus (BCC) for 30 years. Her choirs, which have included choristers from the age of five through university, have won many first place awards at both the provincial and national levels of the Canadian Federation of Music Festivals, including receiving the overall national award for Best Choir in both 2013 and 2017. BCC has also been awarded three first prizes in the Children’s Choir category of the CBC/Radio-Canada National Competition for Amateur Choirs. The BCC has released several solo CDs, and can be heard on soundtracks for movies, television shows, films, and a video by the Canadian Brass, “A Christmas Experiment.” Members of BCC II and III have had many opportunities to work with composer Stephan Moccio, including recording his song “I Believe” for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.
Ms. Beaupre has been honoured with a Bi-Centennial Award of Merit from the City of Scarborough, an award given to individuals whose achievements have brought honour and recognition to the City of Scarborough; the 2002 Guelph YM/YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the arts and culture category; and, in 2013, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for service to her community. In 2014 she was the recipient of the Helen Hosmer Award for Excellence in Music Teaching by the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam.
Linda Beaupré maintains an active schedule as clinician and adjudicator for other choirs and has conducted children’s choir camps, workshops and honour choirs throughout Canada, in the US and as far away as Australia and Indonesia. Along with Jean Ashworth Bartle and Eileen Baldwin, she is co-author of a series of theory and ear-training workbooks and CDs entitled A Young Singer’s Journey, which are in use throughout North America and beyond. This integrated musical literacy programme is published by Fred Bock Publishing and distributed by Hal Leonard.
Ms. Beaupré received a Bachelor of Music degree from the State University of New York at Potsdam, and a Master of Music degree from the University of Western Ontario. She has taught music in Australia and Nova Scotia, and for several years she was a professional singer with the Elmer Iseler Singers and The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.
Kimberley Denis, M.Mus. Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance (University of Alberta, 2007), B.Mus. (Mount Allison University, 2003), B.Comm. (Mount Allison University, 2003) is known for her energy and enthusiasm both on stage and off, and is sought after as a soloist, choral clinician and adjudicator for voice and choir. She has conducted a wide variety of ensembles across the province, and has been the guest conductor at Naramata Music Week, Festival 500: Cornerbrook Regional Festival, and a number of school district honour choirs throughout Western Canada. She is a frequent musical theatre vocal coach for local colleges, universities and high schools. Kimberley is also a core singer with Pro Coro Canada, Edmonton's professional choir. In addition to her work as a singer and conductor, she arranges pieces for choirs and is published by Cypress Music and Augsburg Fortress. She is currently teaches voice through the Conservatory of Music of MacEwan University: Alberta College campus.
Richard Sparks is currently Full Professor and Chair of the Division of Conducting & Ensembles at the University of North Texas in Denton Texas, having joined the faculty in 2009. He was Artistic Director of Pro Coro Canada (Edmonton, AB) from 1999 to 2011 and with them toured across Canada and broadcast on CBC Radio. He was also the first non-Canadian conductor to direct the Canadian National Youth Choir in 2006, and in 2008 he was Music Director for a staged production of Monteverdi’s opera Orfeo in Edmonton with period instruments.
He was a faculty member at Mount Holyoke College and Pacific Lutheran University, where he was Director of Choral Activities from 1983-2001. Sparks’ DMA is from the University of Cincinnati and his dissertation (Swedish A Cappella Music Since 1945) won the ACDA’s Julius Herford Award in 1997 and was later published as The Swedish Choral Miracle. Sparks has been active in the professional world, guest conducting the Anchorage Music Festival (his first year substituting for an ailing Robert Shaw conducting Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem), Portland Symphonic Choir, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Exultate Chamber Singers in Toronto, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and the Swedish Radio Choir. He first worked with the Swedish Radio Choir in 2002, and again in 2007 and 2008, the first North American in more than 35 years to work with that ensemble. With the Radio Choir, he conducted their Spring concert in 2008 and prepared them for a variety of performances, including the Brahms Requiem for Valery Gergiev and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, which was released on DVD on the BIS label.
He founded Seattle Pro Musica and led three ensembles from 1973-80 in over 70 concerts; conducted the Seattle Symphony Chorale from 1990-94 (preparing the choir for nine recordings on the Delos label, many now on Naxos); founded and conducted Choral Arts in Seattle from 1993-2006 (with whom he made three recordings on the Gothic label). Since coming to UNT he has led the Collegium Singers to the Boston Early Music Festival three times, the National Collegiate Choral Organization’s Conference, and also the Berkeley Early Music Festival. The Collegium Singers/Baroque Orchestra performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria, led by Sparks, now has one and a half million hits on YouTube.