We regret to announce that, due to illness, Henry Leck is unable to serve as the guest conductor for the 2018 Northern Alberta Children's Choir. However, we are thrilled that Ruth Dwyer will conduct the ensemble.
Ruth E. Dwyer is internationally recognized as a treble and children’s choir specialist and Kodály educator. She has been the guest conductor for the OAKE National Children’s Choir, numerous ACDA All-State Choirs and Honor Choirs. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Hoosier Hills Choral Festival in Southern Indiana and Philthrusong.org (Philanthropy Through Song) choral festivals supporting anti-drunk driving education. Mrs. Dwyer is a frequent guest conductor with the MidAmerica Productions and the New England Symphonic Wind Ensemble. She has recently traveled to São Paulo, Brazil to teach and conduct the GRAN FINALE XIII Festival Nacional de Corais Infantis e Jovens.
Mrs. Dwyer has been a conductor and Director of Education with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir for 29 years. She is celebrating her 22nd year as the Artistic Director of the Columbus Indiana Children’s Choir, a co-operative effort of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. Her ensembles have performed for the Indiana Music Educators Association, the AOSA National Conference, in New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, across the USA and throughout Spain and Central Europe. She has prepared ensembles for performances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Butler Nutcracker, the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Indianapolis Opera and numerous other organizations.
Mrs. Dwyer served the State of Indiana for 19 years as a public school music educator. Her teaching experiences include all levels of music instruction from 3 year olds to post graduate students. She has received the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Golden Baton Award, the IMEA Elementary Music Teacher of the Year, the Hoosier Musician Award and the Indianapolis Public Schools Rising Star award. She is an accomplished choral composer, arranger and the editor of the Ruth Dwyer Choral Series with Colla Voce Publishers.
Mrs. Dwyer has authored three curriculum books for ICC and is a frequent guest author for the Hal Leonard choral textbooks series. Mrs. Dwyer also teaches at Butler University and works as a studio conductor for The Choristers Guild.
Ruth E. Dwyer is a graduate of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She enjoys traveling, reading and gardening.
KIM COUSINEAU, PIANIST
Kim received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Victoria and studied privately with Anna Cal, student of Russian pianist Pavel Egorov. He has been involved with numerous operatic and musical theater productions, including Carmen, Hansel & Gretel, and the world premieres of Mary’s Wedding and Rattenbury (Pacific Opera Victoria), Candide and La Voix Humaine (Opera Nuova), Bernarda Alba and The Light in the Piazza (MacEwan Theatre), The Last Resort (Mayfield Dinner Theatre), and Urinetown (Concordia University of Edmonton). Kim was a staff pianist and coach with Vancouver Island summer music programs “In The Key Of Glee” and “A Voce Sola” and with Singspiration in Edmonton. He is in high demand as a choral accompanist in the Edmonton area, working with many groups including Concordia Concert Choir, Da Camera Singers, Vocal Alchemy, Joyful Noise, and Chronos Vocal Ensemble. In 2012, he was the recipient of the BC Choral Federation’s Joyce O. Maguire Award for outstanding long-term service as a choral accompanist. Kim maintains a busy schedule as a collaborative pianist and coach in the Edmonton area.