Edette Gagné was appointed Artistic Director and Conductor of the Vivaldi Chamber Choir in June 2015 and joins the Board of Directors of the Society ex officio. Edette’s biography appears below. In addition many other fine musicians have contributed their leadership skills, special knowledge and brilliance as composer or arranger, enabling the Vivaldi Chamber Choir to develop its performance of a broad range of musical styles and excellence in languages from worlds old and new and from all periods.
A charismatic and dynamic conductor, Edette Gagné has built a reputation for excellence in musical performance in her work. With creative programming, exceptional rehearsal technique and brilliant interpersonal skills, Edette has become a shining example of one of the “new generation” of conductors.
Presently, the Canadian West Coast is her home, where she is the Artistic Director of the British Columbia Boys Choir, Artistic Director of the Vivaldi Chamber Choir, and the Choir Director for Kids Sing Chorus, having recently concluded a nine-year tenure as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Coast Symphony Orchestra where she supports talented young musicians in her position as Past-President. Edette is also a regular Stage Director and Conductor for The North Shore Light Opera Society, and volunteers with the VWMS, where she supports emerging professional musicians in her position as President. Her passion for music is infectious. Fuelled by intense musicianship and attention to detail, Edette’s performances reflect both careful adherence to performance practice and the high standards she sets for both herself and her ensembles. Edette approaches everything endeavour with zeal, energy and dedication.
Her conducting experiences have now circumnavigated the globe, with shows conducted across Canada, in Sydney Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, Scotland, the Ukraine, Los Angeles and New York City. She is in great demand as a guest conductor, adjudicator, vocal coach and lyric soprano. A strong proponent of new and rarely performed works, Edette has conducted several World, North American and Canadian premières. Edette holds a Master of Music degree in conducting from the University of Calgary, Bachelor degrees in arts and education from the University of Alberta, as well as Associate Performance Diplomas in piano and voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She has studied conducting with Helmut Rilling, Toshi Shimada, Paula Holcombe, Allan McMurray, Frank Klassen, Diane Wittry, Kenneth Woods, David Hoose and Christopher Zimmerman.