The Vivaldi Chamber Choir is fortunate to have expert help and encouragement from these accomplished musicians:
- Sopranos - Kate Radford
- Altos - Tabitha Brasso-Ernst
Tabitha, appointed alto lead at the beginning of the 2015-16 season, is a recent graduate of Bishop’s University (located in Lennoxville, Quebec), where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Music, and Drama. She received classical voice training under the direction of Gail Desmarais, and was a frequent soloist with the St. Mark’s Chapel Choir and the Bishop’s University Singers as well as the alto and soprano section leader with the former and choir secretary for Bishop's U. Some of Tabitha’s most notable roles while at Bishop’s were Adriana in a musical rendition of Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” and Miss Todd in Menotti’s opera “The Old Maid and the Thief”. In June 2014 she was awarded the silver medal in the national final of the Canadian Music Competition in the age 22 voice category. Tabitha writes that she is so delighted to be the alto section leader for the Vivaldi Chamber Choir, and that she already loves the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the group.
- Tenors - Eric Schwarzhoff
Eric Schwarzhoff's brilliant lyric tenor sound and reliable musicianship have made him a singer to watch around Vancouver. After singing in many of UBC's recent Operas, his Masters of Music was completed at UBC in 2014. Eric has sung with the University Singers, and has been a featured soloist with UBC's Choral Union for Bernstein's Mass. Eric also sang in UBC's Early Music Ensemble where in the 2009/2010 season he gained a passion for music spanning the Medieval era to the Baroque.
Eric has lead the Tenor section of Vivaldi Chamber Choir since 2012.
- Basses - Elliott Dainow
Elliott has been playing piano since a young age and began singing in a madrigal group after which choral singing dominated his life. He was a founding member of the Phoenix Chamber Choir and then went on to sing professionally with Patrick Wedd and the Tudor Singers in Montreal.
He has sung - as lead and soloist - in many church, synagogue and community choirs but now spends more of his musical efforts playing and organizing the music at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver.
Kate has been singing in choirs for four years, though her mother swears she's been singing practically since birth. Her recent choral experience includes touring in Poland with Hertford College's chapel choir, and performing Bach's Mass in B Minor with the Oxford Pro Musica Singers. She currently sings with four choirs, two at UBC and the others in the larger Vancouver community. When not running from one rehearsal to another, she can be found studying for her third degree, this one in biochemistry, at UBC, and drinking endless cups of tea.
In addition Marcus Petrunia fills the role of deputy tenor lead and conducting assistant.
Marcus Petrunia is an experienced vocalist, pianist, music educator and music director in the Vancouver area. Having begun his choral experience at the tender age of 10 with the Calgary Boy's Choir, he embraced the world of ensemble singing with gusto! Marcus has been fortunate to sing with several premiere choral ensembles in western Canada including Spiritus Chamber Choir in Calgary, currently holds a seat in the tenor section with Chor Leoni Men's Choir and has had the immense privilege of creating music under the baton of Gerald Wirth of the Vienna Boy's Choir, Erick Lichte of Chor Leoni, and is excited to be singing with Vivaldi Chamber Choir under the baton of Edette Gagne, and to be providing musical direction under her tutelage as the Assistant Conductor!
When not breaking out in song at any random moment, Marcus can be found at his piano engaging in his passion teaching, coaching, and collaborating with other musicians; doing everything he can to help others to engage fully in the beauty of music and assisting others in achieving their musical potential..