Section Leaders

The Section Leaders

The Vivaldi Chamber Choir is fortunate to have expert help and encouragement from these accomplished musicians:

  • Sopranos - Kate Radford
  • Kate portraitKate 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.

  • Altos - Tabitha Brasso-Ernst
    Tabitha HeadshotTabitha is a graduate of Bishop's University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts concentrating in Classical Voice, English Literature, and Drama. She received formal training while there, and was featured in the opera performance program at the Université de Sherbrooke. In June 2015, she was awarded the silver medal in the national final of the Canadian Music Competition, and has gone on to work as a frequent soloist and section leader with the Vivaldi Chamber Choir and St. Mary's Kerrisdale church choir. For the past two years, she has been a featured performer in the Vocal Arts Festival of Montreal (hosted by the International Vocal Arts Institute), and most recently was a guest soloist with the Richmond Orchestra and Chorus.

  • Tenors - Eric Schwarzhoff
    Eric HeadshotEric 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 HeadshotElliott 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.

In addition Marcus Petrunia fills the role of deputy tenor lead and conducting assistant.
Marc Headshot

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 Boys' 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 Mens? Choir and has had the immense privilege of creating music under the baton of Gerald Wirth of the Vienna Boys' 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..