Phoebe Voigts, Artistic Director
Phoebe Voigts, the founding Artistic Director of the Saskatoon Children’s Choir, is an accomplished choral clinician, instructor, and conductor of children’s choirs. Appearing on choral stages across Canada, as well as in Europe, Asia, the United States and South Africa, the Saskatoon Children’s Choir is recognized internationally for their commitment to high artistic standards, humanitarian initiatives and creative performance practices. Ms. Voigts received her initial training from the University of Regina Luther College and the University of Saskatchewan, pursuing further studies at the University of Alberta, the University of Manitoba and the Royal College of Church Music in Croydon, England. Well respected within Canada and internationally, Ms. Voigts was included in Herstory, a Calendar featuring inspiring Canadian women, and inNed Powers’ 2011 book, Here’s to My Heros. She is the recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction in Arts Award, the Saskatchewan Music Educators Award for Outstanding Achievement, the Saskatchewan Choral Federation Pro Musica Award, and the Rotary Golden Wheel Award. She was chosen as the 2011 Children’s Champion of the Child and Youth Friendly Saskatoon. In November 2016, she has been honoured by the Saskatchewan Music Educators Association with the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award.
Michelle Aalders, Principal Accompanist
Michelle Aalders has been the principal accompanist with the Saskatoon Children’s Choir since 2002. She has travelled and performed internationally with the choir in China, Europe, South Africa, the British Isles, and most recently, Italy. She can be heard performing on their CDs “Cantus Populi” and “On Prairie Wings”. Michelle is a native of Nova Scotia and received her Master of Music Degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and her Bachelor of Music and Music Education Degrees from Acadia University, studying under Frances Clark, Louise Goss, Phyllis Lehrer, Dalton Baldwin and Janice Stephens. Michelle was a sessional professor at the University of Lethbridge and the Lethbridge Conservatory of Music, an accompanist for the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, Ontario under the direction of Dr. Mark Sirett, and also accompanist for the Cardston Girls Choir. Michelle is the music director and organist at Third Avenue United Church, where she also co-ordinates the “Thursdays at Third Avenue” noon-hour concert series. She is an active member of the SRMTA and enjoys a thriving piano studio, as well as her collaborative work with many local musicians and organizations, including the SSO.
Darcy Hildebrandt, Preparatory Accompanist
Darcy Hildebrandt grew up in Parkside, SK and began piano lessons at the age of 8. In 2008, she graduated from the U of S with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance under Bonnie Nicholson. She is now working toward her Master’s degree in Music Theory at the U of S. Some of the highlights of her musical life include singing with and accompanying the Greystone Singers, travelling to New York to play in Carnegie Hall with the National Collegiate Ensemble, playing for the Saskatoon Opera and Opera in Schools, performing with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, and collaborating with musicians from across Canada, the United States, and in Scotland. She is passionate about Canadian new music, Lieder, choir, opera, and other collaborations. Darcy is very excited to be a part of the SCC family this year.
Administrative Manager Gaileen Willick
Executive Director, SMEA Val Kuemper
Leadership Assistants Brynja Bayda, Miriam Corlan, Sydney Ehr, Emma Fish, Teagan Fish, Samantha Graham, Brooklyn Mattila, Julia Ramsay, Olivia Scrimshaw, Quinn Smith
Board of Directors Vivian Dyck, Gary Gullickson, Ann Mueller and Wendell Owen
Graphic Artist Jeff Spokes
Music Librarian Kate Gibbings
Program Design Shelly Balbar
Webmaster Stephen Levy
Choir Seamstress Heather Brigidear
Choir Archives Deanna Koroluk