Unfortunately due to the virus situation going on right now and in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan the Chief Medical Health Officer of Saskatchewan has banned public gatherings of over 250 people. This includes our upcoming concert on April 4th. We want to Thank our supporters, we appreciate your ongoing support. We will be back up and running in the Fall with a great new Season.
Juno-nominated mezzo soprano, Andrea Ludwig, was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. She has appeared with the Canadian Opera Company in numerous roles including Nireno in Handel’s Julius Ceasar, the Second Niece in Britten’s Peter Grimes, Flora in The Turn of the Screw, Moira in Paul Ruder’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and Liesgen in Bach’s Coffee Cantata.Very much in demand for contemporary opera, Andrea has sung with Tapestry New Opera in newly premiered operas Shelter, Oksana G and The Overcoat: A Musical Tailoring. Andrea was Nada in the multi Dora-nominated Queen of Puddings’ production of Ana Sokolovic’s Svadba (The Wedding) in Toronto, at Edmonton Opera, Philadelphia Opera, San Francisco Opera, and at Festival D’Aix en Provence . She has appeared with Symphony Nova Scotia, Symphony New Brunswick, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Kindred Spirits Orchestra, Against the Grain Theatre, Toronto Masque Theatre, Soundstreams, Off Centre Music Salon and The TSO Chamber Soloists. Recent recordings include the ECMA-nominated Schubert Orchestrations with Symphony Nova Scotia, Responsio, by Peter Togni, Galicians II with The Ukrainian Art Song Project and Ana Sokolovic’s Sirens.
Holly Gilroy, Alto, is thrilled to be one of soloists tonight. Holly was born and raised in Regina and started private voice lessons when she was eleven. That same year she joined the Halcyon Chamber Choir. Since then she has taken part in many concerts that feature Halcyon and the Regina Philharmonic Chorus, as well as the Regina Symphony Orchestra. Holly sang with the Regina Philharmonic Chorus in 2015, when she was the soloist for Karl Jenkins’ Gloria, and in 2016, where she was the alto soloist for Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore. While in high school she was a part of the Luther Girls Choir, Senior Choir, Advanced Vocal Ensemble, and was in the cast for Luther College’s Broadway musical productions of Beauty and the Beast and Oliver.
Michael Hawkes, Bass is thrilled to be joining the Regina Philharmonic Chorus again this year. This will be his fifth time performing with the choir, having sung Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, Jenkin’s The Armed Man, Orff’s Carmina Burana and most recently Rutter’s Gloria. Michael sang with the University of Regina Chamber Singers, the Kokopelli Choir and is a 15-year member of Regina’s Halcyon Chamber Choir. Michael also had the opportunity to work with renowned composer, Eric Whitace, in 2018 at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Victoria Stroeder, Soprano, has had a passion for singing ever since she was very young. For several years, she sang in both the Cantate Apprentice and Senior Choirs. Over the past four years, she has been heavily involved in the choral program at Dr. Martin LeBoldus High School, having sung with the vocal jazz group, Eclipse, and with the LeBoldus Chamber Choir. In recognition of her musical talents, she was invited to participate in the SMEA Honour Choir in November, 2019. A highlight for Victoria was singing as a chorus member with the Regina Philharmonic Chorus for its performance of Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man in 2018. She would like to thank her family for their constant love and support, and Hart Godden, her music teacher, for providing musical instruction and vocal coaching.