The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace


Join the RPC and dignitaries as our new season launches with a special concert of remembrance, showcasing the powerful music of The Armed ManA Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins, and settings of Lord Thou Hast Been Our Refuge by Ralph Vaughan Williams and John Rutter.


Tava Burton, Soprano, was born and raised in Regina.  She first began singing in as a chorister the Holy Rosary Cathedral Children’s Choir. Tava was a member of the O’Neill High School Choir and Vocal Jazz group from 2006-2010 and has sung in the Halcyon Chamber Choir since 2008. She has taken part in many Regina Symphony Orchestra’s performances throughout the years, featuring Halcyon and the Regina Philharmonic Chorus; one of her favourites being Carmina Burana.  Karl Jenkins is a composer close to Tava’s heart, having taking part in Halcyon’s Western Canadian premiere of Jenkins’ The Armed Man, and the Canadian premiere of Stabat Mater.  Tava is excited to be a soloist with the Regina Philharmonic Chorus.

Holly Gilroy, Alto, was born and raised in Regina and is currently studying business administration at the University of Regina.   Holly started private voice lessons when she was eleven and 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 has previously sung with the Regina Philharmonic Chorus in 2015, where 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.

Chad Stanton, Tenor, was born and raised in Regina.  Chad was a member of the Sheldon-Williams Collegiate Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz groups from 2008 to 2012; he also performed the role of the Beast in Beauty and the Beast and the role of Danny Zuko in Grease.   Chad has been a member of the Halcyon Chamber Choir since 2010 and he has often been featured as a soloist.  Other concert highlights include solos with Per Sonatori Baroque Ensemble, as well as being a featured soloist in the Regina Philharmonic Chorus’ performance of Mozart’s Solemn Vespers in 2016. Chad is thrilled to be a part of the Regina Philharmonic Chorus in this performance of The Armed Man, and wishes all the best to his fellow musicians.


Michael Hawkes, Bass, is very excited to be performing again with the Regina Philharmonic Chorus having performed previously with the RPC in Mozart’s Solemn Vespers.  Having lived most of his life in Regina, Michael’s has sung in the Conservatory Children’s choir, the Campbell Collegiate choirs, the Kokopelli Choir (in Edmonton)and in the University of Regina Chamber Singers. Michael is also a 15-year member of Regina’s Halcyon Chamber Choir.  Michael recently had the opportunity to work with renowned composer, Eric Whitacre as part of an auditioned choir with singers from around the world, in a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City.  Michael would again like to thank his family and friends for their loving support over the years.


The Regina Christian School Elementary Choir has been in operation for 11 years under the direction of Ms. Juan-Marie Watkis and accompanied by Mrs. Julie Sims. Our goal is to share the gift of singing by blessing others with our voices to bring hope and joy to all.  Approximately 40 students from grades 2 to grade 8 enthusiastically participate weekly in choir rehearsals. This choir has performed in various venues: Regina Symphony Orchestra, Barbershop Chorus, Rotary Carol Festival, Regina Music Festival, Light the Lights, Regina Optimist ChorFest, Moose Jaw Band and Choral Festival, City Wide Praise, Care Homes and at their school.

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