Julie Crouch grew up in a home filled with music, studying piano for 12 years before switching to voice. She sang in touring choirs in both high school and college. After a five-year hiatus, she credits her sister -- singer and vocal instructor Michelle Crouch -- as well as Eva Bostrand (Storefront Studios, Edmonton) with getting her back into the singing that she loves so much. A longtime member of the award-winning Spiritus Chamber Choir and a founding member of Luminous Voices, Julie also enjoys regular collaborations with VoiceScapes and Early Music Voices.
When she's not singing, Julie facilitates healing through her hands at Acadia Massage Therapy.
Soprano Christina Jahn is very grateful to have appeared both as a soloist and ensemble singer for over 20 years with leading Canadian early music groups and professional ensembles such as the Toronto Consort, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Opera Atelier, Early Music Vancouver, Vancouver Cantata Singers, Toronto Masque Theatre, Aradia Baroque Ensemble, Sine Nomine Ensemble for Medieval Music, Alberta Baroque Ensemble, and at the Carmel Bach Festival in California. She has recorded for Marquis, NAXOS, Skylark and CBC Records. Christina founded musica intima in Vancouver and since her return to Calgary in 2000, formed and is Artistic Director for VoiceScapes, Calgary’s critically-acclaimed professional vocal ensemble. A strong proponent of developing emerging talent, she has provided stepping stone opportunities for over 150 young singers through the Debut Singers program at VoiceScapes Sing Along Messiah and through regular collaborations on VoiceScapes programs. Christina is a founding and current member of Luminous Voices. In addition to extensive work in early music, Christina has also premiered and recorded a number of new compositions by Canadian composers, and has sung to over 25,000 people at Globalfest’s Fireworks Finale. Christina has contributed significantly to community arts and service organizations over the last 30 years, serving on boards in AB, BC and ON. By day, she is a learning & development specialist and is currently working towards her certification in inquiry based coaching.
Jolaine Kerley is active as a soprano soloist, voice instructor, adjudicator, choral conductor, and clinician. She is currently adjunct professor of music at Concordia University College of Alberta, while maintaining a large private voice studio in Edmonton and area. Jolaine has been the artistic director of Ariose Women’s Choir since 2012, and alongside this role, Jolaine is the co-director of the Archbishop Jordan High School Choral program. Jolaine has received undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees in voice and choral conducting from the University of Alberta, and a graduate degree with a major in voice and minor in choral conducting and music history from the Early Music Institute at Indiana’s Jacobs School of Music.
Jolaine has been heard frequently as soprano soloist in works by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Monteverdi, Haydn, Scarlatti, Fauré, Schubert, Czerny, Pergolesi, and Bevan with choruses and orchestras throughout North America. Most recent solo engagements include Mozart’s Requiem at ACCC Podium conference, the title role of Venus in John Blow’s Venus and Adonis with Early Music Alberta, David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion with Pro Coro Canada, and Alan Bevan’s Nou Goth Sonne Under Wode at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2016.
Benila Ninan was born and raised in Edmonton and moved to Vancouver in 2009. She graduated from the University of Alberta with degrees in Voice Performance and Education. Benila also studied at the Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Hungary. She is nearing completion of a Master's degree in Music Education at the University of British Columbia.
In addition to Luminous Voices, for which she is a founding member, Benila has performed as a choral singer with Pro Coro Canada (Edmonton) and musica intima (Vancouver). She has represented Canada as both a singer and section leader for the World Youth Choir through the International Federation for Choral Music, which has taken her on numerous international tours. Benila's most recent engagements as a soprano soloist include Bach's Mass in B Minor with Summer Chor, Saint-Saëns' Messe de Requiem with the Oratorio Singers, and Bach's Wachet auf, ruft uns die stimme with the Vancouver Cantata Singers. She is an adjudicator and clinician of choirs, most recently at the Cantando Festival (Whistler), Choralfest North (Edmonton), and the Ontario Music Festival (Oshawa and Brampton).
Benila is currently a section leader with the Vancouver Cantata Singers. She has been on the faculties of such prestigious schools as Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts (Edmonton) and Collingwood School (West Vancouver). She currently teaches music at York House School in Vancouver.
Monique Olivier graduated in 2005 from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, under the direction of Dr. George Evelyn. She has sung with a number of exceptional choirs including the award-winning Spiritus Chamber Choir, the Canadian Chamber Choir, and the National Youth Choir.
Monique directs the Choral program at William Aberhart High School, which consistently receives "superior" ratings at local, provincial and national festivals. She also serves on the board of the Calgary Association for the Development of Music Education (CADME), coordinating choral and conducting workshops.
Soprano Hannah Pagenkopf has performed extensively in Calgary and abroad, and has been featured as a soloist and performer by Luminous Voices, Cowtown Opera, Early Music Voices, the Calgary Bach Society, and the Pro Arts Society, among others. Praised for her “wonderfully clear and expressive” singing (Calgary Herald), she has also appeared as a soloist with several orchestras including the Kantorei Academy Orchestra, Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, and most recently with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in their Bach@Knox Festival.
Hannah is also an avid participant of Calgary’s choral scene. In addition to singing with Luminous Voices, Hannah sings with the Christ Church choir and is the soprano section principal of the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus. Other highlights include two solo recitals in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, participating in the Neil Semer Vocal Institute in Germany, and performing Mozart's Exsultate, jubilate with the CPO as a finalist in the RBC Concerto Competition at the University of Calgary, from which she holds a degree in Linguistics.
Katie Partridge received her vocal training at the University of Calgary and the Banff Centre for the Arts and studied early music with The Hilliard Ensemble, Paul Hillier, Suzie LeBlanc, and Peter Phillips. She was a founding member of the Early Music Consort of Calgary, with whom she released two recordings. Katie spent three seasons with the Elmer Iseler Singers and, while living in Toronto, performed with the Amadeus Choir, Sine Nomine, and worked with conductors Helmut Rilling and Tonu Kallujste.
She has been a core member of Luminous Voices since 2012 and is featured on their recordings Mendelssohn’s Te Deum and The Far West. Katie was the soprano soloist in Luminous Voices’ performances of Togni’s Responsio with engagements in both Calgary and Edmonton, and has performed as feature soloist with the Calgary Renaissance Singers and Players. In 2018/19, Ms. Partridge will take part in performances with Early Music Alberta.
Kathleen Warke began her singing career in the fine Lutheran choral tradition at Augustana University. She has been a chorister and soloist with Pro Coro Canada, Ensemble de la Rue, VoiceScapes, Windsor Classic Chorale (Ontario), New Art Voices (Indiana), and many different university ensembles, most notably the award-winning University of Alberta Madrigal Singers. Currently, she is a proud member of the award-winning Spiritus Chamber Choir in Calgary, Canada. Kathleen studied voice for many years with Eva Bostrand, and holds a Master's degree in Ethnomusicology. She is a founding member of Luminous Voices.
Soprano Natalie Ziadé began her formal musical training at the age of eight at Grace Church on-the-Hill and has studied voice with Marjorie Sparks, Janet Obermeyer, and Katharine Pimenoff. Over the years, Natalie has sung with many of Toronto's finest choral ensembles, including The Elora Festival Singers, The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Tafelmusik, The Larkin Singers, The Tallis Choir, the St. James Cathedral Choir, and the Theatre of Early Music. Natalie currently lives in Calgary with her husband, tenor Paul Ziadé, and their sons, Timothy and Noah.