JULIE CROUCH

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.

 
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CHRISTINA JAHN

Christina Jahn has appeared with the Toronto Consort, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Opera Atelier, Aradia Baroque Ensemble, the University of Calgary Celebrity Series, Sine Nomine Ensemble for Medieval Music, Vancouver Cantata Singers, Elektra Women's Choir, and at the Carmel Bach Festival in California. She has recorded for Marquis, NAXOS, Skylark, and CBC Records. Christina founded the ensemble musica intima in Vancouver and, since her return to Calgary in the year 2000, formed and serves as artistic director of VoiceScapes, Calgary's professional vocal ensemble.

In addition to extensive work in early music, Christina has also premiered and recorded a number of new compositions by Canadian composers. Recent engagements include Handel's Israel in Egypt with Early Music Vancouver, J.S. Bach's Schwingt freudig euch empor with Alberta Baroque Ensemble, the role of Serpina in Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona, Ariel in Tempest, and singing to over 25,000 people at Globalfest's Fireworks Finale. Christina also serves on the Board of Directors for the Calgary Boys' Choir.

 
 
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BENILA NINAN

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 and Saint-Saëns' Messe de Requiem with the Oratorio Singers.  She is an adjudicator and clinician of choirs, most recently at the Cantando Festival in Whistler and Choralfest North in Edmonton.

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.

 
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MONIQUE OLIVIER

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.

 
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KATIE PARTRIDGE

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.

Katie has been a core member of Luminous Voices since 2012. She is featured on their recordings Mendelssohn’s Te Deum and The Far West. She was also the soprano soloist in Luminous Voices’ performances of Peter-Anthony Togni’s Responsio with engagements in both Calgary and Edmonton. Her voice has been described as “a radiant, pure soprano” (June 2014, Calgary Herald). Katie's most recent engagement was as featured soloist with the Calgary Renaissance Singers and Players in December 2017.

 
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KATHLEEN WARKE

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.