Meet the Team

  • Heather Johnson

    Heather Johnson

    Founder & Artistic Director

    Heather founded the Cantilon Choral Program in 1999. Recognized for her ability to inspire, she seeks to create an atmosphere in which every singer may experience the joy of choral music and understand the importance of their own individual role in the creative process. Heather studied at the University of Alberta (M.Mus., choral conducting; B.Ed. secondary music education), the Kodály Pedagogical Intézet in Kecskemét, Hungary (Kodály Diploma) and the University of Lethbridge (B.Mus, piano performance). In great demand as a choral clinician, adjudicator, lecturer and guest conductor, Heather also maintains an active voice and piano studio.

  • Elaine Myhre

    Elaine Myhre

    Conductor

    Elaine Myhre (M. Mus., choral conducting; B.Mus., vocal performance) brings an exciting, energized approach to choral music education. Her passion to inspire young singers is rooted in the belief that only the best is good enough for children. Elaine has been a proud member of the Cantilon artistic team since 2010 and currently directs the Cantilon Children’s Choir. In addition to her work with Cantilon, Elaine also maintains an active voice studio and sings periodically with Pro Coro Canada. Elaine’s past conducting engagements include: Cantilon Primary Choir, Belle Canto Women’s Ensemble, All City Youth Choir, All City Children’s Choir, Sherwood Park Festival Singers and The King’s University Concert Choir. Her accomplishments have been rewarded through various scholarships and awards, most notably the Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada scholarship for her graduate thesis work on John Estacio’s Eulogies.

  • Victoria Biel

    Victoria Biel

    Conductor & Office Manager

    Victoria Biel, MMus, BEd, has long been an active member of the Edmonton musical community as both an educator and performer. She has performed various opera and musical theatre roles and has sung with Belle Canto and the Edmonton Opera chorus. Victoria has a passion for performing; be it in an opera, musical theatre or concert venue. Equal to this passion is Victoria’s love of working with children and youth as they discover the joy of expressing themselves through music. She has extensive experience teaching voice and drama, directing choirs, and choreographing. She has acted as director and musical director for numerous theater productions from Beauty and the Beast to Les Miserables, and is excited to be returning this year to conduct with Cantilon!

  • Josephine Huedepohl

    Josephine Huedepohl

    Conductor

    Josephine is known for her ability to inspire young singers and has been a music educator for the past 15 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from The King’s University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta. Over the past 15 years her school choirs have consistently placed 1st or 2nd in the Alberta Provincial Music Festival school choir category. In addition to her work in music education, Josephine has been a long standing member of our very own Belle Canto. She has been a proud member of the ensemble for 13 years and is excited to be a conductor with Cantilon for the first time this year! She has a passion for outstanding music education and we are thrilled to welcome Josephine to our artistic team.

  • Amy Bautista

    Amy Bautista

    Conductor

    Amy Bautista holds a degree in Elementary Education with a focus in Special Education and teaches grade one at Muriel Martin Elementary School. Her creativity in her pedagogy and passion for teaching have been recognized with an Alberta Excellence in Teaching Award. A budding accordion player, she has sung with Cantilon Choirs for over 20 years, and is a current member of Belle Canto. For the last 6 years, she has also been the proud conductor of the St. Albert KinderSingers. Amy loves watching children learn and grow in their love of music-making, and is very excited to be working with the very youngest singers of Cantilon this year.

  • Sally McIntosh

    Sally McIntosh

    Conductor

    Sally, a long-time member of the Cantilon Choral Program, holds degrees in both Music and Education and is an elementary school teacher. She has been a member of Cantilon’s Belle Canto Vocal Ensemble for 16 years. She is also a Cantilon parent and has experienced the joy of watching her children grow in musicianship, poise, and confidence through singing. Sally has a special love for working with young children and is thrilled to be the founding conductor of the KinderSingers and to have seen its development over the past 10 years. She has sung with choirs since early childhood and is a great believer in the camaraderie, discipline, and excellent musical training that choral singing brings people of all ages.

  • Mona Holton

    Mona Holton

    Conductor

    Mona Holton completed her BEd at the University of Alberta with a focus in choral music and French as a second language. She has taught music in Parkland School Division schools since 2002. In 2007, Mona attained her dream teaching assignment, and has been at Memorial Composite High School in Stony Plain co-directing all four of the school’s choirs since then. Mona is an enthusiastic, dedicated, and passionate educator; continually pursuing excellence for her choral ensembles, as well as in her own personal musicianship. Mona is thrilled to have a thriving career anchored in two of her biggest passions: music and people. Mona grew up studying piano performance with Jennifer Bosse, but fell in love with choral music upon joining Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff’s Madrigal Singers. Currently in her fifteenth season with Belle Canto, she is still in awe of the magic of singing in, and directing choirs. Mona is mother to three beautiful, small (slightly exhausting) children, and wife to one handsome, supportive (pretty fantastic) husband. She is excited and honoured to return to the Cantilon artistic team to help launch and lead Vox Hominis.

  • John Brough

    John Brough

    Conductor

    John Brough began music lessons at an early age, singing as a boy chorister with the Men and Boys’ Choir at Ottawa’s Christ Church Cathedral under Frances Macdonnell. He attended the University of Ottawa and was awarded a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance in 1997. Concurrently, he completed associate degrees with both the Royal Conservatory of Music in Organ Performance and the Royal Canadian College of Organists. While at the University of Ottawa, he sang as a countertenor soloist and chorister with the University of Ottawa Calixa Lavallée Ensemble, as well as an early music group, Musica Divina. Pursuing graduate studies at the University of Alberta, John received a Master of Music in Choral Conducting in 2000, and his Doctor of Music in 2007. His teachers have included Lawrence Ewashko (Ottawa), Leonard Ratzlaff, Debra Cairns and Malcolm Forsyth (Edmonton), Frieder Bernius (Germany) and Jon Washburn (Vancouver). John is very excited to be joining the Cantilon Choirs organization this fall as the co-conductor of the Vox Hominis men’s choir.

 

  • Shannon Hiebert

    Shannon Hiebert

    Accompanist

    Shannon Hiebert is highly regarded as a collaborative pianist, vocal coach, conductor and music director. A native of Winnipeg, she began her studies at the University of Manitoba and went on to train at the Banff Centre with Martin Isepp and the University of Michigan, in the prestigious studio of world renowned pianist, Martin Katz. Much in demand as a collaborative artist, she has worked with such celebrated singers as Tracy Dahl, Measha Brueggergosman and Andriana Chuchman and has been heard in recital and broadcast across Canada and the United States as well as Europe, Taiwan and Japan. A diverse performer, Shannon has performed with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Edmonton Opera, Groundswell and the Winnipeg Singers, Citadel Theatre and several musical theatre productions. Shannon has toured with Broadway Across Canada in productions of Mamma Mia, Spamalot and Wicked. In 2009, she joined the Toronto Company of Jersey Boys. Ms Hiebert has acted as Music Director for Grant MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts productions of Spring Awakening and A Little NIght Music. She has also provided musical direction for the Plain Jane Theatre Company’s Sterling Award nominated productions of Fiorello, Little Fish, Mack and Mabel and A New Brain. In 2013 Shannon received a Sterling Award nomination for outstanding musical direction. A passionate teacher, Ms Hiebert has served on the faculties of the University of Manitoba, University of Toronto and the University of Alberta, Opera NUOVA, Calgary Opera’s Artist Program and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI) and Cantilon Choirs. Her students have gone on to universities and programs around the world including, Opera Merola, Chicago Lyric Opera (LOCA), Canadian Opera Company, Calgary Opera, Vancouver Opera, Opera Atelier, The Britten-Pears School, The Banff Centre, The Franz Schubert Institute, Tanglewood and Netherlands Opera Theatre. Many of her students now enjoy international performing careers. Shannon currently resides in her beloved home city of Edmonton where she maintains a busy performing and coaching schedule.

  • Lauren Chalaturnyk

    Lauren Chalaturnyk

    Accompanist

    Lauren Chalaturnyk has been studying music for over fifteen years. She began her studies with piano and continued them in choral music and solo voice. Lauren has recently acquired her Grade 10 piano performance certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and is a graduate of the University of Alberta (B.A., Music and History). Beginning in the fall of 2014, she will continue her studies at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Law. Lauren has been singing with Cantilon Choirs for many years. She began her time with Cantilon singing with the Children’s Choir and is currently a member of Belle Canto. Lauren is entering her sixth season as the rehearsal accompanist for the St. Albert branches of the Primary and Children’s Choirs, and her fourth season as accompanist for the Kindersingers.

  • Megan Crane

    Megan Crane

    Accompanist

    Since she began accompanying choirs in 1999, Megan has never been far from the choral music community. She has accompanied, among others, the University of Alberta Concert Choir, the University of Ottawa Choral Ensemble, the Toronto Children's Chorus and I Coristi Chamber Choir. Megan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Alberta and a Masters degree in piano performance from the University of Montreal. She is choir director and organist at St. Augustine of Canterbury Anglican Church and a collaborative pianist at the King's University. She makes her home in Edmonton with her husband and her two beautiful children.