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 Primary and Children’s Choir. In addition to her work with Cantilon, Elaine also sings periodically with Pro Coro Canada. Elaine’s past conducting engagements include: 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.

  • Graham Fast

    Graham Fast

    Conductor - Vox Hominis

    A recent graduate of the University of Alberta (Masters of Music, Choral Conducting), conductor, singer and percussionist Graham Fast is a passionate and versatile musician. During his time in Edmonton, Graham has worked with many of Edmonton’s finest choirs including Richard Eaton Singers (assistant conductor), ProCoro Canada #connect, the University of Alberta Madrigal Singers, Chronos Vocal Ensemble and Vocal Alchemy. Graham is thrilled to conduct Cantilon Choirs’ Vox Hominis men’s choir beginning in September 2017. Graham completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Calgary in 2014, focussing on Vocal performance with an integrated focus on wind band conducting. In the fall of 2015 he began his studies at the University of Alberta under Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff, where he received the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in 2016 in recognition of his academic and artistic excellence. While Graham’s singing and conducting involvements in the Edmonton area develop, he still maintains connections with his Calgary roots where he is frequently engaged with musical projects. Graham currently lives in Edmonton where he actively contributes to the flourishing choral community in the area, both as a singer and a conductor.

  • 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.

  • Cheryl Ulledal

    Cheryl Ulledal

    General Manager

    Cheryl has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Cantilon Choirs since moving to Edmonton in 2005. She has been a singer in Belle Canto Women’s Ensemble, a member of the Board of Directors, and a volunteer on many committees. After working in various administrative positions, raising three children, (and always singing), Cheryl went to university as a mature student and graduated with a BA in music in 2013. She is thrilled to be able to bring her administrative and musical backgrounds together in her new role as General Manager.

 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Elisa Voth

    Elisa Voth

    Accompanist

    Elisa Voth is an accomplished pianist and organist and has been studying music for 18 years. She is currently studying Piano Performance with Joachim Segger and Leanne Regehr at The King’s University in Edmonton. In the Spring, she will graduate with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, in addition to a Church Music Certificate. During her time at King’s she has been recognized for her performance ability through many awards, including the Gerry Segger Scholarship for Performance Excellence and two Robert Tegler Performance Scholarships. In addition to this, Elisa studies organ with Marnie Giesbrecht, and has received several scholarships from the Royal Canadian College of Organists, including the Eileen Gordon-Bishop Scholarship for Advanced Organists. In December 2016, she made her debut as an organist on the Davis Concert Organ at the Winspear Center in Edmonton. This year, she is preparing for her graduating piano recital, as well as teaching private lessons at Walter’s Music Studio, and accompanying the Cantilon Primary and Childrens Choirs in St. Albert. Throughout her engagements, she has been recognized for her enthusiastic approach to performance and her dedication to musical studies. Accompanying the bright and talented children of the Cantilon Choirs gives her much enjoyment and inspires her in her studies.