Artistic Director, Prairie Voices
Geung Kroeker-Lee is the Artistic Director of Prairie Voices. Under the guidance of Dr. Elroy Friesen, Geung completed his Master of Music in Choral Conducting at the University of Manitoba. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice from the University of Manitoba, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. Geung also serves as the assistant conductor of Canzona, a professional baroque choral ensemble in Winnipeg.
As a music educator, Geung teaches middle years general music at Arthur E. Wright Community School in Winnipeg. He has developed teaching and conducting experience through interim director roles with the University of Manitoba Singers and Women’s Chorus, and the Seycove Secondary School Choirs in North Vancouver, BC, and apprentice positions with Prairie Voices, the University of Manitoba Choirs, and the Ontario Youth Choir. An in-demand choral clinician and workshop facilitator, Geung has worked with numerous ensembles in the Vancouver and Winnipeg areas, and was most recently the guest conductor for the Central Manitoba Youth Choir.
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Artistic Director, Horizon
Johanna Hildebrand has enjoyed a life-long involvement in music of all styles and genres. Subsequent to the acquisition of Musical Arts and Education degrees from Canadian Mennonite University and the University of Manitoba, she has taught choir and fiddling in various schools, and presently teaches in the Seven Oaks School Division, where she teaches music, choir and fiddling.
Johanna has performed and studied music since the age of two. Her musical interests have multiplied through the years, including various instruments and singing in numerous vocal and instrumental groups, most recently Renaissance Voices and the Canadian Chamber Choir.
Johanna's choral experience includes working with singers of all ages through university, community, public and private schools and she has served as a guest conductor at various Manitoba choral days, including the Provincial Honour Choir. She recently served as the choral director of the Rainbow Harmony Project. She is widely travelled and enjoys her links to a variety of interests which include folk festivals, swimming and walking her 100 pound labradoodle!
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Assistant Conductor, Prairie Voices
Katy is the Assistant Conductor of Prairie Voices, and has been involved in choral music since early childhood, and can't imagine not singing in a choir! Katy is currently studying Choral Conducting at the University of Manitoba, with Dr. Elroy Friesen. Originally from Toronto, Katy did her Bachelor of Music at Western University, in London, Ontario. After spending a few years in Toronto singing in professional ensembles, teaching community music, and doing arts administration for the Canadian Children's Opera Company, Katy wanted a change of pace, packed up the car, and moved to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. In Yellowknife, she was the founding co-director of the Ursa Miners Chamber Choir, and was very active in the arts and music scene. Now in Winnipeg, Katy sings with the Desautels Faculty of Music Choirs, is a Choral Scholar for the Canzona Baroque ensemble, and is co-founder of the Winnipeg Beer Choir. She is honoured to have the opportunity to work with Geung and Prairie Voices, and is looking forward to an exciting season ahead!
Assistant Director/Accompanist, Horizon
A born and raised rural Manitoban, Aaron Loeppky has from a young age enjoyed and participated in many things musical. Starting at the piano, Aaron has pursued his enjoyment of playing and singing through his youth and on into the University of Manitoba, where he holds a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor in Education, with a focus on senior years choral instruction.
Aaron has a variety of experience in the local music scene, including teaching senior years music, past involvement in several local choirs including Prairie Voices, University of Manitoba Singers and Camerata Nova, and numerous accompanying engagements in and around Winnipeg. He now finds himself employed in design, construction and woodworking, and fulfills his love of music as accompanist and assistant director of Horizon.
Pianist, Prairie Voices
A pianist with polymathic leanings, Ben Sellick has received degrees in film, philosophy, and piano performance from the University of Manitoba, and now works as a composer, pianist, and teacher, while pursuing projects in conducting, acting, and entrepreneurship.
Having never sung a note before university, he became enamored of choral music in the choirs of Dr. Elroy Friesen. A few of Ben’s favorite things are guacamole, slow travel, thunderstorms, and wool socks.
Executive Director, Prairie Voices Inc
Sarah Kroeker took up the role of Executive Director of in 2017. She is joyfully surprised to find herself at the helm of the organization 17 years after she first saw Prairie Voices perform in its inaugural year. She is passionate about enabling Prairie Voices Inc. to continue providing opportunities for people to participate in a choral community. Since 2007, Sarah has been a regular audience member and friend of the choirs. She is also married to a dashing Horizon bass.
Sarah splits her time between keeping PVI running smoothly and working with children as a Certified Music Therapist. She has a Bachelor of Music Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University and sang in the WLU Choir in 2011. With whatever spare time she finds, Sarah plays the cello in collaborative efforts and has a particular passion for string quartets.
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Board of Directors
Prairie Voices Inc. is governed by a board of directors elected at each year's AGM.
- Chair - Joel Lebois
- Vice-Chair - Meghan Bjorklund
- Treasurer - Tom Ens
- Secretary - Byron Lebois
- Fundraising - Jason Bergen
- Public Relations/Media - Kenny Hong
- Member at Large - Matthew Thiessen
The board holds monthly meetings that are open to the public. For more information about the roles and responsibilities of the board of directors, please contact Sarah Kroeker at firstname.lastname@example.org.