is internationally recognized as one of Canada's leading conductors and musicians. She is co-founder and co-conductor of the prize-winning Elektra Women's Choir, founder and director of the renowned Chor Leoni Men's Choir, and has taught on the music faculty at the University of British Columbia. Her choral compositions have been published and recorded internationally, and she has frequently appeared on CBC national radio as a commentator on the classical arts in Canada. She was the first woman to conduct the National Youth Choir of Canada. In 1990 Diane received the Healey Willan award for her service to choral music in British Columbia; in 1994, she was named YWCA's Vancouver's Woman of Distinction of Arts and Culture; and in 1997 received a Distinguished Alumni Award honouring her achievements in choral music. In 2002 she received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for her significant contribution to Canada’s culture. She is a sought-after conductor and clinician on the international choral scene with engagements taking her to all corners of the world. With the help of her husband Dick, Diane has established Cypress Choral Music as a thriving source of new Canadian choral music and an encouragement to Canadian choral composers. In recognition of her achievements in and service to music and humanity throughout Canada, Diane was honoured to receive the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian award.
is one of Canada's best-known choral conductors, with special interests in the areas of tone colour, language and interpretation. As a conductor, singer, and administrator, her professional music career spans some twenty years, including eight years as a professional singer in the Vancouver Chamber Choir. Morna is best known for her work as co-founder and co-director of Elektra Women's Choir, with which she has received numerous honours and awards. She is Associate Artistic Director of Coastal Sound Music Academy in Coquitlam, BC, where she is Music Director of the Youth Chamber Choir. In February 1999, she co-directed the ACDA National Women's Honor Choir in Chicago. Morna holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia, a Diploma in Choir Pedagogy from the Stockholm Conservatory and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Western Washington University. She served as Executive Director of the World of Children's Choirs 2001 festival and symposium, which recently brought 47 children's choirs from 17 countries to Vancouver. She is currently Administrative Director of Festival Vancouver. Morna has given lectures on her work at local, national and international meetings of choral professionals. In May 2000, Morna was presented with the Healey Willan award for outstanding service to the BC Choral Federation. Morna currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Federation for Choral Music.
Stephen Smith - Accompanist
Stephen Smith grew up in rural Nova Scotia, where he sang and played the piano from an early age. After initial studies in his home province in both piano and organ, he attended the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. While there, he participated in national and international competitions and won numerous awards and distinctions. Since 1990, Stephen has lived in Vancouver, obtaining his doctoral degree in piano performance from the University of British Columbia (as a student of Jane Coop), and contributing to the musical life of the city as a performer, teacher, conductor, and composer. Currently, Stephen is a sessional faculty member at UBC, Assistant Conductor of the University Singers, and of the Vancouver Bach Choir, Resident Accompanist of the Vancouver Men's Chorus, and Director of the male-voice ensemble "Synergy". He appears as pianist on several CDs in commercial release and has a solo CD entitled Kaleidoscope, available on the Xylvan label. Stephen's choral arrangements and compositions are regularly performed and recorded all across North America and beyond, and he is increasingly sought after for commissions.