sport of dressage.
Dr. Fagnan is associate professor of music responsible for the vocal/choral program at Campus Saint-Jean in Edmonton where he has directed the dynamic Chorale Saint-Jean for the past 14 years. For seven years he was also artistic director of the acclaimed ensemble Da Camera Singers which enjoyed regular collaborations with Edmonton’s professional orchestras. His recent area of research, choral acoustics, has led to collaborations and presentations at international conferences in Stockholm, Miami and Paris. His thesis entitled “The Acoustical Effects of the Core Principles of the Bel Canto Method on Choral Singing” was recently awarded both Canadian and American National dissertation prizes. He is a fellow of the Fondation Baxter et Alma Ricard, which enabled him to conduct advanced research in choral acoustics at IRCAM in Paris. The recent awarding of a generous grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation led to the opening of Canada’s first vocal acoustics laboratory at Campus Saint-Jean of the U of A in 2006. He has served as vocal coach for the largest choral festival in North America and in July of 2008, was honoured to conduct a choir of 1400 voices amassed to celebrate Québec City’s 400th anniversary. In 2009 presented several sessions at the Québec Choral Conductors’ Symposium and was keynote presenter at Festival 500, an international choral festival in Newfoundland. During his 2009-2010 sabbatical year, he will produce a new DVD on vocal technique for choirs and write a book on bel canto vocal pedagogy. He presented the keynote address at the Europa Cantat General Assembly in Sofia, Bulgaria in November of 2009 and has been asked to present his research at the World Choral Symposium in Argentina in 2011.
Ivan is an avid member of the audience as his wife Jane and their three children perform with Edmonton Musical Theatre, the Edmonton Youth Orchestra, Alberta Ballet (Edmonton Division), and the Society for Talent Education. He also spends a considerable amount of his time on bleachers and in cold hockey arenas supporting and watching his sons play baseball and play hockey with their Edmonton Minor Hockey Association teams.
Presently he is a member of the PEN Canada Board of Directors – Chair of Outreach Program Western Canada. PEN Canada is the Canadian chapter of PEN International which celebrates literature and envisions the world where writers are free to write, readers are free to read, and freedom of expression prevails.
Mr. Andrejevic is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and the City of Edmonton Arts and Culture Citation Award.
Steph Kubash Mahé
Steph spent five years volunteering with the Idylwylde Community League, she was the SECLA representative, vice-president and president. She was also Secretary for the SECLA skate park project.
In her spare time Steph trains in martial arts, she has her 1st Dan blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do and is training in Krav Maga Israeli Self Defense.