Artistic Director - Pembina Trails Voices
Born in Winnipeg, Canada, Valdine Anderson holds Bachelor’s Degrees in both Music (Voice Performance) and Music Education (Choral Music) from the University of Manitoba, and a post-graduate Opera Diploma from the University of Toronto. Valdine is the recipient of several university scholarships and two major Canada Council of the Arts career grants. Her musical background includes extensive study in piano and flute and an A.R.C.T. in Voice Performance. She is a regular juror for Canada Council for the Arts, a sought-after adjudicator for provincial, national and international music competitions, and is frequently consulted as a new music coach. Valdine Anderson serves at the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba as sessional instructor on the voice faculty, as chamber music consultant, and as a masterclass clinician. Valdine also maintains a private voice studio.
Valdine Anderson is the Founder and Artistic Director of Esprit de Choeur Women’s Choir, now in its sixth season and national finalist at the National Music Festival in Edmonton, Alberta in 2013. In 2015, Esprit de Choeur Women’s Choir won an invitation to sing at Tapestry International Festival of Women’s Choirs in Vancouver, Canada.
Valdine Anderson is also renowned for a career that spanned over two decades as an international soprano soloist, working with most of the major orchestras and living composers in the world. Conductors that Valdine has worked with as a soloist include the late Pierre Boulez, Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Winton Marsalis, Sir Colin Davis, David Robertson, Edo de Waart and Bramwell Tovey. Her recordings include Lutoslawski’s Chantefleurs et Chantefables, Eliot Carter’s opera What Next, Michael Torke’s Book of Proverbs, and many more. Her recording of Mahler’s 4th Symphony with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra won a Prairie Music Award, and her recording of Powder Her Face by Thomas Ades was nominated for Grammy.
Valdine Anderson lives in Winnipeg, with her husband and has four daughters. She and her family enjoy spending time in the summer at their cabin in the Whiteshell Provincial Park.
Martha Dyck, NOVA
Martha works as an Elementary Music Specialist in the Pembina Trails School Division. She completed her Orff Teacher Certification at the University of Manitoba and her Learning in the Early Years Graduate Diploma at Simon Fraser University in BC. She has directed choirs of all ages and studied choral conducting with master teachers of the BC Choral Federation. She loves to sing and encourage the gift of song with children. Martha co-leads the choir at her church. Her children and husband are all gifted musicians; and when they have the opportunity to be together in one place, they sing gospel music.
Amanda Ciavarelli, PTV Boys TCs
Amanda Ciavarelli is the kindergarten-grade 6 music specialist at École South Pointe School in Winnipeg, MB where she has many choirs and Orff Clubs that perform regularly at assemblies, festivals, and community events throughout the school year. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and holds a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education. She completed her Level III Orff Certification at the University of Manitoba in July 2015 and mentored with Brenda Harvey to be an Orff Level II Instructor in July 2017. She is passionate about elementary music education because of the important role music plays in the development and growth of children; fostering musicianship, teamwork, and communication while creating an opportunity for children to experience emotion and humanism through music. Amanda is excited to be conducting the PTV Boys Training Choir this year!!
Debra Yacheson, Minnesingers
Debra is excited to be in her 12th year conducting Minnesingers. Debra currently teaches music at Pacific Junction School and Henry G. Izatt Middle School. Her choirs have enjoyed many successes including trophies in the Winnipeg Music Festival, a provincial scholarship award and a recommendation to the Provincial Music finals. Debra is honoured to have worked as a guest conductor for the Louis Riel School Division Honour Choir, The Winnipeg School Division, Eastman Honour Choir and as the choral clinician at Children's Day for the Manitoba Orff Chapter. Most recently, Debra is the proud recipient of the Michael J. Proudfoot award for choral excellence given by the Winnipeg Music Festival. Debra's passion for music began at an early age, having been raised by a mother who played the violin and a father who played the accordion and guitar. She studied piano all through school with inspiring teachers which lead her to study music and receive her Bachelor of Arts (music major) and Bachelor of Education at the University of Winnipeg and Mennonite Brethren College (now CMU).
Cathy Doerksen, Choraliers
Cathy is the elementary music specialist, early years choral
conductor and handbell director at Balmoral Hall School. Her choirs have
received numerous awards at the Winnipeg Music Festival including the Mozart
Shield and Anne Tate Memorial trophies. Prior to teaching in schools, Cathy
served as a music director in churches in Manitoba and Arizona involving
multiple choirs for all ages, musical dramas, weekly specials, and holiday
choral concerts. She continues to serve in the music department at her church,
whether leading teams, directing choirs, playing piano or her recent favourite,
the Hammond organ.
Cathy holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree, majoring in
voice and organ; Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction; and a Doctorate
of Education. Since 2012, Cathy has also been a team leader for school site
visits across Canada and the United States through the International
Baccalaureate Educators Network, as well as leading workshops in-person and
online in inquiry and music. She is excited to see children grow in their
ability to confidently express themselves through music in PTV!
Alisa Wiebe, PTV Boys
Surrounded by music from the beginning, music has always
been a part of Alisa's life. Musical collaborations have always been a
highlight, whether playing in a family string quartet, sing folk songs with
friends or touring with choirs as both a singer and a conductor. Alisa is a
choral director at Collège Garden City Collegiate sings in professional choirs
in the city. She has enjoyed traveling the province as an adjudicator, guest
conductor and clinician for regional choirs and festivals. She is excited to
continue making music with PTV Ragazzi this year.
Monika Lukomska, Chorale
Born and raised in Poland, Monika attended the Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland. After she immigrated to Canada she completed both a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Manitoba. Ms. Lukomska also holds an Orff Certificate from the University of Manitoba and has completed a five-year certification program in choral conducting from the Institute of Culture in Koszalin, Poland. She has held the position of music specialist at Ecole Garden Grove School since 1993. Her school choirs had been awarded many trophies at the Winnipeg Music Festival including the prestigious Beth Douglas Memorial Trophy for the most outstanding public school choir. Ms Monika Lukomska is the second recipient of the Michael J. Proudfoot Trophy for Choral Excellence given yearly to a conductor who most demonstrates passion for choral music, a drive to produce excellence in the choirs with which they work and a history of performance in the Winnipeg Music Festival. Ms Lukomska is an active member of the Sokol Polish Folk Ensemble.
Michael Dueck, PTV Men
Proud to hail from Kleefeld, MB, Michael Dueck makes his second home on the stage as a passionate performer and enthusiastic educator. An active Manitoba choral advocate, Michael enjoys crossing the "singing province" as a singer, conductor and clinician. He is the choral director at W.C. Miller Collegiate and Parkside School in Altona. As a vocalist, Michael has performed with outstanding Manitoba choirs including Prairie Voices, the University of Manitoba Singers and Canzona. He also represented Manitoba in the National Youth Choir of 2012. As an actor, Michael enjoys contributing to local productions including works with the Steinbach Arts Council, Crosswalk Players, Real Live Entertainment, as well as spending several seasons in principal roles with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Winnipeg from 2013-2016. Other performance projects include Mint (Manitoba's favourite male vocal quartet) and Mayflowers in June (an acoustic trio based in Kleefeld). Michael is passionate about male ensemble singing and could not be happier to be included in the PTV family as conductor of the PTV Men.