Karen Michelle Behn BMus. UBC, has been an educator, singer and choral conductor for over 30 years. She graduated with a Jazz Diploma in voice and piano from Vancouver Community College and went on to obtain her Bachelor of Music with a major in voice from the University of British Columbia.
She studied voice with many renowned teachers in Vancouver and performed in several productions with the Greater Vancouver Opera Society, as well as singing with Telyn, a voice/harp duo that performed at Expo ‘86. Karen discovered her love of choral conducting while teaching at the Langley Community Music School. She went on to a career teaching music in the public school system. Over the years she has conducted numerous children’s, community and church choirs.
Currently Karen does some coaching and conducts Kaslo’s Kuimba (Swahili for ‘we sing’)Choir. This community choir focusses on world music, exploring a variety of musical styles from many countries. Music is and has always been Karen’s passion. She brings her wide breadth of experience, training, love of song and sense of fun (!) to this year’s Kaslo Summer Music Workshop.
Eva Bostrand, M Mus., began her musical training and performing in Stockholm, Sweden, where she attended Musikhögskolan, University of Stockholm, and Stockholms Musikpedagogiska Institut. Throughout her training, she performed as a soloist and an ensemble singer with professional and semiprofessional vocal groups. She was a member of the Swedish Radio Chamber Choir under the direction of Eric Ericson, one of her mentors, and toured, performed, and recorded extensively with the choir. Bostrand sang under conductors Anders Öhrwall, Riccardo Muti, Sir David Wilcox, James DePriest, and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
Since coming to Canada, Bostrand has appeared in solo and chamber music recitals and performed with symphony orchestras. Bostrand teaches voice from her own music studio, storefrontstudio, in Edmonton. She has a passion for voice education and leads workshops for voice teachers, music teachers, choirs, and voice students of all ages and levels. She is also a choral-vocal adjudicator and clinician at festivals across Canada.
Bostrand believes strongly in the benefits of singing, especially in a choir setting – not only the social benefits of being part of a group, but also the documented benefits to our physical and emotional health. But mostly, she says, “It’s just fun.”
Robert Casgrain, M Mus., His musical training and love for choral music started when he joined the Prince Albert Boys Choir at age seven. He started piano lessons at the same time and soon became the choir’s accompanist. After leaving Prince Albert, Casgrain continued his studies at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna.
Bob is a piano instructor at Grant McEwan College in Edmonton and is held in high regard as accompanist and collaborative musician by both singers and instrumentalists.
Each evening of the week he is accompanying and assisting choirs in the Edmonton area.
When he is not busy at the piano, Bob can be found outdoors. Hiking, mountain biking, and stargazing have taken him to many exotic places around the globe.
••••••• Eva Bostrand and Robert Casgrain have worked together in choir rehearsals, music camps, and master classes for over twenty-five years. Both instructors enjoy the process of teaching and delight in the success of their students.
Tamara Sunsong will be a guest presenter this year and brings her knowledge and expertise in vocal improvisation to this year’s course. She has a M Mus. from the University of Alberta and has studied with Rhiannon, master teacher and jazz vocalist.