Saskatchewan Choral Federation

2010 Nominees

Sharon Carter, Middle Lake, SK

Coloratura Soprano * Pianist * Teacher.   Saskatchewan schooled in Grenfell and Melfort.  Bachelor of Music in Vocal Education from the University of Toronto, Associate of Royal Conservatory of Toronto in Piano Performance.  Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Saskatchewan (Regina).

A Canada Council grant for a year of opera study at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and private voice study in New York City was the beginning of 26 years in the United States, most of which were in the Palm Springs area of southern California.  They were busy music years involving performance, arts administration, church music directorships, music teaching from elementary to college levels and mentor teaching.

In 2006 came early retirement from California teaching to a quiet retirement in small-town Saskatchewan to be near elderly parents.  Quiet retirement has blossomed into a full teaching studio with 60 students, 4 teachers and a non-profit, multi-community arts organization, 'Three Lakes and District Performing Arts Association'.

My personal fulfillment comes through the process of creating music-making possibilities . . . in performance and in teaching . . . that allow multiple generations to become inspired and empowered music makers.


Matt Field, Regina, SK

Matthew Field has been an active participant in the choral community since his first choir encounter with Stewart Wilkinson in 1995. Since then he has sung in countless choral groups, including the University of Regina Chamber Singers and the self-directed private choir 'Cantate' to name but two.

Matt has studied voice at the University of Regina and Regina Conservatory, and has spent time as a vocal coach with Saskatchewan Express and private lesson instructor at the Long & McQuade Music Education Center.

Currently working with Long & McQuade in the Education Services division, Matt feels very fortunate to be able to combine his personal passion for singing with his professional responsiblity to support the choral community and music directors throughout Saskatchewan.


Kelsea McLean, Saskatoon, SK

Kelsea McLean is currently enrolled in her first year of Education at the University of Saskatchewan. She sings and is soprano section leader with the Saskatoon Chamber Singers. Kelsea graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Concentration in Education) from Canadian Mennonite University in 2010. While at CMU, she studied choral music with her mentor, Dr. Janet Brenneman, and also studied with Rudy Schellenberg and vocal teacher, Henriette Schellenberg. She performed extensively at CMU, as a soprano in CMU Singers, Chamber Singers, Women’s Chorus, and the vocal jazz ensemble, Wholly Jazz. In addition to singing, she served as the soprano section leader and tour manager for the CMU Chamber Singers and rehearsed Wholly Jazz when conductor, Marilyn Redekop, was absent. Kelsea was a member of All Saint’s Anglican Church Choir from 2007-2010.  In 2010, she performed soprano solos in Mendelssohn’s 'Hear My Prayer' with the CMU Choirs and Mennonite Community Orchestra, and Jenkins 'L’Homme Armé' with the Swift Current Oratorio Choir and Regina Chamber Players. She also performed with trios and quartets in Bach’s 'Jesu Meine Freude' in 2010.   In 2009, she was the soprano soloist for Buxtehude’s 'Magnificat', 'Nunc Dimitis', and 'Membra Jesu Nostri'.  Kelsea also sang the part of Anita in CMU’s 2009 production of Bernsteins’s 'West Side Story'. In 2009- 2010, Kelsea interned with the Pembina Trail Voices Boy’s Choir under the direction of Dr. Janet Brenneman and Ruth Wiwchar.

Raised in Swift Current, Kelsea played french horn in the Wind Orchestra, piano in Thursday Night Jazz, and sang in the vocal jazz ensemble, By Design, as well as the Comp Chamber Singers and Meistersingers.  Participating in the Swift Current Music Festival, Kelsea won numerous awards over the years, culminating in her winning the Senior Vocal Award in both her grade 11 and grade 12 years.   She was also the recipient of the Colin King Award for outstanding participation in the high school music program.