Saskatchewan Choral Federation


2016 ChorFest Pod (Choir) Clinicians:



Janet Brenneman

Dr. Janet Brenneman is Dean and Associate Professor of Music at Canadian Mennonite University where she teaches music education and conducts the CMU Singers and the CMU Women's Chorus.

Originally from Ontario, Janet earned Bachelor and Master degrees in Music Education from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from Michigan State University. Janet studied conducting with Doreen Rao, Elmer Iseler, and Charles Smith. As a graduate student, she was awarded the prestigious Sir Ernest MacMillan Award in Music Education for her research and scholarship. Her research interests include gender issues in choral music education, and the boys changing voice. Janet is a former conductor of boys’ choirs for Pembina Trails Voices.

Currently, Dr. Brenneman is the Conductor of Renaissance Voices and Co-conductor of the Mennonite Festival Chorus, a symphonic chorus for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. She enjoys a busy family life with her husband John Balsillie and their two children, Lydia and Naomi.


Jennifer Lang

Dr. Jennifer Lang is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Saskatchewan where she directs the Greystone Singers and the University Chorus. 

While completing her graduate studies at the University of Western Ontario, Jennifer instructed advanced choral techniques and music education courses at the Don Wright Faculty of Music and Faculty of Education.  In addition to serving as Program Coordinator for Musical Futures Canada, she was an instructor in the Teaching Support Centre, director of the UWO Choir and a conductor within the Amabile Boy's and Men's choirs of London, ON. 

Prior to completing her doctorate, Jennifer served as a program leader of vocal and instrumental secondary school music with the District of Niagara Arts Academy in the District School Board of Niagara.


Graeme Langager

Dr. Graeme Langager is Director of Choral Activities at the UBC School of Music having held similar positions at the University of Arkansas and Cuesta College in California.

A native of Lethbridge, AB, he received the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and the Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting from California State University, Long Beach.  He studied conducting under Earl Rivers, Stephen Coker, Lynn Bielefelt and Marc Hafso and received additional training from Helmut Rilling, Anton Armstrong, Thomas Davies, John Alexander and Robert Page. 

Dr. Langager has taught across the United States at high school, college and university levels.  He is sought after as a clinician and guest conductor and is an active composer and arranger.  He is currently Director of the award-winning Phoenix Chamber Choir who swept every category they were entered in at Choral Canada's National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs.