Saskatchewan Choral Federation
 
 

Clinicians

 

Dr. Dominic Gregorio

Dominic Gregorio is Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Choral Music at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, where he was awarded the New Faculty Teaching Award of Recognition in 2015. As well as conducting the University Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, Dr. Gregorio teaches voice, leads a graduate choral conducting program, and develops innovative courses in Creative Technology. Dominic recently created and taught a course entitled: "The Electronic Voice: Beatbox, Looping, Improvisation, Soundscapes and Vocal FX." Other research areas include Asian choral music and Filipino Choral Music, Indigeneity and culture.


A seasoned classical singer, Dominic has performed in the past few years with the Regina Symphony Orchestra, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Regina Philharmonic Choir and the Per Sonatori Baroque Ensemble. In 2012, Dr. Gregorio graduated with the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Choral Music and Music Education from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and was awarded the USC Order of Areté Medal, the highest honour accorded graduate students upon graduation. Dr. Gregorio also holds a triple major Masters Degree in Music from Temple University in Philadelphia (Voice, Choral Conducting and Music History) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from the University of Guelph.


Dr. Gregorio is a former conductor of the McMaster University Choir, Gay Men?s Chorus of Los Angeles, USC Thornton Opera Chorus and the Taipei Philharmonic Foundation Choruses, and recently completed terms as Vice-President Communications for Choral Canada, as well as Editor-In-Chief of Anacrusis, Choral Canada's choral journal.

 

 

Dr. Brendan Lord

Brendan Lord holds a Bachelor of Arts (Music) degree from Augustana University College, and Master and Doctor of Music degrees in Choral Conducting from the University of Alberta.  While studying for the Doctor of Music degree, Dr. Lord was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship, a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Fellowship, and a University of Alberta President’s Award.  His thesis, entitled Jonathan Dove’s The Passing of the Year and Other Works for Chorus and Keyboard, was awarded Choral Canada’s 2014 national award for Outstanding Thesis or Dissertation.  His principal conducting teachers have included Dr. Marc A. Hafso, Dr. Robert de Frece, Dr. Debra Cairns, and Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff. 

Dr. Lord is recognized for his unique blend of artistic and administrative abilities, and works frequently in both capacities.  As administrator, he is Executive Director of the Choir Alberta where, under his leadership, the organization has grown into the largest provincial choral organization in Canada.  Dr. Lord was also the Producer for Podium 2016, Canada’s national choral festival and conference, which took Edmonton in May 2016.  Artistically, Dr. Lord has worked with choirs of varying ages and abilities including the Sherwood Park Festival Singers, the Edmonton Public School Board’s All-City Children’s Choir, and Sangkor Women’s Ensemble.  Since 2006, he has been a regular Sessional Instructor at the University of Alberta where he has taught courses in the areas of conducting, music theory, and musicianship.

 

Cynthia Peyson Wahl

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Cynthia Peyson Wahl holds a Bachelor of Music Education (University of Regina), a diploma in Contemporary Music (Grant MacEwan University), and a Master of Music Education (University of Toronto). She currently teaches vocal jazz, choir, piano, and musical theatre at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute, and is the jazz choir director at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

At DMCI her choirs have presented Showcase concerts at ChoralCanada?s biennial Podium conference (2010) and the Canadian Rocky Mountain Festival in Banff in (2011 and 2013). In 2011 and 2012, her choirs won the Earl Grey Trophy for outstanding performance at the Winnipeg Music Festival, and in 2011, her Chamber Choir won the Lieutenant Governor?s Trophy for most outstanding performance of the festival. In May 2016, Cynthia will be presenting on jazz choir best practices at the Podium conference in Edmonton, Alberta.

In 2012, Cynthia was the recipient of the Michael Proudfoot award for excellence in choral teaching. Cynthia enjoys a busy schedule as a choral and jazz clinician and workshop presenter, regularly travelling across Canada and the US to work with choirs of all genres, and is on faculty with both the International Music Camp and National Music Camp of Canada.  In addition, Cynthia still maintains an active performing career.