The Vancouver Chamber Choir and Artistic Director Jon Washburn are pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Zakresky as the new conductor of Pacifica Singers. This is the fourth season for Pacifica Singers, an associate vocal ensemble of the Vancouver Chamber Choir. They perform with the Vancouver Chamber Choir regularly each season and also present one or two independent concerts.
"We are pleased with the appointment of outstanding young Canadian musician Kevin Zakresky as the conductor of Pacifica Singers," said Mr. Washburn. "Kevin recently completed his doctorate in conducting at Yale University and also serves as Music Director of the Prince George Symphony Orchestra. He brings excellent musical and leadership skills to his new position and we're all looking forward to working together."
Mr. Zakresky is becoming well known in Canada as an orchestral and choral conductor, clinician, and teacher. He has degrees from UBC and Yale and taught conducting at the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. He was also an adjunct faculty member at Douglas College and a regular faculty member of the Vancouver International Song Institute. He contributed articles on contemporary choral music to the Association of Canadian Choral Communities' Anacrusis, the American Choral Directors Association's Choral Journal, and the Journal of Singing by the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He will begin conducting Pacifica Singers in September and teaching at the Vancouver Symphony School of Music. For more information, please click here.
"What a wonderful opportunity to take the conducting reins of British Columbia's Pacifica Singers!" said Mr. Zakresky. "I am excited to be working with this relatively new ensemble which has such limitless potential. Being a part of Jon Washburn's family of choirs, singing the great choral repertoire and making music with singers of this calibre is an exhilarating privilege."
Pacifica Singers provides an ideal performance venue for experienced and motivated choral singers whose goal is to make music at a very high level. By providing direct exposure to the world of professional music making, it is an experience of great value for singers intending to make a career in music. Current members live throughout the lower mainland, with many serving as conductors, music educators, and/or professional singers in their communities.
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Karen Seaboyer, Manager of Communications