Justin Odwak, Artistic Director
Brittany Mielnichuk, Assistant Director
Accompanist: Rob Lindey
Music Team Chair: Lori McCarville
Members: Jim Chapryk, Stephen Cocks, Alicia Dueck-Read, Kendra Gowler, Lori McCarville, Sally Papso, Tim Preston, Linda Rodgers
Soprano: Alicia Dueck-Read, Linda Rodgers
Alto: Lori McCarville, Kendra Gowler
Tenor: Tim Preston, Sally Papso
Bass: Jim Chapryk
Tenor, Justin Odwak is an active performer, choral conductor and vocal instructor. Justin has performed as soloist with organizations such as the Winnipeg Singers, Canzona, Camerata Nova, and the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir. Justin has also appeared as soloist with the University of Manitoba singers for Soundstreams at Toronto's Koerner Hall along with the Latvian Radio Choir. He has also performed as soloist with the group for the Rocky Mountain Music Festival at the Banff Centre. Justin has also performed with the Sarah Sommer Chai Folk Ensemble, appearing at Edmonton's Jubilee Auditorium, and in Winnipeg at the Centennial Concert Hall, as well as performing at the International Karmiel Festival in Israel. In 2013, he made his solo debut with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in A Prairie Christmas Celebration, and has appeared as soloist in Messiah with Orchestra London and with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, both under the baton of Tafelmusik’s Ivars Taurins. Justin has also recently appeared as soloist with the Regina Symphony Orchestra, and the Okanagan Festival Singers and Orchestra. As a choral conductor, Justin is co-founder and director of the Kolot Choir at the Rady JCC, is the current choir director of Shaarey Zedek Synagogue and has conducted workshops in Winnipeg. This year, he will be entering his final year of his Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education studies at the University of Manitoba.
Brittany Mielnichuk is an emerging conductor and vocalist originally from central Alberta. She recently completed a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at the University of Manitoba with Dr. Elroy Friesen. Brittany also holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Capilano University, and an Associate of Arts Degree in Professional Music from Southwestern Community College.
Brittany has taught music privately and performed as a vocalist in numerous ensembles in Vancouver, Red Deer and now Winnipeg. She has also had the opportunity to develop as a conductor and teacher through several notable experiences. In February of 2017, Brittany was chosen to work with Jon Washburn in the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s National Conductors’ symposium; she was selected as a student conductor to participate in the choral conducting masterclass lead by Michael Zaugg at the 2016 Podium Choral Conference and Festival; Brittany was the apprentice conductor for the 2014 Alberta Youth Choir under the direction of Dr. Rollo Dilworth; and she also worked closely with Lisa Ward as a student conductor for the Choral Singers Unite Society in Red Deer, Alberta.
Rob studied piano with Ralph Elsaesser at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, and with Myrtle Rose Guerrero at the University of Toronto. He is the accompanist as well as a founding member for The Rainbow Harmony Project.