Kim Cousineau Principal Accompanist
Kim received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Victoria and studied privately with Anna Cal, student of Russian pianist Pavel Egorov. He has been involved with numerous operatic and musical theater productions, including Carmen, Hansel & Gretel, and the world premieres of Mary’s Wedding and Rattenbury (Pacific Opera Victoria), Candide and La Voix Humaine (Opera Nuova), Bernarda Alba and The Light in the Piazza (MacEwan Theatre), The Last Resort (Mayfield Dinner Theatre), and Urinetown (Concordia University of Edmonton). Kim was a staff pianist and coach with Vancouver Island summer music programs “In The Key Of Glee” and “A Voce Sola” and with Singspiration in Edmonton. He is in high demand as a choral accompanist in the Edmonton area, working with many groups including Concordia Concert Choir, Da Camera Singers, Vocal Alchemy, Joyful Noise, and Chronos Vocal Ensemble. In 2012, he was the recipient of the BC Choral Federation’s Joyce O. Maguire Award for outstanding long-term service as a choral accompanist. Kim maintains a busy schedule as a collaborative pianist and coach in the Edmonton area.
Alison Grant-Préville Choral Assistant
Alison will be starting her 4th season this fall as Artistic Director for Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Jean, Edmonton’s only Francophone Children’s choir. She loves to bring a creative approach to the choral experience and believes in ‘The Singing Body’ (Meredith Monk): a body that moves is an essential element to expressive and engaging vocal performance. Past singing experiences include U of A Madrigal Singers; The McGill Chamber Choir;Pro Coro Canada; La Chorale St.-Jean; and V.I.N.E. (Vocal Improviser’s Network of Edmonton). She conducted one of three choirs in the Edmonton Public Schools Music Enrichment Program and was the director of the choral program for a year at Suzuki Charter School in Edmonton. She is very excited for the opportunity to work with Vocal Alchemy’s adult voices to add that dimension to her overall choral conducting experience.