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.
Natalie Minczuk Prando Choral Assistant
Involved in music from a very early age, Natalie has developed a special passion for choral music. She joined her first choir at the age of seven, and led her first choir at the age of sixteen.
Graduating with honors from the University of Calgary, Natalie completed her Bachelor of Music with vocal and conducting lessons from Anne Hasek, Laura Hynes, Jeremy Brown, Gareth Jones and Kathryn Parrota.
In 2019, she completed a season as apprentice conductor at Westwinds Choral Ensemble, under the tutelage of Anne Gray. Natalie was also the apprentice conductor with the Alberta Youth Choir under the direction of Sandra Snow in the same year.
Natalie is the conductor and music director of First Evangelical Free Church in Calgary, and she is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Choral Conducting, under the tutelage of Dr. Timothy Shantz at the University of Alberta.