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.
Britney Huynh, Choral Assistant
Britney grew up as a band person whose discovery of choir in her final year of high school blazed the path to a career in singing.
She holds bachelor’s degrees in both music and education from the University of Alberta, where she studied with Elizabeth Turnbull and sang with the Madrigal Singers and Chorale Saint-Jean. A UofA course with Tim Shantz ignited a passion for choral conducting that eventually led Britney to the University of British Columbia, where she completed a Master’s of Music in choral conducting, under the supervision of Graeme Langager and Hyejung Jun.
While at UBC, Britney was choral assistant to five choirs with 350 choristers, and performed with the Vancouver Chamber Choir and the BC Youth Choir. Since returning to Edmonton, Britney has performed with Chronos Vocal Ensemble and Pro Coro Canada. Britney has been named Apprentice Conductor of the 2023 Alberta Youth Choir, where she will work alongside Robert Fillion.
Michelle Verhey, Administrator
Michelle Verhey joined her first adult choir in 1999, shortly thereafter joined the board, and has been involved in Alberta’s non-profit sector ever since. She has two boys, and started volunteering for their activities too, beginning with playschool, then the school PAC, and later band manager and President of the Edmonton Youth Pipe Band.
Michelle also spent more than seven years managing a community league, doing everything from bookkeeping to hall rentals, and also overseeing a playschool. There have been so many casinos! Michelle sang with Vocal Alchemy from 2013-2015 and is thrilled to be returning to such a great organization.