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Kaslo Summer Choral Workshop Leaders


Jolaine Kerley is active as a soprano soloist, voice instructor, choral conductor, adjudicator, and clinician. She has earned a MMus in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance from the University of Alberta and an MMus in Early Music Vocal Performance from Indiana University. She is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Concordia University of Edmonton. Jolaine is in her tenth season as the conductor and artistic director of Ariose, and she is also conductor of the Archbishop Jordan High School Choirs. As artistic director of Ariose, Jolaine exposes her singers to a wide variety of styles, genres, and composers, and has highlighted many new works by Canadian composers in recent seasons. Most recently, Ariose performed the Alberta premiere of a co-commission written by Edmonton-based composer Laura Hawley, The Secret Wisdom of Flowers.  

Alongside her role as a choral conductor, Jolaine is active as a soprano soloist with choruses and orchestras throughout North America. Notable solo engagements include Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem with Pro Coro Canada, Allan Bevan’s Nou Goth Sonne Under Wode at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and with the Portland Symphonic Choir, Allan Bevan’s Last Light Above the World  and Beethoven’s Mass in C with the Richard Eaton Singer’s, Bach’s Johannes Passion with Calgary’s Professional vocal ensemble Luminous Voices, and an immersive Game of Thrones production with HBO and Giant Spoon Productions in Austin, Texas. Jolaine performs regularly with Early Music Alberta and will be active as a soprano soloist in the fall 2024 early music festival. Other upcoming solo engagements include Faure’s Requiem and Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light: A Requiem with the DaCamera Singers.

Jolaine Kerley

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Tamara SunSong has over 25 years of experience as a singer, songwriter, choral conductor and music teacher. She first got into singing through jazz (as a teenager trying to survive 1980s pop music), then completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Victoria, studying with Judith Dowling and Susan Young. Following that, she studied choral conducting and musicology at the University of Alberta, earning an MA in music. Tamara has performed as a chorister and soloist with a variety of choral ensembles in BC and Alberta, including Pro Coro Canada, Ensemble de la Rue, Raincoast Voices, vox humana, CapriCCio Vocal Ensemble, and more.


Tamara currently conducts Kuimba choir in her beautiful hometown of Kaslo, as well as an adult casual choir and a children’s choir, and has co-facilitated the Kaslo Summer Choral

workshop for the last few years it’s been offered. She also teaches individual lessons in piano and voice. She loves a wide range of musical styles, and especially enjoys helping others come alive with the joy of music! She is currently working toward recording a solo album of her own songs, which she’s gradually been collecting for the past many years.


Tamara also enjoys gardening, dancing, hiking, running, and writing. She lives in Kaslo with her partner, Robin, and two sons, Akasha (almost 10) and Kirin (6).

Tamara SunSong

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Accompanist Katherine Tilbury is an expressive pianist who is passionate about collaborative piano and youth education. Born and raised in Lacombe, Alberta, Katherine began studying piano at age five. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in piano from the University of Alberta, where she studied under Dr. Patricia Tao, and she holds a Music Diploma in Piano Performance from Red Deer College.


Katherine is a versatile pianist who has studied contemporary, jazz and classical repertoire. She maintains an active private piano studio with over twenty-five students and is extremely passionate about music education. This dedication is shown not only through teaching studio lessons and masterclasses, but through her positions at The King’s University and Concordia University, where she works with instrumentalists both in studio classes and as a recital partner.


Through her work as a freelance soloist and collaborator, Katherine has enjoyed playing wonderful works of choral repertoire with choirs in Edmonton including Kapella Kyrie Slavic Chamber Choir, Joyful Noise Choirs, Choir Alberta and the Archbishop Jordan Choirs under Jolaine Kerley. Her most recent projects include acting as Music Director for Archbishop Jordan High School’s senior production of “Little Women,” Opera Nuova’s “Dear Edwina” and as Repetiteur for Pop Goes the Opera's production of Suor Angelica in 2022. When she isn’t at the piano, you can find Katherine in her painting studio.

Accompanist Katherine Tilbury

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