Choral and Camp Director
Mandy Maher joined her first choir at age eight and has been actively involved in music communities across British Columbia and now Alberta ever since. She grew up in Kamloops, BC, but is currently studying at the University of Alberta to obtain a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance under the instruction of some of the finest professors in the country. Mandy has been a part of several choirs including hometown favourites like Serious Options and Vivace Choral, and has branched out to be a part of other groups such as the award winning University of Alberta Madrigal Singers and the BC Provincial Honour Choir. Mandy is passionate about both choral and instrumental music and plays the oboe and the alto saxophone. She has also done a number of solo vocal performances with organizations such as the Vernon Proms and the Chamber Musicians of Kamloops. Mandy is excited to be working with Choral Morphosis and looks forward to supporting people with a passion for music as great as her own!
Accompanist & Camp Assistant
Ben McGowan loves music and strives to incorporate it into every part of his life. He took private piano lessons through his childhood. Ben also plays the flute which he learned in his school band. He has performed in many concerts with groups and by himself. Ben has experience accompanying vocals/choir with piano as well as the guitar. After high school, he did a year at UVic for Music and Computer Science. Ben is currently taking a year off from University to work as well as gain experience in the music field. His goal is to return to school for Music Education. Ben teaches private piano lessons and is working at Long & McQuade. He is excited to share his joy for music with the people in Choral Morphosis.
Melissa starting singing in Grade 4 when she was finally able to convince her church choir director to let her join the senior choir. She started taking lessons at 13 and studied seriously for 14 years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Degree specializing in voice and choral conducting in 2008 from The Kings University College. She then went on to pursue her Bachelor of Elementary Education Degree, graduating May 2010. While attending university she worked with adults with disabilities.
Melissa was asked to create a program for adults with developmental and physical disabilities in 2007. This was how Choral Morphosis began. In 2009, after 2 years of hard work, she was awarded the Mayors Award for Outstanding community service to the City of Edmonton. In 2016 Avenue Magazined named her Top 40 under 40 for her work with Choral Morphosis. Currently she teaches full-time Music at Academie Saint-Andre Academy.