Conductor Bio

Gerda Blok-Wilson enjoys the opportunity to work with so many wonderfully imaginative and creative children, adults, professional musicians and actors in the VCS choirs!

Presently she also works as Artist in Residence for the St Patrick’s Regional High School Chamber Choir and assists with Concert Choir, grade 8 & 9 Choir.

She regularly guest conducts other Vancouver choirs. Gerda works as a composer and arranger and has compositions available at THEMES AND VARIATIONS and Sheet Music Plus.

February(2018), Gerda’s composition “O Little Rose, O Dark Rose” was premiered by Vancouver’s Chor Leoni Men’s Choir. Called “an absolute gem” by the Gesualdo Six from Britain, the song will be performed by them on their Canadian Tour this summer. They will be at St James Church, July 21st, 7:30pm!!

Gerda earned a Bachelor of Music (UBC), Professional Teaching Certificate (UBC), Kodály Teaching certificate (VAM), Master of Education (U of Calgary)-Kodály music.

Gerda recently offered choral development for Self-Design Learners, Simon Fraser, Lord Tennyson Choirs, original musical theatre at General Wolfe, and conducting development for the BC Kodály Association-Douglas College.

Gerda’s career has included performance tours in England, New York, across Canada, commissioned choral pieces by Raminsh, Telfer and Bosma and performance honours at Carnegie Hall (Missa Brevis by Raminsh), Ottawa (Unisong Festival), Musicfest Canada (Calgary/Vancouver/Ottawa), Performing Arts BC and National Festivals.  She has conducted the BC Music Educator’s Honour Elementary Choir and her choirs have been   demonstration choirs at festivals including Musicfest Canada and BC Performing Arts Festival.

Gerda was conductor for the award-winning Bel Canto Choirs (Prince George), PG Jazz, Cantata Singers, PGSSHigh School choir.  She served as Music Resource Teacher for SD#57 and taught summer music education courses at UNBC.  She has 4 mini-musicals published by THEMES AND VARIATIONS and continues to arrange and compose music for choirs. You can view her developing choir compositions at Sheet Music Plus.

 

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