Conductor Bio

Gerda Blok-Wilson is a composer, conductor and music educator who enjoys the opportunity to work with so many wonderfully imaginative and creative children, adults, professional musicians and actors in the VCS choirs!

Presently she is Artistic Director for Vancouver Cansing Choir and 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 has also had the opportunity to conduct other Vancouver choirs since moving from Prince George.

She received a Barbara Pentland Award for Outstanding Composition from the Canadian Music Centre, 2018. She has won several other awards for her composition including the Canadian Music Award for the George S. Mathieson Category (BCAPAF), Millennium Song Award Prince George Community Foundation, University of Victoria Don Wright Composition Competition, First Prize.

Although Gerda writes musicals, original songs and arranges public domain works for developing choirs, in the past five years, she is also becoming known for her advanced choral repertoire. Gerda’s composition “O Little Rose, O Dark Rose” was premiered and recorded by Vancouver’s Chor Leoni Men’s Choir (2018) and called “an absolute gem” by the Gesualdo Six from Britain who sing the piece frequently in their programs. “O Little Rose” is published through Cypress Music Publishing. The Scottish group, Voces Inauditae premiered “Now I Walk in Beauty” (March 2019) and  the Prince George Cantata Singers premiered “Life Has Loveliness To Sell” (April 2019). Her newest piece “The Wind will Carry My Song” will be premiered by the award winning CHOIRS FOR CHANGE in Halifax (February 28, 2020). The New York COMPOSER’S CHOIR just recorded her “The Flute of Spring” and an arrangement of Canadian folksong “A Kangaroo Sat on an Oak” (January 2020). Her vocal duet “I’m Nobody” was performed and recorded by Helen Charlston (Mezzo), Michael  Craddock (Baritone), Alexander Soares (piano) from England.

In 2021, Gerda received second place in the INTERNATIONAL AVE VERUM COMPETITION, Baden Austria. A premiere performance will be by the Gumpoldskirchner Spatzen” Children´s Chorus, April 2022. It will be published by PH Publishers. The Elora Choir recorded Gerda’s “Lullay My Liking” for their RADIANT DAWN CD and the Vancouver Chamber Choir premiered her new work “I Had No Time to Hate”. A second performance was given by the Victoria Linden Singers.

She has 4 mini-musicals for children published by THEMES AND VARIATIONS and some of her developing choir compositions at Sheet Music Plus.

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

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. 

Recently, Gerda’s works were featured in Voces 8 LIVE FROM LONDON (2020) and 12DAYS OF CHRISTMAS with the G6, Swan and Echo Ensembles.

Recent CDs which include her works:   

GERDA BLOK-WILSON: NEW COMPOSITION POSTINGS

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I HAD NO TIME TO HATE – SATB a cappella

LULLAY MY LIKING– SATB a cappella

LULLAY MY LIKING – video

O LITTLE ROSE, O DARK ROSE-TTBB and SATB a cappella

THE FLUTE OF SPRING-SATB a cappella

A KANGAROO SAT ON AN OAK – SATB a cappella

SING TO US CEDARS – SATB with divisi, a cappella

WHEN THE FISHING BOATS GO OUT SATB with piano

SOON MAY THE WELLERMAN COME TBB a cappella

WHITE BUTTERFLIES – SSAA a cappella

THE WATER IS WIDE – SSAA a cappella

COD LIVER OIL SAB with Piano

IF I MAY HOLD THY HAND SATB a cappella

HAPPINESS SA with piano

THE FIRS SA-TB with piano

CHILD OF THE SNOWS SA-TB with piano

 

 

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