The Musaic Vocal Ensemble has a new conductor.
Frances Chiasson has Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from the School of Music, University of British Columbia, where she studied piano under Terence Dawson and choral conducting with James Fankhauser.
Chiasson has taught choral and instrumental music in primary and secondary schools and choral methods at the University of Calgary and has conducted numerous choirs in school, community and church settings in B.C., Alberta and the United Kingdom.
From 2006 to 2014, she and her family lived in Lancashire, U.K., where she worked as a choral conductor, private voice and piano teacher and was a frequent leader of singing workshops.
The family relocated to Canada three years ago, settling in Kelowna.
She is the artistic director of the Okanagan Children’s Choir, Minister of Music at First United Church in Kelowna and teaches and collaborates with Glenmore Elementary School Choirs.
Chiasson is a member of the B.C. Choral Federation, Choral Canada, the Association of British Choral Conductors and is a certified teacher in the province of British Columbia.
In December, Musaic will present A Christmas Collage, featuring a variety of Christmas choral music. The music includes 16th-century Renaissance polyphony to new composition, jazz and folk, music by Benjamin Britten and music by the Pentatonix.
The concert will be held Friday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church in Penticton and Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Summerland.