As a former member of Kokopelli (2011-2016), Gloria Wan (she/her) is elated to be returning to the organization as Assistant Conductor for Vacilando. Originally from Vancouver, BC, she is currently a second-year Doctor of Music student in Choral Conducting at the University of Alberta. This season, Ms. Wan is also the Assistant Conductor for Luminous Voices, Calgary’s professional chamber choir. She is active as a conductor, singer, educator, and instrumentalist on percussion and guitar, with her research focusing on fluidity in choral voice parts and reevaluation of the gender binary in the choral rehearsal.
Ms. Wan’s academic achievements have been acknowledged through awards such as the John and Logie Drew Graduate Scholarship in Choral Conducting, the Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship, the Beryl Barnes Memorial Graduate Award, and others. Recently, she was the Choral Music Director at Swift Current Comprehensive High School in Saskatchewan, while additionally teaching English Language Arts, Psychology, and Arts Education. Ms. Wan’s principal conducting study has been under the guidance of Drs. Timothy Shantz, James Jordan, and Joe Miller. She has taught music within various contexts and age levels, including elementary, middle, and high school. Ms. Wan has served as Assistant Conductor for Westminster Schola Cantorum, Alberta Youth Choir, Princeton GirlChoir’s Cantores, and other ensembles, along with performing with and assisting a number of other vocal groups in the United States and Canada.
She has appeared alongside esteemed ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra, as a member of the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir, National Youth Choir of Canada, and at venues such as the Forbidden City Concert Hall, the American Choral Directors Association National Convention, and two seasons in the chorus-in-residence at Spoleto Festival USA, amongst others. In addition to playing djembe on the single Peace Song, she can be heard singing on the album Martin: Mass for Double Choir by the Westminster Choir. She has studied voice and piano privately, and has completed Kodály Level III certification. Ms. Wan holds Bachelor’s degrees in Music and Secondary Education from the University of Alberta, and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College.