Geung Kroeker-Lee is the Artistic Director of Prairie Voices. Under the guidance of Dr. Elroy Friesen, Geung completed his Master of Music in Choral Conducting at the University of Manitoba. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice from the University of Manitoba, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. Geung also serves as the assistant conductor of Canzona, a professional baroque choral ensemble in Winnipeg.
As a music educator, Geung teaches middle years general music at Arthur E. Wright Community School in Winnipeg. He has developed teaching and conducting experience through interim director roles with the University of Manitoba Singers and Women’s Chorus, and the Seycove Secondary School Choirs in North Vancouver, BC, and apprentice positions with Prairie Voices, the University of Manitoba Choirs, and the Ontario Youth Choir. An in-demand choral clinician and workshop facilitator, Geung has worked with numerous ensembles in the Vancouver and Winnipeg areas, and was most recently the guest conductor for the Central Manitoba Youth Choir.
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Founded in 2000 by Dr. Elroy Friesen, Prairie Voices is an award-winning choir of 18-25 year old singers. Past directors have included Dr. Elroy Friesen, Kristel Peters, Nathan Poole, and Vic Pankratz. The current artistic team consists of director Geung Kroeker-Lee and accompanist Ben Sellick. Prairie Voices performs in their own concert series, tours, is a regular guest of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and has recorded 6 CDs (including one as guest choir with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra).
While placing an emphasis on performing the music of Canadian and Manitoban composers, Prairie Voices also loves to perform innovative contemporary choral music from all over the world. The choir uses energy, expressiveness and movement to connect avant-garde composition with a popular audience. Prairie Voices is known for their passionate style of performance, which combines exceptional vocals with engaging presentation to provide the ultimate choral experience.
Prairie Voices has performed around the world, bringing their unique touch to a diverse repertoire, from spirituals to Broadway hits. Working with choral legends such as R. Murray Schafer, Stephen Hatfield and vocal superstars Rajaton, Prairie Voices has managed to grow as an organization while still remaining true to their Canadian roots.
• Gold Medal - Champions Competition, Mixed Youth Choir category. 8th World Choir Games, Riga, Latvia (2014)
• Silver Medal - Champions Competition, Spiritual Category, 8th World Choir Games, Riga, Latvia (2014)
• Winner - Open Competition, Mixed Chorus Category, Gold Diploma IV, 7th World Choir Games, Cincinnati, USA (2012)
• Winner - Manitoba Provincial Music and Speech Arts Festival (2010)
Adjudicator comments (reprinted with permission):
• Selection 1 (The Sweetheart of the Sun): A beautiful, sophisticated sound; always well balanced, always well focused tone so the text
was easily understood. The phrases were exquisitely shaped and coloured; rising pitches never became strident and the homogeneous
sound never flagged...Exquisite choral singing.
• Selection 2 (Twa Tanbou): Again most impressive singing. This difficult piece was convincing and secure always...This is outstanding,
international-calibre choral singing. Congratulations.
• CMEA Leslie Bell Award for Choir (2007)
A pianist with polymathic leanings, Ben Sellick has received degrees in film, philosophy, and piano performance from the University of Manitoba, and now works as a composer, pianist, and teacher, while pursuing projects in conducting, acting, and entrepreneurship.
Having never sung a note before university, he became enamored of choral music in the choirs of Dr. Elroy Friesen. A few of Ben’s favorite things are guacamole, slow travel, thunderstorms, and wool socks.