Edette Gagné - Canadian Conductor
A charismatic and dynamic conductor, Edette Gagné has built a reputation for excellence in her work on and off the podium. With innovative concert programming, exceptional rehearsal technique and strong interpersonal skills, Edette has become a shining example of one of the "new generation" of conductors.
Presently, the Canadian West Coast is her home, where she is the Artistic Director of the British Columbia Boys Choir, Artistic Director of the Vivaldi Chamber Choir, and the Choir Director for Kids Sing Chorus, having recently concluded a nine-year tenure as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Coast Symphony Orchestra. Edette is also a regular Stage Director and Conductor for The North Shore Light Opera Society, and volunteers with the VWMS, where she supports emerging professional musicians in her position as President.
Her passion for music is fueled by intense musicianship and attention to detail, and Edette's performances reflect both careful adherence to performance practice and the high standards she sets for both herself and her ensembles.
Edette's conducting experiences have now circumnavigated the globe, with shows conducted across Canada, in Sydney Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, Scotland, the Ukraine, Los Angeles and New York City. She is in great demand as a guest conductor, adjudicator, vocal coach and lyric soprano. A strong proponent of new and rarely performed works, Edette has conducted several World, North American and Canadian premières.
Edette holds a Master of Music degree in conducting from the University of Calgary, Bachelor degrees in arts and education from the University of Alberta, as well as Associate Performance Diplomas in piano and voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She has studied conducting with Helmut Rilling, Toshi Shimada, Paula Holcombe, Allan McMurray, Frank Klassen, Diane Wittry, Kenneth Woods, David Hoose and Christopher Zimmerman.