Junior Director

Leesila Dawkins

Director

Leesila Dawkins has directed the Junior Honour Choir since 2009.  Leesila has her B. Ed. specializing in Elementary Music (Orff and Kodaly) and currently works for the Edmonton Public School Board at A. Blair McPherson School as an Elementary Music Specialist. Leesila has completed a Vocal Jazz Residency at Stanford University. She is past director of Sing ‘N Groove choir, piano teacher, and singer with Black Gospel group, Sounds of Soul and Vocal Jazz group, Postdated. She has extensive choral and solo experiences.

Leesila’s active approach and passion for singing, teaching and performing continues to inspire her students!

Grace Huang

Choral Assistant and Accompanist

Grace has been the Choral Assistant and Accompanist for the Elk Island Junior Choir since 2009. She holds ARCT certification from the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) in Piano Performance and has completed Grade 10 in violin, as well as her extensive training in Music Theory and History from the RCM. Grace graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences in 2004 and then went on to complete an After Degree in Secondary Education, majoring in Math in 2006. While studying, she played violin, celeste, and piano in the Edmonton Youth Orchestra (EYO) and the University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra (USO). From 2007-2011, Grace has been a violin member in The Edmonton Medical Professionals Orchestra (TEMPO). Recently, Grace has played as an orchestral member for musicals around Edmonton and Sherwood Park, including Annie Get Your Gun, Titanic, Kiss Me Kate, Oliver!, and Seussical.