Angela McKeown Nemetchek is thrilled to be working with the Elk Island Regional Secondary Choir as their conductor! By day, Angela shares her love of music as a teacher at Victoria School of the Arts in Edmonton and serves as the president of the Alberta Kodaly Association. In 2013, she was the assistant conductor of the Alberta Youth Choir and completed her Masters of Music in Choral Conducting at the University of Alberta where she studied under Dr. Len Ratzlaff.
Angela also holds a Bachelor of Education in Vocal Music from the University of Western Ontario and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Guelph.
Prior to arriving in Edmonton, Ms. McKeown taught senior and junior high school choral music for 8 years at International Schools in both Korea and China. While in Asia, Ms. McKeown led her choirs to festivals in Prague, Seoul, Manila, Shanghai and Beijing.
Josie graduated from Victoria School of the Arts and is currently studying at the University of Alberta. Josie has trained to an RCM Level 10 standard on the piano and accompanied the Victoria School of the Arts Division II Choir in 2019. She has performed in various instrumental ensembles, including Victoria School of the Arts’ Advanced Jazz Band in 2016-17. As a vocalist, Josie was a member of the Victoria School of the Arts Concert Choir, an auditioned ensemble of approximately 65 singers, as well as in the school’s smaller vocal jazz groups. She has also participated in the Alberta Children’s Choir program on multiple occasions. Josie is a licensed early childhood educator and has experience as a lunchroom supervisor, elementary music work experience student, and piano and dance teacher. She has also assisted with elementary math help sessions, was a member of Victoria School’s Student Arts Leadership Team, and is currently volunteering as a child advocate. Josie is thrilled to be a part of the Elk Island Regional Honor Choirs Association family, and is looking forward to creating music and sharing her love of choir with everyone!