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Gary D. Cannon, Artistic Director

Gary Cannon

Dr. Gary D. Cannon is one of Seattle's most versatile choral personalities, active as conductor, singer, and musicologist. Since 2008 he is Artistic Director of Cascadian Chorale and of the 100-voice Vashon Island Chorale. In 2016 he founded the Emerald Ensemble, a professional chamber choir. At the invitation of the Early Music Guild, he founded and directed a Renaissance choir, Sine Nomine (2008–15). He has conducted for Vashon Opera three times, and has also directed Anna's Bay Chamber Choir, Choral Arts, Earth Day Singers, Kirkland Choral Society, and the Northwest Mahler Festival.

As a tenor soloist, he has appeared with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Philharmonic, and the Auburn, Eastside, Rainier, and Sammamish Symphony Orchestras, as well as many Seattle-area choirs. He lectures for Seattle Symphony and provides program notes for choirs across the country. His independent musicological research has a special emphasis on the music of William Walton.

A California native, Dr. Cannon holds degrees from the University of California at Davis and the University of Washington.

Ingrid Verhulsdonk, Pianist

Ingrid Verhulsdonk

Very active as a freelance accompanist in the area, Ingrid Verhulsdonk became the Cascadian Chorale's staff pianist in 2011. She is also principal organist at Sacred Heart Church in Bellevue and accompanist for The Market Street Singers of Ballard. She is on staff at the University of Washington drama department, and has been a regular accompanist with Northwest Opera In Schools, Etcetera (NOISE) and Cornish College of the Arts.

Ingrid has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships. She has performed as a soloist with the University of Hawaii Symphony Orchestra as winner of the 2001 student concerto competition, and was a finalist in the Ladies Musical Club competition.

Ingrid holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Washington and the University of Hawaii. She also thoroughly enjoys teaching, and operates a small piano studio in the area.

Joy DeCoursey-Porter, Composer-in-Residence

Joy DeCoursey-Porter

A Canadian-born composer, Joy lives in Seattle with 3 handsome men, 2 of which are her sons. Having home schooled both boys for several years, she enjoys composing as she is able. She also teaches private music students and works in ministry with her church, Eastgate Bible Fellowship, where her husband is the lead pastor.

Joy began composing and arranging in college as needed for various groups within her school and church. Relatively new to the “professional” composing world, since 2011 her pieces have been performed, recorded, and well received throughout the world. Her works have placed in the American Prize, 18th Street Singers Composer Competition, been endorsed by , the ChoralNet Silver Platter Awards, and have received special mention in the ChoralNet Spotlight blogs. Currently many of Joy's choral works can be found at MusicSpoke. Joy's multi-level piano pieces for students have been featured in Tempo Magazine in Alberta, Canada. Many of her works for multi-level piano and ensemble can be found at sheetmusicplus.


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