Our music director and conductor since 2006 is Andrew Wilhelm-Boyles. Andrew likes to present a varied repertoire of sacred and secular music of all kinds, and challenges us to achieve the very best of which we are capable.
A conductor with thirty years’ experience, Andrew has a rich background in both church and community choral activity: he served as music director at Christ Church Cathedral, Whitehorse; St. Paul’s Cathedral, Regina; and St. Agnes’ Anglican Church in North Vancouver; and of the Whitehorse Community Choir; the Riverwood Singers, a Winnipeg women’s chamber choir; and the BC Tel Choir. Andrew has served as musical director for such musicals as Fiddler on the Roof, The Sound of Music and The Pirates of Penzance. A highlight was his appointment to recruit and conduct the Sing for Canada Chorus of singers from around the Lower Mainland for Canada Day 1996 celebrations at Canada Place.
Andrew’s musical education has included workshops and study sessions with conductors Klaus Tennstedt, Jorge Mester, Leonard Slatkin, Sergiu Commissiona and Pierre Boulez.
Andrew has also worked with the CBC across Canada as performer, producer and manager, and as executive director in arts organizations as varied as the Yukon Arts Centre, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Winnipeg Arts Council and the Greater Vancouver Alliance for Arts and Culture.
The Maple Ridge Choral Society is fortunate to have a gifted accompanist, Aimee Oliverio, to play piano at our practices and concerts. Aimee has a Grade 10 Practical Piano Certificate with First Class Honours and a Teachers’ ARCT Diploma for Elementary Pedagogy under the Royal Conservatory of Music. She is currently studying at Kwantlen Polytechnic University for a Diploma in Music with a Major in Piano and a Minor in Percussion.
Playing the piano for us is giving Aimee a good grounding in the art of accompaniment, which will be an asset in her future career. In addition to playing piano for us on Tuesday evenings, Aimee is also the Musical and Choral director at St. John’s Anglican Church, a position which she shares with her sister Claire. She is also a pianist in the Kwantlen University Jazz Band, and she is the Head Pianist in the Kwantlen University Wind Symphony where she also plays percussion.
After she has completed her studies, Aimee hopes to have a career in music and the fine arts.
Aimee’s expertise at the piano is a rich addition to our voices!