Elaine Quilichini

Founder and Artistic Director

Elaine Quilichini has a unique gift for inspiring a love of music in others. Her passion and expertise allow her to guide others toward musical and personal excellence. This gift has brought her recognition and accolades at home and around the world. 

In 1995, she founded the Calgary Girls Choir, and with her vision and passion it continues to stand as a model of choral excellence for others. She is the Artistic Director of summer choral programs at Wichita State and Nebraska Wesleyan Universities and the recipient of numerous awards including Choir Alberta’s ‘con spirito’ award, Global Television’s Woman of Vision award, the Alberta Kodály Association Teacher Recognition Award and the Richard S. Eaton Award of Distinction in recognition of exemplary service to choral music in the province of Alberta. These awards celebrate the passion, talent and commitment she embodies, and are fitting recognition of Ms. Quilichini’s achievements.

Dr. Minsung Pyo

Accompanist

Dr. Minsung Pyo received her Doctoral degree in Piano Performance at Michigan State University in 2011. She has obtained her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance at Ewha Women’s University in Seoul, Korea. She received numerous scholarships while at University and performed as a soloist at renowned concert halls like Sejong Cultural Centre and Seoul Arts Centre in Korea.

She is an educator and an invited judicator of competitions. Dr. Pyo has taught at WonKwang University, Sunhwa Arts School and Gyewon Arts School in Korea. In addition, she was invited as a judicator to many competitions including Incheon Student Music Festival and Wonkwang University National Student Music Competition.

Allison Grothman

Accompanist

Ms. Grothman is a student at the University of Calgary. This is her eleventh year with the Calgary Girls Choir, during which time she has travelled to San Francisco, England, and Wales with the choir. She has studied piano with Andrea Kazmaier since 2010 and completed her grade 10 piano performance certificate with the Royal Conservatory in 2018. In addition to the piano, she plays the flute and is in our Brava ensemble. She is enjoying playing for Dolce this year!

 

Gwendolyn Yearwood

Artistic Assistant

Calgary born soprano Gwendolyn Yearwood began singing with the Calgary Girls Choir at the age of 5. In her 16 years with the choir Gwendolyn toured with them to New York, Montreal, and Italy (just to name a few). Her years with the choir, not just as a singer but also as a teacher, rehearsal assistant, and camp counsellor, developed her love of music and inspired her to continue her study of music at university. Gwendolyn first earned her Diploma of Music Performance from Mount Royal University in 2012. She went on to receive her Bachelors of Music in Opera from the University of British Columbia in 2015 and then her Masters of Music in Opera in 2017. During her time with UBC Opera she had the opportunity to perform several roles throughout Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, and China. Her performances include: Countess in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Magda in Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Consul, Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème, and Giorgetta in Puccini’s il Tabarro. Gwendolyn has also performed the role of Musetta with Burnaby Lyric Opera, Rosalinde with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, and Niece 2 in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s production of Peter Grimes. Gwendolyn moved to Toronto in the summer of 2018 to continue pursuing a career in opera. While in Toronto she performed with Opera by Request and sang Mimi in Against the Grain Theatre’s production of La Bohème. Gwendolyn returned to Calgary in August of 2020 where she continues to perform, teach (voice, piano, and ukulele), and is the Director of Operations for Opera InReach Alberta. She is thrilled to be back working with the Calgary Girls Choir once again!