Artistic and Administrative Team

Fiona Blackburn, Artistic Director

Fiona Blackburn’s eclectic musical career has included: performing as a classically trained soloist and recording artist; teaching voice; adjudicating festivals and leading workshops. From the University of British Columbia, Fiona has earned: a Bachelor of Music in voice performance; a Bachelor of Education in secondary music; and a Master of Music in choral conducting.

Professionally, Fiona has performed with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Vancouver Opera, and numerous Canadian orchestras. Fiona’s solo work has been heard on Canada’s national radio broadcaster, the CBC. Her two Celtic CDs have garnered international airplay, and she even sang for five summers on an Alaskan cruise ship.

Fiona is in demand as a workshop leader, vocal & choral clinician and adjudicator. As an educator, Fiona has taught classroom music and led school choirs from kindergarten to grade twelve; she has directed community choirs of every age and level of experience: from children’s choirs to a women’s ensemble; semi-professional adult choir to seniors’ groups. Fiona has also been an adjunct professor in the Department of Education at UBC. For outstanding service to our province's choral community, Fiona received the BC Choral Federation's 2016 Willan Award. She will take over the directorship of the Nanaimo-based Malaspina Choir this fall.

Fiona is the Founding Director of BC Girls Choir and has been the Artistic Director since its inception. Over 16 years, she has taken the singers to four continents and has raised the choir's presence to global standards. Fiona is excited to lead the next generation of girls towards achieving excellence – both on and off the stage.

Cassie Luftspring, Assistant Director

We welcome Cassie Luftspring to our artistic team. She is a versatile choral conductor, composer, soprano, and pianist. Cassie is currently Director of Choral Studies at the Vancouver Academy of Music; she directs Caritas, a division of the Vancouver Children’s Choir; and she is also a Teaching Artist for Vancouver Opera’s Project Opera program.

Cassie has held conducting positions with numerous choirs across North America: the Vancouver Youth Choir, Pacifica Singers, Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley, Toronto Children’s Chorus, Mississauga Festival Youth Singers, and the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, among others.

As a professional choral singer, she has performed with various local groups including musica intima and Players & Singers; also with the University of Toronto’s Schola Cantorum. A seven-time winner of the Amadeus Choir’s Songwriting Competition, Cassie’s compositions and arrangements have been commissioned and performed by ensembles throughout North America. A recipient of numerous academic awards, Cassandra received a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the University of Toronto, and a degree in piano and composition from Queen’s University.

Eric Hominick, Collaborative Pianist

Eric Hominick studied piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music under Reginald Godden, and with William Tritt at Dalhousie University, before pursuing a voice degree there. He was hired by Jon Washburn in 1983 to accompany his choirs at Vancouver Community College, where he has remained on staff for over 35 years, currently playing for choirs and the classical voice department there.

In addition to VCC, Eric has been on the music faculty at Douglas College (New Westminster) and the TOOBA Physical Theatre Centre; singer and pianist with Vancouver Chamber Choir; regular accompanist for Elektra Women’s Choir, British Columbia Girls Choir and Vancouver Children’s Choir; and rehearsal pianist for Vancouver Cantata Singers and Vancouver’s SummerChor program. He remains in demand as rehearsal pianist for choirs throughout Vancouver and the surrounding regions.

Eric also teaches voice and piano; is an arranger, bass soloist, rehearsal and show pianist comfortable in a wide range of musical styles, cruise ship entertainer, and more.

ADMINISTRATION STAFF

  • General Manager - Nicole Wright
  • Development Advisor - Lynn van Zanten
  • Events Coordinator - Sarah Henderson
  • Social Media - Amelia Cook
  • Bookkeeping - Cloudiverse CPAs Inc.

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