Christ Church Cathedral awards Choral Scholarships to talented young singers to assist them financially with their musical studies and training. The scholarships are awarded annually, with the possibility of renewal. The candidates are auditioned by the Director of Music in the spring or early fall of each year. The Cathedral Music Endowment Fund sponsors four candidates each year, and additional scholarships are made possible through the generosity of various choristers and parishioners.
The choral scholars at Christ Church Cathedral are:
Above from left: Nick Allen, Margaret Lingas, Kassandra Schanz, Esme Liddicoat and Adam Schmidt. Missing from photo: Josh Lovell
Choral Scholar Bios: (other bios following soon!)
Nicholas Allen is a 22 year old Baritone. He sang with the Calgary Boys Choir for nine years, and also toured around the world with the prestigious Vienna Boys Choir for two years, under the direction of Gerald Wirth. After his return, He studied four years of voice under Winston Noren. He participated in the Mount Royal Vocal Academy for two years. He sang with VoiceScapes in their performance of Dido and Aeneas in 2008, and the Sing Along Messiah at Christmas in 2009. He played the snare drum in the Calgary Stampede Showband in 2010. He was the bass soloist for the Victoria Chamber Orchestra performance of Mozart’s Requiem in 2011, and for Christ Church Cathedral’s performance of Handel’s Messiah in 2012. He is currently in his third year of Voice in the music program at the University of Victoria focusing on music education, studying with Ben Butterfield. In his free time, Nicholas likes to sing and play piano, play snare drum, and relax with friends.
Esme Liddicoat first began private voice lessons at age seven when her mother discovered she could not stop her from singing along with her brother’s vocal performances in the local festival. Esme has currently entered 3rd year at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and loves every minute of it. Besides music though, she also loves tap dancing and is studying to attain her teacher’s certificate. She is very excited to be one of the Christ Church choral scholars and is looking forward to a wonderful year of music.
Josh Lovell: Since he could remember, Josh has made noise. Very Loud noise! Thankfully, Josh’s parents decided to turn his annoying habits into musical ones instead. Since making his solo debut in 2009 at the Victoria Symphony “Splash” under Tania Miller, Tenor, Josh Lovell has been a familiar performer throughout Victoria and the Gulf Islands. Concert highlights have included Handel’s Messiah with the Victoria Philharmonic Choir and Civic Orchestra, Respighi’s Lauda per la Natività del Signore with the Victoria Choral Society under Giuseppe Pietraroia, and Gounod’s Messe Solennelle de Ste. Cécile with Simon Leung and the Victoria Summer Choir. Recently, Josh performed Haydn’s Creation with the Salt Spring Chamber Orchestra, Bach’s Cantata 184 with the Victoria Baroque Players and Cantata 128 with the Victoria Bach Ensemble. He also performed in Mozart’s Requiem with Prima Choir and the Vancouver Island Chamber Orchestra under Yariv Aloni. Josh is in his third year of undergraduate voice studies at the University of Victoria with Benjamin Butterfield.
Kassandra Schantz is a mezzo soprano from Westlock, AB. She has been taking voice lessons for seven years and is now attending her second year of school at the University of Victoria, where she is studying music as a voice student. Her dream is to one day sing opera at Teatro alla Scala. Besides singing Kassandra enjoys painting and hiking. She loves Victoria and goes to the beach every chance she gets.
Five of the Choral Scholars performed after the Epiphany Service on January 5. From top left, clockwise: Josh Lovell, Kassandra Schanz, Adam Schmidt, Nick Allen, Margaret Lingas and Josh Lovell