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Friday, April 12, 2024

musica intima appoints longtime vocalist as new artistic manager

Vocalist and music educator Siri Olesen takes over role from outgoing artistic manager Joanna Dundas

Vocalist and music educator Siri Olesen has been named the new artistic manager at musica intima, the Vancouver vocal chamber ensemble specialising in contemporary a cappella choral music.

A soprano vocalist with the ensemble for nearly 20 years, Olesen’s new role will see her working with the ensemble, its board of directors and general manager in developing and facilitating the ensemble’s artistic vision and goals. Olesen takes over the role from Joanna Dundas, who held the position for the last five years.

“I have a long relationship with musica intima for many reasons beyond my love of singing,” says Olesen in a media release. “The organization’s values of connection, community and collaboration resonate strongly with me, and I’m thrilled to be part of this wonderful organization in a new way.”

Olesen holds a degree in piano performance from the University of Alberta, a diploma in jazz studies from Capilano University, and is pursuing a master in arts education at Simon Fraser University. She has performed with Early Music Vancouver, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Vancouver New Music, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the CBC Radio Orchestra.

“Ms. Olesen has a tremendous career as a vocalist, pianist, organist, choral director and music educator,” says Bob D’Eith, general manager of musica intima. “I look forward to supporting the artistic vision that Ms. Olesen and the ensemble will develop together, and that will lead our creative and exciting upcoming 2017/2018 season.”

Formed in 1992, musica intima has been nominated for three Juno awards. The Vancouver-based conductor-less vocal ensemble has released eight commercial recordings.

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