Joie de Vivre People
Stuart Sladden, Conductor
Joie de Vivre choir welcomed Stuart Sladden as choir conductor in 2018 following his return to the Winnipeg music scene after some years in Edmonton, where he has completed a Doctor of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Alberta. He currently sings with the Winnipeg Singers, conducts the Bison Men’s Chorus, the Rochester Ringers, the Good Neighbours Choristers and the U of M Concert Choir, teaches at the Faculty of Music at University of Manitoba and at the International Music Camp, and is the Vice President of the Manitoba Choral Association.
Stuart came to this city from Toronto to study for his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at University of Manitoba. His undergraduate studies, from both Humber College and the University of Toronto, focused on vocal jazz. While in Edmonton for his studies, Stuart was also active as a musician with affiliations to the Richard Eaton Singers (Assistant Conductor), the Da Camera Singers (Assistant Conductor), and the Accord Ensemble (Artistic Director), along with singing occasionally with Pro Coro Canada.
Stuart is also an active clinician and guest conductor across Canada, with guest appearances this season in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Ontario, and had the privilege of being the Canadian representative adjudicator at a major music festival in Hong Kong this past May.
Stuart is happy to be back in Winnipeg and is excited to be working with Joie de Vivre!
Charmaine Bacon, Collaborative Pianist
Originally from Russell, Manitoba, Charmaine Bacon (BMus, MMus) is a classically trained pianist, organist, and flutist. Charmaine is the pianist for Margaret's Choir, the Silver Notes Choir, Joie de Vivre, Winnipeg Jewish Chorus, and the Winnipeg Youth Chorus Juniors. She is on staff as choir pianist at First Mennonite Church. Charmaine teaches flute at her home studio in River Heights, leads flute sectionals for honour bands and is a regular flute clinician for schools across the province. Charmaine plays 1st Flute and Piccolo in the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble, and she directs and plays in the Wind Chamber Flute Orchestra.
Read more about Charmaine by visiting her website: http://charmainebacon.com/biography/
Elizabeth Sadler, Assistant Conductor
Elizabeth Sadler joined the Joie de Vivre choir as an assistant conductor this fall. Before her recent training in conducting, Elizabeth is a trained jazz vocalist. She performs at corporate events, with church choirs and is the lead singer of a 70s funk/soul group called Flatland Soul Band. Elizabeth was part of the 2019 TD Winnipeg Jazz Festival this past summer. In 2016 she graduated with an Associates of Applied Arts degree (A.A.A.) in Professional Music from Southwestern Community College in Iowa. She is currently finishing her Bachelor of Jazz Studies degree at the University of Manitoba. Through performing and teaching music, she strives to add momentum, excitement and growth to her life and the lives of others.