Artistic Staff

Gary D. Cannon, Artistic Director

Gary Cannon Gary D. Cannon is one of the Northwest's most versatile choral personalities, active as the conductor of three choirs and as a singer, composer and musicologist. In 2008 he became Artistic Director of the Cascadian Chorale, a prominent chamber choir in Seattle's Eastside suburbs. Later that year he was appointed Artistic Director of the Vashon Island Chorale, a large ensemble that is one of its community's cultural focal points. Also in 2008, the Early Music Guild invited him to found and direct a Renaissance choir, Sine Nomine. He has also served as Principal Conductor of Vashon Opera (2009-11), where he conducted Copland's The Tender Land and Puccini's Madama Butterfly, and as Chorusmaster of the Northwest Mahler Festival (2001-10). Equally comfortable with amateur and professional ensembles, Cannon has conducted Anna's Bay Chamber Choir, Choral Arts, Earth Day Singers, Kirkland Choral Society, and several ensembles at the University of Washington.

As a tenor soloist, Cannon has appeared with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Philharmonic, and the Auburn, Eastside, Rainier, and Sammamish symphony orchestras. He also sings frequently with The Tudor Choir and Choral Arts. He has performed with the Kronos Quartet, the Seattle Opera Chorus, and members of the Tallis Scholars. Cannon received the Faculty Excellence Award while an instructor at Whatcom Community College (2004-6). He is active as a composer of choral music, and his musicological researches as an editor and writer span several centuries. A California native, Cannon holds degrees from the University of California at Davis and the University of Washington. He has studied or sung under several of the world's leading choral conductors, including Paul Hillier, Abraham Kaplan, Peter Phillips, Jeffrey Thomas, and Dale Warland.

Ingrid Verhulsdonk, Pianist

Ingrid VerhulsdonkVery active as a freelance accompanist in the area, Ingrid Verhulsdonk became the Cascadian Chorale's staff pianist in 2011. She is also principal organist at Sacred Heart Church in Bellevue and accompanist for The Market Street Singers of Ballard. She is on staff at the University of Washington drama department, and has been a regular accompanist with Northwest Opera In Schools, Etcetera (NOISE) and Cornish College of the Arts.

Ingrid has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships. She has performed as a soloist with the University of Hawaii Symphony Orchestra as winner of the 2001 student concerto competition, and was a finalist in the Ladies Musical Club competition.

Ingrid holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Washington and the University of Hawaii. She also thoroughly enjoys teaching, and operates a small piano studio in the area.

Giselle Wyers, Composer-in-Residence

Greg BartholomewGiselle Wyers is Associate Professor and Chair of Choral Studies and Voice at the University of Washington, where she conducts the University Chorale and teaches courses in choral conducting and voice. She has conducted semi-professional ensembles and honor choirs across the United States and in Europe. Wyers' dedication to exposing audiences to the music of contemporary American composers is apparent in her work with Solaris Vocal Ensemble, a 12-voice solo ensemble of professional singers who are currently producing their first album of American world premieres for electronics and choir.

As a composer, Wyers edits the “Giselle Wyers Choral Series” through Santa Barbara Music Publishing Company. This series features many choral compositions by Wyers and champions the works of other emerging composers. Commissions for her music have been wide ranging, including the Chamber Choir of Europe, A Capella Koor Cantabile of the Netherlands, Cascadian Chorale, Choral Arts Ensemble, Dolce Canto Chamber Choir, Virginia Chorale, Georgia Tech Chamber Singers and the University of Tennessee Men’s Glee. Wyers won the Cambridge Madrigal Singers International Choral Composition for her “Ave Maria” in 2003, and subsequently was commissioned by the same ensemble to write a work for their 10th anniversary concert.

Past Composers-in-Residence