Gary D. Cannon, Artistic Director
Dr. Gary D. Cannon is one of Seattle's most versatile choral personalities, active as conductor, singer, and musicologist. Since 2008 he is Artistic Director of Cascadian Chorale and of the 100-voice Vashon Island Chorale. In 2016 he founded the Emerald Ensemble, a professional chamber choir. At the invitation of the Early Music Guild, he founded and directed a Renaissance choir, Sine Nomine (2008–15). He has conducted for Vashon Opera three times, and has also directed Anna's Bay Chamber Choir, Choral Arts, Earth Day Singers, Kirkland Choral Society, and the Northwest Mahler Festival.
As a tenor soloist, he has appeared with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Philharmonic, and the Auburn, Eastside, Rainier, and Sammamish Symphony Orchestras, as well as many Seattle-area choirs. He lectures for Seattle Symphony and provides program notes for choirs across the country. His independent musicological research has a special emphasis on the music of William Walton.
A California native, Dr. Cannon holds degrees from the University of California at Davis and the University of Washington.
Ingrid Verhulsdonk, Pianist
Very 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.
Karen P. Thomas, Composer-in-Residence
Karen P. Thomas, composer and conductor, is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Seattle Pro Musica. Her compositions are performed and broadcast throughout the world, by groups such as The Hilliard Ensemble and the Vocal Consort of Brussels. Her works are published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing and at karenpthomas.com, and have been featured at numerous ACDA and AGO conferences.
A prize-winning composer, she has received grants from the NEA, The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and Meet the Composer, among numerous others.
As a conductor, Ms. Thomas has produced ten critically-acclaimed CDs, and received the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and the ASCAP-Chorus America Award. She has appeared as guest conductor at international festivals in Europe and North America, and the NPR radio show Saint Paul Sunday. She received the 2012 Outstanding Choral Director Award for Washington State, and currently serves on the boards of Chorus America, the American Choral Directors Association (NW Division) and the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium, and is a Commissioner on the Seattle Music Commission.