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.
Bronwyn Edwards, Composer-in-Residence
Bronwyn Edwards is an Australian-born composer, arranger, pianist, private music teacher and music director. Branding herself as a "musical catalyst," Bron is passionate about mentoring musicians of all skill levels and creating opportunities for people of all ages and skill levels to make music together. Bron has led the South Seattle College Community Choir since September 2015. She has also served as Music Director at Fauntleroy Church, UCC, since January 2008, where she directs the Chancel Choir, the Fauntleroy Women's Ensemble, the Ukulele Band and the Bell Choir.
Bron's music and composing career is late-blooming. In 2008, she made a career switch to music after a decades-long career in publicity for City government and consulting in media and communications. Over the past decade, she has created a substantial body of choral and piano music, contemporary songs and even a musical or two. Her choral compositions have been performed at Benaroya Hall and by many choirs around Puget Sound. She is a member of Trillium Soul, a locally-performing trio of women singers and songwriters, and she enjoys performing and collaborating with other local musicians and instrumentalists.