Music Director

Lyn Vernon joins the Prince George Cantata Singers as our new interim Music Director. Lyn is an internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano opera singer (later dramatic soprano) and inspirational vocal teacher. She received music and voice education at the University of British Columbia under the tutelage of Barbara Custance, Kathryn Bailey and Marshall Sumner and studied conducting under Bruce Dunn and James Schell. Lyn also studied voice with Margaret Harshaw, Indiana University; Ruth Falcon, New York; Carole Smith, Zurich; and Maria Carp, Geneva.

Her distinguished twenty-year career as an opera singer began with the Vancouver Opera and took her to the SanFrancisco Opera where she won the Gropper Memorial Award in their Merola program, Opernhaus Zurich, Geneva Opera, English National Opera, Australian Opera Co., and the Canadian Opera Company. During these years she performed such lead roles as Carmen (Carmen), Marina (Boris Godunov), Judith (Bluebeard’s Castle), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Joan of Arc and many others. With the Vancouver Opera Vernon sang the role of Fidelio (Fidelio) and Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana).

She returned to British Columbia and established the Coastal Soundwaves Chorus and Orchestra on the Sunshine Coast. As Founder, Director and Conductor, productions included Jesus Christ Superstar, Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver, Anne of Green Gables involving at times a 50-voice choir and 20-piece orchestra.

Vernon has conducted Handel's Messiah, Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, and many other choral and orchestral concerts. She joined the staff at Capilano College with their outreach program, teaching ensembles and has been involved in choral training at Pender Harbour and Sechelt.

For the past ten years she has called Prince George her home, spending her time teaching voice in her private studio, and organizing recitals and performance opportunities for her students. Her passion for community inspired her to join forces with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, Le Cercle des Canadiens Français and Les Colons Biens as Artistic Director for two performances of Colas et Colinette, by Joseph Quesnel, widely regarded to be the first operatic work with original music to be written on Canadian soil.