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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Gail Suderman

As Artistic Director of Good Noise Vancouver Gospel choir, Gail has drawn on both her classical and academic musical studies as well as her natural abilities as a musician and her long-time love of many styles of contemporary music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Pop Music. Gail began her formal music education at age 5, studying piano.  Her piano teacher of note was Georgina Williams, who guided Gail through many years of study, focusing both on solo performing as well as accompanying. Very early on, it was evident that Gail possessed collaborative skills as a pianist.  At the early age of eight, she started accompanying the Sunday school choir.  Over the next few years, Gail “graduated” to accompanying the adult church choir (beginning at age twelve) as well as solo singers and instrumentalists.

 

From a young age, Gail pursued a two-path musical life, studying classical piano and learning all she could about gospel music, listening to and performing the music of Andrae and Sandra Crouch, Danniebelle Hall, the Hawkins family, and many others. During her teenage years, Gail introduced many people to the gospel music of the day as well as using her classical training extensively, accompanying instrumentalists and singers and winning awards for both solo piano and accompanying.  It was while accompanying singers in recital and for festivals that Gail realized her love of the voice. Wanting to study voice herself, Gail was accepted into several post-secondary voice programs, deciding to attend the University of Victoria as a voice performance major, studying with Jean Letourneau and Bernard Turgeon. Gail received a number of scholarships and awards, receiving the President’s scholarship for undergraduate studies, winning the concerto competition, and was awarded a teaching assistantship in conducting and a fellowship for graduate studies in Voice Performance, graduating with honours.

 
After several years of singing professionally in Opera and Oratorio, Gail began her teaching career, developing an award winning Choral and Voice program at Gladstone Secondary School in Vancouver.  During her time teaching high school music, Gail was featured in the Vancouver Sun by Music Columnist Lloyd Dykk as one of the top Music Educators in British Columbia.

 
Gail’s musical career has continued to include both classical music and contemporary music. Gail is currently Director of Voice and Choral Music at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and is Artistic Director of Vancouver’s dynamic Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir. She also has a successful private voice studio, her roster of students ranging from award-winning Classical singers to R&B, Rock, Pop and Musical Theatre Professionals.  Gail gives frequent choral and vocal workshops for High School music teachers, community and church choirs, directs weekend Gospel music workshops, and is in demand as a Performer, Voice Teacher, Guest Conductor, Workshop Clinician, Voice and Choral Adjudicator.