Cowichan Consort

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Erica Phare-Bergh

Erica Phare-Bergh obtained her M. Mus. in Choral Conducting from McGill University. A native of Montreal, Phare-Bergh formerly conducted the Vanier College Choirs, FACE Young Singers, and the McGill Conservatory Choirs. In Calgary, she directed the William Aberhart High School Choirs, Westwinds Green Choir, Kairos Young Singers, the Savridi Singers and taught Music and French with the Calgary Board of Education. She is in demand as an adjudicator, workshop leader and presenter (ChoralFest, MCA, Podium, BCCF) and was the guest conductor for the 10th Anniversary of the CBC-McGill Youth Gala. In 2008, she spearheaded the Montreal première of Oratorio Terezin, a large-scale work involving 270 performers at Place-des-Art. In July 2006, she traveled to Uganda to work with the African Children’s Choir Literacy Schools. She and her husband, Rick, live in Victoria, BC. Together, they write children’s books (A Song with Every Story Series) in which Erica incorporates both original songs and classical music into children’s stories. She is also an arranger with Cypress Choral Music (La série echantée). She currently directs Voices in Motion, comprised of three multigenerational choirs in Victoria, BC, for people with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers and high school students.