Artistic Staff

Jennifer Beynon Martinec, Artistic Director

Jennifer Beynon-Martinec B. Mus., B. Mus. Ed., M. Mus., is a Ph.D. candidate in Music, Medicine and Education at Memorial University. She is a voice and music education graduate from the University of British Columbia and the University of Western of Ontario. She has been a member of many prestigious choirs, for example: the World Youth Choir and the Juno-nominated Canadian Chamber Choir.

Jennifer has been a choral conductor and vocal pedagogue for over fifteen years in both Canada and Europe; having worked with prestigious organizations such as: St. Michael’s Choir School in Toronto, Ontario, the Amabile Boys Choir, the Bach Children’s Choir, and the prize-winning Czech Boys Choir. Jennifer was awarded the Don Wright Scholarship for Vocal Music (UWO, 2001), the Lloyd Bradshaw Scholarship in Choral Conducting (UofT, 2003) and most recently the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC, 2016).

Melissa Cooper, Assistant Artistic Director

Melissa studied at Memorial University where she received bachelor degrees in both Music and Music Education in addition to a Masters degree in Education. She now teaches  teaches music, band, and choir in the NL English School District. Melissa has been a member of Quintessential Vocal Ensemble for ten years allowing her the opportunity to perform and compete locally and abroad.

Melissa is thrilled to be the assistant Artistic Director for Atlantic Girl Choir as they continue to grow next year. She has worked with the choir since its inaugural year and enjoys watching the girls develop musically as they grow into young women.

Wendy Woodland, Associate Conductor

Cervantes said “[S]he who sings, scares away [her] woes”.  What can make one smile more than young voices joining together to create beautiful music?  Singing is such a natural thing to do.  I am honored to be part of the leadership team of the Atlantic Girl Choir, and will strive to instil the power of song in each young girl.

Wendy Woodland completed her degrees in voice and music education from Memorial’s School of Music in the early 1990’s and also holds certificates in Musical Theatre from Dalhousie University and Holland College.  Since then she has been an integral part of the music scene in Western Newfoundland, performing with The Stephenville Festival, Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador, Gros Morne Theatre Festival, Gros Morne Summer Music, Stage West Theatre Festival, Bay of Islands Musical Arts and Wintertide Festival.

She has performed in numerous classical recitals with collaborative pianist Jennifer Matthews, with cellist Heather Tuach as part of MUN Music’s Alumni Recital Series and was featured in a Juno Gospel on the Edge Concert in St. John’s in 2010.  A choir director and music educator in Corner Brook, Wendy has appeared throughout the province as a soloist, actress and as a music festival adjudicator.   She has been on the Board of Directors for the Rotary Music Festival, Theatre Newfoundland & Labrador, was the coordinator for Festival 500 Sharing the Voices Western Region, is an Honorary Patron of the Atlantic Boychoir, and recently, rehearsal conductor for Bay of Islands Musical Arts Chorus.

Wendy’s history of television goes back at least twenty-five years.  She has been featured on several CBC television productions and was the Station Manager of ROGERS tv in Corner Brook, where she produced and hosted programming for sixteen years.  Her talk and entertainment show Corner Brook Caféwhich closed its doors in 2017, ran for seventeen successful seasons.

Linda Carr, Associate Conductor

I am very happy to be continuing to work with the youngest members of the Atlantic Girls Choir again this year.  I look forward to singing, playing and exploring music with these young singers while promoting and developing strong singing and performance skills.

Linda Butler Carr is a dedicated choral pedagogue, specializing in children’s choirs. She began her musical training in voice and piano under the tutelage of Dr. Gary Graham and studied flute with Doreen Redmond. Linda continued her education at Mount Allison University finishing her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education. She completed her formal education earning a Master of Education (Literacy) from Mount St. Vincent University.

Currently, Linda is the conductor of the West Coast components of the Atlantic Girls Choir Kinderchoir (4-8 yr. olds) and the Atlantic Boychoir Puffins and Pelicans Training Choir (4-8 yr. olds), as well as an accompanist for several school choirs in the Corner Brook area.  Previously, Linda was the conductor of the Bay of Islands Musical Arts Children’s Choir who participated in Festival 500, were Gold Medal recipients in the St. John’s Rotary Choral Fest, and sang in BIMA’s production of Puccini’s Suor Angelicain 2013.

Linda is a Music Education Sessional Instructor in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University.

For thirty-two years, Linda was a K-12 music specialist with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District. During this time, she was a pilot teacher and member of the curriculum writing team that developed and wrote the current NL Provincial Music Curriculum.  Throughout her career with the NLESD, Linda conducted various choral and band ensembles including Primay, Elementary, Junior and Senior High choirs, and Beginner, Junior and Senior High bands. These ensembles performed regularly in the Corner Brook Rotary Music Festival and the Festival 500, as well as biannually at the St John’s Rotary and Atlantic Band (Halifax) Fests.

From 2007 until her retirement in 2015, Linda served as the Principal of Pasadena Elementary in Western NL and was the 2014 recipient of the NLESD’s Victor May Outstanding Principal Award.

Sarah Loveys, Assistant Conductor

Lisa Drover, Associate Conductor

Jennifer Matthews, Pianist

David Chafe, Pianist

Atlantic Girls Choir is fresh, exciting, innovative, and ambitious. It’s my privilege to work with Jennifer and to witness her infectious joy, energy, collaborative spirit, and professionalism translate into exceptional music and lifelong cherished memories for her young singers.

Dr. David Chafe is an award-winning pianist and recording artist, twice recognized by the Music Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (MusicNL) as Gospel Artist of the Year for It Is Well (2007) – his popular debut album of hymns for solo piano – and for his follow-up album Bright and Beautiful (2008). He has also been recognized by MusicNL as Classical Artist of the Year for the album Over Hill and Valley (2008) with singer Christopher Bowman. This recording was also awarded Classical Album of the Year by Music Nova Scotia and was nominated as Classical Recording of the Year by the East Coast Music Association (ECMA). David has also recorded a popular and critically-acclaimed album of Christmas carols, Midnight Clear (2008) with singer and instrumentalist Andrew Dale. In 2014, David and trombonist Stephen Ivany recorded This Shall Be for Music, a collection of folksongs by Vaughan Williams, Brahms and Mahler.

David’s playing can also be heard on the albums The Green and Salty Days by Newman Sound Men’s Choir, Lady Cove and Heart’s Content by Lady Cove Women’s Choir, and on recordings by Cantus Vocum Chamber Choir. He has produced, hosted and performed in many concerts in St. John’s. David teaches piano and music theory privately, has played for many students of the MUN School of Music, and is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician for young pianists. In 2017, David performed a solo piano recital of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and Ginastera. He is presently a singer and assistant pianist in Cantus Vocum Chamber Choir, and pianist for Atlantic Boychoir and Atlantic Girls’ Choir.

David earned his Bachelor of Music (Honours; Piano Performance) in 2002 and Master of Music (Performance and Pedagogy) in 2004 from Memorial University of Newfoundland’s School of Music as a student of Dr. Kristina Szutor. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Memorial University, which enables him to manage his music career in his St. John’s home. In 2017, David completed his Ph.D. in Sociology at Memorial University following extensive research into the lives and work of numerous professional musicians whose careers are based in St. John’s, Newfoundland. His thesis is entitled Price of a Gift: Lives and Work of Professional Musicians in St. John’s, Newfoundland. In July 2018, David will be delivering a presentation at the prestigious World Congress of Sociology based on his doctoral research.

David has served as Chair of the Board of MusicNL and has been active in numerous other community projects and organizations. He is currently on the Board of Directors of radio station VOWR where he also volunteers as an announcer. For more information on David’s work, visit www.davidchafe.com.

Administration:

Linda Carr, head of administration