Heather Johnson - Founder & Artistic Director

Heather Johnson

Founder & Artistic Director

Heather founded the Cantilon Choral Program in 1999. Recognized for her ability to inspire, she seeks to create an atmosphere in which every singer may experience the joy of choral music and understand the importance of their own individual role in the creative process. Heather studied at the University of Alberta (M.Mus., choral conducting; B.Ed. secondary music education), the Kodály Pedagogical Intézet in Kecskemét, Hungary (Kodály Diploma) and the University of Lethbridge (B.Mus, piano performance). In great demand as a choral clinician, adjudicator, lecturer and guest conductor, Heather also maintains an active voice and piano studio.

Elaine Myhre - Assistant Artistic Director

Elaine Myhre


Elaine Myhre brings an inspiring approach to choral music education rooted in the belief that only the best is good enough for children. An experienced conductor and pedagogue, she holds a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from the King’s University and a Master of Music in choral conducting from the University of Alberta. Elaine is the assistant artistic director of Cantilon Choirs and currently directs the Cantilon Children’s Choir and lower voice ensemble, Vox Hominis. Under her instruction, both choirs have continually received the highest rankings at both the local and provincial music festivals. In addition to her work with Cantilon, Elaine also sings periodically with Pro Coro Canada. Elaine’s past conducting engagements include the Cantilon Primary Choir, Belle Canto Women’s Ensemble, All-City Youth Choir, All-City Children’s Choir, Sherwood Park Festival Singers, and The King’s University Concert Choir.

Amy Bautista - Conductor

Amy Bautista


Amy Bautista holds a degree in Elementary Education with a focus in Special Education and teaches Kindergarten at Wild Rose Elementary School. Her creativity in her pedagogy and passion for teaching have been recognized with an Alberta Excellence in Teaching Award. A budding accordion player, she has sung with Cantilon Choirs for over 25 years and is a current member of Belle Canto. Since 2006, she has also been the proud conductor of the St. Albert KinderSingers. Amy loves watching children learn and grow in their love of music-making, and is very excited to be working with the very youngest singers of Cantilon this year.

Sherry Steele - Conductor

Sherry Steele


Singing and choir have always been a part of Sherry’s life!  

Originally from London Ontario, Sherry is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario.  She has performed as a soloist  with orchestras and in musical theatre throughout Canada, and toured internationally as a featured singer in Riverdance – The Show.  Sherry also performed with the Broadway company of Riverdance, at the Gershwin Theatre for more than a year.   

Sherry has been teaching music and voice for more than thirty years, most recently at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University, and currently at the University of Alberta.  She is a proud mother of four children and a Labrador retriever. 

Victoria Biel


Victoria Biel has a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta and a Masters of Music from the Univeristy of Western Ontario. She is an active performer, director and secondary teacher in the Edmonton area, though in recent years she has spent most of her time with her young and very busy family! Victoria has a passion for teaching music to young singers by incorporating movement and fun and a great love of Musical Theatre. She has performed in and directed dozens of productions including directing several of Cantilon’s recent Broadway productions. She has sung regularly with the wonderful ladies of Belle Canto for the last 15 years and is thrilled to be back directing the Cantilon Primary Choir!

Olivia Mitchell - Conductor

Olivia Mitchell


Olivia Mitchell is entering her second year at the University of Alberta in the combined B. Mus/B. Ed degree program. Upon graduation, Olivia was awarded the Kevin Gaetz Award for excellence in academic achievement. A chorister with Cantilon Choirs since the age of 4, she has sung with the Cantilon Primary, Children’s, and Chamber Choir. As a senior member of Cantilon Chamber Choir, she participated in the tour to Hungary for the Béla Bartók International Choral Competition in 2018. Olivia is excited to meet her young choristers this year and walk with them along their musical journey!

Megan Crane - Pianist

Megan Crane


Megan Crane has a master's degree in piano performance from the Universite de Montreal. Her work with choirs has given her the opportunity to work with many award-winning ensembles across Canada, including the Toronto Children's Chorus, I Coristi Chamber Choir, and now the Cantilon Choirs and Ariose Women's Choir in Edmonton. She is a studio accompanist for the voice program at Concordia University and music director at St. Augustine of Canterbury Anglican Church. She maintains an active freelancing career in Edmonton and is a frequent collaborator with Edmonton Opera's outreach programs. Megan keeps a hive of bees and a large fruit and vegetable garden with her husband and two kids in Edmonton.

Rose Mellor - Pianist

Rose Mellor


Rose began playing piano at the age of 9 and has been singing in choirs and musical theatre productions since she was 6. Having performed at a number of events and festivals across Edmonton and St. Albert, she has honed her skills in performance and is now an accomplished young pianist and music teacher. A graduate of Victoria School of the Arts, she has been involved in productions such as West Side Story, Shrek The Musical, and several choir and jazz shows including a Disney tour in Los Angeles during her Grade 11 year. Having received the prestigious Vera Gottschlich scholarship for classical piano in her graduating year, she has gone on to double-major in Music and History at the University of Alberta. Rose is the current lead worship musician at Braeside Presbyterian Church in St. Albert, and enjoys spending her time reading, singing, going for long walks with her dog Bailey, and challenging herself in sight-reading new pieces every day.

Julianna Tinga - Pianist

Julianna Tinga


Julianna has been singing with Cantilon Choirs for thirteen years and began playing piano at the age of four. A graduate of Paul Kane High School, she is currently working towards her Bachelor of Arts in music and linguistics at the University of Alberta. She has been involved in a number of musical productions, including The Sound of Music, Anne of Green Gables and The Phantom of the Opera, and is eager to broaden her musical repertoire to include many more genres and styles. Julianna recently completed her level 10 Royal Conservatory practical examination in piano, and now spends her free time reading, writing, singing, and occasionally playing trumpet.