Artistic Staff

Frances Chiasson, Artistic Director

Frances Chiasson grew up in northern British Columbia, immersed in the arts. She attended the University of British Columbia, earning Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees and started teaching music in Vancouver schools in the mid-1990’s.

Since that time, Frances has taught choral and instrumental music in primary and secondary schools, choral methods at the University Calgary, private voice and piano students, and frequently leads singing workshops in schools. She has conducted numerous choirs in school, community, and church settings in Canada and the UK, including the award winning Amabile Girls’ Choir (UK). She has worked as a choral clinician and adjudicator in music festivals and as a piano accompanist for choirs, singers and instrumentalists.

In 2014 Frances moved to the Okanagan Valley, where she founded the Okanagan Children’s Choir, is the Associate Conductor of OCC Youth, is a church musician at First United Church, Kelowna, and is the Musical Director of Musaic Vocal Ensemble.  She is a founding member of the BC Choral Mentorship Project Okanagan Chapter and in January 2019, founded the new UBCO Chorus at UBC Okanagan.

Dennis Nordlund, Pianist

Dennis Nordlund began his musical career in Vanderhoof, B.C. and continued studies in Penticton and Vancouver.  He obtained the A.R.C.T. through the University of Toronto as well as his B. Sc. at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Dennis performs throughout the Okanagan as a soloist,  an accompanist for vocalists, choirs, instrumentalists, and theatrical productions, and as part of a jazz trio, a chamber ensemble group, and a worship team at the Penticton Vineyard Community Church.  At his Penticton studio, Dennis teaches piano, composition, accompanying, and music theory.  He enjoys playing a wide range of styles and is always looking for opportunities to create beautiful music.