Siri Olesen becomes new Artistic Manager at musica intima

March 6, 2017Siri Olesen becomes new Artistic Manager at musica intima
Vocalist and music educator to lead development of professional a cappella ensemble

Vancouver, BC | Vocalist and music educator Siri Olesen has been named the new Artistic Manager at musica intima, a professional and conductorless vocal ensemble dedicated to performing contemporary a cappella choral music and to connecting the community with music in the vocal tradition.

In her role as Artistic Manager, Ms. Olesen, who has been a soprano vocalist with the organization for nearly 20 years, will collaborate with the ensemble, the Board of Directors and the General Manager to develop and facilitate musica intima's artistic vision and goals. She will work closely with the ensemble to plan and execute performances, and to grow community outreach initiatives, including the Song-cology choir partnership with the BC Cancer Agency.

Olesen says; “I have a long relationship with musica intima for many reasons beyond my love of singing—the organization’s values of connection, community and collaboration resonate strongly with me, and I’m thrilled to be part of this wonderful organization in a new way.”

Ms. Olesen holds a degree in piano performance from the University of Alberta, a Diploma in Jazz Studies from Capilano University, and is pursuing a Master in Arts Education at Simon Fraser University. She's performed with Early Music Vancouver, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Vancouver New Music, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the CBC Radio Orchestra.

“Ms. Olesen has a tremendous career as a vocalist, pianist, organist, choral director and music educator,” says Bob D’Eith, General Manager of musica intima. “I look forward to supporting the artistic vision that Ms. Olesen and the ensemble will develop together, and that will lead our creative and exciting upcoming 2017/2018 season.”

Founded in 1992, musica intima has become an integral part of Canada’s cultural fabric. A distinctly Canadian ensemble, musica intima regularly commissions, champions and premieres works by Canada’s leading composers including Michael Oesterle, Ana Sokolović, José Evangelista, Peter Hannan, Jocelyn Morlock, Keith Hamel, Jordan Nobles, Jennifer Butler, and Jeffrey Ryan.

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About musica intima
Nominated for three JUNO awards, the Vancouver-based conductorless vocal ensemble has released eight commercial recordings. musica intima’s album clear (1999) was named one of the 30 best Canadian classical recordings ever by CBC. The ensemble’s album into light (2010) received a 10-star review in BBC Music Magazine. The ensemble's latest release THIRST (2015) is its first-ever co-produced album with partners Turning Point Ensemble.

Allison Murray
Communications Manager | musica intima