Artistic Staff

Josie Burgess | EYV Artistic Director holds Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Alberta. Josie’s ability to work with multiple levels of musical experience is evident in her work with both school and community choirs involving Kindergarten to grade twelve students in a variety of educational settings. In addition to her work with EYV, Josie is also a music specialist at St. Boniface School, a fine arts elementary school in south Edmonton. Josie has worked as a music specialist at Victoria School of the Arts, as the associate artistic director of Edmonton’s Cantilon Choirs and is the past head of choral studies at Archbishop Jordan High School. Choirs under Josie’s leadership have won awards locally, provincially and nationally. She is in demand as a vocal coach, workshop clinician and adjudicator and is a past board member of the Alberta Choral Federation.  Josie absolutely loves her work - her favourite thing in the world is the beautiful sound of children singing.  Josie wholeheartedly believes that introducing young people to choral music is a great responsibility and honour and she is grateful to parents and families for entrusting her with their child’s music education.

Lyndsey Olsen | EYV Conductor enjoys every aspect of her life as a musician and music educator: singing in choirs, conducting, teaching voice lessons, teaching elementary music, adjudicating vocal and choral classes at music festivals, and the constant challenge and enlightenment that being a student of music brings. She holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta and is currently completing her Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from California State University Los Angeles.  Though she is sad her coursework in sunny California is finished, she is now looking forward to preparing her recital and thesis on choral music for children's choir with orchestra.  Lyndsey has taught students aged four to 18 as a music specialist with Edmonton Catholic Schools (formerly at St. Mary and St. Monica, currently at St. Boniface Fine Arts Focus School), a former conductor of Cantilon Primary Choirs in Edmonton,  a private voice teacher, and through her work with EYV.  She has also served as the president for Ariose Women's Choir and enjoyed learning the administrative ropes of running a choir, but is happy to be on the artistic side of EYV!  She pinches herself after each choir rehearsal - conducting a choir of children who love to sing just seems too good to be true!  After she finishes singing with the kids at choir, she goes home and sings with her two cute little girls, Elysse and Chanelle.

Remi Do | Junior Choir Pianist was destined to be a musician. Her mother, a piano teacher, loved music so much that she named her daughter Do, Remi (the most musical name!).  Remi began her intensive piano training in Korea when she was just three years old and studied, piano, singing and choral music throughout her childhood and youth. In 2000, Remi moved to Canada and studied piano at the U of A, graduating in 2006 with a BMus degree in piano performance. Since graduating, Remi spends much of her time teaching piano and performing for choirs, churches and schools. Remi plays for a number of Edmonton choirs, but she especially loves working with young children’s choirs as she finds it such fun to watch young musicians blossom musically. 

Sheila Wright | EYV Pianist has become well established in Edmonton as a pianist and teacher. She maintains a studio of 30 students and is continually fascinated by the art of music education. Sheila has worked as a musician in concert halls, theatres, churches, restaurants and an undisclosed hotel in the Yukon. Ms. Wright received her education from the music departments at the Universities of Alberta and Victoria and the Banff Centre for the Arts. She presently plays for a number of ensembles and takes delight in composing music for choirs.  EYV is delighted and amazed by Sheila’s inspiring compositions and musicality.  We are so grateful for her gracious contribution to our children.