Since 2015, Mr. Alexander McCune has been Music Director for FVAD’s Musical Theatre School, and Choir Master for our Children’s Choirs.
- Music Director (Musical Theatre School)
- Choir Master (FVAD Children’s Choirs)
Alexander McCune has spent his life immersed in music. A native of Edmonton, he has played the piano since childhood, enjoying classical, jazz and many other styles, and in more recent years has extended his interest to the pipe organ.
Choral singing began at age six. Following over a decade of training and performance in various excellent choirs, Mr. McCune performed on CBC, and toured to Germany, then later to England and Wales, with the award-winning Edmonton Youth Choir under the direction of Dr. John Wiebe.
Voice lessons along with 12 years of piano studies and advanced theory made music a natural language for Mr. McCune. As well as studying Jazz and Contemporary Piano at Grant McEwan College, he complemented his training with post-secondary studies at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy (OLSWA) in Barry’s Bay, Ontario.
At OLSWA, he became Program Assistant in their Sacred Choral Program under Maestro Uwe Lieflander. In 2010, Mr. McCune became an instructor of Maestro Lieflander’s Sparrows Choir School, which taught over 2,500 children in Ottawa.
Returning to Edmonton in 2011, Mr. McCune was selected as Apprentice Conductor for the Alberta Youth Honour Choir. He was also Music Director for the Catholic Parishes of St. Anthony and St. Agnes, overseeing several choirs. Mr. McCune volunteered for the Edmonton Inner City Children’s Society as a choir teacher for an After-School program.
In 2014, Mr. McCune moved with his wife to BC for a year to obtain his BA in Music at Trinity Western University. In that year, he also took the position of choir master for the Bakerview Music Academy, an El Sistema academy offering music lessons for underprivileged children.
Mr. McCune has extensive experience singing, conducting and teaching in many varied vocal groups such as the Alberta Lyric Theatre, Grant MacEwan College Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Edmonton Children’s Choir including performances with Edmonton Opera, Axios Ukrainian Men’s Choir, Trinity Western University Chamber Choir, Alberta Youth Honour Choir and the Alberta College Early Childhood Music Program.
In 2015, he brought his experience to share with students of the Fraser Valley Academy of Dance as Music Director for the new Musical Theatre School, and as Choir Master for the FVAD Children’s Choirs. In that same year, he was promoted to Program Director of the Bakerview Music Academy in Abbotsford.
In 2016, furthering his career as conductor, vocal coach and educator, Mr. McCune was appointed as the new Conductor of the Gloria Dei Chorale in New Westminster, and Director of the MGV Lyra Men’s Choir in Vancouver.
(Photo credit: Jonathan J Vander Veen)