Kick up your heels with The K Sisters and their sweet swingin' harmonies! From the beautiful classics to the Andrews Sisters style and jazzy favorites, this brand new quartet came together in late 2010. They have since performed a A Kickin’ Kristmas (in December 2010), released a seasonal CD “Jingle Jangle” and embarked on an outreach tour of the B.C. Interior (June 2011), thrilling their enthusiastic audiences along the way! With such instant chemistry, the gals have already been winning over their listeners with their humour, their beautiful blend of voices and their energetic stage personalities.
Each K Sister, an award-winning soloist and collaborative musician in her own right, brings multiple university degrees and over a decade of professional stage, radio and choral performing experience. There is plenty of virtuosity, energy and charm to knock your audience's socks off!
Please stay posted for more music, more videos, photos and concerts - coming up very soon! www.theksisters.com
The K Sisters are proud to be very adaptabie in where they perform: the concert hall, theatre, community center, restaurant/cafe, outdoor festivals and even school classrooms are great venues for these gals!
Caitlin Beaupré, soprano
Caitlin Beaupré began performing at the early age of seven, when she began singing, dancing and acting at the Jennings Institute for Performing Artists. After earning a Performance Diploma there, she followed this up by earning her B.Mus & M.Mus degrees from the University of British Columbia. She has been a prolific music director, from established venues such as the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver, to conducting and directing the Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s production of Iolanthe at the University of BC. Caitlin currently maintains a busy post as the musical director at St. Francis-in-the-Wood Anglican Church in West Vancouver. As a soloist, Caitlin has sung with orchestras and many instrumental ensembles, and has performed in musical theatre and operatic roles. A superbly versatile singer, Caitlin easily traverses many genres of vocal music from Baroque, through oratorio and romantic music, to musical theatre, jazz and popular music. As a professional choral singer, she has performed several seasons with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the Vancouver Cantata Singers, and the Holy Rosary Quartet. Currently, Caitlin is a member of the dynamic new quartet The K Sisters, as well as the Juno Award-nominated ensemble musica intima. Caitlin believes that music and performance can lift humanity to a more peaceful way of being and that artists have the ability to change the world. Caitlin’s K Sister name is: “K-8lin”.
Katy Hedalen, soprano
Katy Hedalen began her vocal training at the University of British Columbia, receiving her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. She continued her musical studies on scholarship from the University of Colorado at Boulder, earning a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. Upon graduation Katy was on faculty at the Oklahoma State University teaching Voice and Opera Workshop, and later as the Voice Department Head at the Merriam School of Music in Toronto. Known for her musicianship and silver-like quality of her sound, she has enjoyed success in many styles. Her appearances range from performing a staged version of J.S. Bach’s Coffee Cantata with Anner Bylsma, to themed Lieder and Art Song Recitals, Opera, and Cabaret Shows. Katy is an avid promoter of contemporary music; she has premiered several works, including a full-length opera and songs that were specifically written for her. She has performed at numerous venues throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. Some favourite roles include: Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Laurey in Oklahoma, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel and Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte. Katy is always exploring creative ways to present music to new audiences. To this end, she is the co-producer of the successful Vancouver series, “Koncert Kontinuum”, which strives to do just this: mixing styles and genres in one show, often taking audiences to unexpected places. At present, Katy is a part of the high-spirited K Sisters, a group of talented women close in harmonies and humour. Her K Sisters handle is “K-Tone.”
Jennifer McLaren, mezzo-soprano
A native of Calgary, Alberta, Jennifer holds a B. Mus. in Voice Performance/Minor in Drama from the University of Calgary and a Diploma in Music Performance from Mount Royal College. A virtuoso of
the accordion, Jennifer started her musical studies at the age of 5 and shortly thereafter was introduced to her greatest passion – choral music. She recently completed her fifth season with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, one of Canada’s foremost professional choral ensembles. With the VCC, Jennifer maintains a busy performance, recording and touring schedule as one of the 20 choristers in the ensemble. With a passion for theatre and an enviable versatility in all that she does, she has appeared
in opera, musical theatre, contemporary theatre and as a vocal soloist in both the Calgary and Vancouver areas. As an actor and composer, she has worked with a variety of theatre companies throughout Alberta and B.C. Recent appearances include: Pheobe in Yeoman of the guard, and Mad Margaret in Ruddigore, both with the North Shore Light Opera of Vancouver. Favorite roles include: Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (U of C) and Martha in Anatomy Lesson (winning the Calgary Pumphouse Theatres One-Act Play Award for Best Actress). In addition to her performance schedule, Jennifer maintains a full-time teaching studio in Vancouver and White Rock. Currently Jenny kicks up her heels with the musically creative quartet, The K Sisters, answering in rehearsal to her hip-hop name, “J Mc”.
Karen Lee-Morlang, piano/vocals
In demand as one of Western Canada's top collaborative pianists, Karen Lee-Morlang has been a fixture on the Canadian musical scene for over the past 10 years. Performer, educator and impresario, Karen is "funny, brainy and creative." Beginning with her classical piano studies at the age of four, she spent her formative years playing and singing in choirs, musical theatre productions, bands and orchestras. After specializing in vocal collaboration and chamber music for her second piano degree from UBC, she was recruited to teach as a Sessional Lecturer at the University for four years. During that time, Karen also won numerous awards that enabled her to travel to London, Austria and France as well as parts of the US for advanced studies.
Bringing her experience home, Karen has become particularly well-known in the communities of BC for her collaborative skills at the piano and for championing “art music for the masses” with dedicated passion. Karen has produced recital and lecture series for the Vancouver Art Gallery, the UBC Main Library, the University Women's Club and has also collaborated with the Vancouver Opera and the Vancouver Public Library for her outreach work. She reached an even wider audience base by hosting two radio programs for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 2006-2007. As a performer, Karen has been featured at events such as the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, MusicFest Vancouver, the World Peace Forum, and has been broadcast many times on CBC Radio. In addition to her busy schedule of teaching, performing and touring with different instrumentalists and singers, Karen currently sings with The No Sh!t Shirleys and The K Sisters, who call her “KLM”. For more information about Karen's performances, please visit: www.karen.lee-morlang.com
Katy Hedalen - Soprano
Caitlin Beaupré - Soprano
Jennifer McLaren - Mezzo-soprano
Karen Lee-Morlang - Piano/Vocals
A) HOLIDAY PROGRAMME:
Let It Ring, Let It Swing, Let it Snow! (medley)
Don't Stand Under the Mistletoe
Jingle Bell Rock (audience singalong)
Old Toy Trains
Silent Night (audience singalong)
I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
Frosty the Snowman (audience singalong)
Jingle Bells Through the Ages
Jingle Bells (audience singalong)
Karen's Kickin' Medley (piano solo)
The Christmas Song (audience singalong)
Petit Papa Noel
Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer (audience singalong)
The Chipmunk Song
Deck the Halls (audience singalong)
The 12 Days After Christmas
We Wish You Merry Christmas (audience singalong)
B) REGULAR SAMPLE REPERTOIRE:
Bay Mir Bistu Shein
Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree
Swinging on a Star
Someone to Watch Over Me
Mack the Knife
I Got Rhythm
Nice Work if You Can Get It
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