Anne Gardner, Artistic Director
Anne Gardner is pleased to be the new artistic director of the Savridi Singers. She began her post- secondary studies at the University of North Texas, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Calgary. Her experience includes teaching a Kodaly-based music program for grades 3-6 with the Calgary Board of Education, pre-school Kodaly classes at Mt. Royal Conservatory, past director of Westwinds Music Society's Green Choir and Women's Choir and current director of its Choral Ensemble, and thirteen years of high school choir teaching at Central Memorial High School.
She currently teaches music at W.O. Mitchell elementary school. Anne also works as a guest clinician, conductor and adjudicator with school and community choirs. Anne's passion as a choir conductor and teacher is to help choirs discover a path to improving vocal technique, musical literacy, performance expression, and appreciation of music's rich offerings.
Gavin Caldwell, Accompanist
Gavin has been collaborating with singers, choirs, and instrumentalists in Calgary for the better part of 20 years. He especially loves working with high school students, and has been directing the same folk choir at St. Pius X catholic church for over a decade - and they come back every week! His days are filled with music - arranging, composing, listening, playing, teaching, and writing - and spending time with his wife, Sarah and their cat, Tigra (and Sarah’s parents, who live upstairs). He both lives in a basement and believes that art is an outlet; not in the sense that it leaves us and then just empties into the Great Wide Something, but in the sense that, as artists, we plug into the creative forces of the universe and then are required to light up with our gifts to illuminate those around us and the world. We bring the light.