Music Director – Wilson Fowlie
Wilson was born and raised in Ontario. He started piano lessons at age six, his parents having recognized his musical ability at a very early age. He became very involved in music, both band and choral, throughout High School and when it came time for University, he decided to major in music.
After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music from York University, Wilson and his wife Heather moved to British Columbia. They joined the Maple Leaf Singers in 1991. During his first 10 years, Wilson performed as a bass soloist, formed an Acappella Quartet who sang many of his own arrangements, served on the Executive Committee, and during the 2000/2001 seasons, served as Associate Conductor.
The Maple Leaf Singers have been fortunate to have had the energetic leadership of Wilson as Music Director since 2001.
Gail MacDonald (Accompanist, Singer & Artistic Team Member)
Gail was born in Vancouver, graduated from John Oliver High School, and received her Bachelor of Music Degree and Teacher Certification from UBC. She has specialized in music and the arts in the public school system for over 35 years, having taught everything from Kindergarten through to adult education.
As a chorister she has performed locally nationally and internationally. Gail is a former Director of the Burnaby District Children’s Choir. She retired just this year, 2016, after teaching Grades 8 to 12 English Language Learning and Music in Burnaby. She directs the Burnaby Retired Teacher’s Choir, “Andante”.
She has been a member of The Maple Leaf Singers since 1998 and enjoys playing, singing, and performing our varied repertoire for audiences all over the Lower Mainland as well as enjoying time with her three grandchildren. In 2015 she received the Joyce O. Maguire Award from the BC Choral Federation for outstanding long-term service as a choral accompanist. We are extremely fortunate to have this very talented lady as our accompanist!
Accompanist – Marilyn Rushton
For Marilyn, music is a second language. She began playing piano at age of 5. Throughout her school years she sang in the school choirs and also a girl’s quartet. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from UBC in 1975. She sang on radio jingles and worked in piano bars for nearly 15 years before taking on the role of co-director of the Burnaby Children’s Choir from the late 1980s to 2000.
Marilyn added to her music education with a Bachelor of Music Education degree from at UBC in 2000, then brought her expertise to both the Maple Leaf Singers and the Deer Lake United Church choir in 2001. Marilyn has also recently started a performance choir for blind/visually impaired youth.