Nominated for the YWCA Women of Distinction award in Arts and Culture and recognized for her contributions to the vibrant music scene throughout the Metro Vancouver region, Gail Suderman has been performing and teaching music for the better part of three decades. Known both for her classical music career as a professor of voice, opera, and choral music and her vocal and piano skills as a Pop/R&B/Gospel musician, Gail is as much at home as artistic director of the Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir as she is conducting orchestras and choruses in concert.
Gail brings an exceptional knowledge of the singing voice and passion for high calibre music-making to her direction of the choir. In addition to coaching professional musical theatre and popular music singers, Suderman’s classical voice students have gone on to perform on Opera, Recital and Oratorio stages throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe, and her choirs have been invited to perform with iconic artists such as Barbra Streisand, David Foster, Josh Groban, Shania Twain, Holly Cole, and as feature performers on local and national radio and television shows.
For her classical training, Gail attended University of Victoria for both undergraduate and graduate studies in Opera/Voice Performance and orchestral conducting, studying voice with Bernard Turgeon and conducting with Dr. George Corwin. She was awarded both the President’s Scholarship and University Fellowship for graduate studies and graduated with Honours. After several years singing professionally, Gail focused her time and energy on teaching and directing community ensembles, most notably Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir. She retired from a 30 year career teaching voice, choral music, music education and conducting, where she was Director of Voice and Choral studies at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and voice and choral teacher at Gladstone Secondary School in Vancouver. Gail continues to be in demand as a voice teacher, pianist, conductor, workshop clinician, and festival adjudicator.