Guest Artists

Lynette Wahlstrom

Collaborative Keyboardist

Lynette Wahlstrom is presently a Collaborative Pianist and Vocal Coach at Dalhousie Department of Music, as well as Music Director at First Baptist Church Halifax, and Accompanist for Halifax Camerata Singers.


Lynette has worked as Collaborative Pianist under the batons of Jakub Martinec, Caron Daley, Jeff Joudrey, Julian Wachner, Robert Ingari, and Patricia Abbott, as well as the studio classes of Sanford Sylvan, Lucy Hayes-Davis, and Marcia Swanston, placing her in demand as repetiteur, coach and accompanist.


Lynette has played major operatic and choral works such as “Luisa Miller, Die Fledermaus, The Tender Land, Dido and Aeneas, Cendrillon, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Fauré Requiem, Verdi Requiem, Brahms’ Liebeslieder, and Carmina Burana.”


Lynette holds a Bachelor of Music from Brandon University, Licentiate Diploma and Master’s of Accompaniment from McGill University, as well as a Master’s of Piano Performance from Université de Montréal. She is active on the Boards of Opera Nova Scotia, Halifax Summer Opera Festival, Early Music Society of Nova Scotia, as well as RCCO Halifax.

Frances Farrell


A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Frances Farrell pursued her music studies in Winnipeg, graduating with both Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Manitoba. She subsequently earned a Master’s Degree and Artist’s Diploma in Vocal Performance from McGill University. Frances recently graduated with her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Toronto.


Currently, Fran is based in Halifax where she conducts two senior high choirs as part of the Halifax Regional Arts Program and an adult community choir called the Dartmouth Choral Society. Fran has also worked as a choral clinician in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, and Alberta.


Recently published works include several contributions to Volume Five of the Teaching Music through Performance in Choir series (2019), In Search of a New Tradition-Improvisation in Choral Settings (Canadian Music Educator, 2016) and Winter Proverbs, which was awarded first prize in Chor Leoni’s inaugural C4 competition (2017) and is published by Cypress Press.

HCCI 2019 Session: Out of Bounds — Improvisation in Choral Settings

In this session, we will explore ways in which improvisation can enhance rehearsal, ensemble, and performance goals in choral settings. By engaging in a series of hands-on strategies, conductors will move beyond the boundaries of the “typical choral rehearsal” to embrace the boundless possibilities of improvisation.