Join the SJO and SYJO in our annual holiday December concert featuring local favourites and special guest vocalists including Saskatoon's Eileen Laverty, Jennifer Lang, and Kate Nachilobe.
We have a lot to celebrate and be thankful for as a community this season. Come join the fun and bring the whole family as we give thanks à la swing, with our unique take on joyous and groove-filled holiday music!
Eileen Laverty loves an adventure.
Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Eileen’s family emigrated to Canada when she was six and, while she calls herself a Prairie girl, her Irish roots run deep. With the heart of a storyteller and a poet, her “deeply intimate and stirring vocals and her slightly Celtic-influenced songwriting” (Heather Kitching, Folk Roots Canada) leave you with a sense of hope.
Eileen musical adventures began with a traditional Celtic band in her hometown of Saskatoon. It wasn’t long before she set out on her own, performing solo in folk clubs and taverns with a setlist of Irish ballads, a few pop covers, and a clutch of original songs.
Over the past two decades, Laverty has entertained audiences of all ages, as a solo performer and with her band. Eileen’s track record includes several songwriting accolades and numerous radio and television appearances. A look at the acts she has supported will underscore her universal appeal: the late country legend Kenny Rogers, rocker Tom Cochrane, Irish star Mary Black, Canadian Tenor John McDermott, and folk icon Ian Tyson.
Jennifer Lang is an Associate Professor, Chair of Music Education and the Director of Choral Activities in the Department of Music at the University of Saskatchewan. She conducts the Greystone Singers and is the artistic director of Aurora Voce.
Jennifer is the organizer of the Music Education in Action Series, and founder of the uSing uSask Choral Festival, and her choirs regularly perform with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and with other celebrated ensembles and composers. She received the 2020 USSU teaching award and she holds several research grants for her work in music engagement and agency including informal music learning, and intergenerational singing.
Jennifer is active as a conductor, clinician, and conference presenter with local, provincial, national, and international invitations.
Kate Nachilobe is a student at the University of Saskatchewan currently completing her fourth and final year studying Voice in the Bachelor of Music Education program as a soprano under the direction of Chelsea Mahan. During her degree, Kate has participated in the Music Department’s Greystone Singers, Music Theatre, and Jazz Ensemble groups. In her studies, Kate enjoys discovering new vocal techniques which she hopes to pass along to her future students.