Meet our Conductor Darlene Chepil Reid. Darlene originates from Westfort, anf began studying
music at Westgate with Jim Jewitt. After a BSc in Chemestry and Math from McMaster she again
studued music at Lakehead (HBMus), Conservitory Canada (AMus), Western Ontario (MMus) and
University of Alberta (DMus). She performs regularly with The Roy Coran Big Band (trombone),
ThunderBrass quintet (tuba) and as a bass for The Rolling Tones, women’s barbershop quartet.
Darlene taught piano for many years and is currently a Contract Lecturer in Music History, Theory,
Composition and Orchestration at Lakehead University, as well as a composer of avant-garde music
and an arranger of popular music. She is more than very excited to be conducting the FWMC.
Glen McLeod is the assistant Conductor of the Choir, and a Director on the Executive. In addition to
his high energy level, Glen brings a wealth of musical experience to assist and support Darlene.
Glen has been a member of the Choir for over 30 years.
Carol Wehrstedt is a Co-Accompanist, and she began her musical career as a church organist at
the age of 12 in Edgerton, Wisconsin. She has have held the position of organist for over 50 years
in various churches and denominations in the US and Canada. She served as accompanist for half
of one season for the Lakehead Choral Group. Carol and her husband Leo are the proud parents
of four sons, and have been blessed with seven grandchildren.
Meet our new Co-Accompanist Nancy Wallace. Nancy is a Fort William native; she studied piano
under Eleanor Moran and received her LRAM in music at the Royal Academy of Music in London,
England. Nancy is a retired teacher for the Lakehead Board of Education; she is presently the choir
director at St Andrews Presbyterian Church, and sings soprano in the TB Symphony Chorus as well
as the ORAS Chamber Choir.