Southeast Centre for Music Coordinator (BM University of Manitoba, MM University of Minnesota)

Noted for his “rich baritone” (Minneapolis Star Tribune), David Klassen holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Manitoba. As a soloist, He has been engaged by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Saskatoon Opera, and the WSO singing Rossini’s Largo al Factotum for a Canada Day audience of thirty thousand. Over the last 15 years, David has taught for Providence University College, Canadian Mennonite University, and the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music. His students have been accepted to undergraduate and graduate music programs in both Canada and the United States including University of Toronto, University of Manitoba, McGill, Boston Conservatory, and the New York Film Institute. In 2015, he was nominated for CBC’s “Manitoba Future 40” award for his work as a singer and university educator in the province, and in his home city of Steinbach where he has been acknowledged numerous times as one of the region’s greatest contributors to the Arts. davidkklassen.com


“David is such a great teacher and a truly wonderful person to work with. He took me in during a crucial stage in my vocal development and worked with me until I was prepared for successful auditions at both the UofT and UofM. He is a teacher who can be trusted to do what is best for his students, and I have so much respect for him because of that. I would be nowhere near where I am today without the foundation that was built during those years of lessons with him, and for this I am so incredibly grateful.”


Alyssa Hildebrand, soprano, recently completed a Master of Music in Literature and Performance at Western University, studying with Jackalyn Short.  She completed her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at Canadian Mennonite University, studying with David Klassen.  Alyssa grew up in rural Manitoba, and was given many opportunities to grow her artistry through local productions and festivals.

Throughout her studies, Alyssa has had several performance opportunities, including the role of Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro through Accademia Europea Dell’Opera in Italy. She has been the finalist in several music competitions, including the Verna Mae Janzen Competition and Winnipeg’s Tudor bowl.  She has performed several roles including: Josephine in HMS Pinafore, Bastienne in Bastien und Bastienne, and understudying the role of Anne Page in the Merry Wives of Windsor.

In addition to Alyssa’s passion for music performance, she has a deep love for vocal pedagogy. She has a keen interest in the workings of the vocal mechanism, and how to use this knowledge to help others become better performers.  Over the past few years, Alyssa has enjoyed teaching voice students at different levels both privately and through institutions such as the Ontario Mennonite Music Camp.  She is thrilled to be connecting with new students in Steinbach, and helping them to learn how to use their voices to create beautiful music!


(BM, BEd, PBEd, University of Manitoba)

Gabriela Gallo is a talented and energetic, multi-award-winning music educator and choral specialist. Born and raised in Steinbach, Manitoba, Gabriela has spent her youth and adulthood performing as a soloist, in small group ensembles and choruses in multiple operas, musicals and operettas, performing with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Winnipeg’s own RWB. She has spent the last nine years cultivating an outstanding musical curriculum in the St. James-Assiniboia School Division incorporating dance, recorder, musical literacy, and instrument exploration while focusing on Kodaly singing methods and Orff-based practices. Throughout her career she has had the honour of conducting choirs and workshops all over the province, writing, directing and choreographing over 15 original musicals, implementing Orff Days for hundreds of students, instructing preschool level music classes through universities, coaching private vocal lessons and acting as a mentor and guide for music colleagues throughout Manitoba for both the early years classroom and choral education. When Gabriela is not performing or teaching, she loves to spend time with her twin boys and travel to her husband’s hometown in Sardinia, Italy.