Gary D. Cannon is one of the Northwest's most dynamic choral personalities, active as a conductor, singer, composer and musicologist. He is, since 2008, Artistic Director of both the Vashon Island Chorale and the Cascadian Chorale. Also in 2008, the Early Music Guild invited him to found and direct a Renaissance choir, Sine Nomine. He has held posts as Principal Conductor of Vashon Opera (2009-11), leading performances of The Tender Land and Madama Butterfly, and as Chorusmaster for the Northwest Mahler Festival (2001-10). Cannon has conducted the Anna's Bay Chamber Choir, Choral Arts, Earth Day Singers, Kirkland Choral Society, and several ensembles at the University of Washington. He has also served as Secretary of the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium (2010-12).

As a tenor, Cannon has appeared as a soloist with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Philharmonic, and the Auburn, Eastside, Rainier, and Sammamish symphony orchestras. He has sung as a core member of The Tudor Choir, Choral Arts and the Byrd Ensemble, and has appeared with the Kronos Quartet, the Seattle Opera Chorus, and members of the Tallis Scholars. Cannon is formerly an instructor at Whatcom Community College (2004-6), where he received the Faculty Excellence Award. His musicological research emphasizes twentieth-century British music. He holds degrees from the University of California at Davis and the University of Washington, where he is currently researching a doctoral dissertation on the early life and works of William Walton..

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The Vashon Island Chorale engages, enriches, and unites our island community by providing opportunities for all people to participate in, learn about and
enjoy fine chorale music.

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