GPRC Concert Choir performing in the City that never Sleeps

GPRC Concert Choir performing in the City that never Sleeps

MacKenzie Lowen, a second-year Bachelor of Music student at GPRC, will get a chance that few aspiring singers ever get to experience.

MacKenzie Lowen

She, along with the rest of the GPRC Concert Choir, is getting the once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York in a week’s time.

Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) extended an invitation to the choir led by GPRC Fine Arts instructor Tina Alexander-Luna to participate in a performance of Handel’s Messiah on the DCINY Concert Series in New York City. The performance in Isaac Stem Auditorium at Carnegie Hall will take place on Sunday, November 25, 2018.

We caught up with MacKenzie and picked her brain about the upcoming experience as well as got some background on just how the Concert Choir is preparing for this one-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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How long have you been studying voice?

I have been studying voice since September 2017 when I started my Bachelor of Music degree at GPRC. I have been singing all my life but have not had any lessons or vocal instruction prior to attending GPRC, so I’m learning a lot about how the voice works and how to support the voice properly.

What does it mean to you as a GPRC music student to have the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall?

It is an amazing to get this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get to sing in Carnegie Hall! I’m beyond thrilled to have the chance to do something so big in my second year of college. I’m honestly a little star struck about performing in Carnegie Hall, and have been eagerly anticipating this trip since it was announced earlier this year.

What has the concert preparations been like? Do you have to practice on your own at all?

The concert preparations have been Tuesday evening rehearsals and an hour rehearsal on Thursdays for the students in the choir. A large musical work like Handel’s “Messiah” needs extra practice to make sure it’s familiar to the choir members because we only have so much time before New York. Outside of choir rehearsals, I’ve had to do a lot of practice on my own to familiarize myself with the music and to be confident in the pieces we will be singing in Carnegie Hall. At this point, I’ve started to really enjoy practicing my parts in my own time. I find it to be quite relaxing and it’s a beautiful piece of music to listen to.

How long is Handel’s “Messiah”? Do you have to memorize your music?!

Handel’s “Messiah” is quite a long piece in its entirety- it’s more than 2 hours of music, with orchestra, soloists, and the choral pieces. If I had to memorize Handel’s “Messiah”, I don’t think I’d be able to do it! There’s so much to learn, which makes me very glad that we have the musical score and aren’t required to memorize the pieces we’re performing. However, it’s very highly encouraged to know your part well enough that you feel comfortable with following along with the music, and comfortable enough to look up at the conductor! The better I know the music, the more I enjoy the experience of choral singing!

Other than performing in NYC, what else will you be doing while visiting there, or what else are you looking forward to doing?

Other than performing in New York with choirs from around the world, I will be going with a group of choir members to view a triple bill opera, so that’s three one hour operas and that will be at the Metropolitan Opera House. I’ve fallen in love with opera, so this is one of the things I most look forward to. I’m also very eager to tour the Steinway Hall in New York because of the Steinway grand piano the piano students have the great privilege of playing on at GPRC. I’m also excited about seeing a live Broadway show while we’re there, as we will all be going to see the Broadway Revival of “My Fair Lady” at the Lincoln Centre. There’s just so many exciting things to do in New York! 

Anything else you’d like to share?

Once we get home from New York, there will be a choir concert here in town which will be on December 1 in the Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre in GPRC. At this concert, we will be performing selections from Handel’s “Messiah”, including some solos performed by members of the choir. This concert will be a great opportunity for locals to hear some of the music we performed in New York. I will actually be featured as one of the soloists singing the aria for soprano, “How Beautiful are the feet”. It will be a fabulous concert in collaboration with members of the Grande Prairie Symphony Orchestra.

To learn more about the GPRC Concert Choir, click here. 

Get your tickets today for their December 1 performance at GPRC, here. 


GPRC Office Administration Program Changes Lives!

GPRC Office Administration Program Changes Lives!

Are you looking for a steady career? Wanting to change your life in only one year? GPRC Office Administration offers its students specialized programs designed to provide you with the critical skills required to succeed in a career you’ll love.

Our graduates of the Office Administration program attain professional knowledge and skills that are highly sought after by a wide range of employers. Obtaining superior skills in communications, interpersonal relations, and office administration; our graduates open the doors to excellent opportunities to enter and advance in careers with the hours, benefits and flexibility they want.

Don’t believe us, take 2017/18 Office Administration graduate, Christa LeClerc for example.

Christa (left) at her Office Administration graduations with instructor, Janelle MacRae (right).

“I completed the Office Administration program at GPRC in 2018 while working and taking care of my family. It was a balancing act but between support from my husband, fellow students (who became life long friends) and amazing instructors it was a very successful year!” says Christa.

We caught up with her to get her feedback on the program and it’s perks, such as the practicum placement for practical learning.

“I completed my practicum at Healthy Village Wellness Center and was offered a position to stay on as their administrative assistant. I am now moving into the role of Office Manager and could not be happier. I love working with our patients and practitioners.

“I learn so many new and interesting things everyday. I assist Dr. Dalen with the running of the clinic. I do everything from basic office work, book keeping, pharmacy and test ordering, shipping lab work, patient vitals, workshop set-up, social media and so much more! It is so exciting to learn the naturopathic health care side of things that I did not learn in school as well as expand on the things I did. Everyday is different and I look forward to what it may bring.”

So, what are you waiting for?

Apply today and start on your way to a career in one year.

Learn more about the Office Administration program here. 

GPRC Wolves Weekend Recap: November 9, 2018

GPRC Wolves Weekend Recap: November 9, 2018

Cross Country Running 

GPRC Wolves Cross Country Running team competed at the 2018 CCAA XC Running Nationals this past Saturday at Seneca College’s King City Campus in Toronto, Ontario.

GPRC Wolves Cross Country Men’s team.

Second-year runners Eric Nooy and Anna van der Giessen both made significant improvements over their 2017 placings.

Nooy, running in the men’s 8 km race, clocked a time of 30:49 and recorded a 59th place finish, 39 spots better than last year.

Van der Giessen had similar success in the women’s 6 km race.  She crossed the line in 45th place vs. 72nd place in 2017.

Collectively, the Wolves women placed 18th among the college teams; the Wolves men placed 19th.

Other Wolves participants included:

Brittany Duvall – 6 km – 90th place

Krista Frey – 6 km – 109th place

Erin Grier – 6 km – 115th place

Miguel Macedo – 8 km – 89th place

Brice Wilkes – 8 km – 93rd place

Tarias Fournier – 8 km – 100th place

Brandon Tufford – 8km – DNF

Way to go Wolves!

GPRC Wolves Cross Country Women’s team.

Full results are posted here.


Women’s Volleyball 

The energy was high in the gym gymnasium this weekend.

The Wolves played host to the Concordia Thunder for their last home game weekend series of the year.

On Friday night, the crowd was loud, as the Wolves jumped out to a quick lead; getting a kill and two service aces by #1 Megan Koch.

The Wolves would take a 5-2 lead before Wolves #7 Leah Friesen would serve 5 straight points to add on. The Thunder took a timeout and rallied together to put 5 straight points on the board making the score 12-7 for the Wolves. The set went back and forth before the Wolves finished it 25-16.

GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball in action vs. Concordia Thunder, Friday, November 9. 

The Wolves came out strong in the second set and battled hard to put the score at 15-10. Great action on both sides of the net to end the set 25-17. Wolves take a 2-0 lead.

The third set started off close. 6-4 for the Wolves, Thunder serving. A big kill by #6 Megan Warner and the Wolves would go up 7-4. Lots of great action at the net, and the Thunder come within 3 points. Thunder called a timeout and the Wolves came out strong, looking to end the game, score now 16-10. The crowd gained some momentum as the stands filled up, and the Wolves used their energy to put the game away 25-15. Wolves win 3-0.

Wolves #12 McKenna Wolsterholme lead the Wolves with 12 digs, #1 Megan Koch lead with 11 kills and #16 Bailey Chartrand lead with 29 assists.

The Mr. Mikes Player of the Game for the GPRC Wolves was #7 Leah Friesen and for the Concordia Thunder, #8 McKayla Ebel.

‪Bezanson Bulldogs Volleyball team presented the Mr Mikes Grande Prairie Player of the Game honours to Wolves #7 Leah Friesen and Concordia #8 Maykayla Ebel! ‬


On Saturday afternoon, the Wolves played their second game of a weekend series against Concordia.

The Wolves were looking to even out their record at 5-5.

During the first set, Concordia got off to a good start and went up on the Wolves 7-3. The Wolves answered back with 7 straight points before the Thunder called a timeout. A few kills from #1 Megan Koch and the Wolves took a 5 point lead, 23-15. The Thunder called a timeout and then got a couple kills by #3 Kayla Whiteman Kyte to come within 4.

#1 Megan Koch finished the set with a kill to end the game at 25-20.

Thunder came out strong the second set, but the Wolves responded. The set went back and forth to 17 points when #6 Megan Warner served for 3 points to take the first lead, 20-17. Two more quick points for the Wolves before the Thunder called a timeout. They rallied back and fourth before #7 Leah Friesen had a big kill to make it 24-19. The Thunder battled to close the gap to 24-22 before the set ended 25-23 for the Wolves.

Third set was a battle at the net. Both teams played well. The Wolves fought hard and stayed ahead to win 25-18 and take the game 3-0.

#1 Megan Koch lead the Wolves with 14 digs and 9 kills.

The Mr. Mikes Player of the Game for the GPRC Wolves was #4 Tori Mooch with 3 kills and 1 dig and for the Concordia Thunder, #9 Tianna Smith with 8 kills and 7 digs.

The Mr. Mikes Player of the Game for the GPRC Wolves was #4 Tori Mooch and for the Concordia Thunder #9 Tianna Smith.


Men’s Volleyball 

Wolves played host to the Concordia Thunder this past weekend, in their last home game series of the year.

The first set was close with lots of great plays on both sides of the net. The score went back and forth before the Thunder sealed it, 25-21. GPRC’s #5 Andrew Fogle lead the way in the first set with 5 digs and 9 assists.

Second set open up with the Thunder taking the lead 6-3. At 8-3, Wolves called a time out. #6 Kirk Testawitch has a big kill straight out of the time out and a tip for another point. Wolves close the gap to 4 points. Thunder still pushed strong, and got ahead by 6. The battle at the net continued as the Thunder pull away by 7 and eventually went on to win, 25-20.

Wolves are down 2-0, after a quick 3 minute break, they were ready to go to battle. Lots of back and forth at the net, and big kills on both sides, resulted in the third set being a crowd pleaser. Wolves #9 Tom Wheeler ended the set with a big kill, 25-20.

Wolves take the third set Friday night vs. Concordia

Thunder are up 2-1 heading into the fourth set.

The set started out as a back and forth affair. At the 10 point mark the battle at the net had been forgotten as both teams go on an all out big hit blitz.  The Wolves display their mental and physical toughness as they claw back to tie the match at 14, after wreathing a storm of insane hits lead by Concordia’s #17.  At 23-22 for the Wolves, Head Coach Mitchell Schneider calls a time out and the ensuing play pushes the Wolves a point to lead 24-22.  Last kill of the set goes to #12 Ethan Nashim, causing the Wolves to win 25-23 and the game is tied at 2-2.

GPRC Wolves #12 Ethan Nashim serves the winning game point in the fourth set.

With the game tied at 2 sets each, both teams are hungry for the win, and the crowd is loud.

The Thunder get off to an early lead up 3-1. The Wolves come back to jump ahead 7-4 with a big kill by #12 Ethan Nashim, #10 Carter Nadkrynechny and #6 Kirk Testawitch.

The Thunder called a timeout to try to get things going again, and rally for 4 straight points to come within 1 point, 8-9 Wolves. The battle continued for both teams until Thunder finished the game 16-14.

The Mr. Mikes Player of the Game for the GPRC Wolves is #5 Andrew Fogle and for the Concordia Thunder #8 Kale Kruger.

The Mr. Mikes Player of the Game for the GPRC Wolves is #5 Andrew Fogle and for the Concordia Thunder #8 Kale Kruger.


On Saturday, the Wolves were hungry for redemption.

During the first set, the Thunder got off to a great start going up 8-0 on the Wolves. Wolves battled hard and brought the score back to 9-13 but the Thunder still managed to come out on top, winning 25-17. There were 20 total kills in the set to keep the crowd entertained.

The second set saw the points going back and fourth with both teams battling hard. The Thunder came out on top once again, 27-25.

By the third set, the Wolves were gunning for a win. They opened up the set with a big lead, and went up 14-6, thanks to a big kill from Kirk Testawitch. The Thunder called a couple timeouts but the Wolves were ready to take a set and ended up winning, 25-16.

Heading to a fourth set, and the afternoon looking an awful lot like the night before. The Wolves were ready to battle.

The fourth set was a tight one with both teams rallying back and fourth until 16 points. There, the Wolves pulled ahead 19-16. They held onto the lead even when the Thunder came back to bring the score to 23-21 with the Wolves still ahead. Thunder called timeout, looking to end the game. They brought the game to 23-23 and the Wolves got a kill to make it 24-23. After the Thunder tie it back up at 24, Wolves called a timeout. Thunder go onto win 30-28.

The Mr. Mike’s Player of the Game for the GPRC Wolves, #6 Kirk Testawhich with 11 kills and 7 digs and for the Concordia Thunder, #3 Ryab Teliske with 12 kills and 14 digs.

Mr. Mike’s Player of the Game for the GPRC Wolves, #6 Kirk Testawitch and for the Concordia Thunder, #3 Ryan Teliske.


GPRC Wolves Volleyball teams are on the road this weekend as they head to Fort McMurray to take on the Keyano Huskies. 

GPRC Wolves Basketball teams had a by-weekend this past weekend, but welcome the Keyano Huskies to GPRC for their last home game series of the year this coming weekend. 

GPRC Wolves Athletes of the Week: November 12, 2018

GPRC Wolves Athletes of the Week: November 12, 2018

Each week, two GPRC Wolves athletes are selected for their achievements over the weekend on the field, track, or court. We are pleased to congratulate Taylor Henley from the Wolves Women’s Volleyball team and Darian Goertzen from our Wolves Men’s Basketball team as our current Athletes of the Week!

Darian Goertzen

Program: 1st Year, University Transfer Kinesiology/Education 
Position: Forward 
Hometown: La Crete, Alberta

Darian is a first year forward for the Wolves Men’s Basketball Team.  Originally from La Crete, Darian is studying both Kinesiology and Education, working on a dual degree. Darian grew up on a farm and has learned how to take that strength to the basketball court. Darian is an extremely hardworking and that shows through the effort he puts in at the gym, on the court and in the classroom. Darian gives 100% in all that he does. Wolves Athletics are very pleased to have Darian as part of the Wolf pack and look forward to his continuing impact on the team!

Well done, Darian!


Taylor Henley

Program: 1st Year, Business Administration
Position: Libero
Hometown: Grande Prairie, Alberta

Taylor is in her first season with the Wolves and is studying Business Administration at GPRC.

Taylor had a successful high school volleyball career at St. Joseph High School, and played club volleyball for the Velocity Club in Grande Prairie. Taylor was a Left Side attacker for her club and high school teams, but was recruited to the Wolves program as a libero. Taylor has worked hard and done a great job transitioning to a new position. She is proving herself as a solid, passer with a great touch on the ball and a strong defender with great instincts!

Well done, Taylor!

Meet your Student Success Liaisons 

Meet your Student Success Liaisons 

Have you ever wondered what Student Success Liaisons do? Do you have need to access support and have no idea where to go or whom to talk to?

As student Success Liaison, we are here to SERVE you and to help you access the services and support you need to be SUCCESSFUL at GPRC.

Meet Mercy Balogun:

My name is Mercy Balogun, I am the Student Success Liaison for the Faculty of Arts, Science & Upgrading. I was actually a student at the college 10 years ago. I took the Business Administration diploma program. I came to Canada in 2008 as an international student. As a former student of GPRC, I had my own struggles and I can identify with the ups and downs of being a student. I have a passion for helping people and I am extremely excited being part of an amazing team that makes a difference in Student’s Success

If I had to do this over again, I will choose GPRC! Starting my post Secondary Education at GPRC made all the difference. Thanks to the small classroom sizes and committed staff that were there to support me all the way.


Meet Mercy (left) and Christine (right), our GPRC Student Success Liaisons.


Meet Christine Tran:

To start with a little bit about myself, my name is Christine Tran and I am the Student Success Liaison for the School of Health, Wellness, and Career Studies! Being a Torontonian transplant, the cross Canada move slightly terrified me as it pushed me out of my comfort zone and into a new community. Alberta has surprised me in so many ways, primarily with the way it welcomes a person without a second’s hesitation. GPRC is founded on its strong sense of community; the supports we have here are a huge component that facilitates this. I am excited to contribute to what makes it home for many at GPRC by helping you with whatever success means to you! We are privileged to have a variety of social and cultural demographics represented at this college, and the position of Student Success Liaison gives me the opportunity to create opportunities for each student to be involved and find a place in our community where they feel accepted and supported. Although my height of 5’2” may seem intimidating… don’t hesitate to pop by, introduce yourself, and say hello!


GPRC Student Success Liaisons are available to students from Monday-Friday and we can be reached via email, phone or in person. Stop by the Student Successes desk to say hi! 

Contact Information

Email Mercy 

Email Christine