GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: November 26, 2018

GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: November 26, 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 Kelly Reid from the Wolves Women’s Basketball team and Michael Shelast from our Wolves Men’s Basketball team as our current Featured Athletes of the Week!

Kelly Reid #15

Program: 1st Year, Visual Arts & Design
Position: Guard/Forward
Hometown: St. Albert, Alberta

Hailing from St. Alberta, this is Kelly’s first year running with the Wolves. Kelly is a high energy player coming off the bench for the Wolves. When Kelly is on the court, her competitiveness fuels her to do whatever the team needs from her in that moment. Her physical presence on the boards make her tough to stop. She has the ability to get a stop, score a key basket or grab a crucial rebound whenever we need it.

Well done, Kelly!



Michael Shelast #11

Program: 2nd Year, Business Administration
Position: Forward
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta

Michael is from Edmonton, graduating from Holy Trinity Catholic High School. Michael is enrolled in Business Administration program and works hard in both the classroom and the gymnasium. Michael has been relied upon to come off the bench and play shutdown defense, guarding the opponents giants at the post. Michael had a great past weekend in Edmonton, helping the Wolves sweep the previously undefeated Concordia Thunder.  The Wolves are very pleased to have Michael be a part of the Wolf-pack.

Well done, Michael!

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.

Check it out ⬇

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 Creative Sound and Recording Artist Residency Program

GPRC Creative Sound and Recording Artist Residency Program

Emerging or professional sound artists, sound designers, composers and musicians are invited to come and work on their creations in the GPRC Recording Studios!

GPRC is excited to offer a new Creative Sound and Recording Artist Residency Program.

This program is intended for artists that require extended focused time to explore, plan, compose and create new recordings or audio works in a professionally equipped recording studio. Ideally for those who already have some experience and knowledge with recording equipment and studio technique, the GPRC Recording Studios are an excellent place get work done in a creative environment.

How to get involved: Email a CV and short proposal that describes your project, preferred dates, technical needs and other requirements.


GPRC Recording Studio is a purpose built professional facility that features 1 large control room with an isolation booth, and 3 smaller studios with isolation booths and MIDI keyboards. There is a fixed connection to an acoustically treated recital hall. We have ProTools, Reaper, Digital Performer, Ableton Live, Native Instruments Komplete and the Waves Diamond Bundle available for software. Our studios feature high end Preamps, mixers, Focal studio monitors with microphone brands such as DPA, Neumann, Lauton Audio, Royer, Earthworks, AKG and Sennheiser available for use. The large studio has 5.1 Surround Sound and we have recently acquired a Sennheiser AMBEO VR Microphone for ambisonic recordings.

Grande Prairie is a city of 60,000 located in north western Alberta, Canada. It is accessible by road from Edmonton (450 km to the southwest) Greyhound bus or by air (Air Canada and West Jet have flights here). They city itself is fully serviced with shopping and amenities. There is a nice valley park with trails that runs the length of the city, accessible near the college. The region around the city is very diverse with prairie, forest, foothills and mountains within a short drive.

Time and Duration: As required until August 15th, 2018

Cost: 7 days – $800 – if required, self-catered campus accommodation is $45/day + taxes. Shorter or longer terms can be arranged.

Personnel: Recording Studio Manager, Dr. Shawn Pinchbeck, is an internationally recognized sound artist, sound designer and composer with over 30 years of experience in creating with sound and is on-site for consultations and technical assistance during the residency.

Read more on Shawn’s experience here.

For inquiries contact:

Shawn Pinchbeck


Phone: 1-780-539-2783

Excited Things Ahead for GPRC Concert Choir

Excited Things Ahead for GPRC Concert Choir

Spring is finally here and GPRC’s Concert Choir has a lot to look forward to!

GPRC Fine Arts Instructor, Tina Alexander-Luna and her concert choir received a once in a life-time opportunity this past January.

Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) extended an invitation to the group to participate in a performance of Handel’s Messiah on the DCINY Concert Series in New York City. This performance in Isaac Stem Auditorium at Carnegie Hall will take place on Sunday, November 25, 2018.

Congratulations to Tina and the GPRC Concert Choir singers on this wonderful achievement and recognition.

Congratulations to GPRC Drama Instructor, Michelle Rios!

Congratulations to GPRC Drama Instructor, Michelle Rios!

It’s an exciting time in our GPRC Fine Arts department.

On February 5, the 2018 Helen Hayes Nominations for Theatre were announced in Washington, D.C. and the College’s very own Michelle Rios, Drama instructor in Fine Arts, has been nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress for her recent work in a musical called “In the Heights”.

Photo from Michelle’s website at

Broadway veteran Michelle Rios, whose theatrical credits include supporting roles in multiple Tony-Award nominated productions. With a career spanning over 25 years as an actor, singer, educator, writer, director, and theatre facilitator, Rios has worked alongside talents ranging from Paul Simon and Eva Longoria, to Lin Manuel Miranda and numerous Academy Award nominees.

It was love that brought Rios from her native New York to Canada. “I married a Canadian, and I’m proud to call Canada my home,” says Rios, who earned her Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Alberta. ​

“What I hope to instill in the next generation of performing artists, educators and community members is a greater understanding of what goes into the creative process of theatre. It’s a balance of both practice and theory.

“Can you imagine a world without music, films, visual art, and live theatre performances? I often pose that question to individuals who believe the fine arts aren’t viable or significant.

“I’ve witnessed first-hand how the fine arts are not only entertaining, but also educational, healing, and essential to our day-to-day existence. Through drama, students may strengthen their public speaking skills, explore self-expression, and improve interpersonal relationships in a safe environment that is also highly collaborative.

“Regardless of their career path, the skills they learn through drama will only enhance their professional and personal journeys.”

One of Michelle’s Drama classes at GPRC.

Rios has taught in various academic institutions, including the University of Alberta, and has led theatre workshops across the continent, from Juilliard in New York to the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton. She now continues to share her talents at GPRC.

The awards will be presented May 14, 2018. Once again, our sincere congratulations to you, Michelle for this prestigious honor.

Read more about Michelle and her career path here.

Learn more about the Drama program at GPRC here.

Check out the student success story we wrote on one of Michelle’s students, Emily here.