Historical Biographies

Irene Penner

WYC Junior Chorus Music Co-Director 2014-2017

Irene has been teaching music extensively for over thirty years. She graduated from the University of Manitoba receiving her Bachelor of Education with a music major in voice/grade 10 piano. She is currently the music specialist at Princess Margaret School. She has been a guest conductor for the River East Transcona School Division recorder ensemble, working together with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Her school choirs have won many awards during her career and she has also directed a German Choir for special cultural events. She has served as a clinician for Children’s Day for the Manitoba Orff Chapter.

Like most music teachers Irene’s love of music began while singing in children’s choirs, as well as studying Musical Theatre/Opera at the Banff School of Fine Arts. She also performs as a soloist at different events and has sung with Ecco a Winnipeg based choir and the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir.

In her spare time she enjoys baking, singing and travelling with her husband, Reinhardt. Both her children Stefan and Melanie were active choristers in the WYC, for many years.

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