Lorraine was born and raised in Saskatchewan, Canada. As a child, she took private voice lessons and sang in her church choir, school choir, and community choir. She went on to further her studies in the Department of Music at the University of Saskatchewan and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree (with distinction).
Lorraine first heard the Vancouver Chamber Choir perform live in Saskatchewan in the late 1970s. She later attended a Choral Federation workshop presented by Jon Washburn. Following her move to the West Coast, Lorraine joined the Choir full-time in the Fall of 1988.
In addition to her career with the Choir, Lorraine also teaches singing lessons at her private studio and at Kwantlen University College in Langley, British Columbia. She is the Vocal Coach for Chor Leoni Men’s Choir and the Musical Director at Augustana Lutheran Church. She previously sang with Elektra Women’s Choir. Lorraine frequently adjudicates both solo and choral classes in music festivals throughout British Columbia. She performs occasional solo concerts with orchestral and choral organizations in the greater Vancouver area.
Lorraine remembers VCC’s summer 1994 tour to Korea. The Choir sang Bach’s Lobet den Herrn as part of a National Day celebration for an audience of 15,000 people in an open-air castle south of Seoul. The singers performed two to a microphone, in stifling 40-degree Celsius heat with 110 percent humidity. What an experience!