Since graduating from Brandon University with a B.Mus in Piano Performance, Winnipeg conductor Michelle Mourre has had a rich and varied career. In addition to her current role as pianist for the Aspirant program at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (and the RWB's music teacher), Michelle is conductor of Winnipeg’s Gilbert and Sullivan Society. She was Conductor in Residence of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Andrey Boreyko and served as Artistic Director of the Brandon Chamber Players from 2006-2010. In both positions she distinguished herself with her engaging and elegant presence on the podium, her thoughtful and unconventional programming, as well as her advocacy for contemporary composers and emerging artists. She has since been invited to guest conduct the Victoria Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Grand Forks Symphony, Soundstreams Canada, and Groundswell. Michelle also served as Creative Director for Grant Memorial Baptist Church and Music Director at Broadway First Baptist Church in Winnipeg for a number of years. Throughout her career, Michelle has accompanied and coached instrumentalists and singers, and has recently been enjoying teaching piano, music history and theory both at her home studio as well as the newly formed Winnipeg Conservatory. After her studies in Brandon Michelle obtained a Master's Degree from Indiana University, where she studied with Imre Pallo and Thomas Baldner. She is the recipient of a number of honours, including the Heinz Unger National Conducting Award and the Jean-Marie Baudet Award from the Canada Council.