OUR MUSICAL LEADERSHIP
We are incredibly lucky to receive some of the best education in the world from our director, Anne Downton. She is a sought-after coach around the world, and we are lucky to benefit from her knowledge, experience, and brilliant teaching techniques every single week!
ANNE DOWNTON, MASTER DIRECTOR
Baritone, 2017 International Quartet Champions, Frenzy
Anne has been singing barbershop since 2000, when she joined
Westcoast Harmony Chorus. She was instantly hooked and hasn't looked
Anne became a co-director of Westcoast in 2005 and the sole frontline
director in 2011. At the age of 24, she earned the title of Master Director,
the youngest person ever to attain Master Director status! Under her direction,
Westcoast has won the Canadian Maple Leaf Region 26 Chorus Competition
multiple times and, in 2013, earned the title of International Harmony
Classic Champions. In 2022, Anne directed Westcoast to their highest ever score & placement at an International competition, placing 6th among the best choruses from the around the world!
Anne is a member of the Sweet Adelines International Faculty, having established herself as a trusted vocal coach for individuals, quartets, and choruses around the world. She is also the chair of the Director Resource Toolkit Task Force. In the past, she has served as the Region 26 Education Coordinator, on the Region 26 Regional Education Faculty, and on the International Music Sales & Marketability Committee.
Anne sings baritone with the 2017 International Quartet Champions, Frenzy. She also sang baritone with the Young Women in Harmony quartet Stir It Up, winning a 2nd place medal at the 2006 International Rising Star Contest after only 5 months of rehearsals.
Anne lives in the Greater Vancouver area, and in her “other life,” she works at a law firm as a senior corporate legal assistant. In 2010, Anne completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Criminology from Simon Fraser University.