Marta McCarthy (Guelph, ON)
Dr. Marta McCarthy, Conductor, is an Associate Professor at the University of Guelph, where she has been directing the choirs and teaching musicianship for sixteen years. She also conducted the University of Waterloo Choir, and taught choral techniques at Wilfrid Laurier University and at the University of Toronto. Marta is a graduate of Westminster Choir College of Princeton (M.Mus), the Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT, piano performance) and of the University of Toronto (B.Mus, B.Ed., Ph.D.). Honours include the 1999 Elmer Iseler Conducting Fellowship, an Ontario Volunteer Service Award, and being named a member of the June Callwood Circle of Caring. In 2005, she was awarded the Guelph Woman of Distinction for Arts & Culture. She has led University of Guelph choirs to national and international acclaim through their performances at the Elora Festival (Elora, Ontario), Kathaumixw (Powell River, British Columbia), Festival 500 (St. John’s Newfoundland), University Voices (Toronto, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec), the 2006 CBC National Amateur Choir Competition (Siren achieving 3rd place and an Honourable Mention in the Contemporary Class), the 2011 ACCC National Amateur Choir Competition (Chamber Singers receiving 1st in the Collegiate/University Class), Podium 2002 and Podium 2012, and the 2012 Mosbach International Chamber Choir Competition (Mosbach, Germany) in which the Chamber Singers won 3rd Prize.
Marta was a board member of Choirs Ontario for six years, including two years as Vice President, was in charge of Volunteers on the 2002 Podium Committee, has been the Choirs Ontario librarian since 2003, and has been a member of OMEA, CMEA, and Choral Canada for many years. In 2014 she was conductor of the Ontario Youth Choir.