Executive

Executive and Office

President

John Wiebe (Edmonton, AB)

john-wiebeDr. John Wiebe is the Artistic Director of the Edmonton Youth & Children’s Choir program in Edmonton, teaches at the University of Alberta and has worked at the University of Regina. Choirs under his dynamic leadership have received numerous awards, including the Choral Canada/CBC National Choral Competition and the Llangollen Music Festival, Wales. Dr. Wiebe has studied choral and orchestral conducting at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Alberta and in Vienna, Austria. John is a regular clinician and adjudicator for choirs across Canada, has presented at Podium, the bi-annual conference of Choral Canada and has published musicology articles. To keep in shape for his music schedule John enjoys exploring Edmonton’s river valley trail system with his family, running, cycling, and playing hockey.

Past President

Marta McCarthy (Guelph, ON)

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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.

Secretary

Amy Pun (Vancouver, BC)

 

President Elect


Kellie Walsh
 (St. John’s, NL)

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A native of Newfoundland and Labrador, KELLIE WALSH is the Founder and Artistic Director of Lady Cove Women’s Choir, Artistic Director of Shallaway Youth Choir, and Co-Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of Newman Sound Men’s Choir. Shallaway is an internationally celebrated youth choir and cultural organization whose mandate is building community, empathy, and leadership through the choral experience. Most recently, the senior ensemble received a first place in the prestigious Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod, and was awarded the highest mark overall for children and youth choirs. Lady Cove Women’s Choir strives for excellence beyond singing. The group has a strong commissioning mandate, steeped in the culture of their home province, and maintain an active bursary program for young musicians. Most recently, the choir traveled to Labrador to work and sing with children from isolated northern communities. The choir is a two-time winner of the CBC Radio National Competition for Amateur Choirs, won first place in one of the the prestigious European Grand Prix competitions, The Béla Bartók Contemporary Choir Competition in Hungary, and was invited to participate in the 9th World Symposium on Choral Music in Argentina.

Kellie enjoys a busy schedule as a workshop clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator, traveling regularly to work with choirs of all genres. This season she was invited as guest conductor of the Nova Scotia Youth Choir, the New Brunswick Youth Choir, MusicFest Canada in Ottawa, and was a guest presenter at the ACDA Children and Youth Choir conference in New Jersey. Kellie holds Bachelor degrees in both Music and Music Education, as well as a Masters degree in conducting from Memorial University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Jack Hand Legacy Fund, raising funds for children and families in Newfoundland and Labrador who are struggling with the financial burdens of Cancer care.

Treasurer

Emma Walker (Toronto, ON)

Emma Walker is currently the General Manager of the Toronto Heliconian Club, and also a freelance bookkeeper who has done work for several charities and non-profits.  Emma completed an M.B.A. specializing in non-profit management, arts administration and public policy at the Schulich School of Business. Before studying business, Emma studied fine arts, obtaining a Master’s in dance and BFAs in both dance and music.  Emma is trained in both ballet and modern dance, and plays the piano and double bass. She is currently also the Treasurer of Toronto Heritage Dance.

General Manager

Meghan Hila (Toronto, ON)

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